Programs - SVT VIDYALAYA

SVT Vidyalaya launches Gita Short Course!

SVT Vidyalaya is a free education program from our temple to impart an overall knowledge of various aspects of Hindu Philosophy from major Spiritual Texts, Chanting of Slokas, Poems, Bhajans, Carnatic Music, Dances and other topics of interest to the community, especially targeted to developing younger generation.

This year, we undertake to teach Bhagavad Gita in an unique short course, covering all 18 Chapters in 19 weeks (starting Sunday 2nd March), so the student gets an overall view.

Ideal for anyone wishing to acquint themselves with the overall teachings of Gita in a short time! Newcomers of all ages welcome. No prior knowledge required. Structured course, taught in English. Certificates of Completion on finishing the course. All materials supplied. No Fees!

Teacher (Guruji) : Sri Vasudevacharya

Sri Vasudevacharya Ph.D, our resident scholar and senior disciple of Swami Dayananda Saraswati, has been running regular Gita & Upanishad classes in Sydney & Melbourne besides undertaking regular lecture tours to Asia & India. He presents simply and clearly the essential vision of the Veda through the Bhagavad Gita with its relevance to everyday life.

Srimad Bhagavatam

Srimad Bhagavatam is the most popular among all the Puranas. It is one of the greatest works in Hinduism and is considered the Fifth Veda. Composed approximately in the 10th Century CE, it takes the form of a dialogue between the sage Suka and king Parikshit who has only seven days to live. The twelve books of the Bhagavatam tell about the various incarnations of the Lord, culminating in the story of Lord Krishna in the tenth book and his teachings in the eleventh book

Under the SVT Vidyalaya Program, Sri Vasudevacharya will teach the main episodes from the first eight books of the Bhagavata Purana in a short course of nine classes beginning on Sunday, 6th April. Each class will take up the most significant story from each of the first eight books. Acharya will refer to the notable verses in each episode and, most importantly, he will explain the blend of Jnana and Bhakti that makes the Bhagavatam so important and engaging. This is a unique course which will be enjoyable as well as spiritually uplifting.

The classes are FREE. Donations will be accepted to cover costs. All classes will be held at the Reg Byrne Community Centre, corner of Fyall Avenue and Darcy Road, Wentworthville. All interested person are welcome to attend.

The Schedule of Classes is as follows:

  • April 6, Main Hall, 2.30pm to 5.00pm
  • April 13, Main Hall, 11.30am to 2.00pm (note time difference)
  • May 4, Main Hall, 2.30pm to 5.00pm
  • May 11, Main Hall, 2.30pm to 5.00pm
  • May 18, Main Hall, 2.30pm to 5.00pm
  • June 1, Main Hall, 2.30 to 5.00pm
  • June 8, Meeting Room, 2.30pm to 5.00pm
  • June 15, Meeting Room, 2.30pm to 5.00pm
  • June 29, Meeting Room, 2.30pm to 5.00pm

Some of the past topics and classes held at Temple

  • Gayatri Mantra-Meaning, Significance, Correct Recitation – 2nd July,2006
  • Essence of Bhagavad Gita & Relevance to Daily Life
  • Upanishad – What are they & what is the central message?
  • Saraswathi –Goddess of Knowledge - 1st Oct, 2006 to coincide with Saraswathi Pooja.
  • Lakshmi – Goddess of Wealth – Significance & Poojas at home.
  • Great Saints of India – Hindu Saints and their major contributions to Hindu Dharma.
  • Learning to do Poojas at Home: Proper steps and procedures.
  • Ramayana Katha – Special Discourse in Tamil
  • Carnatic Class for beginners

Class details - (click on PDF to download past-class notes, MP3 to listen)

Date Topic Teacher Download
2nd July 06 Gayatri Mantra –Meaning/Significance/Chanting Vasudevacharya PDF MP3
13th Aug 06 Essence of Bhagavad Gita & Relevance to our daily life Vasudevacharya - -
23rd Sept 06 Values from Ramayana - Discourse in Tamil Poornima - -
15th Oct 06 Upanishad -What are they & what's their message? Vasudevacharya PDF -

Thought of the week | Being maddened with pride, people think that they are doing everything and do not depend upon Him. - Sri Sarada Devi