The Vedic Heritage Teaching Programme is a guide for educational institutions, communities and families that wish to teach Vedic Heritage to their children in an authentic, systematic manner. The subject matter has been organized into twelve parts, tailored to the ages of the children.
Growing up in the modern society implies exposure to global culture and having access to the world of Information Technology. Indian children living in the West as well as living in India need 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 felt the need to understand the significance behind their cultural and religious forms in order to educate their children. To address these needs, the Vedic heritage teaching programme was created. It provides a resource, offering an insight into the vision of the Vedas, the vast literature and religious culture of India.
The topics covered in the books
Parts One to Five of the books address children of ages six to ten years and offers teaching materials for a five-year programme. Parts one and two have a textbook with illustrations to be used by the teachers and the students. Part three to five have two types of books : a Textbook with games to be used by the teacher and the students and the another book with Guidelines for Teaching that assists the teachers in presenting the material in the classroom. Parts Three to Five also introduces selected prayers and instructions for puja, as well as plays, games and illustrations derived from the Ramayana, the Bhagavata Purana and the Mahabharata.
Parts Six to Nine address children of ages eleven to fourteen years and offers teaching materials for a four-year programme. This section has two types of books : a Textbook with games to be used by the teacher and the students and another book with Guidelines for Teaching that is meant to assist the teachers in presenting the material in the classroom. It also has prayers and puja and covers topics including Values, Isvara and Religious Disciplines, Religious culture and Vedic Knowledge. It also has plays which may be enacted by the students.
Parts Ten to Twelve address teenagers between the age of fifteen and seventeen years and offers teaching materials for a three-year programme. This volume has two types of books : a Text book and a book with Guidelines for Teaching that is meant to assist the teachers in presenting the material in the classroom. It also includes the topics on the fourteen-fold Vedic Knowledge including Vedangas, Upangas and Upavedas. Human Development and Contemporary teen issues and an Introduction to the Bhagavad Gita conclude the 12 year study program.
The purpose of the Awareness Programmes is to help guide those in different segments of society how to live a dharma-driven life. Living this way, our lives become a gift to our families, our culture and the world in which we live.
Sukarma – The Good Corporate
This programme is designed to guide the corporate world of today through the wisdom of Vedic culture and heritage. This programme will help participants view the challenges of current day global business practices from a spiritual perspective. Open for men and women aged 21-60, the programme is centered on topics such as Self-Growth and Spiritual Awakening.
Throughout this programme we will focus on topics such as:
- Corporate Dharma
- Being a Consumer vs. a Contributor
- Stress Management
- Anger Management
Sudampati – The Blessed Couple
This programme is designed to help young couples move beyond old patterns of domination/submission and into a relationship built on trust and love.
Modern life has introduced challenges unique to nuclear families, while economic and social needs have greatly expanded with Information Technology and global communication. As a result, people have been moving away from their cultural roots; resulting in a loss for them as well as their children and extended family members.
- Helps young couples reflect on their fundamental philosophy of life and realign their daily activities toward higher, more meaningful goals.
- Empowers individuals to understand themselves which ultimately helps them relate to their family more easily and live an increasingly contented, happy life.
- Connects individuals to the Oneness that is the underlying principle of life and helps them naturally understand the forces of healing, love and compassion.
Sugrhini – The Homemaker
Sugrhini empowers married women to explore how best to live their multi-faceted life as successful homemakers while also pursuing a career. A homemaker is the lifeline of every family as she brings physical, emotional and spiritual support to her spouse, children, parents, in-laws and other extended family members.
While there is a great need in society for new feminine role models, these new models must help us discover new ways of thinking and ways of being that will enable women to adapt and rise to the challenges with grace and dignity.
Sugrhini shows you how by
- Providing an insight into contemporary family issues and the multi-faceted role of women as homemakers, breadwinners, partners, mothers and contributors to society,
- Helping women reclaim their all-important feminine energy of healing, love and compassion, and empowers women to understand themselves and tap their inner strength to guid the world community toward peace and harmony.
Sukanya – The Young Woman
Designed to guide and inspire young women in achieving success, this awareness programme focuses on how to live a life of inner contentment.
In the emerging scenario of modernization and globalization, the younger generation is faced with increasing complexity in all fronts of their lives, including familial, social and professional. Traditional cultural values and rituals which have helped countless generations create peaceful and fulfilling lives are being ignored, mainly because younger people are unaware or unclear about them. As a result, we are witnessing a drastic drop in moral and ethical values in society.
- Is designed to show young women how to reclaim their feminine energy of healing, love and compassion, through a thorough understanding of the wisdom of Vedic culture,
- Provides a resource which offers an insight into moral values and the need for their assimilation in life,
- Provides an insight into contemporary family issues such as homemaking, child-rearing, caring for ones’ spouse and elders, and contributing financially to the family and ones’ society.
Sukumara – The Young Man
This programme is designed to show young men how to enjoy inner peace and satisfaction while accomplishing their life goals.
Young adults today must confront the need to restore a planet that has been greatly damaged and whose climate is shifting with unknown consequences. Additionally, they face a world where weapons of mass destruction and arms are proliferating beyond control, fostering a global environment of fear. To successfully address these challenges and achieve a positive outcome, today’s citizens are required to cultivate their inner spiritual resources.
- Helps young men gain the wisdom of Vedic culture,
- Offers guidance to help them successfully fulfill their roles as breadwinners, professionals, and contributors to society.
- Offers an understanding of universal values that will, in turn, help cultivate the ethics necessary for working in the corporate world.
Suparivara – The Happy Family
Supariva helps bring the family unit together through the wisdom of Vedic heritage.
An extended family is a strong and stable social unit. Growing up in such an environment, one gains the support, security and comfort a large family provides. With urbanization and the accompanying mobility and migration, family units have progressively transformed into smaller nuclear units. Smaller family units face the loss of family customs and traditions historically passed on by their elders - traditions and customs critical to the stability and bonding of a family unit.
- Is a gen-link programme that nurtures the bonding of generations with the family, by awakening the individuals to universal values and cultural ethics,
- Helps families understand short-term and long-term goals and how to implement them as a family unit, and
- Teaches how to pray and recognize the role of God as a friend and family member.
Purna Vidya in Families
A family that learns together bonds together. In the privacy of their own homes, parents and grandparents study and share Purna Vidya with their children and grandchildren on a weekly basis. Purna Vidya helps families know their roots and secure the traditions and belief systems of India’s Vedic culture. Globally, thousands of families are currently studying and benefitting from this programme.
Purna Vidya in Villages
In various states throughout India, ten-day camps are conducted annually during the summer school holidays. During these camps the children learn how to chant slokas, how to do puja, and the meaning of epics such as Ramayana. The children are also introduced to yoga and meditation as well as learning both indoor and outdoor cultural games.
Sugrhinis and senior citizens are trained, with the support of volunteers, to conduct these Holiday Courses in hundreds of villages, benefitting thousands of children.
Purna Vidya in Communities
In hundreds of communities throughout the world, people have formed ‘Purna Vidya Community Centers’ for the purpose of sharing the Vedic Heritage with couples, women, youth, and children.
- Recreates the experience of living with the spiritual ideals of Vedic society.
- Answers questions with regard to the spiritual and cultural heritage, creating confidence and pride within the community.
- Helps families form support networks within their communities.
- Imparts an identity of peace within the group.
Purna Vidya in Schools
Hundreds of schools in India have adopted the Purna Vidya Study Programme as part of their Moral Education or Heritage classes, resulting in thousands of students benefitting every week.
- The Purna Vidya programme is designed to blend with the school curriculum over a period of 12 years, from standards 1 to 12.
- Schools can incorporate the programme in moral education or heritage classes.
- Classes are conducted once a week; the students are given text books.
- Teachers receive teaching guideline books and other training tools.
Teacher Training Programme
Through sharing the tenets of Vedanta, the Teacher Training programme empowers people to understand their spiritual roots more deeply, and prepares them to share this profound heritage with the next generation.
Teacher Training sessions include Vedanta and Heritage classes as well as group discussions and presentations. Vedic chanting, puja, yoga, meditation and satsangs are also an integral part of the residential trainings. This programme provides the understanding of the significance of Vedic culture and equips one to share with others the Purna Vidya books and course materials.
Residential trainings are held at Purna Vidya Foundation on the outskirts of Coimbatore City, while daylong seminars are offered at a variety of venues. Additionally, there is an 18-VCD Teacher Training module available for online training.
Anyone who wishes to share the Vedic Heritage in their own regional language can gain the necessary training through a weekend course or a one-day seminar with a teacher certified by Purna Vidya Foundation.