What is Vedic Education?
India has been a centre of learning since the dawn of civilization. The study of the Vedas in the education system of ancient India led to the emergence of Vedic Education. It was an extremely superior form of academic pursuit where the ultimate goal was self-realisation and character-building. It believed that the training of the body, mind and the spirit was the way to holistic development of the pupil. Its curriculum was a rich amalgamation of the study of space, arithmetic, logic, metallurgy, the vast systems of education and architecture and much else. Vedic education infused a sense of responsibility and values of humility, truthfulness, discipline and self-reliance in students thereby preparing them for a better society.
Destruction of Vedic Form of Life and its consequences
The invasions and conquests by foreign marauders led to a systematic destruction of the Vedic form of life and mainly the education. In the name of bringing civilization to the natives, our country was robbed of its riches, both the material and intellectual kind. Today, we blindly ape an alien culture and habits that is not much useful to our body and mind. A nation dies when people lose faith in their own way of life, their principles, their profound ancient heritage and their philosophies. As a result, our entire lives, including education, mental and physical health, economy and parenting are adversely impacted.
Why Vedic Education?
Robust learning of students can take place only if equal focus is given to both theoretical knowledge and practical wisdom, perhaps more of the latter, as was the case in Vedic times. The vast Vedic Wisdom can be perfectly integrated with the CBSE Curriculum by creating a combination of academics and co-curricular activities, such as Vedic literature studies, music, art, yoga, community service, culinary art, etc. Vedic system of education lays emphasis on making students understand the concept of leading a balanced life. This very ideology of balance should be imparted to children from a very young age so that they are able to make the best choices in life and take informed decisions with respect to their studies, food, health, work and the way they want to live their life in best possible ways.
Our mornings start with purifying the environment and making it rich and full of energy to make the students ready to internalize knowledge.
*Yagyas were a part of the daily routine of people in ancient India, having numerous benefits.
*The fire purified the environment, the herbs used in the yagyas had a powerful effect in improving the physical and mental health, the Sanskrit chanting strengthened the nervous system.
*In our school, children are made to perform Agnihotra everyday. This purifies and cleanses the space element from the negative vibrations
*It brings clarity of thought, increases the energy level and improves overall health.
*It is the process of purification of the atmosphere through the agency of fire tuned to the specific biorhythm of sunrise/sunset.
*It comes from the ancient-most Vedic sciences of Bio-energy, Medicine, Agriculture and Climate Engineering
What do we teach the students as part of the Vedic Mind Training?
Yoga and Meditation
*Have several benefits in ensuring physical, mental and emotional health.
*Regular practice of yoga from a young age makes a person intuitive and innovative.
*Regular practice of yoga and meditation leads to a happy, healthy and disciplined life.
*Ayurveda system of life has been practiced in India for thousands of years.
*It is one of the oldest sciences and systems of medicine available to mankind. It is not just a medicine. Medicine is a part of Ayurveda.
*It lays emphasis on good health and prevention and treatment of illnesses through lifestyle practices (such as massage, meditation, yoga, and food) and the knowledge of natural plants and herbs as remedies.
*Ayurveda is holistic, which means viewing the body and mind as a whole. Hence, it not only treats a person’s physical complaints, but also changes lifestyle practices to help maintain or improve overall health.
*It emphasizes on Swasthya (meaning good health). The word Swasthya is a combination of two words, Swa + Asthya meaning the One who is established in the Self is a healthy person.
*Ayurveda Wisdom is one of the first steps towards understanding the Self.
*At Chinmaya Vidyalaya, students are given basic knowledge about Ayurveda to help them make informed choices regarding their lifestyle and understand their own personality-type.
*This is a collection of Techniques/Sutras to solve mathematical/arithmetic problems in an easier and faster way. It consists of 16 Sutras (Formulae) and 13 sub-sutras (Sub Formulae) which can be used for problems involved in arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, conics, etc.
*It provides one of the fastest mental maths techniques.
*Students having the knowledge of Vedic Math can solve CBSE Math on finger tips.
*When we understand the mind and its different permutations, we can deal with it in a better way.
*They are profound in their wisdom and hold the knowledge of how the human mind functions.
*Their understanding lays the foundation for preparing disciplined and healthy students imbued with a strong personality.
The Bhagvad Geeta
*All Upanishads are the essence of the Vedas and the Bhagwad Geeta is the Essence of all Upanishads.
*The Bhagvad Geeta is one of the tools through which the values of the Vedas can be easily understood and taught.
*Builds character by its moral values and makes one dynamic, proactive and forthcoming in action yet calm and relaxed by mind.
*Gives the ability to revolve complicated problems in simplest ways and solutions of modern day.
*Teaches holistic techniques for a better quality of day to day life.
* Teaches yoga, meditation, problem solving, happy mind, dealing with the opposites in life, critical thinking and ultimately spiritual growth along with material success.
*Helps to achieve goals in life without getting affected by the adverse effects of a stressful and competitive world.
*Gives one a robust personality to skillfully deal with the competitive world and yet stay happy and centred in life.