Children books: our battle for Indian and Hindu culture seems difficult. Every time I try to look for something Indian or Hindu in any books or toys or even regular shops, I get slapped on my face. No matter what we do and kind of knowledge we share on various forums and conferences, till our culture doesn’t turn into profit-making products all efforts will fail.Firstly, we need to replace every game boards, learning books, craft materials and every other learning tools available in the market. We need to promote such companies which are into making kids activities’ sheets and games.The second step is to develop such products which talk about various Hindu festivals, cultural significance and related topics. Thirdly, we have no music or very few school poetries or rhymes available in Hindi or other regional languages. I have found a few but it’s very less compare to English material. Remember, English language is fully commercialised from all angles hence it’s working. Or else it would haven’t ruled the world and especially us for such a long time.
Cleanliness in our Hinduvedic Scriptures : I am so proud that I have given one full chapter to the daily routine and cleanliness to my book- Hindu Culture and Lifestyle. Few people had commented that why I thought to give so much importance but today I am sure that our intuition gives us the right direction. Every chapter chosen in this series are well- thought and with a purpose.
It is quite understandable that many ladies question how our courses are going to help their kids if they learn it. I encountered this very important question while I was in Thika with a ladies group.
Let me give you an example of an indian CEO in modern technology world. E.g. Sunder Pichhai from Google. He hails from a very humbled background with the fully rooted indian values. Do you think there was nobody else as technically sound as him and also creative. But his values pushed him to this stage as he was to head the company world over. Even to climb the ladder of corporate world, we need to inculcate the indian values to our kids which gives them an upper hand above peers.
The world is surely competitive and we don’t have enough time to teach more to kids. But value based education helps you not only in jobs but also in personal life.
The world is such a diverse place. It is like a mosaic with different cultures forming a rich and beautiful tapestry. We understand that it is the uniqueness and identities of different groups and societies that make up this wonderful human world. And we need dialogue and exchange of thoughts constantly to remind us that we need to live alongside different people in harmony and peace. We have to acknowledge this diversity, only then will we be able to accept and learn from others and share what is good in our own. This kind of a dialogue should be there in all our schools and colleges, I feel, only then we can truly call ourselves cultured.
There is so much divisiveness in a society that we have to take this call especially when we live in multi-ethnic, multicultural societies. The Dalai Lama keeps stressing that dialogue is a good thing. Otherwise, we will grow up as separate islands or pockets without mingling with others. As the world is becoming more global and we are moving across continents, this kind of integration and seamlessness is necessary. This is what the meaning of true culture is. When I was researching for the Hindu Culture Studies books which I have authored I found that India from the ancient times had this kind of approach. Vasudaiva kutumbhakam, we always believed that the entire world is my family. We assimilated all cultures, welcomed people of all ethnicities, treated them as our own and that is the true culture of our ancient country. We have to teach our children and our future generations about this. That is the reason why our country holds reverence among the world nations. This pride should be instilled in all our countrymen.
Wherever I travel in this wide world I come across people asking me so many questions as they want to know about what they have read or heard about India and I feel quite happy to talk to them about the greatness of our culture. We don’t realize the priceless treasure that we have inherited. Let us hold on to it and become cultured in the true sense of the word.
Shrivedant Foundation has developed a unique course material to help Indians and others to start living a Vedic Hindu Lifestyle to uplift their soul and well-being. We have introduced Courses on Hindu Culture and Lifestyle in three levels – Basic, Intermediate and Advance catering to children, teenagers and young/ mature adults respectively. Each level has a set of 4 books making it 12 books in all. The four subjects are Vedic Lifestyle, Inside India, Indian ancients sciences and Indian Scriptures. The material is designed in such a way that the student understands the elements of vedic lifestyle and gradually grows in the same path, becoming aware of every aspect in the later courses.
I am so happy that the Hindu Culture and Lifestyle Studies Course has been launched in Kisumu. We had a grand inauguration of the program on 21st February to the local community. These courses are available in three modes, online, sself-studyand classroom. I wanted the members to understand the genesis and background of these courses. My presentation helped them to understand in detail about the courses which are going to be conducted in three levels, basic, middle and advance. More than hundred people were there and I hope we start getting a good number into our classes.
It is my dream to see youngsters get a good understanding about our culture and traditions. The Shree Sanatan Hindu Union Temple will be the venue for the classes. I am also glad that six volunteers have signed up to be teachers. The detailed Teacher’s Manual will guide them to handle the classes with ease. The first batch will start with classes offered for free on Saturdays from 3.30 to 4.30 pm and Sundays from 10.30 to 11.30 am in English and Gujarati. Anyone in the age group of 8 to 18 can join the class. Many officials and prominent members of the Community graced the occasion. The books and the classes were formally inaugurated by the trustees of the temple, Shree Govind bhai Kaneria and Dr. Prajapati, Chairperson Hitesh Derodra, National Trustee of Hindu Council of Kenya Shree Ramesh Mehta. I am looking forward to the residents of Kisumu and other nearby areas to join the course and benefit from the classes.
It is my pleasure to share with you that we have launched our much awaited and well- designed courses on Hindu Culture and Lifestyle Studies on our website http://www.courses.indianscriptures.com.
The courses are designed keeping NRIs and other non-indian communities in mind. It is easy to understand and also very practical to follow Indian culture in today’s modern life. It is attempted to target those people who would not like to follow any hindu cult or guru and yet want to know more about Hindu culture and heritage.
It is also benefitted to those who are practising any particular sampraday within Hindu vedic umbrella but not able to understand why we do certain things in certain ways. These courses will help you to understand the basic tenants of Indian lifestyle and why to do certain things in certain ways.
Please join the courses as per your convenience of time and place as everything is online. If you need any assistance our panel of volunteers will be happy to help you.