For millennia, India has had its own native educational methodology that is firmly rooted in the scientific tenets of rigorous analysis, logic, experiential validation and repeatability. Vedas form the base of its unique Knowledge culture, but it has accommodated a wide variety of regional indigenous disciplines over time.
Ayurveda, Yoga, and Vedanta are three fruits of the Vedic system that are highly valued and popular today. However, it is lesser known that at their base lies a firm theoretical foundation of deep, holistic study of Nature, Human psychology, and of Knowledge itself, its means (observation), methods (logic and language) and validation (experimentation). In addition, there is a vast, unexplored body of human experience preserved in India over millennia as manuscripts and tribal knowledge in the areas of ecology, nature-friendly agriculture, technology, humanities, wellness and aesthetics.
By Vedic Sciences, we refer to this collective body of India’s native knowledge base, and not merely its religious aspect as commonly understood. The word ‘Veda’ itself denotes knowledge in its widest sense.
We believe that the time is ripe for a rigorous, professional study of Vedic sciences by the younger generation, for the following reasons:
- Get a Solid Foundation for the Wellness Profession:
World is looking for alternate holistic approaches to augment modern science for pursuing wellness and life management. In fact, this is the reason behind the huge popularity of Yoga. There will be a rising demand for professionals who not only provide consultancy in these areas, but also are capable of further research. A solid foundation in Vedic sciences is a prerequisite to fill that gap. Mere Yoga certification is not enough to differentiate oneself in the emerging world.
- Use Latest Technology to Mine Indic Knowledge:
Computing Technology has recently matured enough to apply to codifying and mining India’s rich knowledge base (5 million manuscripts known to date). The precise knowledge exposition methodologies adopted in Indic texts coupled with the Samskrit-like structure of Indian languages makes them more amenable to machine-processing than English texts. Big data analytics, document databases, knowledge mining, scale-out computing are valuable tools for this. Study of how to apply them for encoding, mining and visualizing Vedic scientific knowledge will yield professional experience in both fields at once.
- Complement Modern Science for Innovation:
To the modern seeker steeped in contemporary education, the Vedic methodology offers a very different perspective and data points that expand the horizon in his/her field of study. There are dozens of examples of better cures for contemporary illnesses, eco-friendly metallurgical and agricultural methods, and unique insights into social organization, leadership and conflict management. We believe they open up new opportunities for entrepreneurship as well as multi-disciplinary research.
The school offers a formal foundation in Vedic sciences to equip modern minds for these opportunities.
Success in today’s professional world requires three core skills:
The aptitude to learn new concepts and unlearn old notions quickly as needed. Swami Vivekananda defines education as the practice of concentration and renunciation which corresponds to these two traits.
The ability to bring clarity to a vague idea and distill an argument to its essence. Language and logic are its two aspects.
Keen awareness of how others think and feel to enable one to connect with them. This is also called emotional intelligence, and is key to team work, influencing and leadership.
To excel in these skills, one needs an integral understanding of the nature of mind, knowledge and human behavior. Contemporary education does not deal explicitly with how to learn, but leaves it to develop as a side-effect of studying various subjects. In contrast, Indian native educational method hones key learning skills (memory, logic, articulation) early on, and enables the student to apply them to master any subject quickly by oneself.
The study of Vedic darshanas including yoga provides deep insight into the holistic make-up of a human being and the inner springs of human behavior. They extensively deal with the nature of knowledge, its instruments, methods, obstacles and remedies. India has a well-regarded and precise system of logic and linguistics (nyaaya), effective organization and communication of thought (miimaamsa). Vedic texts themselves are monumental examples of effective expression. Even a preliminary education in these sciences sharpens one’s intellect greatly and accelerates learning and communication.
The school of vedic sciences has a unique curriculum that imparts these fundamentals. Thereby, it equips the modern student with the ACE skills for success in any career.