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Purna Vidya for Children

ॐ गणेशाय नमः

 What is Purna Vidya?

Purna Vidya is a value based cultural education for children. It helps one understand the rich cultural heritage of India in keeping with Vedic vision.

How is the syllabus organized?

The syllabus consists of 3 volumes in 12 parts. Volume 1, for children of ages 6 to 10, includes plays, games, and illustrations from the Ramayana, Bhagavata   Purana   and Mahabharata. Vol. 2, for ages 11 to 14, has two types of books, text books for students and Guidelines for Teaching. It also has puja that covers values, Ishwara, religious disciplines, religious culture and Vedic knowledge. Vol. 3, addressing teenagers between the ages of 15 and 17, covers topics on the fourteen-fold Vedic knowledge, including Bhagavad Gita and contemporary teen issues. The program is accompanied by instructional chanting tapes. Purna Vidya books were written by Sri Dhira Chaitanya and Swamini Pramanandaji. Please visit purnavidya.org for details.

Purna Vidya Classes

Purna Vidya, the spiritual heritage of India, is taught to the kids in the same traditional way through an unbroken sampradaya, that began with Lord Dakshinamurti, uplifted and maintained by Veda Vyasa and Adi Sankara, now handed directly to us by Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati and his students. Dr. Kumd Singhal, a student of Swami Dayanandaji for the last 25 years, has been conducting Purna Vidya Classes for children for the last several years at her residence. There is no tution fees for the children’s classes except $51 registration fee. The general topics covered are given in the following table.

Topics Covered

Meditation/yoga
Sixteen Steps for Puja
Leaning and Chanting of slokas/mantras
Value of Values (non-injury, truthfullness, … )
Stories from Panctantra, Ramayana, Mahabharata & Puranas
Introduction to Bhagavad Gita
Celebration of Indian Festivals (Shivaratri, Diwali, Holi, …)
About India (National Anthem, Gandhiji, …)
Devanagari Alphabets and basic Sanskrit
Stage Performance

Contact Information: ksinghal@ieee.org; 408-934-9747

Curriculum

Lord Dakshinamurti is Lord Shiva manifest as the first teacher. It is said in the Puranas that Lord Brahma, the creator, in the beginning of creation created out of his mind four progeny known as the Sanatkumaras: Sanaka, Sanandana, Sanatana and Sanatkumara. It is said that Lord Brahma asked them to join him in the task of creation. However, they were renunciates by nature, and even at that age, possessed a keen desire to know the truth. So, they set out in the northern direction in search of truth and then performed penance. Pleased with them, Lord Shiva appeared before them as a teacher, seated under a banyan tree, facing the south, and imparted Brahma-vidya (knowledge of Brahman) to the Sanatkumaras.

Purna Vidya, the spiritual heritage of India is taught to the kids in the same traditional way.

We start the class with simple yoga exercises and meditation and japa. The children then chant slokas/mantras which they have learnt. New slokas are taught every month. We also explain pujavidhanam (how to do puja), purpose of puja and prayers etc. Every month a topic is chosen for discussion. Currently we are dicsussing (1) Action and Reation (2) Unity in Diversity and (3)Value of Values. After the discussions, children write essays and present them to the whole class. A considerable time is spent in learning to write and pronounce the slokas in the devanagri script.

The class ends with a little puja followed by prasadam. At the end of the year children put up a stage performance for their family and friends. The guest of honor are Sri Vijay Kapoor and his wife Pammi Kapoor. The stage performance is followed by a lunch.

We also supplement the Purna Vidya books by additional material. Work books and some light homework is also given to the children.

Supplement Material

Prayers

Prayer Book

Books

Books available on Internet

We have selected books covering (i) Hindu Gods & Goddesses (ii) Yoga & prayers (iii) Hindu festivals (iv) Ramayana , Mahabharata & Puranic stories (v) Panchatantra moral & other stories (vi) Value education (vii) About India (viii) Activity & coloring and (ix) Frequently asked questions by children.

These books were selected after an extensive search on the internet. The books were chosen from well know publishing houses like Chinmaya Mission, Ramkrishna Math, Kitaab, Bharat babies, etc and well known Indian children authors. This primary selection is based on books which had good reviews on the internet. We will order many of these books, go through them, paying special attention on the content, presentation of the material, looks and feel etc. We will then decide which books to recommend.

Stories

Books by Kumud Singhal

Learn Sanskit/Hindi

Sanskrit

Overview

वर्णमाला – गीतम् Vedika: Sanskrit Rhymes – 1 (वर्णमाला-गीतम् १)
Vedika: Sanskrit Rhymes – 2 (वर्णमाला-गीतम् २) Vedika: Sanskrit Rhymes – 3 (संख्याः)
Vedika: Sanskrit Rhymes – 4 (वर्णाः) Vedika: Sanskrit Rhymes – 5 (पशवः १)

Hindi