Hindu Children s Modern Stories book two is Ten Tales About Religious Life. It is a series of short stories for 10 to 12-year-olds illustrating key concepts of the Hindu religion in a familiar context. Each story, some set in India, some in the US, speaks to a single value, for example, nonviolence, honesty, purity or giving. Some stories illustrate the choices a child may face in his or her life, such as lying to cover a mistake, and the pleasant or unpleasant consequences that may result from those choices. In other stories the characters model positive, noble behavior, helping others and applying religious principles in real-life situations. Several stories focus on the consequences of making the wrong kind of friends. Unfortunately, ethics and morals are ignored subjects in most of the world s schools today. This small set of stories will provide Hindu and non-Hindu parents alike one means to convey these all-important character-building values to their children. The stories are intended to compliment Hinduism s vast array of ancient stories but presents its concepts in the context of the modern world in which our youth today reside. The 20 stories are based on the ethical restraints, yamas, and religious observances, niyamas, given in the Vedas. The yamas and niyamas are universal principles, practices and values found in all religions. The ten restraints are: nonviolence, truthfulness, nonstealing, divine conduct, patience, steadfastness, compassion, honesty, moderate appetite and purity. The ten observances are: remorse, contentment, giving, faith, worship of the Lord, scriptural listening, cognition, sacred vows, recitation and austerity. Each story is read in dramatic style by popular voice actress Jennifer Vaughn on the accompanying mp3 audio CD.
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Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami is the spiritual leader of Kauai Aadheenam, known less formally as Kauai's Hindu Monastery. He has been the monastery's head since the founder, Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, attained mahasamadhi, his great departure, in 2001. Subramuniyaswami, known affectionately as Gurudeva, designated Bodhinatha, a disciple for 37 years, as his successor.
Most of the year finds him on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, where he oversees the varied publications of Himalayan Academy and serves as publisher of the international magazine Hinduism Today. At the 363-acre monastery-temple complex, he trains the younger monks in their service duties and spiritual practices, and guides the lives of hundreds of families around the globe. Following in Gurudeva's footsteps, he works informally with Kauai leaders to perpetuate the island's aloha spirit of love and friendliness and to help the community achieve greater sustainability.
Bodhinatha is immersed in a series of educational projects and international seminars that focus on bringing religious instruction to Hindu youth, and on pamphlets and books that present Gurudeva's teachings in thoughtful, step-by-step style. A recent project produced the first two books of the series Hindu Children's Modern Stories. Volume One, Ten Tales About Self-Control, and Volume Two, Ten Tales About Religious Life, are based on the yamas and niyamas, Hinduism's ethical restraints and religious observances.
Bodhinatha travels intensely, teaching Hinduism and consecrating major Hindu temples around the world. He has personally blessed the openings of temples in North America, Australia and India. Communities across the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, South Asia and elsewhere have brought him to speak to their devotees. Every few years he conducts Innersearch Travel-Study Programs, taking pilgrims to India, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Cambodia and Hawaii.
In 2011 he was honored by the Sivacharyas of India for overseeing a three-year project that digitized over a million inscribed palm leaves to preserve and share with the world ten thousand deteriorating manuscripts, including Saiva Agamas and other important scriptures. At home he guides the financial and administrative staff of four major nonprofit organizations, including the ten-million-dollar Hindu Heritage Endowment, for which he was the principal architect under Gurudeva's guidance.
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Book Description Himalayan Academy Publications, 2011. Hardcover. Book Condition: Brand New. 1st edition. 84 pages. 11.10x8.70x0.50 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # 1934145092
Book Description Himalayan Academy Publications, 2011. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Rajeev N.T. (illustrator). book. Bookseller Inventory # M1934145092