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Accelerated Learning

Our holistic teaching curriculum (gurukulam) bears the name Hansavedas, which is also the name of our sangha and mission. This curriculum is placed first at the top of the seven levels of the Fellowship’s Teachings. Therefore the curriculum is the entry point for most seekers, servers and devotees looking to embrace authentic spirituality by imbibing wisdom teachings, living mindfully and ultimately building a regular practice of meditation. In this teaching platform, leading a life of mindfulness replete with meaningful service to the community is a natural after-effect of the centred lifestyle.

The Sanskrit term Hansavedas bears a specific meaning that embodies the journey to enlightenment through accelerated learning, introspective self-study and meditative revelation. The name personifies that supreme realized being (symbolized as a swan or hansa) who is the knower of consciousness, always self-reposed in the highest wisdom, and who reveals the Veda – the original Sanskrit wisdom.

Traditional Vedic learning is nonlinear and promotes accelerated learning due to a whole-brain approach. The methods have been successfully practised by generations of students to improve memory and lead a life of mindfulness. Children are inspired by whole-brain learning which brings about development of a noble character through improved memory power, emotional maturity, and graduation with values. This balanced learning approach brings about an understanding of conceptual truth (satya) and perceptual truth (ṛta), and ultimately prepares the seeker for mindful service to the community and liberation through meditation.

The Hansavedas teaching curriculum takes the essence of the time-honoured holistic learning methods and provides an authentic resource by integrating the salient thread (sutra) running through diverse aspects of meditative subjects. All essential components that supplement wisdom teachings and meditation, such as celestial music, sublime chanting, sacred art, yogic breathing, yoga-vinyāsa, wellness and mindfulness are integrated in a specific way as per the extant Sanskrit literature and guidance from lineages of meditation adepts. Even though to a mindful server, work is worship, in this paradigm, prayer reflects a subtle expression of inner peace and meditation is the primary form of worship.

The Hansavedas holistic curriculum is primarily offered to the public through direct teachings at our ongoing fellowship services and training classes, workshops and retreats. These fellowships invoke the traditional Vedic method of learning known as shruti or intent listening. The fellowship forum allows for high quality oral transmission and first-hand training. Many of our recordings from these regular services or public events, as well as those selected from our archives, are thereafter made available for online study. This online learning platform is steadily developing into a substantive rendition of original Sanskrit scriptures as a teaching resource in English.

The juxtaposition and interwoven elements of diverse learning bits and pieces, spiralling logic and built-in nonlinearity in our publication stream represent the Hansavedas concept. The teachings are collectively disseminated as a digital learning platform, multimedia.hansavedas.org and the coursework is being structured according to an ancient Sanskrit syllabus. The coursework being built up here online truly reflects the value-based holistic learning system from an authentic root source of indigenous knowledge.

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Additional Reading - Primary

  • Jyotirmayananda, Swami. (2000). The Art of Positive Thinking. Miami: Yoga Research Foundation, 2006.
  • Jyotirmayananda, Swami. The Art of Positive Feeling. Miami: Yoga Research Foundation, 1997.
  • Priyadarshi, Premendra. The First Civilization of the World. Delhi: Siddhartha Publications, 2011.
  • Bose, D. M. A Concise History of Science in India. Edited by S. N. Sen and B. V. Subbarayappa. New Delhi: Indian National Science Academy, 1971.
  • Priyadarshi, Premendra. Zero Is Not the Only Story: Ancient India’s Contribution to Modern Sciences. New Delhi: India First Foundation, 2007.
  • Kak, Subhash C. “Astronomy of Vedic Altars.” Indian Journal of History of Science, (1993).
    Bhargava, Manohar Lal. The Geography of Rig Vedic India. Lucknow: Upper India Publishing House, 1964.

Additional Reading - Secondary

  • Skolimowski, Henry. The Participatory Mind: A New Theory of Knowledge and of the Universe. London: Penguin Books, 1995.
  • Tirtha, Swami Bharati Krishna. Vedic Mathematics. Edited by Vasudeva S. Agrawala. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 1992.
  • Sen, S. N. A Bibliography of Sanskrit Works on Astronomy and Mathematics. Series 1. New Delhi: National Institute of Sciences of India, 1966.
  • Raju, C. K. Cultural Foundations of Mathematics: The Nature of Mathematical Proof and the Transmission of the Calculus from India to Europe in the 16th C. CE. In History of Science, Philosophy and Culture in Indian Civilization: Project of History of Indian Science, Philosophy and Culture. Edited by Debi Prasad Chattopadhyaya. Vol. X. Part 4. Delhi: Pearson Longman, 2007.
  • Al-Khwarizmii, Indian Technique of Addition and Subtraction (9th cen., n.d.) quoted in Ifrah, Georges. The Universal History of Numbers: From Prehistory to the Invention of the Computer. 3 vols. Vol. 2, New York: John Wiley, 2000.
  • Maximus Planudes, Psephophoria kata Indos (n.d), quoted in Ifrah, Georges. The Universal History of Numbers: From Prehistory to the Invention of the Computer. 3 vols. Vol. 2, New York: John Wiley, 2000.
  • Abu’l Hasan Kushiyar ibn Labban al-Gili, Maqalatan fi osu’l hisab al Hind (n.d), quoted in Ifrah, Georges. The Universal History of Numbers: From Prehistory to the Invention of the Computer. 3 vols. Vol. 2, New York: John Wiley, 2000.
  • Al-Khwarizmii, Algoritmi de numero Indorum (n.d) quoted in Duncan, David Ewing. The Calendar, Fourth Estate (London, 1998): 187.
  • Shukla, Kripa Shankar, and K. V. Sarma, trans. and eds. Aryabhatiya of Aryabhata. New Delhi: Indian National Science Academy, 1976.
  • Kak, Subhash C. “Astronomy in the Satapatha Brahmana.” Indian Journal of History of Science 28, no. 1 (1993): 15-34.
  • Briggs, Rick. “Knowledge Representation in Sanskrit and Artificial Intelligence.” The AI Magazine 6, no. 1, 1985.

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