H.T. Question 4:

Do they teach Hinduism in the schools they run? If so, how and when?




All Omkarananda Educational Institutions are situated in places which are since immemorial times impregnated with the vibrant spiritual presence of immortal Rishis and Sages. At every turn the children are faced with the dynamisms of living Hinduism; the very atmosphere of the place teaches them the basic principles of Hinduism.

Omkarananda Educational Society aims at imparting education to all students irrespective of their caste, creed, colour, religion or sex. In all Omkarananda educational institutions students enjoy total freedom of religious views, beliefs and practices. Religion is presented joyously and with wisdom and love. Since students belong to various religions, the teachings of Hinduism and the essentials of all religions are being taught to the children in the Moral Science Classes.

Also guest lecturers and important personalities from all walks of life give frequently talks on various subjects like health, spirituality, better living, yoga and medicine. These lights of learning inspire and impart to the children the lessons and the wisdom they have gathered in their lives.

Here are two of the most recent examples of prominent spiritual personalities lecturing to our school-children, thereby beneficially influencing the children to live a life in accordance with the ethical, moral and spiritual ideals:

Last September His Holiness Sri Swami Shivapremanandaji Maharaj, a direct disciple of Swami Sivananda, who runs an Ashram in Argentina, was received as Guest of Honour in our Omkarananda Saraswati Nilayam. The children were enthusiastic about his inspiring lecture on the spiritual life.

In February / March, Omkarananda Ashram Himalayas hosted the internationally renowned, most adorable great Saint Sri Vasant V. Paranjpe Maharaj with a number of his distinguished disciples. The Ashram was most happy to facilitate the starting of his latest project which aims at spreading his Fivefold Path of which Agnihotra and Yagna are the heart and soul also in the Himalayan area. Sri Vasantji has a special program of teaching basic principles of the Sanatana Dharma, including Agnihotra, to the children. The visit of his team was a great success at our Omkarananda Saraswati Nilayam.

These special hours with guest lecturers are of great value to the school, and contribute to the shaping of the ethical, moral and spiritual ideals of the children.

On the last anniversary of Sri Swami Sivananda's birthday all the schools of Rishikesh were invited to participate in a prayer and speech competition at Sivananda Ashram. When the Omkarananda students finished their extraordinary performance of most rhythmic and enchanting prayers, the hall was booming with applause, and non ending congratulations accompanied the winners of five first prizes, and one second prize for senior, junior and primary group-prayer in English and Hindi, as well as two first prizes for the Hindi and English speeches. Such successful programs constantly improve the already excellent reputation of Omkarananda schools, and show the spiritual impact Omkarananda Ashram has on education.

SARASWATI", the Newsletter of Omkarananda Saraswati Nilayam, which is published regularly since the mid-eighties, contains words of wisdom of Sri Swami Omkarananda, messages of teachers, reports on guest lecturers with summaries of their speeches and most important many student contributions in the form of small articles, poems, witty comments, scientific knowledge, etc. The students try to excel each other in intelligence, in the depth of knowledge, spiritual insights and in giving Golden Rules of Life. The students demonstrate by their active participation that their school journal is great fun". This Newsletter is thus another most attractive way of imparting and deepening moral, ethical and spiritual principles to the children and youth.

The Himalayan Ashram's Publication Department edits, publishes and distributes since 1990 VIDYA PRABODHINI", the biannual Magazine of Omkarananda Ashram Himalayas, with leading articles of Sri Swami Omkarananda, drawn from his speeches given during the daily three-times Satsang, as well as many other most inspiring spiritual contributions and Ashram information concerning its activities, publications etc. It reaches a still wider public, bearing as it does most inspiring spiritual wisdom.

Furthermore the Ashram distributes publications
and cassettes carrying the teachings of Swami Omkarananda and other speakers. Cassettes and Publications on Suktas, Stotras, Aratis, Ashtakams, Mantras and Instrumental Music are also available.






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