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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 (incorrect education) and it is our responsibility to give them a foundation based on intellect on our culture and scriptures. 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 28 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 thereis 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 20 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.

 

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?

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

 

Schedule

 

Classes are offered on Sundays from 10:30AM-11:30AM.

Fall 2021

Sep 12

Sep 19

Sep 26

Oct 3

Oct 10

Oct 17

Oct 24

Oct 31

Nov 7

Nov 14

Nov 21

Thanksgiving Break

Nov 28

Thanksgiving Break

Dec 5

Dec 12

Dec 19 

 

 

 

Spring 2022

Jan 9

Jan 16

Jan 23

   Jan 30   

Feb 6

Feb 13

Feb 20

Feb 27

Mar 6

Mar 13 Spring Break

Mar 20 Spring Break

Mar 27

Apr 3

April 10

April 17

April 24

May 1

May 8

May 15 

 

 

 

Registration

 

Registration Form   

If you have any questions about the registration please send an email to education@saiaustin.org

*Please note the classes will be offered virtually due to the current health alert until further notice.