Outline of the curriculum we plan to follow

The basic theme of the Yukthi class

Application of Dharma in Life. We expect every Yukthi class graduate to be Dharma Yukta (One who is good in applying Dharma in life). Yukti is taken as: application, tool, means and modes and is always towards a purpose.

Teachers

1) Mahesh Patel
2) Keyur Pancholi

3) Shivaram Sitaram
4) Kiran Parikh

Reference Resources

1) Primary textbooks: Hindu Dharma and Hindu Mind
2) We will be using Bhagavat Gita, Ramayan & Mahabharat & early Upanishads to teach, reinforce and emulate integrating Dharma in everyday life. Dharma, after all, is basically ‘the Way of Life’. Students will be encouraged to explore where they can apply these principles and what they understand in their real life and studies.

How the subject topics will be taught…

Since one round of the core section of the book has been fairly completed, we have learned from the past few years regarding presentation. The connecting link to the various topics and activities will “Worship in our lives”. The syllabus below will be used to link back to the concept of worship in hindu dharma in all its aspects and not just limited to one domain. For example, while festivals and puja options will be discussed in Section 3 below (chapter 4 in HD book), it will be linked to the concepts of Karma (Section 1, Chapter 2), how work could be seen as worship according to Bhagavat Gita, how service to society is seen as worship (Section 2, Chapters 3 and 6).

Curriculum for 2012-1014

Chapter numbers in bold are from Hindu Dharma Book and numbers in bold next to the topics are the page numbers. The contents in the chapters will be used to the level appropriate to the maturity and background of the students. The yukti class distribution is too broad for any uniform approach.

1) Basic concepts of Hinduism – Dharma (Chapter 2)
– Hindu values 14
– Yoga in life and religion
– Gods, Reincarnation, Avatar and Vibhuti 21-27
– Atman and Brahman 34-36, some materials from Upanishads
– Maya, sansara, Karma and Gunas 31-33, 37-41, Bhagavat Gita
– Aacharyaas of Hinduism (overview )
– four stages and goals of livelihood 63-65

2) Family, community and tradition (Chapters 3 and 6)
– Introduction to world Hindus 54
– individual, family, society – The Hindu way 58, Bhagavat Gita
– four stages and goals of livelihood 63-65
– Community service 74, some sections from 166 onwards
– Wealth and poverty some sections from 166 onwards
– Work and leisure some sections from 166 onwards
– Women in Hinduism over the centuries some sections from 166 onwards

3) Worship and personal deity (Chapters 4 and 6, Bhagavat Gita)
– History and evolution of festivals 97
– Various options of community worship 102-118
– various options of personal worship 101, materials from Swami Vivekananda and Yoga literature

4) Scriptures (Chapter 5, Hindu Mind book, Bhagavat Gita)
This category will be touched upon at different levels at different points in time.
We have already covered elaborately about the families of Shastras. This will be expanded appropriately.
The intention is not to make the students memorize the names of the books and probably, let them forget the names as
they graduate and leave. The goal is to present a sense of pride and recognition in the wealth of scriptural literature so that
they know where to go when they have bigger questions about life.