Youth Programs

Pupils of Practical Vedanta

“Pupils of Prac­ti­cal Vedan­ta” is a valu­able edu­ca­tion pro­gram offered by the Rama­kri­shna Vedan­ta Soci­ety of North Car­oli­na and is aimed at chil­dren and young adults (5-18 years) to help them devel­op into eth­i­cal­ly ground­ed and moral­ly respon­si­ble cit­i­zens and bet­ter lead­ers of the future. Built on the phi­los­o­phy of Prac­ti­cal Vedan­ta expound­ed by Swa­mi Vivek­a­nanda, the pro­gram offers class­es in Music, Yoga, and Knowl­edge, in 30-minute seg­ments, all under one roof. Class­es meet on alter­nate Sun­days through the school year.

Click here to go to the pro­gram’s own website.

First Day of Class

The first day of class for the Vedan­ta Society’s val­ue edu­ca­tion pro­gram for chil­dren was offered on Sun­day, Sep­tem­ber 26, 2010. The class was attend­ed by 14 stu­dents. The first day of class began with the chil­dren stand­ing in front of the shrine and recit­ing a cou­ple of Upan­ishadic chants. There­after, each child offered a flower to Thakur, Maa, and Swami­ji and received a tilak on their fore­head from Mrs. San­ti Dut­ta who is the moth­er of one of the teach­ers and a for­mer prin­ci­pal of a school in India. At the con­clu­sion of this cer­e­mo­ny, the chil­dren went to their respec­tive class­es and had 30 min­utes each of instruc­tions in Music, Yoga, and Knowledge.

While the chil­dren were in their class­es, their par­ents assem­bled in the Library and watched a video enti­tled “Sci­ence and Con­scious­ness – Swa­mi Vivek­a­nanda” pub­lished by the Mysore cen­ter. A brief dis­cus­sion fol­lowed the video.

At the end of class­es, the chil­dren recit­ed “Brah­marpanam” and received a snack (Oreo cook­ies and juice) mark­ing the end of their first day. Dr. Uppal came all the way from Golds­boro and met with some of the chil­dren, their par­ents, and the teachers.

Click here to open a PDF about the open­ing day.