India enjoys an extraordinary tradition of arts and culture. This rich heritage is encoded in our monuments, languages, food, clothing, dance forms and festivals. Though many of the cultural practices are documented, the real meaning and understanding of these practices resides with the practitioners. The ancient Gurukul system was meant to preserve this knowledge in its purity as it was passed from generation to generation.
The Art of Living is deeply involved in preserving these tangible and intangible assets of ancient wisdom and culture. We believe that it is our responsibility to preserve this knowledge and to pass it on to future generations so that they may benefit as well. Our Vedic school in Bangalore and Goshalas in our Bangalore and Valsad Ashrams are efforts in this direction.
We regularly organize events of classical Indian dance and music to create awareness and to promote our rich culture and heritage. Our vision is that more and more people will appreciate the grace, beauty and significance of these art forms and practices and work with us to preserve our beautiful heritage.
The significance and wealth of our heritage is being slowly lost with time. As a result of this, we now have few masters who can truly explain the meaning and purpose of these traditions and practices. It is difficult to develop appreciation for something without having some understanding of it. Unless this ancient knowledge becomes easily available to people in an easy and understandable way, it will be difficult for them to adopt and to integrate it into their everyday lives.
This problem of promoting our tradition amongst the masses is further accentuated by the fact that there are more learning and economic opportunities for modern education vis-a-vis traditional knowledge. The Art of Living initiatives are designed to overcome these challenges and to bring to focus the value of our rich and ancient wisdom by creating contemporary relevance to people in their everyday lives.
Our strategic initiatives to preserve the rich ancient Indian heritage are focused in three areas:
Setting up Vedic schools to revive and rekindle interest in ancient Vedic knowledge
Running Goshalas (cow shelters) to protect and preserve indigenous cows
Organizing events to promote traditional art forms like Sitar, classical singing, Bharat Natyam etc. to influence a broad-based revival of these arts
For more than three decades now, we have been diligently working to preserve and propagate our ancient wisdom and practices. As a result:
More than 350 students have graduated from our Vedic schools in the last 12 years
Over 350 indigenous species of cows are now preserved in our Goshalas
We have organized multiple cultural events showcasing Indian classical dance forms and music. Many of these events are first of their kind and have found their way into the Guinness Book of World Records.
We would like to continue learning from India’s glorious past, spreading the awareness and preserving the wealth that we rightfully owe to the future generations. Please reach out to us to know more about our heritage projects and how you can partner with us.