Damodar Units of Study
(each unit covers 8 – 10 weeks)
The Material World and the Spiritual Sky
This course teaches about the manifestation of Brahma from Lord Vishnu, the creation of the material world, varieties of planetary systems within the material world, the Vaikuntha planets, and how to return home, back to Godhead.
Introduction to Bhagavad Gita
Selected stories from the Mahabharat are told which show the events leading up to the Battle of Kurukshetra.
His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
A more detailed look at Prabhupada’s life and accomplishments is given in this course. Students examine his life in India, move to America, preaching throughout the world, his disappearance and the meaning of vyasa-puja.
Vegetarianism and a Non-violent World
The material and spiritual significance of the cow and bull as well as the present mistreatment of cows and other livestock are examined. Man’s abuse of animals for sport and fashion (hunting, fishing and fur) are also portrayed. Health aspects of vegetarianism are given along with scriptural references referring to vegetarianism and treatment of animals. The session concludes with students learning to purify their food by offering it to Krishna.
Krishna Kills the Demons and Our Material Desires
A moral behavior class examining lying, cheating, stealing, duplicity, cruelty, disrespect, hatred, bad association and pride. Children learn the stories of Krishna killing various demons and the material desires that each demon represents. Students analyze the unwanted behavior and discover ways Krishna can help overcome it.
Krishna conscious friendships, peer pressure, judging others and jealousy are explored.
The Mercy of Lord Chaitanya
Using many pastimes from Chaitanya-charitamrita, this session teaches morals and values, such as respecting the elderly, charity to the poor, and kindness to animals.
The spiritual and material benefits of personal cleanliness are presented, as well as the importance of clean speech, clean thoughts and a clean environment.
Heroes from the Vedas
Mundane “power heroes” cannot compare to the transcendental strength of Balaram, Arjuna, and Bhima. Students learn how Prahlad Maharaja’s greatest weapon was the maha-mantra. Great Vaishnavi heroines, like Devahuti and Queen Kunti, are also studied.
Festivals of India – Part One
Students learn of the cultural and spiritual significance of 5 well–known festivals. They learn the way the holy days were traditionally celebrated and work together on various activities to celebrate their own “mini-festivals.”
Coming Back – Reincarnation and the Cycle of Birth and Death
This science is explained in an easy-to understand format for this age group. Students make their own booklet about changing from one material body to another, entitled, “A Book About Me!”
The Nine Processes of Devotional Service
Students learn of the nine processes of devotional service and the story behind the personality who was perfect in each of the processes. They experience the nine processes by performing relevant activities each week at home.
Students see prayer as communication with the Lord and learn what to pray for by examining the example of Druva Maharaja.
Vaishnava Saints: The Six Goswamis of Vrindavan
The lives and teachings of the six goswamis are described.
Festivals of India – Part Two
Following the same format as Part One, students celebrate Balaram’s Appearance Day, Janmastami, Radhastami, and Prabhupada’s Disappearance Day.