Mayapur, A Spiritual City

N avadvip was famous as a centre of learning throughout India for centures. ISKCON’s Mayapur Chandrodaya Mandira is reviv­ ing this heritage. Education at all levels is available in Mayapur, with the presence of primary and secondary schools–and the Vedic learn­ ing academy, the Bhaktivedanta College–contributing to the Mayapur city’s atmosphere of spiritual and cul­ tural learning. The foundation for success–spiritual or material–is education. Sri Mayapur’s educational initiatives are de­ signed to cultivate the knowledge and skills that will promote spiritual, economic, and social growth and stability in the Mayapur region. Srila Prabhupada, the Founder Acharya of ISKCON, writes: “There are so many departments of knowledge all over the world and many huge universities, but there is, unfortunately, no university or educational institution where the science of the spirit soul is instructed. Yet the soul is the most important part of the body”. - Bhagavad-gita, Chapter 9, Text 2, Purport There are three educational centers in Sri Mayapur for children upto the age of 18: Rupanuga Paramarthika Vidyapitham, a Vedic Gurukul; Sri Mayapur Interna­ tional School (SMIS) affiliated to Cambridge University, and Bhaktivedanta National School affiliated to CBSE. At each of these centers, comprehensive training is provided to children not only in academics but on Vedic culture centered on Krishna consciousness that includes corollary disciplines like music, dance, drama, cooking, sewing, martial arts and so on. There are two educational centers for adults, the Maya ­ pur Institute of Higher Education and Training (MIHET) and Srimad-Bhagavata Vidyapitham. Here adults have the opportunity to exclusively and deeply study Srimad-Bhagavatam, Bhagavad-gita and other impor­ tant scriptures. 21

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