Living Vedic Tradition
 
 
Course Structure

What are the reasons behind the various customs that we follow? The significance of various customs which transforms every ordinary chore into a lofty offering, seemingly routine activities like ringing a bell or breaking a coconut in a temple are all well explained in the books titled Living Vedic Traditions. We celebrate diversity, we celebrate plurality, we wait for an occasion to express our joy through some festival or the other. These are established practices that have been embedded into our lives not just for our wellbeing but also for the well being of the whole world.

Course Overview

 
Basic


The Vedas are believed to have been communicated to our ancient Rishis or seers during their metaphysical trance like state. The Vedas impacted every aspect of man’s life, the religion followed by the people also came to be known as Vedic Religion or Vaidika Dharma. The lifestyle followed came to be called as Vedic Lifestyle.

Vedic Lifestyle would thus include the celebration of festivals, their significance and procedures to be followed. Why do Hindus worship a plant, a tree, an animal or the elements? Isavasyam idam sarvam is an ancient dictum which means god is all pervading. So every Hindu is encouraged to see the presence of god in all beings. What a wonderful world it would be if we were to follow this injunction! But that is what our Scriptures instruct us to do. There is a reason behind every custom that we follow, it is definitely not an act of blind faith. The place of worship for Hindus is called a temple. How are these temples built? There is an exclusive branch of Science that deals with the art of constructing temples. You will learn about these and much more in this book which also has a few stories from the Panchatantra.

Course Structure
Intermediate


The first level must have helped you to get acquainted with Hinduism quite well. You must now be fairly conversant with many of the terms that are usually used in Hinduism. As we move forward, the sessions take you through the daily routine followed by mantras, yoga, satsangha and dhyana. Ritual worship which involves sixteen steps and the various rituals that are observed from womb to tomb of a Hindu that is right from the time of conception to death, the various vows, the reasons behind the innumerable customs, festivals and pilgrimages undertaken are all explained in this course. Ancient India was quite advanced in arts and culture. Learn about the 64 arts that existed then and also about Indian music and Indian food in the following sessions. Description of dress and ornaments completes this section. The entire book is replete with attention grabbers and interesting tidbits of information to make your study pleasant and rewarding.  

Advance


In this advance edition of Living Vedic Lifestyle Course, you will gain insight into the importance of leading a healthy life replete with exercises, good diet, rest and relaxation. Starting the day by chanting mantras rejuvenates the body, mind and soul and keeps us fit to plunge into our routine activities with energy and enthusiasm. Learn the slokas listed in this chapter and be blessed with tranquility and peace. The various postures listed under yogic asanas, when practiced, help in maintaining good health. There is lot of stress in the modern world. Relaxation and meditation techniques help people to maintain their equipoise and there is a chapter that describes in detail, the various ways of doing meditation. The sixteen steps involved in performing puja follows next while the elaborate description of rituals, vows and havans and the reasons behind following customs help the student to understand the deep significance behind each act. Reasons and legends behind celebrating festivals along with the appropriate procedures and hymns to the particular deity in whose honor the festival is being celebrated are all well illustrated in the chapter on living festivals. Pilgrimages are an important part of our religion. There are so many pilgrim tours like visiting the jyotirlingas, ashtavinayak, panchabhoota sthalas etc. As a student of Hinduism, it is important you have good knowledge of what this country offers and hence this is an important chapter in your Course material. Every individual has to adhere to certain rules in society and all these are well codified in our Scriptures. This will broaden your understanding of Hinduism. An insight into Indian food, art, dress and ornaments forms the closing chapter of this selection.


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