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Vedic Heritage Teaching Program

The Vedic Heritage Teaching program is a guide for families and communities that wish to teach the Vedic heritage to their children in an authentic and systematic manner. The subject matter has been organized into three volumes, tailored to the ages of the children.

The first volume addresses children of ages six to eight years and offers teaching material for a three-year program. The second volume for children of ages nine to twelve extends the learning by introducing the forms of Isvara and the spirit of Vedic culture. The third and final volume for children between thirteen and fifteen years of age includes the significance of Hindu samskaras, and provides an introduction to the Bhagavad Gita. It also addresses some social and cultural issues through the Vedic vision.

Teaching this program will be a blessing to oneself and to the community if one has the attitude of a seeker and discovers the skill to communicate.

The immigrant community from India have channeled much energy into building temples and community centers in the west. These centers fulfill a need for cultural identity and offer a place for worship, religious and cultural celebrations, and social events. Although these centers preserve the forms of the Vedic tradition, the spirit which breathes wisdom into these forms can be imbibed only through an appreciation of the sruti and smriti literature.

The homeland of any people provides an infrastructure in its society to hand down culture from generation to generation. The first-generation Indian immigrants, having grown up in India, naturally imbibed the culture of their homeland. In addition, the joint family structure provided them with inspiration and stability at home through relatives who lived pious lives.

For second generation Indian children, born into a different culture, the dynamics of understanding and growing as a part of their heritage have changed drastically. For them, the home is composed of a nuclear family wherein parental responsibilities are diverse. Western society, too, offers many alternative beliefs and ways of living. Given this situation, teaching the Vedic heritage to children emerges as an essential part of life in an immigrant Indian family or community.

The program, developed and written by Sunita Ramaswamy and Dr. Sundar Ramaswamy, can be purchased from our online bookstore or by calling our bookstore at (570) 992 2339 ext. 567.

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