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The Sound of Conversational Shum

Easan and Sundari Katir bring us one of several short videos introducing conversational Shum. In this video their son Kartikkeya has added english captions. You can click the “cc” button in the lower-right, or turn them on via the gear icon so that you can understand the meaning. Moolingshum Easan and Sundari!

You can learn some of the basics about Shum here: himalayanacademy.com/readlearn/shum

A Beginner’s Guide to Sanskrit Chanting!

Jai Ganesha!
Today we are pleased to announce the initial release of Himalayan Academy’s Sanskrit Chanting Guide!

This new website, sanskritguide.com, is a free course “to help aspirants learn correct pronunciation of Sanskrit, with particular focus on reciting mantras with ease and confidence. With time and practice, the phonetic perfection of Sanskrit will reveal itself. The exercises contained within this manual are designed to facilitate discovery of the perfect form of articulation within the mouth so that the Sanskrit sounds and mantras come to life, taking shape within the various meters of verse. This is the study of śikṣā and uccaraṇa.”

“Śikṣā (from the root śikṣ meaning to impart) refers to the transmission of a mantra’s potency from guru to disciple, planting the seeds of perfect pronunciation, understanding and intention. Uccaraṇa (from ut, meaning uplifting, and caraṇa, meaning with movement) refers to the applied effort of the disciple in nurturing that seed into a sturdy tree that produces spiritual fruits. In this way, the fruits of Sanskrit propagate from generation to generation through the oral tradition, preserving the majesty of thought discovered by the Vedic culture so long ago.”

The course was created by Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami and co-written by Sanskrit scholar Adaityananda Sarasvati (Adam Welch), with contributions from Ekatmananda Sarasvati (Robert Rogers)

Future updates will include newly recorded chanting audio to listen to and learn from.
Aum.

Topics of Interest

We now have a new feature:

Topics
     Activity By Interest

that appears on each of the groups:

Monastery | Read & Learn | Look & Listen | Live Spiritually | Visit

There are now 200 categories. Now you can search for the category by the subject that you are interested in. There will be 11 categories. You go into a particular area, say "Family Life." From here you go to "Conflict Resolution" and we come 25 items: audio, text (book), video.

By now we should be coming to grips with a wealth of our resources!

Himalayan Academy Thinkific Courses

A reminder that Himalayan Academy has a thriving series of online learning courses. More than 500 people have signed up thus far. We chose the THINKIFIC platform (they have more than 40,000 teachers!) and have created some extensive and some simple material for students of our teachings. The entire Master Course trilogy is there, in three parts. So is our youth catechism Path to Siva, in both the teenage version and the 8-year-old simplified form. There is a course on Know Thy Self. Beginning to Meditate is our newest addition. The lessons are illustrated and designed to take ten minutes a day, or less.

As we all know, this is how learning is done in the digital age. You can be anywhere in the world and study the courses, pass the tests and follow the suggested practices.

We are working on more lessons. Meantime, visit Thinkific's site here (https://courses.himalayanacademy.com/) and begin your study.

Om Namah Sivaya!

Hinduism Today’s Latest History Music Video Published

India's Popular Impact Today

Today we present the fifteenth and last song in Hinduism Today's History of Hindu India Music Video series. It is a song for children intended to complement the fifth chapter of our popular History of Hindu India documentaries, "21st Century India." The documentaries and songs neatly supplement the study of India and the Hindu religion in American middle schools. This music video covers the the popularity of Indian food, Ayurvedic medicine and Bollywood movies across the world today.

History of Hindu India Music Video – Indians Love Pilgrimage

"Indians Love Pilgrimage" is the fourteenth song in Hinduism Today's History of Hindu India Music Video series. It is a song for children intended to complement the fifth chapter of our popular History of Hindu India documentaries, "21st Century India." The documentaries and songs neatly supplement the study of India and the Hindu religion in American middle schools. This music video covers the concept of pilgrimage in Hinduism, including descriptions of Amarnath Cave pilgrimage and the 22 purifying wells of Rameshwaram Temple. Throughout Indian history, pilgrimage has been a great unifying factor across the subcontinent. Produced by Hinduism Today Music and Video: Aks and Lakshmi (http://www.youtube.com/EclipseNirvana) Lyrics: Dragan Stojkovski Subtitles: Igro Burenkov (https://www.upwork.com/fl/burenkov, conger.style@gmail.com) Complete History Series Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list...

New Music Video: India Awakes to Life and Freedom

Hinduism Today's Latest History Music Video

"India Awakes to Life and Freedom" is the thirteenth song in Hinduism Today's History of Hindu India Music Video series. It is a song for 6th and 7th grade children, intended to complement the fifth chapter of our popular History of Hindu India documentaries, "21st Century India." The documentaries and songs serve to supplement the mandatory study of India and the Hindu religion in American middle schools. This video covers the moment of Indian independence, the disaster of partition and yet the formation of a modern nation finally free from centuries of oppression.

Produced by Hinduism Today
Music and Video: Aks and Lakshmi (youtube.com/EclipseNirvana)
Lyrics: Dragan Stojkovski
Subtitles: Igro Burenkov

Complete History Series Playlist: youtube.com/playlist

The History of Hindu India (Part Five) was developed by the editors of Hinduism Today magazine in collaboration with Dr. Shiva Bajpai, Professor Emeritus of History, California State University Northridge. It is intended to provide an authentic presentation of the history of India and Hinduism for use in American middle and high school classes, as well as Hindu temple study groups and general presentations on the Hindu religion and history.

This documentary is based on the fifth chapter of the textbook, "The History of Hindu India," published in 2011. It covers Indian history from 1947 to the present day. Opening with Nehru's famed speech on August 15, 1947, it describes the formation of the new government, development of the constitution, invasion of Kashmir by Pakistan, the horrors of partition, formation of states along linguistic lines, and efforts to uplift the lower classes. It surveys the religions of India along with religious strife and its causes, Hindu pilgrimage using Rameswaram Temple as an example, Ayurveda, the impact of Hinduism in the modern world and finally a nod to the popularity of Bollywood and Indian cuisine.

For more information and for class lesson plans based on the book, visit hinduismtoday.com/education. This documentary is directed and produced by Sushma Khadepaun; produced and narrated by Roger (Raj) Narayan. Funded by the Uberoi Foundation, Institute for Curriculum Advancement, this film may be freely distributed for educational purposes.

Another New History Song – The British Raj

"The British Raj" is the eleventh song in Hinduism Today's History of Hindu India Music Video series.

This is a song for children intended to complement the fourth of our popular History of Hindu India documentaries, "Hindu India: 1850 to 1947." The documentaries and songs neatly supplement the study of India and the Hindu religion in American middle schools. This video covers in brief the British military dominance of India from the mid-nineteenth century and establishment of the British Raj.

Produced by Hinduism Today
Music and Video: Aks and Lakshmi (http://www.youtube.com/EclipseNirvana)
Lyrics: Dragan Stojkovski
Subtitles: Igro Burenkov (https://www.upwork.com/fl/burenkov)
Complete History Series Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list...

Swami Vivekananda Music Video

History Music Video Part Four, Song One

"Swami Vivekananda" is the tenth song in Hinduism Today's History of Hindu India Music Video series. It is a song for children intended to complement the fourth of our popular History of Hindu India documentaries, "Hindu India: 1850 to 1947." The documentaries and songs neatly supplement the study of India and the Hindu religion in American middle schools. This video covers in brief the life of Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) one of the key figures in the ultimate independence of India and resurgence of the Hindu religion.

This song is based on the fourth chapter of the textbook, "The History of Hindu India," published in 2011. It covers Indian history from 1850 to 1947, from when the British Crown took over direct control of India from the East India Company to Independence. Under British rule, economic exploitation of the subcontinent increased, resulting in frequent famine and deprivation across the once wealthy land. A determined and mostly nonviolent freedom movement emerged and finally succeeded, resulting in the formation of modern India and Muslim Pakistan in 1947.

New Music Video!

India's Musical Tradition

This is the ninth song in Hinduism Today's History of Hindu India Music Video series. It is a song for children intended to complement the third of our popular History of Hindu India documentaries, "Hindu India: 1000 to 1850." The documentaries and songs neatly supplement the study of India and the Hindu religion in American middle schools. This video featuring singers and composers Aks and Lakshmi gives the student a glimpse into India's complex musical tradition. Produced by Hinduism Today Music and Video: Aks and Lakshmi (youtube.com/EclipseNirvana) Lyrics: Dragan Stojkovski Subtitles: Igro Burenkov (upwork.com/fl/burenkov, conger.style@gmail.com)   Complete History Series Playlist: youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkA3jcdbA5kTwKf5gHchrJliKCMTM__7B   Music Videos for this Documentary: Part One, Song One, "Let's Go Back 6,000 Years:" youtu.be/YHS7dyN6sgM Part One, Song Two, "That's What Hindus Believe" youtu.be/PAzBZa-FBOo Part One, Song Three, "Hindus Love Celebrations" youtu.be/URoNuvY1wx4 Part Two, Song One, "Ten Centuries of Progress" youtu.be/pFOTcm0Jq_4 Part Two, Song Two,  "City and Village Life" youtu.be/CsNaeE4bgBY Part Two, Song Three, "Sanskrit Culture Blossomed" youtu.be/z3zfjXNDIEU Part Three, Song One, "Hard Times Fell Upon India" youtu.be/H8U-A-2BXrw Part Three, Song Two, "The Devotional Bhakti Movement" youtu.be/dnlXj0IobIw Part Three, Song Three, "India's Musical Tradition"  youtu.be/ZARxQgY2oKQ   From Ancient Times: youtu.be/dBZRTzXARWM 300 to 1000ce: youtu.be/j0kLX2aPgo8 1000 to 1850 ce: youtu.be/Lr8Qx0SyrYI 1850 to 1947: youtu.be/nx_vSuduwAk 1947 to Present: youtu.be/eVnqJHO3PcY   Buy the History of Hindu India Textbook: amazon.com/History-Hindu-Satguru-Bodhinatha-Veylanswami/dp/1934145386/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1451424169&sr=8-1&keywords=history+of+hindu+india   The History of Hindu India (Part Three) was developed by the editors of Hinduism Today magazine in collaboration with Dr. Shiva Bajpai, Professor Emeritus of History, California State University Northridge. It is intended to provide an authentic presentation of the history of India and Hinduism for use in American middle and high school classes, as well as Hindu temple study groups and general presentations on the Hindu religion and history.   This documentary is based on the third chapter of the textbook, "The History of Hindu India," published in 2011. It covers Indian history from 1100 to 1850 ce, from the Arab Muslim invasions to British rule, a time of great difficulty for the Indian people. These extensive foreign invasions are recounted, including the plunder of the great Siva temple at Somnath, and the establishment of the Mughal Empire by the 16th century in most of India, its subsequent decline by the mid-18th century and the gradual control of India by the British. The documentary provides an account of the saints of the powerful Bhakti Movement, including Ramananda and Kabir. One section is devoted to an overview of the Sikh religion, from its founding in the 16th century by Guru Nanak to formation of the Khalsa by Guru Gobind Singh in the 18th century. This is followed by a brief introduction to Indian music and its basic concepts of tala (rhythm), raga (scale) and improvisation.   For more information and for class lesson plans based on the book, visit hinduismtoday.com/education. This documentary is directed and produced by Sushma Khadepaun; produced and narrated by Roger (Raj) Narayan. Funded by the Uberoi Foundation, Institute for Curriculum Advancement, this film may be freely distributed for educational purposes.

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