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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.

 

 

Curriculum

 

 

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.

 

Schedule

 

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

Fall 2022

Sep 11

Sep 18

Sep 25

Oct 2

Oct 9

Oct 16

Oct 23

Oct 30

Nov 6

Nov 13

Nov 20

Thanksgiving Break

Nov 27

Thanksgiving Break

Dec 4

Dec 11

Dec 18 

 

 

Spring 2023

Jan 8

Jan 15

Jan 22

   Jan 29   

Feb 5

Feb 12

Feb 19

Feb 26

Mar 5

Mar 12 Spring Break

Mar 19 Spring Break

Mar 26

Apr 2

April 9

April 16

April 23

Apr 30

May 7

May 14 

 

 

 

Registration

 

Registration Link for 2022-2023

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

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