This is a verse from the seventh canto, sixth chapter of the ancient scripture – Srimad Bhagavatam, compiled by Veda Vyasa. The meaning of this sloka is: “One who is sufficiently intelligent should use the human form of body from the very beginning of life—in other words, from childhood—to practice the activities of devotional service, giving up all other engagements. The human body is rarely achieved, and although temporary like other bodies, it is meaningful because in human life one can perform devotional service. Even a slight amount of sincere devotional service can give one complete perfection.”
Srimad Bhagavatam explains that one must be trained in spiritual education from the very childhood. During childhood the seeds of goodness must be sown in the heart so that they bear fruits of goodness in youth. The Vedic system is full of great cultural and spiritual values, which are gradually fading due to the invasion of western culture, and thus, the real roots of goodness are being lost.
Hare Krishna Movement, Ahmedabad, through its Culture and Education Services (CES) strives to revive and promote our dwindling Vedic principles and values amongst the younger generation. Round the year CES is engaged in organizing various events and training programs to bring the young children closer to our glorious heritage. Some of the prominent activities are:
1. Krishna Heritage Fest:
Its an inter school competition for students from class 1 – 10. Students contest in cultural events like Classical dance, folk dance, classical singing, Vedic quiz, Puranic costume, Puranic dramas, shloka reciting, painting and sketching, rangoli, etc. The fest is conducted twice in a year in the months of February and September.
2. Culture Camps (Summer Vacation Camps):
These camps are a lively fusion of spiritual education and hobby classes for the children. Spanning over three weeks these camps are aimed towards educating young children in principles of Bhagavad-gita, meditation, moral stories from Vedic scriptures, etc. Simultaneously the children pursue a hobby module of their choice like drawing, glass painting, classical music, classical dance, folk dance, drama, musical instruments, etc. These camps are conducted during the summer vacations.
3. Krishna Contest:
A written test is conducted for school children of class 5-8 based on small books containing Vedic stories. Different books are provided by CES for students of different classes. The participants study the books and appear for the written test. The contest is conducted at city level during the month of November.