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Prajna is the ability to translate good knowledge into action

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Students learn the following things in prajna classes

  • Slokas and Prayers
  • Stories from Vedic Scriptures
  • Basics of Vedic tradition & literature
  • Biographies of great Acharyas and Devotees of Lord
  • Festivals
  • Terminology and Sanskrit Vocabulary

Prajna students practice:

  • Morals (Learn & Practice)
  • Understand Virtues and Values
  • Community Service; Taking care of the environment
  • Learn to be a Good Citizen
  • Respecting Gurus, Parents and all adults

Prajna offers Music, Yoga, Dance and Sanskrit classes as well.

Prajna is a program developed under the guidance of HH Sri Sri Sri Tridandi Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji to educate the children, youth as well as adults about the rich values, knowledge and practices from the Vedas that form the foundation of our culture. In this modern age, we have distanced ourselves from the traditional way of living, thinking that it is not relevant to these times. This train of thought is based on ignorance and misinformation. Prajna is an attempt to guide our future generations to embrace our cultural heritage, by dispelling the ignorance and providing correct and relevant information.

History of Prajna: With the blessings of HH Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji, the JETUSA New Jersey Chapter started its first JET Learning Center in the summer of 2003. It started with 5 students and now we have an annual enrollment of about 200 students spread across 7 centers in NJ alone. Today, there are over 90 centers in 28 states across the United States. In New Jersey the classes are held primarily at the Cranbury School in Cranbury, NJ. We also have classes being held in Edison, Bordentown and other locations in New Jersey. For more information.

Why Prajna? “Prajna” means the ability to translate good knowledge into action. The goal of this program is to teach children the characteristics that define an ideal citizen, help them understand these qualities and put them to practice, thus making them ideal citizens. The values they will learn are defined in our Vedas and illustrated through our pu- ra:na:s and ithiha:sa:s.

What is an ideal citizen? An ideal citizen is not a person who just lives by the rules of the society without committing any sin, but a person who thinks about the welfare of the society and strives to better the community around him. It starts with respecting people and things around you, being kind, speaking properly and helping everyone around you. The terms like “Ma:thru De:vo Bhava”, “Pithru De:vo Bhava”, “Acha:rya De:vo Bhava” are mentioned in our Vedas and refer to respecting elders, parents and our teachers. Several such values exist in our Vedas and are part of our culture which are very much relevant to any time period. In Prajna, we put emphasis on these qualities by giving examples from our scriptures and relate them to everyday life as well as current issues.

How is the program structured? Prajna is structured in progressive modules where all students start with Module 1 and progress each year to the next module. The course currently spans over 10 years. Although the slokas and bhajans are in Sanskrit, the medium of teaching is English and all material provided is in English. This removes the language barrier that most kids are apprehensive about and encourages everyone to be a part of the course. The course is taught by volunteer-teachers who are trained by HH Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji.

As part of each year’s curriculum, the children learn

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  • Slokas – their meanings, concepts, why and when we need to chant them
  • Bhajans
  • Stories from Vedic scriptures that exemplify values and virtues
  • Biographies of great Acharyas
  • Our Festivals
  • Yoga and meditation
  • Volunteering and Community activities.

The children start their journey “Towards Excellence” in the first year by learning about our culture, the importance of our festivals and why we celebrate them. They also learn a few slokas for every activity they do during the course of the day. In this module, we lay the foundation of values such as respect and gratitude.

In the second year, the children continue their journey by learning the value of “respect” that starts at home, by respecting their parents. They learn stories from our puranas about “Maatru Devo Bhava (Respect Mother)” and “Pithru Devo Bhava (Respect Father)”.

They also learn “Twilight Prayers” that remind them to
• remove impure thoughts,
• have good thoughts, energy,
• have control over our mind, body and speech so that they are acting synchronously
•fix our goal to achieve eternal bliss.

In the third year, they begin to learn about taking the concept of respect outside the home and start to respect teachers and the value of friendship. These values are illustrated by examples about “Acharya Devo Bhava” and “Sneham (the value of friendship)” from our pura:nas.

They also graduate to learning bigger stotrams, such as
• the Hayagreeva Stotram which helps improve their diction and memory power,
• Guru parampara (a salutation to our lineage of Acharyas) and
• Lakshmi Ashtotharam (in praise of Goddess Lakshmi). The children will continue to learn about the “Power of Knowledge (Jna:nam)” and “Gratitude (Kruthagnatha)” and its virtues in the fourth year. They read various epi- sodes in our pura:nas that drive home the virtue of being grateful to people and our surroundings and how Knowl- edge of self-awareness can lead to eternal bliss. Apart from these values they learn about the “Voyage to Vic- tory” as stated in the first chapter of Srimad Bhagavad Gi:ta (Arjuna Visha:da yo:gaha). They also learn about the situation in which the Bhagavad Gi:ta was delivered, its background and the significance of an individual’s duty and responsibility in this world. They also learn about sages and their contribution to the mankind.

In the fifth year, they will learn the “ABCs of BLISS” by learning the essence of the second chapter of Srimad Bhagavad Gi:ta and how to achieve inner peace. They also learn the importance of “Power of Speech” and how communication is an important part of success in life. They look at examples in our pura:nas of how speech influenced the outcome of various situations and relate them to modern day situations and events. They learn about Sages Agasthya and Vasishta.

As the kids progress through the course each year, we also conduct several events like food drives, earth-day activities, help-the-community activities that give them the opportunity to volunteer and get involved with the lo- cal community. This emphasizes to the children that they are not learning just about our culture, but they have a responsibility to our local communities. This goes hand in hand with the motto of our organization – “Worship Your Own, Respect All” and “Serve All Beings as Service to God”. By putting all the values they have learnt into practice, they will become model citizens who are proud of their identity and culture and showcase to the world the values they have learnt from our culture and Vedas. Such model citizens would encourage other members of the society to embrace our culture and its values, thus contributing to a better society and world at large.

JET New Jersey currently offers 10 Prajna modules, starting with Module 1 and going up to Module 10 plus two other special modules for older kids (10 years and above that can recite slokas clearly) and Teenagers. These two modules are Teenage-1 & 2.  All Prajna modules begin with a 10 minute introductory Yoga session.

In addition some centers also offer Language (Telugu, Hindi & Sanskrit) classes and Music & Yoga and Dance classes. Please note that not all centers offer all the classes listed here. Only the Jeeyar Asramam Center offers all classes listed. Please contact the center directly for the schedule and classes offered.

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Module 1 – Towards Excellence
Overview

In this course, the students will learn important slokas, bhajams, about sages, festivals, bhajans, meditation and the importance of service to the community.

Course Objectives

In this module the students will:

  • Learn how to pronounce Sanskrit vowels and consonant sounds.
  • Learn bhajans (Adisesha, Hari Narayana, Srinivasa Govida, Krishnanada, Govinda Jai Jai, Radhe Radhe).
  • Learn to chant important slokas for every day use – slokas for showing gratitude to Nature and God, removing hindrances, excelling in studies, improving memory skills, improving health etc.
  • Introduction to avatars of Lord Vishnu
  • Learn about sages(Rishis) and their contributions to the mankind.
  • Learn about famous devotees.
  • Discover the traditions and culture of Vedic Lineage.
  • Understand the importance of Festivals and learn about few important festivals.
  • Learn basic Yoga and meditation.
  • Learn the importance of Community Service.

Module 2 – Twilight Prayers
Overview

The feeling with which one wakes up in the morning has an impact on the rest of the day. It i simportant to make sure that the feelings and dreams remain pleasant at all times. It is possible through prayer. This second module is a collection of few prayers given by our great gurus. There are eight stotras clusteres in this prayer, which bestow a specific benefit to those who chant it.

Course Objectives
  • Haryashtakam – Eliminates the inner impurities
  • Sri Krushna:shtakam  –  Beautifies thoughts
  • Pancha:yudha Stho:thram  –  Energizes us
  • Sloka Dvayam or Gaje:ndra Mo:kshanam  –  Eliminates bad dreams
  • Sloka Trayam  – Synchronises our thoughts, deed, and word
  • Parathva:di Panchakam  –   Enlightens us with the five forms of God
  • Parama:rtha Slo:ka Dvayam  –  Fixes our goal towards eternal bliss
  • learn stories related to Matrhu Devobhava and Pithru Devobhava (devotion to mother & father)
  • Discover the traditions and culture of Vedic Lineage – Level 2
  • Practice Meditation, Yoga and sing bhajans
  • Participate in activities related to classroom learning

Module 3
Overview

In this course, the students will learn Hayagriva Sthothram, Goda Chathusloki and Kantha Chathusloki, guru parampara, Lakshmi ashtotharam, Stories related to Acharya Devobhava and Sneham(friendship), about Sages and their contributions, festivals, stories of devotees, Community Service, bhajans, and meditation

Course Objectives
  • Learn bhajans
  • Learn Hayagriva Sthothram, Goda Chathusloki , Kantha Chathusloki, guru prampara and Lakshmi ashotharam
  • Learn Stories related to Acharya Devobhava and Sneham
  • Participate in activities related to classroom learning
  • Practice Meditation and Yoga
  • Learn about the importance of Community Service

Module 4 – A Voyage Towards Victory! (Arjuna Visha:da Yo:gaha)
Overview

First chapter of Bhagavadgitha talks about the dilemma in which man exists. Arjuna was caught up with sorrow by seeing hi sfriends and relatives, whether to fight or not and be killed by them. But, both were not his options. He got confused and surrendered to Lord Krushna.

Course Objectives
  • Learn bhajans
  • Learn Srimad Bhagavad Gi:ta’s first chapter – Arjuna vishada yo:gaha
  • Sri Adithya Hrudayam
  • Learn Stories related to Gratitude, Jnanam and Maata Theeru
  • Learn about the importance of Community Service
  • Learn about sages and their contributions to the mankind – Level 2
  • Practice Meditation and Yoga
  • Participate in activities related to classroom learning

Module 5 – ABCs of Bliss (Sa:nkhya Yo:gaha)
Overview

The second chapter again begins with the same sorrow. But it is now focused towards Bhishma:charya and his beloved guru Dr:ona. To make Arjuna realize his duties and responsibilities, Krushna started preaching Bhagavadgitha. The core of this celestial song starts from 12th sloka of 2nd chapter and it goes upto 66th sloka of 18th chapter. 2nd chapter is the quintessence of whole Bhagavadgitha.

Course Objectives
  • Learn Srimad Bhagavad Gi:ta’s chapter 2 – ABCs of Bliss
  • Learn Stories related to Kruthajnatha, Gratitude, Jnanam and Maata Theeru
  • Learn about Sages Agasthya and Vasishta
  • Practice Meditation and Yoga
  • Participate in activities related to classroom learning
  • Importance of volunteering

Module 6
Course Objectives
  • Learn Srimad Bhagavad Gi:ta – Chapters 3 and 4
  • Learn about sages Viswamithra, Jadabharatha, VedaVyasa, Bharadwaja and Sukha
  • Practice Meditation and Yoga
  • Participate in activities related to classroom learning
  • Volunteering

Module 7
Course Objectives
  • Learn Srimad Bhagavad Gi:ta Chapter 5 and 6
  • Discovering a perfect human being
  • Comparison between Rama and Krushna
  • Know about avatharas

Module 8
Course Objectives
  • Introducing Upanishads
  • Know more about avatharas

Module 9

Course Objectives

  • Isavasya Upanishad
  • Different schools of thought
  • Life history of a Few Acharyas

Module 10
Course Objectives
  • A few Upanishads, manthras and their relevance
  • Few chapters from Bhagavad Githa

Jeeyar Asramam | 222 Dey Rd. Cranbury, NJ 08512
Contact: Giri Vedantham • Phone: 732-804-8728
Sailaja Chapyala • 732-780-6424 • Sat 10am & Sun 10am

Edison Center | 3775 Park Ave #9M-10M, Edison, NJ 08820
Contact: Jamuna Puskur • Phone: 848-448-0117 • Sun 10 am

Robbinsville | 6 Belmont Drive Robbinsville, NJ 08520
Contact:  Seshagiri Chintapatla • Phone: 732-494-2789 • Sun 10am

Marlton Center | 77 Colts Gait Rd. Marlton, NJ 08053
Contact: Madhuri Dantuluri • Phone: 856-874-4442

Parsippany Center | 9 Heather Way Parsippany, NJ 07054
Contact: Anjani Katikaneni • Phone: 973-257-9036 • Call for timings

Lake Hiawatha | 104 N Beverwyck Rd Apt 1, Lake Hiawatha, NJ 07034
Contact: Krishna Naidu • Phone: 973-610-9617 • Call for timings

Bordentown Center | 33 Tantum Court Bordentown, NJ 08505
Contact: Haritha Maramraju • Phone: 609-424-0995 • Sun 10am

Hillsborough Center  | 21 Torbet Road Hillsborough, NJ 08844
Contact: Srinivas Yerra • Phone: 732-501-0915 Giri Vedantham • Phone: 732-804-8728

Paramus Center  |205 Spring Valley Road, Paramus NJ 07652
Contact: Vijaya Tanikella    • Phone: 201-790-1457 Rama Thota: • Phone: 201-483-8358
Govind Thota: 201-621-3683

New York (Queens)Center | 43-32, Kissena blvd, apt #3B, Flushing, NY – 11355
Contact: Arundhathi Adupa • Phone: 718-701-1161 Call for timings

Carnatic Music Vocals

About the classes: Carnatic Music Vocal for adults and kids (min age 5 yrs) are offered by JET NJ. The course starts from the fundamentals of music  to the advance levels. Necessary theory is also introduced along with Swara exercises.  Geethams, Swarajathis, Varnams, Krutis and Kirtanas are  taught as a part of the course. The individual attention to the kids is given by the teacher if required. Students are tested periodically to  check  their sruthi (pitch) and memorization skills.

Interested children are given an oppurtunity to participate in Thyagaraja Trimurthi day celebrations and also in various competitions. Teacher even helps in training for the above mentioned events by giving additional classes.

In summer music camps/workshops are also conducted.

For Adults: The classical songs of various composers are offered without going through the fundamental training. The classical songs like Annamacharya Kirtanas, Ramadasa songs, Mangalaharathi songs etc are part of these classes .

About the teacher: These classes are taught by Mrs.Vijaya Allakki. She is a gifted singer who won the first prize in district level singing at the age of 8 without any professional training, which was the first of many awards.

She started getting trained in Carnatic Vocal at the age of 12 under Kausalya Devi. In 1990 she finished her training in Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan (London, UK) under the tutelage of Sivasakthi Sivanesan. She also trained with Vijay Kumar Bharathi, T Gopala Krishna, Dr.Balamurali Krishna. She has given concerts in Australia, Scotland, Brazil, London, Florida and California (USA).

With the divine Mangalasasanams of H.H. Sri Sri Sri Tridandi Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji, she started teaching Carnatic Music classes in 2000 at Plainsboro, NJ along with Prajna classes for JeeyarEducationTrust. All the funds from these music classes and Prajna classes are donated to JET.

Contact no : 609-750-1143 (home) | Email : vijaya.allakki@gmail.com

Yoga classes
Yoga classes are held by experienced teachers, like Mrs.Vijaya Allakki. At present classes are offered Monday and Thursday at 7 pm. Any other day can be added on request.

Yogasanas, Meditation and Pranayama are taught. Yoga for control of body,mind, general health and specific asanas for any individual physical problems are also taught.Healthy dietary plan can be made to suit your needs upon request.

Please contact Jeeyar Asramam at 609-297-8797 or 609-750-1143 (Smt. Vijaya); vjramard@gmail.com

or email us at jetnewjersey@gmail.com for more information.

Kuchipudi

Kuchipudi is one of the foremost classical dance styles of India, from the South-East Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Kuchipudi is not merely a dance form but is a combination of dance, gestures, speech and song. It is known for its graceful movements and its strong narrative / dramatic character.

About the teacher: Smt. Indira Sreeram Dixith took up Bharata Natyam at a young age and had her arangetram at the age of 9 under the tutelage of Guru Mythili Kumar. She then continued to learn and specialize in KUCHIPUDI dance style under the Kuchipudi maestro kalaprapoorna Padma Bhushan Dr. Vempati Chinna Satyam. She had more dedicated and professional training under the tutelage of her Guru. She has toured and given performances in almost all the major cities in India, former Soviet Union, Europe, Canada and US. As a member of the elite dance team she has taken part in major festivals of India.

As a performer, teacher, and choreographer, Indira Sreeram Dixith wishes to share her extraordinary joy in dance, striving for new and effective ways to communicate the beauty of Kuchipudi to diverse audiences through new, vibrant, and creative choreography.

Please contact Jeeyar Asramam at 609-297-8797 or email us at jetnewjersey@gmail.com for more information.

Bharata Natyam
GURU Smt. Bindu Madiraju

Bharatanatyam is a classical dance form originating in Tamil Nadu, India. Bharatanatyam is usually accompanied by the Indian classical music. Bharata Natyam comes from the words Bhava (Expression), Raga (Music), Tala (Rhythm) and Natya (Classic Indian Musical Theater). Today, it is one of the most popular and widely performed dance styles and is practiced by many dancers all over the world.

Bharata Natyam is the oldest and the most popular of the classical dance forms in India. Its origin dates back to the 4th century B.C. Like most art forms in India, Bharata Natyam has a deep spiritual base. Acknowledged as a form of yoga and of realizing Godhood, the dance originally blossomed within the temple walls. Passages of time saw this art form emerging from the temple confines and embrace the greater freedom of the stage. What distinguishes Bharata Natyam from all the other Indian Classical dance forms is it’s clear lines, almost geometric; its agility and lightness together with forceful footsteps, its strength, crispness and most importantly its majesty.

Please contact Smt. Bindu Madiraju at 732-609-1836