Aruddha Devi Dasi pictured alongside the newest quantity of the “Srimad Bhagavatam – A Comprehensive Guide for Young Readers”
Aruddha Devi Dasi, a luminary within the realm of Krishna-conscious schooling, with the assistance of a staff of fogeys worldwide, has been publishing “Srimad Bhagavatam – A Comprehensive Guide for Young Readers.” Recently, she has launched the sixth canto within the collection. She has additionally authored “Homeschooling Krishna’s Children,” an entire information to Krishna-conscious parenting revealed by the BBT, and is now touring the world to share her knowledge and expertise with lecturers and oldsters.
The Beginnings in Boise
Her journey into Krishna Consciousness is a outstanding one. In 1977, she married Anantarupa Das and moved to the U.S. In 1986, they began a small weekly program of their residence that grew right into a flourishing ISKCON temple for Sri Sri Radha Bankebihari. By May 2016, their expanded Krishna Cultural Center was inaugurated by Idaho’s Lt. Governor Brad Little. Unhappy with instructional choices in private and non-private colleges, she homeschooled her sons in conventional educational topics and immersed them within the profound teachings of the Srimad Bhagavatam.
Her method adopted the sentiment Srila Prabhupada expressed, “Even astronomy, astrology, politics, sociology, atomic idea, every thing is there. Therefore, if we examine Srimad-Bhagavatam very rigorously, then you definitely get all information fully.” Her sons, Radhika Raman, and Gopal Hari, are actually first-class students at essential educational establishments, among the world’s most extremely positioned Gaudiya Vaishnavas.
Witnessing her sons attaining Ph.D.’s from Oxford University of their early 20s fortified Aruddha’s conviction relating to the Bhagavatam’s capability to sculpt well-rounded devotees, seamlessly integrating intricate topics and rules into their cognitive tapestry.
Beyond familial bounds, Aruddha delved into disseminating the essence of homeschooling and Krishna-conscious parenting by means of her international seminars. At the age of 70, she is now touring around the globe, hoping that oldsters acknowledge the profound worth in endowing their progeny with an unwavering basis rooted in Bhakti rules.
Origin of the Series
She revealed, “While conducting seminars on homeschooling and Krishna-conscious parenting all through the world for a few years, I met many dad and mom who needed to show their youngsters Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam however wanted extra steering on precisely tips on how to do it. Then, I began doing workshops, throughout which we’d sit with their youngsters and reveal tips on how to information a dialogue that evoked the kid’s curiosity concerning the nature of the world, God, the self, and the aim of life. We would learn the translations of a chapter of ŚrīmadBhāgavatam and focus on the tales, predominant themes, and nice personalities. We would discuss concerning the relevance of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam in our personal lives – the way it supplies religious options to materials issues.”
She expressed, “When I defined at seminars how I taught my boys Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam by means of interactive studying and dialogue, a whole bunch of fogeys have been impressed to observe. However, I additionally realized that many dad and mom who needed to check the Bhāgavatam with their youngsters needed a proper curriculum for finding out Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam.”
She continued, “This is once I determined to begin a collaborative venture involving devotee dad and mom worldwide. I shaped a web-based Yahoo group by which roughly 15 dad and mom – from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States – labored collectively to create examine assets for every chapter in a single specific space they have been good at.”
There have been discussions on totally different matters, akin to the important thing messages, character descriptions, and questions. Activities based mostly on language, vocabulary, essential pondering, analogy, and introspection, with the addition of arts, crafts, drama, songs, and different hands-on actions have been additionally thought-about.
Aruddha mentioned, “We then started the painstaking process of placing collectively books to be used by dad and mom wherever. Our editor, Nikunja Vilasini Devi Dasi from Portugal, oversees the examine supplies’ content material, group, and enhancing.”
A recurrent remark echoes within the suggestions: these literary choices are user-friendly and require minimal preparation for diligent dad and mom and devoted lecturers. “In Durban alone, 75 units of books (Cantos 1- 6) have been bought,” Aruddha mentioned, “They have been additionally well-received in European international locations akin to Spain, France, Germany, Belgium, the United Kingdom, and Bulgaria. In Lithuania, about 40 units of books have been bought. Many temples in India, America, and Europe use them for Sunday colleges. The Mayapur International School and the Vrindavan Gurukula use these books day by day to show Bhagavatam to the kids. In Vrndavan Gurukula, they plan to finish six Cantos earlier than highschool.”
She continued, “There is lots of enthusiasm amongst college students and lecturers as they start to check Srimad Bhagavatam. They profit each spiritually and materially. Many homeschoolers are utilizing them often. Another remark I ceaselessly get is that the books are simple to make use of and perceive, and never a lot preparation is required for folks and lecturers earlier than utilizing them.”
New Volume 6 Now Available
Her newest providing within the collection Srimad Bhagavatam – A Comprehensive Guide for Young Readers, Volume Six, is designed for youngsters ages 10-18. Still, it may be tailored to youth youthful than ten or older than 18. Aruddha Devi Dasi defined the contents of this canto, “In this Canto, now we have three main tales, particularly, the historical past of Ajamila, a deeply philosophical story exhibiting the importance of the holy title and explaining the encounter between the Yamadutas and Vishnudutas which is able to assist the kids deeply ponder about life’s closing journey and the alternatives obtainable. Then now we have Indra’s offense to Brhaspati, his massive blunder because of satisfaction, and his encounter with a heroic demon, Vrtrasura, who is a good devotee of the Lord. And lastly, the story of Citraketu, how he handled the sudden demise of his solely baby because of the form intervention of Narada Muni, and the way he falls down as Vrtrasura because of the cursing of Mother Parvati. We additionally produce other smaller episodes, such because the cursing of Narada Muni by Prajapati Daksha, highlighting the temper of a pure devotee who, because of his compassion and devotion, is prepared to take all dangers to please the Lord.”
Regarding her future plans, Aruddha Devi Dasi revealed, “By Krishna’s mercy and the mercy of Vaishnavas, we hope to finish all of the Cantos sometime, or at the very least till the Tenth Canto. We usually do a chapter per week, so relying on the variety of chapters, the quantity is accomplished accordingly. We are engaged on Canto 7 and hope to finish it in just a few months.”
Aruddha Devi Dasi concluded, “Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam lies on the coronary heart of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu’s philosophy and motion. I pray that these books will assist youngsters, lecturers, and oldsters develop a lifelong love for this nice literature, following within the footsteps of Śrīla Prabhupāda and our earlier ācāryas. I humbly request the readers to forgive any faults and shortcomings which may be there within the books.”
All of the Cantos can be found to order by way of Amazon. For bulk orders, the publishing firm provides a considerable low cost. You can contact Aruddha for bulk ordering particulars and donation choices to contribute to this inspiring venture. You could donate on to the Vedic Cultural Research Institute by way of PayPal utilizing the e-mail [email protected]. To observe Aruddha’s service, you may observe her newest travels here and join together with her on Facebook.
You may recognize an interview she did with Bhakti Kids Sangha Podcast.