I had the good fortune to meet with the teachers and students of the SRSG Gurukulam this month while visiting the ashram. I was amazed at the variety of countries represented at this dream materialization of Swami Veda Bharati. Even from his youth he had wanted to create a Gurukulam along the lines of the ancient forest academy combined with current modern subjects and technology. Of course due to limited resources all aspects of his vision are not available at the moment.
Many states of India are represented by the students from Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Manipur and of course local states. International students from Italy, the Netherlands, Korea are also pursuing subjects ranging from Sanskrit texts to the study of Anatomy & Physiology and practicing their computer skills as well. The ancient texts are being taught by Sri Chandramani, while the very experienced and well traveled pathologist Dr. Manju Tarlekar gives courses in the physical aspects of the human body. She has designed programs for each student to research a different yoga posture with emphasis on both the spiritual and physical occurrences during these asanas. The researching students have to record all aspects while doing the posture and essay their results. There are other teachers on a variety of topics.
These students do not only study, but participate in the karma yoga aspects of residing at an ashram. They help with the meal distribution at breakfasts, lunches, tea times and dinners. The 15th chapter of the Bhagvad Gita is recited at the beginning of the main meals, which are taken in shifts to accommodate every student, staff and guest. These recitations are led by the students. Every Monday night guests and residents eagerly look forward with great anticipation to participate and listen to some of the students lead a bhajan and kirtan (hymns & chants) singing session in the Meditation Hall of the ashram. Recently a talented yoga student from Taiwan showed her graceful yoga moves incorporated into dance steps set to beautiful Chinese music.
The Ashram provides a wide range of experiences and all who live and those who visit return to refresh their spiritual longings in listening to lectures and teachers of yoga and meditation, do fasts, prayer and silence retreats and practices.
Editor's Note: The Gurukulam can be contacted at this link: https://www.ahymsin.org/main/index.php/Contact-Us/Gurukulam-School.html