Many people today may find Hindu vedic rituals to be tedious and meaningless. However, these rituals can provide a means for calming the mind and fostering a healthy relationship with the world. Rituals serve as a space where the mind can be purified, stillness can be cultivated, and one can prepare for higher knowledge or Para Vidya. In this course, students will learn how to perform simple rituals with the proper understanding and attitude and integrate the values of these rituals into their daily lives.
Sanatana Dharma, or Hinduism, is a way of life that requires spiritual practice or Sadhana/Abhyasa. Rituals play an essential role in Sadhana/Abhyasa. To understand the power of ritual, one must approach it with an open mind, setting aside doubts and bringing emotional involvement or Bhavana to the practice. Full immersion in the ritual space requires going beyond the mechanical aspects of the ritual, which can only be achieved through regular practice that purifies and transforms the mind. Intellectual and moral knowledge are also essential components of daily life, but they must be more than just that. Daily rituals (Nitya Karma) are crucial to reaching this goal. This course teaches the most important Sandhya Vandana for both men and women, as well as Vedic mantras, stotras, Ashtottaras, basic puja, and a simple way to perform Homa. The faculty encourages students to participate in the practice and use measurable metrics to assess their spiritual growth. Students will come to recognize the importance of Dharma in their own lives.