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Reason-Based Spiritual Teaching

(For Ages 12 - 17)

Curriculum Schedule Registration

For Vedic culture and thoughts to continue, it is imperative that our children, who are the future carriers of knowledge, are taught reason-based understanding of the Vedic culture. Today’s environment is such that children are bombarded by too much Avidya (false education) and it is our responsibility to give them a foundation based on intellect on our culture and scriptures. Like Benedict De Spinoza, the 17th century philosopher, said, “One should have intellectual love towards God.” We should use our intellect to understand spirituality. Understanding and faith anchored in the intellect keeps one stable and purposeful. This class will allow children to think on their own. The class is conducted in an open discussion environment to ensure the children grasp the concepts. This class offers reason-based understanding of our Vedic rituals, scriptures and why it benefits us to do spiritual activities.


Gunvant Dahyabhai Mistry (Teacher for Reason-Based Spiritual Teaching)


I am presently retired, but active in the lives of children. I feel that our Vedic culture and teachings are exceptional, and we can give the values and treasures in them to the whole world.


I have been very fortunate my whole life since I have had exposure to Vedic thoughts throughout my life. In my early childhood, my father would read and explain the Bhagavatam, Bhagavad Geeta and some of the Vedic scriptures. I pursued my quest and curiosity for our Vedic literature when I came to the USA in 1971 and attended all lectures in Austin from visiting saints. In 1992 I was introduced to Reason based spirituality by Pandurandg Shashtri Athvale and how to apply the teaching in life. For the past 30 years I have been working with children and taught principles of Vedic scriptures to children of all age levels. I like working with older children since there is a challenge of questions from the children. I have been conducting my classes in an open environment of questions and answers. I want the children to talk because it gives me an insight of their existing knowledge and their thought process. Understanding them allows me to tailor my teaching so they can get correct understanding. I strongly believe that each one of us is responsible for ourselves and as such make use of God-given intellect in spiritual pursuit.


For the last 23 years I have conducted a weeklong Tapovan every year for children from the ages of 8 to 14 years. At the Tapovan, the child learns about all aspects of life like washing his/her own clothes, helping in the kitchen, performing Surya Namaskars, Pranayams, Asanas, work with each other, learning from selected topics in Hinduism, etc.Tapovans and Gurukuls were our Vedic learning places that taught children values, morals, and spirituality to live a healthy purposeful life.


Presently I belong to Shiv Yog foundation to pursue my spiritual path. I have incorporated my learning from this foundation into the children’s classes.






This class helps our children in understanding correctly what Vedic scriptures tell us.

Who Am I? – Do I know who I am?

Trikalsandhya – Remember God three times a day.

Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesh (Shiv) – What the Trinity represents.

Ganapati – The story and correct understanding of the Devta (deity).

Navaratri – The significance of the nine-day celebration.

Tejasvita – What does brilliance mean and how do we apply it in our lives?

Vedic timeline – The duration of this creation and its cyclic nature

Bharti Scientists – What our scientists have given the world

Peer pressure – How to avoid peer pressure

Our five bodies – Do we really have five bodies and what are they?

Asanas – The importance of maintaining a healthy strong physical, emotional and mental body.

Pranayams – Why are pranayams important? What is the science behind pranayams.




Classes are offered on Sundays from 9:15AM-10:15AM.

Fall 2023

Sep 10

Sep 17

Sep 24

Oct 1

Oct 8

Oct 15

Oct 22

Oct 29

Nov 5

Nov 12

Nov 19

Thanksgiving Break

Nov 26

Thanksgiving Break

Dec 3

Dec 10

Dec 17 



Spring 2024

Jan 7

Jan 14

Jan 21

   Jan 28  

Feb 4

Feb 11

Feb 18

Feb 25

Mar 3

Mar 10 

Mar 17 Spring Break

Mar 24 Spring Break

Mar 31

April 7

April 14

April 21

Apr 28

May 5

May 12 






Registrations are now open for 2023-2024

Registration Link

Classes will be conducted in-person at Sri Shirdi Sai Baba Temple of Austin

For questions about the registration please email -  education@saiaustin.org