Tabla Classes At Devi Mandir
Tabla Class We are proud to offer you tabla classes facilitated by a trained Teacher!
Time: Sunday after Service
Class #1 - 12:30 Noon- 1:15 PM
Class #2 - 1:15 PM - 2 PM
Location: Devi Mandir Mezzanine (3rd Floor)
Vocal & Harmonium Classes At Devi Mandir
Music has long been important to Hinduism. Since the creation of the universe and the chanting of the cosmic sound "AUM", music has always been associated with the Hindu way of life. Classes are being offered at the Devi Mandir to all those interested in learning light Hindustani Classical Music. From bhajans to geets, ghazals to film songs, the oppurtunity to learn the lighter aspects of Hindustani vocal is at the Devi Mandir.
Time : Sunday after Service 1:00 PM
Location : Devi Mandir Prayer Hall
Kirtan Classes At Devi Mandir
Bal Vikaas Program:
According to Swami Chinmayananda “Children are not vessels to be filled, but lamps to be lit. The seed of spiritual values should be sown in young hearts, and the conditions made favorable for sprouting and steady growth through proper control and discipline. It must be cared for with the warmth of love and affection, and such a tree shall blossom forth flowers of brotherhood, universal love, peace, bliss, beauty, and Perfection.”
The Satya Sanatan Dharma Cultural Sabha (SSDCS) or Devi Mandir is located in the city of Pickering-Ontario and has over the years been able to fulfill the spiritual and cultural needs of the community in a very satisfactory manner. In keeping with its mandate to ensure that our youths are well equipped to propel hinduism in the future and face the challenges of life, the mandir has embarked on a Bal Vikaas program for the children of the mandir.
Today’s hindu children need to be equipped with sound knowledge and understanding of our rituals and scriptures if they are to act as ambassadors of our religion and propagate the profound teachings of hinduism .
In this regard, a curriculum that covers the philosophy and basic tenets of Hinduism as it relates to today’s society is required and it can be accomplished by integrating the Purna Vidya curriculum in the existing curriculum offered to students.
Need for Bal Vikaas :
Character-building begins with children, and given the fast pace of life in today’s society coupled with the absence of the ancient gurukula system, children of Indian heritage are rarely exposed to the beauty and greatness of Indian culture.
Bal Vikaas or Bal Vihaar offers a solution in these modern days where knowledgable and trained professionals teach children what they ought to about our culture and hopefully become ambassadors of Hinduism. Bal Vikaas is important for the following reasons:-in the future..
Ø Character building of a nation starts with the children .
Ø Children set the trend for future generations.
Ø It is the children who will help to establish a world of peace and harmony.
Ø In the absence of the Gurukula system and joint families, children are exposed to a bare minimum of our valued culture.
Ø Parents and guardians does not seem to have enough time for their children especially in a fast paced environment like Canada.
Ø Bal Vikaas is the solution where children learn what they need to know in an environment that is peaceful and conducive to learning.
Ø Children have fun together in Bal Vikaas.
The main goal of the Bal Vikaas is to instil in our children spiritual and cultural awareness; moral values; emotional refinement and good conduct through structured lessons, discussions, scripture readings, arts and craft and to engage in community service.
Ø To train children and inculcate in them a reverence for our ancient culture and inspire them to live up to it with the correct understanding.
Ø To create self-confidence to serve and to act cheerfully.
Ø To generate a true affection in all contacts; inculcate personal discipline and a true spirit of leadership.
Ø To mould their capacity to express and assert their individuality.
Ø To bring out their dormant faculties and detect defects.
Ø To cultivate and improve the creative abilities of children.
Ø To help children develop a healthy resistance against temptations in the environment in which they grow.
Ø To provide an atmosphere for children to grow with noble ideals; healthy emotions and physical discipline.
Class size and structure:
Children will be placed in one of the three groups based on their ages and academic standing. The ideal is to have about 10-15 students per class for effective learning to take place. Class size may have to be adjusted based on the number of registered students. In the short term, students in the various classes will be identified with a unique coloured scarf as is done presently. However, the long term plan is to have all children be in uniform in addition to their unique coloured scarfs to identify to which class they belong .
Various normal classroom teaching methods will be employed to deliver the materials to the students. This will involve lectures, workshops, audio visual presentations, chalk board, guest lectures among others. To encourage students participation, group discussions , assignments and presentations will be encouraged as much as possible.
Teachers for the various groups will be drawn from the existing pool of resource personnel presently administering the Bal Vikaas program. Volunteers from the mandir or outside will be used as deemed necessary.
In addition, I will be taking an active role in teaching some of the modules-especially the intermediate and advanced classes.
It is important that all teachers know their material well before delivering same to students. This is particularly important in the cases where they will be teaching shlokas and mantras in hindi and sanskrit language where intonation and pronounciation is the key. In this regard, periodic training sessions will be planned for all teachers in an effort to bring everyone up to speed in delivering the material effectively to the children.
As a trained professional teacher myself, I plan to do this by way of small workshops, lectures and self-teaching using DVD`s and also using the teachers guide for the various modules. If necessary, we will seek the services of other professionals from the temple to assist.