Value-based education for children

Value-based education for children has an important role to play in the present day. As a parent, we need to provide an atmosphere for children to grow with noble ideals, healthy emotions, and physical discipline. Culture and values cannot be taught, they can only be caught. When children watch their parents, they automatically do the same thing. Therefore, it is important not to lecture children on how they should behave, but through your own actions teach them life’s values.

Vedic chanting is said to help to ease stress, and take one to a higher level of consciousness. It also improves one’s memory and power of concentration, so it is important to teach the kids mantras if you want them to be an achiever.

The word mantra comes from the Sanskrit language and can be broken down into two parts: “man,” which means mind, and “tra,” which means transport or vehicle. Mantra can be interpreted as an instrument or vehicle that helps transport or elevate the mind. Mantra means “Sound that liberates the mind”. Many experience mantra as a way to find peace and to deepen their spiritual and mental strength.

Children as young as 3 years have very impressionable minds, they grasp everything they see and in order to shape them, we must expose them to factors that stimulate their minds in the correct way. The early exposure of media, TV, games, and movies, can make it very difficult for children to focus. That’s one reason why Mantra should be introduced to kids at a very early stage.

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Benefits of Shloka Chanting for Kids

Improve Attentiveness in children: Mantra soothes mind and increase attention span. It creates self-confidence in children to serve and act cheerfully in their immediate surroundings, and it helps them nurture their creativity.

Teach them to focus: With overstimulation through gadgets, children have reduced the capacity to turn their attention completely to one thing and be able to stick with their studies. Meditation teaches them to focus.

Teaching Mantras Strengthen your Bond with the Children: Values cannot be taught; they can only be caught. When children watch their parents, they automatically do the same thing. Chanting Mantras when they are around will pique their curiosity and they are more likely to join in.

5 easy mantras you can teach your kids

I have curated a list of 5 very easy and meaningful mantras that your child can learn easily.

OM/AUM (ॐ )

Om is the sound of the universe and divine intelligence. Allow your little ones to play with the tone and volume of their AUMs and go at their own pace. The mantra consists of 4 parts:

  • First sound: aaaaahhhh – the sound of manifestation
  • Second sound: oooooooo – the sound of sustenance
  • Third sound: mmmmmm – the sound of completion
  • Fourth sound: silence – a moment of rest after the first three sounds.

Take a deep breath in and on the exhalation chant “Aaahhhhoooommmm” and silence. The vibrations will give you a deep feeling of relaxation.

Gayatri Mantra

Gayatri mantra has 24 syllables, each of which is connected to a different part of the brain. It has been used to enhance intelligence and intuition. This is one of the most recited mantras from the Vedas. One should regularly chant the Gayatri mantra and simultaneously recall its meaning to reap its full benefit.

Om Bhuh Bhuvah Swah Tat Savituh Vareneyum
Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi Dhiyo Yo nah Prachodayat||

It means “Oh! Source of Life, Remover of Sorrow, Giver of Happiness! We mediate on You. You, who created this Universe and is the source of all knowledge and bliss. We pray that you guide our intelligence on to the right path”

Vakratundya Mahakaaya

Vakratundya Mahakaaya is one of the easiest mantras to start with and Lord Ganesha is favorite among all kids, especially the ones who are born and brought up in Mumbai This mantra will help to invoke the energy of Ganesh so we can work through the obstacles and find possibilities.

Shree Vakratunda Mahakaya Suryakoti Samaprabha
Nirvighnam Kuru Me Deva Sarva-Kaaryeshu Sarvada ||

It means “O lord with the twisted trunk, with the effulgence of a billion suns, always remove the obstacles when I am on an auspicious undertaking.”

Maha Mritunjaya

The Maha Mrityunjaya mantra is one of yoga’s most important mantras. It restores health and happiness and brings calmness in the face of death. When courage or determination is blocked, it rises up to overcome obstacles. It awakens a healing force that reaches deep into the body and mind.

Om Tryambakam yajamahe, Sugandhim pushti-vardhanam
Urvarukamiva bandhanan, Mrityor mukshiya mamritat ||

It means we pray to Lord Shiva, “The third eyed lord Shiva who sees what we can see but who also sees what we cannot see. I invoke, Increase my good vasanas (not of material aspects like gold, money, sex, anger, the 6 enemies, etc.), my soul is like a cucumber bound (to the body), please free me from the captivity of death and give me immortality”.

Guru Mantra

This very special mantra, A mantra dedicated to the Guru or Teacher. In ancient India, Guru had a very special place, which is treated all in all and even above God. When in a problem and need guidance, this mantra helps to increase concentration and increase dedication towards the Guru

Tvameva Mata Ch Pita Tvameva |
Tvameva Bandhush-Ca Sakha Tvameva |
Tvameva Vidyaa Dravinnam Tvameva |
Tvameva Sarvam Mam Deva Deva ||

It means, Oh, My Dear Guru, You are mother and father to me, You only are my relative and my friend. You are my wisdom and my wealth you are my divine light, my god.

In short,

Teach your child the correct pronunciation of these mantras and prayers. If you do not know it yourself, refer to the YouTube videos. explain the meaning of these prayers. Tell a different story each day that illustrates the meaning of these mantras. I started with my 3.5 years of a daughter and was astonished how quickly she grasped all the mantras, of course, I had to learn these mantras first, I myself didn’t know much mantras but trust me kids learn faster than us.

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