“Caring and sharing is the principle of community living, no matter what we do! It is said that it takes an entire village to raise a child! Without community life, a human child grows up isolated and self-centered!” Ammaji
Within the Community initiative we explore the concept of human interaction with society as explained by the Rishis (seers) in the Vedic texts. We will look at the aspects of Vasudaiva Kutumbam (world as a family) and learn about the four ashrams which, according to the Vedas, a person has to belong to to develop a community. Further study will cover aspects of the Pancha Maha Yagnas (daily code of conduct) and their impact on the community.
We will also learn about Ammaji’s Awareness programmes; about life as a female student (Sukanya), male student (Sukumara), youth (Suyuva), married woman (Sugrihini), married couple (Sudampati), and family (Suparivara). We will explore the concepts of unity and diversity in communities as well as the needs of modern communities, using examples from the Itihasas and Puranas.
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“Atmanah pratikulani paresham na samacharet – What I do not want others to do to me, I do not do to others. This simple and profound statement forms the foundation of universal dharma for human civilizations. If love, compassion and forgiveness is what I want from others, then it is fundamental to existence that I extend the same to others.” Ammaji
In the Corporate Community Work, we explore the role of modern companies in the preservation of India’s ancient culture. We will study and learn about the Vedic interpretation of good governance, responsibility toward society, impact on the environment, taxes, wages, communication skills, success and ethics. We will look to the stories given in Itihasas and Puranas about success and life. We will also study the techniques used by India’s kings to defeat enemies both within and without.
Recognizing the six-fold enemies inside us (Kama, Krodha, Lobha, Moha, Matsarya, and Mada), we will look at the solutions given by the Rishis (seers) for gaining mastery over them.
As part of this programme, we will study the need for corporate involvement to enhance ethical profit generation and reduce resource consumption, experience different meditation postures and techniques to create better employer-employee relationships, and learn about corporate social responsibility and its impact on society.
Growing up in the modern society implies exposure to the global cultures. Children with Indian roots growing up outside India as well as children growing up in India, needs to study their heritage in an instructive and deliberate way, if they are to imbibe it in their own lives.
For decades Indian parents in the West have felt the need to understand the significance behind their cultural and religious forms in order to educate their children. To address these needs, Purna Vidya’s Culture based value education program of 23 books has proved to be a unique resource offering an insight into the Vedic Heritage of India. Weekly classes are held in communities with children of different age groups.
In addition to this, one’s spiritual studies with a group of friends or in a community is held weekly for the parents with Purna Vidya’s Bhagavad Gita study program. This program offers the learning with Reflections and chanting of the Gita through a Bhagavad Gita Introductory & Advanced Course study format.
Today in the global community, Yoga and Ayurveda has brought a world wide acceptance and people in cross cultural communities have become regular committed practitioners of the same. Purna Vidya’s ‘Bhagavad Gita Introductory Course’ is a study program in which group reading or individual reading of each chapter is done. An audio instructional tape of the Bhagavad Gita chanting of verses as well as ‘Reflections of each Chapter’ is an integral part of one’s learning.
Purna Vidya’s ‘Bhagavad Gita Advanced Course’ is a study program in which Sravanam – listening to each verse of the Bhagavad Gita being unfolded by Swamini Pramananda is the main course of study. This is supported by an audio instructional tape of the Bhagavad Gita chanting of verses which is integral to one’s study.
In this manner, the vision and way of life of the Vedas is made available to the cross cultural communities across the globe, through the learning of the Bhagavad Gita, Yoga and Ayurveda.
The village community is an integrated inter-related network of people living in India. Each village community is unique in their socio-economic strength and needs. Purna Vidya’s service projects for the villages include Education, Tuitions, Women Empowerment and Environment work. These projects are being carried out in Uttarkashi district of Himalayas and Coimbatore district of Tamil Nadu on ongoing basis.
The facilitator and teacher of Purna Vidya plays a significant role in integrating cultures, revealing the universality of dharma and teaching the Oneness and Harmony message. It is essential that their personal commitment to their own learning and spiritual inner growth is nurtured through regular retreats and trainings with the Gurus of Purna Vidya Foundation, India.
Since learning requires a commitment of time, a support group may be created for adult learning of the Bhagavad Gita and children learning of Vedic Heritage. Depending on the size of the community, the facilitator may elicit support of other members by training teachers for the various programs.
A public meeting place such a place of worship or hall usually works better than a home, but smaller communities may find a home more conducive for classes. We cannot emphasize enough the importance of a consistent place and teacher. Punctuality is an important element in conducting Purna Vidya Classes whether it is Bhagavad Gita for adults or Vedic Heritage for children.
Let us all learn and share from the various sections included here. Please feel free to connect with Ammaji either on the website (www.purnavidya.org), the Blog ‘Conversations with Ammaji’, or via our Facebook page (Purna Vidya Foundation).