The Nepal Maharishi Foundation for Vedic Culture’s Gurukul Programme for training young Nepalese Maharishi Vedic Pandits continues to be unique in the world.
Since 2017, over 80 Gurukuls (Pandit schools) in different parts of Nepal have been connected via video conferencing every morning from 6:30 am Nepali time to jointly and simultaneously conduct the Rudrabhishek Yagya for Global Peace and Harmony. In the last few months it has been possible, as before the pandemic, to reach the number of participants for the big Ati Rudrabhishek Yagya, namely at least 1,331 Maharishi Vedic Pandits, i.e. 11 x 11 x 11 Pandits, who are performing this Yagya simultaneously at currently 83 Gurukuls, after the pandemic-related restrictions have been largely lifted.
In August and September, on 3 different weekends, a total of over 100 interested leaders from all over the country accepted the invitation to visit the Brahmananda Saraswati Nagar-Campus near Kathmandu to gain a comprehensive insight into the Gurukul-Programme of Nepal Maharishi Foundation for Vedic Culture.
At least once a year, all Gurukul leaders come together to participate in training programmes that include all aspects of the Maharishi Vedic Pandit-Programme at their Gurukuls.
Vedic Yagyas are now being performed at the Brahmananda Saraswati Nagar Pandit-Campus, newly built according to the principles of Maharishi Vastu. A short video clip shows adult Pandits along with Pandit students performing Vedic recitations.
To provide healthy, high-quality food, vegetables are grown on the newly built Brahmananda Saraswati Nagar-Campus according to the principles of Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture. Recently, the Pandits living there have been trained to perform special Yagya recitations, the sounds of which, according to Vedic tradition, promote the healthy growth of plants.
Here a link to a short video of the Maharishi Vedic Pandits of the Brahmananda Saraswati Nagar-Campus performing the Ashtha Prakriti Yagya for Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture: youtu.be/Keciyy6Ly2k
The Pandit Project of Nepal Maharishi Foundation for Vedic Culture continued this year at 80 Gurukuls (Pandit schools) in various regions of Nepal, despite the pandemic.
This also allowed the daily Rudrabhishek Yagya program to be maintained with least 880 Pandit students participating in this Yagya for Peace every day.
The Brahmananda Saraswati Nagar Champadevi Campus above Kathmandu, is now almost completed in all details, even though there have been repeated delays due to the pandemic.
But so far only a few pandits have been able to move in, due to the strict Corona rules. However, if the current positive downward trend in infection numbers continues, we are sure that this campus can soon be fully utilized.
The large building project based on the principles of Maharishi Sthapatya Veda above Kathmandu with magnificent views of the Himalayas, that had started in 2018, is now nearing completion. 4 Pandit buildings will house about 360 Vedic Pandits. A course building, designed to accommodate another 70 persons, will be used for the education and training of Acharyas (Pandit trainers) for all of Nepal. For the performance of Yagyas, 18 Yagya Shalas in different sizes have been built.
In 2020 Nepal Maharishi Foundation for Vedic was able to continue its Pandit Project at 84 Gurukuls (Pandit schools). Although the pandemic has led to some restrictions in training operations in various locations, e.g. some of the larger schools were required to reduce enrollments to provide a safe and healthy environment for students; fortunately, however, in order to comply with social distancing rules it has been possible to arrange enough space for at least 11 Pandits in each of the 84 institutions.
This allowed that the daily Rudrabhishek Yagya Program could be continued with at least 924 Pandits participating in this peace yagya daily.
As a contribution to global health during the pandemic, numerous donors to our Foundation have made it possible for the Sahasra Chandi Path Yagya to be conducted by fully trained Vedic Pandits for several weeks at various Gurukuls beginning in late March 2020. This was followed by the Satya Chandi Path Yagya which took place for 100 more days, beginning in late April through early August.
Meanwhile, the Nepal Maharishi Foundation for Vedic Culture (NMFVC) is supporting 82 Gurukuls (pandit schools) with approximately 3,000 pandit disciples in various parts of Nepal. The young Pandit disciples learn in their education to recite the Vedas correctly and practice the Vedic Technologies of Consciousness in order to successfully combine Yagya and Yoga.
Also in 2019, the Ati-Rudrabhishek Peace-Yagya was performed at these Gurukuls daily and simultaneously by 128 groups of 11 Vedic Pandits each, a total of 1,408 pandits, throughout the year.
As every year the Gurukuls were visited by a VIP inspection team in autumn.
In November, a group of German supporters visited different Gurukuls and could convince themselves of the success of the Pandit Project on site.
Throughout the year, daily Ati-Rudrabhishek – a peace Yagya by 1331 Pandits – was achieved by synchronizing the local performances of the 80 Gurukuls (Pandit schools) of the Maharishi Foundation for Vedic Culture in Nepal.
Thanks to the initiative and generous support from international donors, construction was started of a large-scale Vastu development, which will also be available to the Maharishi Foundation for Vedic Culture in Nepal. The property is located in a wonderful, quiet location above Kathmandu, with stunning views of the Himalayas. The entire project, with a floor space of more than 7,000 square meters, is planned to be complete by the end of 2019. There will be four dormitories for 360 Vedic Pandits, a course building housing 70 for initial and advanced training of Acharyas (pandit instructors) for all Nepal, and 18 Yagya Shalas of various sizes for the performance of Yagyas.
During his second trip to Nepal this year, Lothar Pirc spent two weeks, from late October to early November, visiting pandit schools in and around Pokhara. He was very impressed by how well the Pandit project of the Nepal Maharishi Foundation for Vedic Culture has developed in such a short period of time. The young Pandit students really enjoy their training in authentic Vedic recitation and the practice of Vedic technologies of consciousness, successfully combining Yoga and Yagya.
A few years ago, when it all started with a small group of Pandits, nobody could have imagined this huge expansion and outstanding quality. This has been made possible thanks to the generous support from all well-wishers and the tireless efforts of the entire team in Nepal, especially Deepak Baskota, Chairman of the Nepal Maharishi Foundation for Vedic Culture, and Kingsley and Leslie Brooks.
The following pictures show the various pandit schools in and around Pokhara that Lothar Pirc visited in autumn 2018.
On the occasion of this visit in November 2018, Lothar Pirc was also able to view the construction project above Kathmandu.
Second from left: Lothar Pirc; to his right: Royal Lillge, Robert Wallce, Kingsley Brooks, Wojtek Skalski (architect of the project), Leslie Brooks, Deepak Baskota and those responsible for the construction
Lothar Pirc visited Nepal in April 2018 to see the progress and to assess the quality of the Vedic Pandit project of the Nepal Maharishi Foundation for Vedic Culture. Kingsley Brooks gave Mr. Pirc a tour of a sampling from the 80 Pandit Training Schools (Gurukuls) that the Nepal Maharishi Foundation for Vedic Culture supports. The expansion and quality of the Vedic Cultural programs were remarkably apparent during this tour.
By now about 2500 Vedic students, spread over 75 pandit schools (Gurukuls) in various regions of Nepal, are trained in the specific way of Vedic recitation by the Nepal Maharishi Foundation for Vedic Culture (NMFVC).