Students at BGIS actively participate in many sporting and co-curricular activities. They are provided sporting facilities They also learn musical instruments, art and craft, dance and drama, singing bhajans and kirtans. Students also compete and perform in local, state and national sporting and cultural events.
A fundamental and unique aspect of the BGIS experience is regular spiritual
practice like rising early, mantra meditation, bhajans, kirtans and Shastra
studies. Both teachers and students strictly follow four basic tenets of spiritual
values austerity, compassion, cleanliness and truthfulness. Students learn these
values by following the devotional practices, through exposure to cow protection
and organic farm communities.
Here, the students imbibe in their hearts a devotion to Lord Krishna based on the teachings of the Bhagvad-Gita. Teachings are delivered not sentimentally or dogmatically but in a philosophical and cultural way, using both contemporary and traditional educational methods. This is why we call ourselves a Gurukula.
Students are privileged to attend many retreats in places such as Mayapur, Jagannatha Puri, Udupi, Gangotri, Jamunautri, and Simla during their stay in BGIS.
Ancient Vaishnava culture, is a tradition of mutual respect ,integrity, compassion, cleanliness (internal and external), mercy and tolerance. Students are taught to manage their emotions and channelize their energies positively and constructively.
Mangal Artik according to Vaishnava tradition is a very important part of the day. Students get up at 4 a.m. to worship Lord Krishna in the temple. They do every day in spite of the weather, except Sunday
The top most yoga system in all traditions is the chanting of the Lord’s Holy Name. Students chant a minimum of four rounds on beads every day. This gives them a strong spiritual foundation for the battles that lie ahead.
Each ashram worships Lord Krishna in His Deity form. Students after chanting japa, wake up the Lord, bathes, dresses and perform puja and arati. This is a daily service which gives the students an early start in understanding a deeper aspect of Vaishnava culture where the realization of The Lord being a person is imbibed.
This one of the most important aspect of Vaishnava tradition, the honouring of food offered to Lord Krishna. Students enjoy a healthy diet of milk, grains, fruit and vegetables. Food prepared in the mode of good-ness is not only good for the body but also for the soul.
Sports serve as a healthy outlet for the boy’s youthful energy. Besides providing excellent physical exercise, it helps develop quick thinking, the ability to work in teams, and the capacity to acknowledge the skills and capabilities of others. Students are trained in games like volleyball, basketball, badminton, table tennis, kabaddi and kho-kho. The school holds an annual Sports Day and also participates in various inter school sports competitions.
Yoga and meditation activities are arranged for the students. Living a natural and austere life are some of the challenges the young men face in the wilderness which moulds their character to become the leaders of tomorrow.
Excursion and camps are arranged for students. Living a natural and austere life are some of the challenges the young men face in the wilderness which moulds their character to become the leaders of tomorrow.
The Music Department of our school gives training to students in Indian traditional instruments such as the Mridanga and Harmonium. We also train them in vocal Hindustani classical music as well as bhajans. Students also have the opportunity to learn ‘Gotipua’, a traditional Odissi dance for boys that is a traditional dance form of Odisha. Traditional Indian music is a powerful and devotional art form and we encourage all students to actively engage in any one of them.
For every major festival, students participate in a literary quiz. Questions are from ancient scriptures, i.e. Bhagavad Gita, Srimad Bhagavatam and the Ramayana. The prize giving ceremonies are a spectacular event.
With classroom plays and productions performed before thousands, the drama de-partment brings life, color and energy to the school. Learning through drama has always been effective - voice, movement, teamwork and memorization are some of the skills learned, not to mention handling the excite-ment of the performance. Our drama troupe is regularly invited to perform in major Indian cities.
Art is an integral part of learning at BGIS where students are encouraged to express themselves through a variety of art activities such as sketching, modelling, paper mache, painting and mask making. Students participate in inter school art competitions and also engage in the aesthetic decoration of their school campus.
CHILD PROTECTION TEAM:
BGIS follows a zero tolerance to all forms of child abuse including corporal punishment to students. We have a Child Protection team within our campus that provides health and safety training to our students and staff at regular intervals.
Bhaktivedanta Gurukula and International School
Raman Reti, Vrindavan, Mathura
Uttar Pradesh, 281121
An Educational Activity by ISKCON