SHINE (Spiritual Heritage of India for Next-gen Empowerment)
Inspiration for our name – Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati ji, a renowned Vedanta teacher and Sanskrit scholar and our beloved guru had shared the glory of Sanatana Dharma through a 52 television series called ‘The Spiritual Heritage of India’. And so, it seemed natural that we adopt the name SHINE (Spiritual Heritage of India for Next-gen empowerment).
“Children don’t know about Sanatana Dharma. Whose fault?
Parents? Education system? Society? Does not matter.
It is our collective responsibility that children can and will be anchored in Sanatana Dharma.”
Goal for the 76 th anniversary of India’s independence, (Aug 2023 – August 2024):
300 children (4 – 12 years) across Bharat and overseas will learn and practice Sanatana Dharma or Hinduism in their everyday life.
Strategy – About 25 SHINE teachers (Tejasvis) will teach 300 children in these 12 months through weekly camps, three month courses and weekly classes.
Curriculum* of SHINE – SHINE will help children be happy, confident, grateful and anchored in Santana Dharma, contributing to all round success. Hence it includes –
Understanding of God & Dharma
Svadharma & Karma
Panchamahayajna-s (our BIG 5 connections & duties)
Knowing our ‘Ishta Devata’, Guru Parampara & Scriptures
Learning prayers & shlokas, 5-step Puja, Panchanga & Festivals
Living a value-based life
Yatras and Temples of India
Introduction to Sanskrit sounds & basic conversation
Discussions, Role models, Narration & analysis of Itihasa-s
Simple pranayama & yoga asanas.
Meditation, puja, chanting & art work
What does a typical SHINE class include?
A typical SHINE class includes an interactive session of a group of children once a week for about 60-75 minutes. Each class has –
Teaching on Sanatana Dharma
Stories from Ramayana, Mahabharata and Puranas.
Art work/ Game/quiz/discussion
Parents get a recording of shlokas which the children can practice at home
All SHINE classes for children are charged.
Qualifications for a Tejasvi (SHINE teacher) –
We are looking for SHINE teachers who always wanted to contribute to Sanatana Dharma and were looking for a meaningful way to do so. What better way than to work with our present and future generation?
Potential SHINE teachers
Are committed to and wish to contribute to Sanatana Dharma in a long term, sustainable way.
Have 2-4 hours a week to conduct a SHINE Class for children (6-12 years) (offline/online)
Have an uninterrupted broadband internet connection (if taking online classes)
Have good communication skills
Can pronounce Sanskrit shlokas correctly
Enjoy interacting with children
Can find an interested group of children either online or offline to begin teaching, the context for each teacher being different.
Would like to earn some money while making a difference to the next generation.
Additional advantage (not mandatory)
- Speak in a regional or local language
- Any skill or knowledge which can make the class more enriching and interesting (Hindustani/Carnatic Music / Dance / Acting / Art / Ayurveda / Counselling)
Applications for the fifth round of training of Tejasvis (SHINE teachers) are open from 20th January – 26th January 2023.
Please note the following before applying –
Training for a Tejasvi will include 10 hours which are spread over 5 sessions in Jan and February 2024. Each session will be of 2 hours.
Training sessions will be conducted on Zoom. It will be largely interactive with discussion on content and tools for teaching.
There are no charges for the training. From our scholarship fund, each teacher will receive a one-time honorarium of Rs 7500 or its equivalent after the teachers begin their sessions.
Teachers will have the freedom to organise regular sessions with children at their convenience. The entire fees from the classes may be considered as the income of the teacher.
All teachers will be a part of our private online community on Slack and will be expected to share updates, raise questions and contribute to the collective wisdom of the group.
At the end of training, Tejasvis will be able to successfully conduct camps and regular classes for children such that they are anchored and live a life of Sanatana Dharma.
From 20th – 26th January 2024 – Interested teachers will submit the form of interest. Please fill the Google form below.
Selected teachers will be informed of their selection.
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28th – 29th January Preparation for training – Teachers will be given a list of videos to watch and material to read which they may do at their convenience (a total of 2 hours)
Training (5 sessions of 2 hours each)
(Times in IST)
30th Jan – 2nd Feb – 5 – 7.30 pm
5th Feb – 5 – 7.30 pm
Each session will have a few minutes of break
If we get a group that is overseas, we may consider a convenient time for training the overseas group.
ENROL NOW. BE A SHINE TEACHER.