“Prajna is the ability to translate good knowledge into action.”
(2017-2018 Registration is now open)
Prajna 2017-2018 Academic Year begins with Vishwaksena Pooja on Sunday August 20th.
Prajna is a curriculum designed to teach children about Vedic culture, heritage and humanitarian values such as truth, non-violence, courage, loyalty, respect, tolerance, and service. Prajna curriculum is designed such that the course material aligns with the physical, mental and spiritual growth of a child and helps in the child’s personality development. Prajna has 6 modules (grades) till date and is expanding. Currently we have 230+ students between Ashtalakshmi Temple, Katy and NorthWest Prajna Locations.
It is an educational experience for both you and your child. From puranas, itihasas, and Vedas, students learn stories, slokas and bhajans. Prajna teachers are trained by HH Chinnajeeyar Swamy and his accomplished disciples to impart best Vedic knowledge to our children.
In Prajna classes children ages 4-15 (Sisu to Module8),
Ashtalakshmi Temple : Classes are conducted Sundays 10:25 AM to 12:10 PM
Address : 10098 Synott Rd, Sugarland, TX 77498
Offering Sisu Vihar, Module 1 through Module 8
Hindi and Tamil language electives
Offering Sisu Vihar, Module 1 through Module 5.
Also offering Prajna Mana Telugu classes and Kuchupudi ONLY FOR PRAJNA KIDS.
Other Locations : Classes can be conducted at other locations of your choice. Minimum needed class size is 15. Please contact Renu Tamarisa @ 7139273049
Registrations are now open for all locations. Join us to reserve a spot so that we can order books and material for you.
Registration form is available here
Regular fee is $375 for each student. If there are 2 or more students from a family, there is a provision to pay $100 less. Fee includes books and 1 Prajna T-Shirt per student.
Early registration discount : There is a discount of $50 per student for all registrations that are completed by June 30th.
Please remember all of your checks will serve as donation to the Ashtalakshmi Temple and help cover the maintenance costs, cost of class supplies such as books, etc.
Please write all checks payable to “ASHTALAKSHMI TEMPLE”. Also, some of your employers may match your gift/donation/contribution to even 501c(3) charitable organizations. Avail that opportunity to help the temple if at all possible.
Houston Prajna Chapter is unique in offering “Sisu Module” for very young children (4-5 yrs). This module is specially designed for these young ones to serve as a stepping stone to our religion, culture and festivals. Most of us are blessed to learn these from our grandparents and parents while growing up in India. We are trying to provide a similar opportunity to these young curious minds. This module is intended to be fun, hands-on and educative. To get the most out of Prajna classes, parents are encouraged and requested to attend Prajna classes along with their young ones. This is an excellent way to help your child to keep up with what is going on at the temple and also to build upon what is learnt.
Students are taught prayers that sanctify everyday activities such as waking up, bathing, eating, traveling, etc.
They are taught the stories that talk about the relevance of festivals.
Students are taught prayers that are chanted in the morning such as Haryashtakam, Krishna:shtakam, Guru Parampara, Pancha:yudha Sto:tram etc.
The stories they learn deal with how to show devotion and respect for mother and father (Ma:tru de:vo:bhava, Pitru de:vo:bhava).
As part of prayers, they are taught Hayagri:va sto:tram which enhances their memory and retention which is required in their learning at school.
Students at this age enter formal schooling and need to learn how to show respect and devotion towards their teachers and how to cultivate good and loyal friendships. The stories in this module are designed accordingly (A:cha:rya de:vo:bhava, sne:ham).
This module lays a sound foundation for the kids to turn into responsible and wise young adults.
As part of prayers, Srimad Bhagavad Gita is started and chapter 1 is taught.
We learn and benefit from the nature and people around us. The one quality we all need to cultivate is “gratitude”. This module deals with stories that teach kids about Gratefulness (Krutajnata), the importance of good communication skills (ma:ta ti:ru), and Wisdom (Jna:nam).
In this module, students learn about great Rishis who have contributed to our knowledge of science and cosmos. They learn from the stories of great sages important qualities such as self-control, sacrifice, passion for excellence, thirst for knowledge, etc. They continue learning Bhagavad Gita Chapter 2 in this module.
In this module students learn the following – Vedic literature at a glance, Essence of Itihasas, Puranas, Agamas and Prabandhas. They continue learning Bhagavad Gita Chapter 3.
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 4, 5
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 5,6
Students graduating from module 4 on wards are encouraged to join VT Seva (Volunteering Together) to translate what they have learnt in Prajna classes into action, and participate in social service activities. VT Seva helps Prajna students by providing them with opportunities to get social service hours required as part of their school credit system. It helps children develop into strong and service-oriented young adults.