We had started Basic Hinduism lessons for youths at Arulmigu Sithivinayagar temple, Johor Jaya, Johor on every Friday after pooja. About 20 -- 50 youths(10ears -- 21 years) attends these classess since 3 months ago. It was indeed a positive move forward getting our youths and imparting Hinduism knowledge systematically.
What is Hinduism? and Saivite Hindu religion books were used as teaching guides. I must add that these books are great teaching tools and the contents are summarized before presenting to them. They really liked the presentation which thenceon attracts their attentation and learning Hindu religion in a fun but effective way.
Mind mapping methodology for easy mental link and memory creativity!
Sadly enough, it was noted that, in many temples, there has been a lack in tapping into youths potentials and preparing them with right Hindu religion knowldege. To this, it was decided that, no time shoud be wasted just leaving the youths by themselves and be washed aside to other non productive areas or negative influences that sway their innocent young mind to lower grade actions.
Streching to induce relaxation, ease tension, better blood flow and also break the monotony.
Question and answer session to stimulate their interest and reinforcing points raised and how effective they can assimilate and use these knolwedge in their daily life.
Another class group attentively listens to lessons.
We spice-up teaching with interactive games that enhance their theoretical learning with practical understanding and experiencing hands on those lessons. Here, the youths were experiencing "synergy energy"
On alternate Sundays, Hinduism lessons are being conducted to kids; age ranging from 4 to 12 years old. Apart from Thevarams, Bhajans and other related religious subjects; children's Saivite Hindu religion is being tought with associated subject games from lessons from book 1 and 2.
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"Temples with multiple deities can be confusing, especially for today's Hindu youth. For clarity, we need to bring forward a more precise understanding of the different Hindu denominations and how the different Gods are viewed from within each denomination. For spiritual advancement it is best to focus on one deity and get to the vibration that deity. When we hear teachings from various Hindus, it is important to understand and identify which denomination they are speaking from. This will avert confusion when that teaching gets contradicted in a different context where someone is talking about the same subject but from a different philosophical background."
Bodhinatha reviews the main characteristic of Saivite philosophy and practice with an indepth focus on the four stages of religions evolution, chariya, kriya, yoga and jnana. He highlights how this shows that Saiva Siddhanta is unique and quite from the modern practice of Hinduism as Vedanta