Summary (December 2013)

Namaste, Like previous years, in the month of December, instead of a new assignment, we review our year-long learning. This year, the hawan kids not only learnt about different Hindu scriptures but also understood the vast and deep teachings in them. Below are the scriptures we covered throughout the year. In this month Hawan, we are looking forward to seeing

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Satyarth Prakash (November 2013)

Namaskar Everyone,   Sorry for the delay in sending this month’s article. The article for this month is “Satyarth Prakash”.  It is a scripture written by Swami Dayanand Saraswati, founder of Arya Samaj.  Satyarth Prakash clarifies Vedic principles. During Middle Ages of Indian history, many faiths and sects sprang up in Hindu society. They drifted away from Vedic teachings. Differences

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Upnishads (September 2013)

Hello folks, The topic for this month’s hawan is Upanishads. In the last four months, we covered four Vedas. In the ancient times, to explain the divine knowledge of the Vedas, Rishis gave discourses to the inquisitive minds. These discourse have been compiled to form the Upanishads. The literal meaning of the word Upanishad is “to sit near”. Because the

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Atharva Ved (August 2013)

For last several months, we have been on an enlightening journey of learning about the Vedas, one of the most ancient, authentic sources of knowledge on the planet earth. After covering Saam Ved, Rig Ved, and Yajur Ved, this month, we will cover the Atharva Ved. Despite being considered the last Ved, the Atharva Ved is as sacred as others. The

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Yajur Veda (June 2013)

Dear kids, I hope you have already prepared the article on the Yajur Veda, the topic for this month’s hawan. Here is some supplemental information for the topic. The Yajur Veda is one of the four Vedas that captures the spiritual sciences including purushartha, duties, deads, civil & military sciences. A key concept in the Veda is yajna. It is

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Rig Veda (May 2013)

As part of understanding core Hindu Scriptures, currently, we are covering different Vedas (one Veda each month). Continuing on that theme, this month’s topic is Rig Veda.  Kids have the following assignment for this month: 1.       Describe the nature of knowledge captured in the Rig Veda 2.       Explain the meaning of at least one mantra from the Rig Veda While kids are expected to

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Vedas (April 2013)

Vedas are our most important scripture. At the dawn of creation, the Almighty God revealed the pure knowledge (the Vedas) to Rishis when they deeply meditated upon Him for long durations without any desire for personal gains. The knowledge contained in Vedas form the foundation of Hindu religion. The literal meaning of the word Veda is knowledge. The Vedas were

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Ramayana (March 2013)

As we talked on the last hawan, the scripture of this month is Ramayana. It captures the life-details of Lord Rama. It is also considered the first great composition of Sanskrit Literature, written by Muni Valmiki. While keeping Lord Rama at the center stage, it portrays a picture of Hindu Society in Vedic age. It describes how our Vedic and Upanishadic

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