New Hyde Park, NY (PRWEB) January 19, 2010
The U.S. ashram of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj, JKP Barsana Dham, will offer a 7-day course on the Gita in New York during the mid-winter school recess this February. Taking advantage of the school break, the course will have two parallel classes - one for youth, and one for adults, and is scheduled in the evenings on February 14-20. The course will focus on the most important topics of the Gita chapter by chapter. One chapter will be covered each day. The location of the course is New Hyde Park, NY which is on Long Island, on the border of Nassau and Queens Counties.
Swami Nikhilanandji, a disciple of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj, and a representative of JKP Barsana Dham, will present the course. Past participants in other cities like Dallas, Houston and Washington, D.C. have appreciated the format of the course, which allows youth and adults to learn at their own level. Each day, after the introduction and opening prayer, the group is divided into adult and youth sections. The youth receive their instruction first, while the adults begin their education in the media room by watching a special video speech by Kripaluji Maharaj on a related topic. Then the groups switch, and while the adults receive their instruction, the youth review their knowledge by playing a game of Jeopardy with questions crafted around the lessons of that day. The class concludes with both groups coming together for a final question and answer and the arti. Both youth and adults receive worksheets for each chapter of the Gita, which help them to remember the most important points.
Swami Nikhilanandji explains what makes this Gita class unique. "In this course, participants learn the most important concepts of each chapter and gain an overall understanding of what the Gita is and how its philosophy is important in our lives. This overview of the primary teachings of the Gita is more important than the memorization or detailed study of individual verses, and sets this course apart from other Gita classes."
The course is also notable for its interactive format which encourages participants to ask questions. Youth are excited to find the answers to questions that have gone unanswered in the past, and parents are relieved to gain the knowledge that will enable them to answer their children's questions in the future. A father of two youth participants in the recent Dallas Gita course remarked, "My daughter was so enthusiastic to come to the classes every day. We had tried to interest her in classes on Hinduism before, but either the classes were too intellectual, boring or not enough fun. This class changed her outlook and has ignited a desire in her to learn about Hinduism."
The youth are asked to take an exam on the last day to review what they have learned, and prizes are handed out for the highest scores, as well as for perfect attendance. Youth class material is suitable for ages 6 and up. All youth must be accompanied by an adult. Adults without children are welcome.
Many adults find clarity for the first time, even after a lifelong study of the Gita. The Gita is one of the most popular Hindu scriptures, as well as one of the most concise, being only 700 verses, divided into 18 chapters. Many people read or study the Gita everyday, but although they find consolense and inspiration in its verses, they are unable to clearly understand its philosophy. Swami Nikhilanandji uses the teachings of his Guruji, Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj, to help people understand the essence of the Gita and to clear confusions and answer questions that may have persisted for years.
The location of the program is the Vaishnav Community Center, 100 Lakeville Rd, New Hyde Park, NY 11040. The timings are as follows: Sunday, February 14 4:00-6:00 pm; Monday-Saturday, February 15-20 7:00-8:30 pm. Dinner prasad is served each evening following the program. The course is offered free of charge. For more information and to register, call (516) 281-5973. You may also visit http://www.SwamiNikhilanand.com.
Take advantage of this year's February school break to educate your kids on the Gita and the basics of Hinduism, and to learn more about the teachings of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj.