We welcome His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda to Houston for a special presentation on indigenous education that has survived in India since ancient times due to the sequestered schooling environs of the inner courtyards of temples and monasteries. This traditional learning is based on integration of intentional temple worship rituals with accelerated memorization from whole-brain learning techniques while using breathing synchronized with hand and finger movements (hasta-swara).
Elements of this original system of accelerated learning were used in renowned universities of yore. These universities of ancient India seamlessly combined mathematics with meditation, philosophy with music, and yoga with art among many other interwoven diverse parts of the Sanskrit-based curriculum. Unfortunately, the current education system has ignored the scientific value of this Sanskrit-based learning system and does not support the extant traditional education platforms.
Erstwhile colonial administration sponsored skewed studies to purposely misconstrue the cultural and historical heritage of India. Most important in this scheme was the deconstruction of the Sanskrit-based learning and educational heritage.
The ancient Vedic learning methods are nonlinear (exponential), promote accelerated learning and vastly improve memorization capacity. These methods have been practiced by generations of students to improve memory and preserve indigenous knowledge. Accelerated learning relies on combining sublime recitation with coordinated hand/finger movements and breathing techniques. Children who study in these parallel education system feel deeply inspired by whole-brain learning that bring about development of personality and graduation with values.
His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda will share (1) the mystery of temple altars and the scientific value of worship rituals and (2) why chanting of verses that were memorized by heart is a hallmark of indigenous education for children and adults alike. At the end of the discourse he will show short videos from the inner courtyards temples and monasteries that bear testimony to this incredible surviving education system.
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience authentic wisdom teachings, Sanskrit chanting and a blessing line (darshan).
His Holiness is a Himalayan monk of the ancient Vedanta order, who is a kriyāyogi and a meditation master from the combined heritage of rishi sages and nath yogis. He was awarded the degree of Mahāmahopādhyāya (DLitt et Phil) by the university system in India due to his scholarly and meditative interpretation of Sanskrit literature. He teaches cardinal philosophies of Vedanta, Sankhya and Yoga with exquisite clarity and initiates seekers into Himalayan meditation techniques. He is the spiritual founder of Self Enquiry Life Fellowship and head of the Hansavedas Mission.
A simple vegetarian supper prasāda will be offered following the discourse.
Kindly arrive early to check-in and be seated. Durga Bari has ample parking.
Entrance is free with required registration, but love donations to support the Houston fellowships are deeply appreciated.