About Vedanta Vidya Mandir
The Vedanta Vidya Mandir, one of the initiatives started by Revered Swami Pramathananda, is intended to provide moral and spiritual education for the young people in our Society. The school was started in June 2003, with classes being held once a month. Later, on the request of students and parents classes were increased to twice per month. The school is run by volunteers under the guidance of Revered Swami Kripamayananda. Classes are usually conducted on Sunday afternoons; from 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm. Children as young as 4 years may be accepted into the programme. Students are divided into 3 main groups: Juniors, Intermediates and Seniors.
The day starts by offering of fruits, prayers, meditation, chanting and a talk by the Swami. They then proceed to their classes where they learn Music, Samskrit, Classical Stories for juniors, Upanishadic Stories for Intermediates, Bhagavad Gita for seniors. Subject of study can vary from year to year.
At the end of the year students present a Pradarsanam programme, showcasing the entire year's class activities.
To place education in the context of wholesome development that not only includes knowledge, but also moral and ethical values and a spiritual perspective that will give inspiration, self-confidence, social balance and overall strength.
Goals and Objectives
At Vedanta Vidya Mandir, learning and teaching are based on the principles of Vedanta:
a) Understanding of self or relationship with God: develop a positive and realistic self-concept
b) Incorporating the message of Vedanta into their daily lives
c) Engaging in activities and experiences through "Work as worship"
d) Making decisions based on Vedantic values
e) Learning to cope with change and uncertainty
f) Appreciate one's own cultural identity and the heritage of others
g) Value and respect individual and cultural similarities and differences