GVTC – Gita Vidya Teachers Training Certificate is structured in the form of 4 quarter (1 year) sequence with 6 credit hours adding up to 60 hours of instruction and 120 hours of self-study in total.
At the end of 4th quarter, students will qualify to become Gita Vidya Prabodhak. The program consists of 3 successive courses followed by project work in 4 th quarter. These courses focus on the principles of holistic wellness in Bhagavad-Gita.
Quarter 1. DEHA – The principles of sound body in Bhagavad-Gita
Quarter 2. GNANA – The principles of sound mind in Bhagavad-Gita
Quarter 3. YOGA – The principles of pure soul in Bhagavad-Gita
Quarter 4. Internship and Practicum in Teaching GitaVidya
GVTC introduces about 140 carefully curated verses (out of 700) under 17 thematic lessons from the Bhagavad Gita to students, who have no prior exposure to this important Hindu Text. In this course the participants shall study the meanings of each verse followed by guided recitation during online interactive classes. The course is carried out using Active, Interactive and Collaborative ways of learning and offers guided practice of shlokas followed by interactive discussion of their meaning. The Deha course highlights the Material and Psychic aspects of the body. The Gnana course describes the Physical, Social, Occupational, Mental, Emotional and Spiritual dimensions of divine wisdom. The Yoga course explains the four paths of Yoga in Bhagavad-Gita.
The GVTC helps students to understand, explore and apply the divine wisdom of the Bhagavad-Gita in
their own lives. The program simplifies the learning process for the beginner using specially designed illustration workbooks, transliteration textbooks and guided audios for practice and recitation. The interactive sessions are conducted online in English. The transliteration textbooks are available in 12 Indian languages and 12 world languages.
Gita Vidya Program is designed and developed using G-Education model, which aims to disseminate the wisdom of Bhagavad-Gita through smart tools of communication and modern means of education.
Using the knowledge obtained through the DEHA, GNANA and YOGA courses, participants will be able to
conduct GitaVidya courses to a variety of audiences from different age groups. In this program participants shall discuss the ways of engaging their audience through activities involving the course material such as the transliteration textbooks, workbooks, recitation audios and explanation videos etc.
Textbooks: The transliteration textbooks are available in 24 languages. These textbooks help in reading and copywriting the shlokas. Participants can have the ease of learning the shlokas in a language of their choice. Transliteration textbooks are available for free download to participants.
Guided audios: The guided audios are available in two formats. The “Guided Chanting Audios” are useful for listening the accurate pronunciation of the shlokas. The “Guided Practice Videos” are helpful in learning the word-by-word pronunciation of the shlokas.
Workbook: The workbook is designed to stimulate interest and facilitate learning by using graphic illustrations and other smart features. The workbook has QR links to complimentary course material such as guided recitation of shlokas and their explanation videos.
Each course is divided into 3 modules Sadhana, Sodhana and Vaadana.
Sadhana: In this module students understand the verses in three steps.
Step 1: Shloka Rachana (Copy writing the shloka): In this step each verse is written in a language of
choice by copying from the transliteration textbook.
Step 2: Shloka Shravana (Listening to the verse): In this step the students will get to know the accurate
pronunciation of each verse.
Step 3: Shloka Anucharana (Guided recitation): In this step students will learn the accurate
pronunciation of each verse through guided practice.
Sodhana: In this module students understand the meaning of the shlokas in 2 steps.
Step 4: Bhava Darshana (Graphic illustration): In this step the meaning of the shlokas is explained
through graphic illustration.
Step 5: Pratipada Artha (Word meaning): In this step the word by word meaning of the shlokas is
translated from Sanskrit to English.
Vaadana: In this module the interpretations of different acharyas to the shlokas of each lesson are
explored to gain deeper meaning and summarized by the students in about 500 words. A debate on contemporary issues and situations is held towards end of the course. During the debate the students
shall apply their learnings from the course and present their remarks and recommendations by referring to the specific shlokas of the course.
There will be a minimum of 1.5 contact hours with faculty every week. The class is structured in a way that promotes discussion and debate based on self-study and reflection each week. After the weekly class the students will be required to submit audio recordings of verses and complete online assignments with drag and drop type questions.
Program Learning Objectives:
In this program, students will be able to:
1)Practice accurate pronunciation of the shlokas through guided chanting.
2)Discover the interpretations from different commentaries on Bhagavad-Gita.
3)Gain a deeper understanding of the Bhagavad Gita by comparing and analysing the similarities and differences between the interpretations of various acharyas.
4)Comprehend the simultaneous co-existence of diverse understandings of the divine wisdom of Hindu Dharma, enshrined in its varied Sampradayas.
5)Discover the foundations of Hindu Dharma from the Bhagavad-Gita
6)Gain an overview of the Hindu Wisdom, and Hindu Pathways for spiritual growth.