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.
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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.