Wednesday, 21 November 2007

Learn Vedas with Computers


By Syed Akbar
Published in Deccan Chronicle, Vijayawada, December 2001
Call it a blend of modernity and eternity. Or simply a union of secularism and religion. For the students of the Vedic University at Sitanagaram in Vijayawada, it's knowledge that matters.
They do not want to distinguish it as modern or ancient. Knowledgefor them is timeless and eternal — be it learning the ancient Vedasor solving the modern-day complex problems on hi-speed computers. The students of Jeeyar Educational Trust (JET) are masters not only in the Vedic knowlege but also in computer education, spoken English, Sanskrit, Telugu and rationalism.
The university campus itself speaks of a perfect harmony between modernity and tradition. If there are thatched huts on one side, there are concrete buildings on the other. If there's a goshala and a deer enclosure, there's also a well-furnished library with computerised index and a modern printing press.
The atmosphere at the Vedic Pathasala is so serene and captivatingthat eight-year-old D Gopalacharyulu from Nepal does not want toleave the place. "I wanted to return home when my parents brought me here five monthsago. The ashram is lovely and the people here are very friendly. I donot want to return now and I will complete the entire course with theblessings of Swamiji," he told Deccan Chronicle.
Ch Srinivasacharyulu is just seven and he is already into the comprehensive Yajur Veda course. He is quite adept in studies andshows interest in computers too.While children of his age play with toys, Srinivasacharyulu takes pride in the companionship of the Scriptures and saintly persons."I love this place. The computer is good," he says.
The JET takescare of education, clothing, books, board and stay of the students.

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