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(T) Arjuna’s Dilemma on the Battlefield (dilemmas)

STO-701 This passage give some background information to the Battle of Kurukshetra and the difficult situation Arjuna faced prior to that great conflict. It also serves to show how the Bhagavad Gita came to be spoken. For more information, please refer to “The Heart of Hinduism” Teachers’ Book pages 126-127. The Mahabharata explains how Dhritarashtra […]

Academic Books (especially for RE specialists)

Further Reading (word document version) Academic Books (especially for RE specialists) A Very Short Introduction to Hinduism by Kim Knott (Oxford University Press) ISBN: 0-19-285387-2 A succinct and accessible introduction to the tradition Hinduism – A Short Introduction by Klaus. K. Klostermaier (Oneworld, Oxford) ISBN: 1-85168-220-1 A Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism by K. K. Klostermaier […]

Scriptural Verses B – Core Values and Virtues

Scriptural Verses B (word document download) Verses on Core Values and Virtues Please also refer to the section on proverbs for further relevant verses. In here, there are four main categories, namely: A. Godly / Spiritual Qualities (general) B. Demonic / Materialistic Qualities (general) C. Specific Virtues D. Miscellaneous A. Godly / Spiritual Qualities (general) […]

Scriptural Verses D (primary audio CD)

Scriptural Verses D (primary version) The following is a transcript of the verses on the Audio CD (Track 40) along with the accompanying narrative. There may be slight differences from the spoken version. Krishna, before the great battle, speaks to his friend, Prince Arjuna. He tells him about the real self, the atman. We will […]

Prayers (primary version)

Prayers (primary version) (word document download) Hindu Prayers Keep in mind that many Hindu songs, poems and mantras are also a form of prayer, and you may consult the corresponding material on this CD-Rom. It is also important to note that some of these prayers will need to be adapted for use with or by […]

Prayers (secondary version)

Prayers (secondary version) (word document download) Keep in mind that many Hindu songs and poems are also a form of prayer, and you may consult the corresponding material on this CD-Rom. Prayer for liberation and enlightenment From the temporary lead me to the eternal! From darkness lead me to light! From death lead me to […]

Useful Contacts

This ‘Heart of Hinduism’ teachers’ pack comes with full teacher support. For free advice and for further information (temples visits, guest speakers and INSET) please contact: ISKCON Educational Services, Hilfield Lane, Aldenham, Herts. U.K. Tel; +44 (0)1923 – 859578 e-mail: ies@krishnatemple.com Web-site: https://iskconeducationalservices.org For IES representatives in other locations, please go to Temple Visits (on […]

Further Resources

Academic Books (especially for Secondary RE teachers and Libraries) A Very Short Introduction to Hinduism by Kim Knott (Oxford University Press) ISBN: 0-19-285387-2 A succinct and accessible introduction to the tradition Hinduism – A Short Introduction by Klaus. K. Klostermaier (Oneworld, Oxford) ISBN: 1-85168-220-1 A Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism by K. K. Klostermaier (Oneworld, Oxford) […]

A. Teaching Ideas (secondary)

Word documents for download TID-01 The Pointing Game / The Eating Game (atman, the soul) TID-01 Pointing & Eating Games TID-02 The Car Game (the atman and reincarnation) TID-02 Car Game TID-03 Music, the Modes and Meditation (prakriti, the 3 gunas) TID-03 Music, Modes & Meditation TID-04 Meditation Exercises (relaxation, meditation, and mantra) TID-04. Meditation […]

B. Teacher Guides (secondary)

Word documents for download TGD-01 Tips on Teaching about Hinduism (introductory guidelines) TGD-01 Tips on Teaching Hinduism TGD-02 Summary of the three gunas (the gunas, personal development) TGD-02 Summary of 3 Gunas TGD-03 Krishna’s Opulence (God, ideas of God) TGD-03 Krishna’s Opulence TGD-04 Twelve Main Deities and Related Attributes/Topics (God, Hindu deities) TGD-04 12 Deities […]

C. Amendable Worksheets (secondary)

Word documents for download WRK-01 Three Truths (concepts) WRK-01 Three Truths WRK-02 Key Concepts (concepts) WRK-02 Key Concepts WRK-03 The Real Self – Aspects of Identity and Belonging (self, identity, image, belonging) WRK-03 The Real Self WRK-04 Three Gunas Personality Test (personal/spiritual development; emotional literacy) WRK-04 3 Gunas Test WRK-05 Hindu Values (values) WRK-05 Hindu […]

A. Teaching Ideas (primary)

Word documents for download 1.1 Visualisation of India TID-1.1 Visualisation of India 1.2 What is Time? TID-1.2 What is Time 1.3 Dressing up – 3 focuses of worship TID-1.3 Dressing Up 1.4 Main deities TID-1.4 Main deities 2.1 Bridge to Lanka (role-play) TID-2.1 Bridge to Lanka 2.2 Diwali activities TID-2.2 Diwali activities 3.1 Namaste greeting […]

B. Teacher Guides (primary)

Word documents for download 1.1 Stereo-types within Hinduism TGD-1.1 Stereotypes about Hinduism 1.2 Relating concepts to values and practices TGD-1.2 Relating concepts to values and practices 2.1 Festival food TGD-2.1 Festival Food 2.2 Stories – related values and concepts TGD-2.2 Stories – related values and concepts 2.3 The Significance of Light TGD-2.3 The Significance of […]

C. Amendable Worksheets (primary)

Word documents for download 3.01 The five senses (worksheet) WRK-3.01 The Five Senses 4.01 Gifts from the cow (picture and worksheet in one) WRK-4.01 Gifts from the Cow 4.02 Cycles and Changes (diagram and worksheet) WRK-4.02 Cycles and Changes 6.01 The Puja and arti Tray (picture and worksheet) WRK-6.01 Puja and Arti Tray 7.01 Temple […]

STO-701 – Arjuna’s Dilemma on the Battlefield (dilemmas)

STO-701-sec This passage give some background information to the Battle of Kurukshetra and the difficult situation Arjuna faced prior to that great conflict. It also serves to show how the Bhagavad Gita came to be spoken. For more information, please refer to “The Heart of Hinduism” Teachers’ Book pages 126-127. The Mahabharata explains how Dhritarashtra […]

STO-702 – Savitri (devotion to the spouse)

STO-702-sec The beautiful princess Savitri was now of marriageable age, but no one had come forward to ask for hand. Her father became anxious and arranged for her to travel throughout the local kingdoms to choose a husband for herself. She visited cities with wonderful palaces and also simple villages. But throughout her whole journey, […]

STO-501 – The Decent of Mother Ganga

STO-501-sec King Sagar, the ruler of Ayodhya was of the Surya dynasty, and an ancestor of Rama. He performed the Asvamedha sacrifice ninety-nine times and each time the horse he sent around the earth returned to his kingdom unchallenged. Indra, the King of the Devas (gods), was jealous and during the hundredth sacrifice, he kidnapped […]

STO-503 – The Lifting of Govardhana Hill

STO-503-sec Krishna and Balarama saw that the cowherd men were preparing for a sacrifice to petition and placate Indra, the King of heaven, who is responsible for supplying water. A pure devotee of Lord Krishna doesn’t have to perform any of the ritualistic functions enjoined in the Vedas; nor is he required to worship any […]

STO-504 – The Story of Vaishno Devi

STO-504-sec To know the history of the Vaishno Devi temple we must go back to Treta Yuga when virtuous people were tormented by the Asuras (demons) Ravana, Kumbakarna, Khardushan and others. The demigods decided to create a divine personality, in the form of a girl, for their protection. To do this, they pooled the spiritual […]

STO-322 – Sakshi Gopal (the murti)

STO-322-sec (The Witness for the Wedding) There once lived in Vidyanagar, South India, two Brahmins who decided to go on a pilgrimage. One brahmin was young and poor. The other was old and wealthy. The young man served the old man and made his trip as comfortable as possible. First they visited Gaya, then Kashi, […]

STO-303 – the Third Avatar; Varaha the Boar

STO-303-sec Hiranyaksha was a powerful demon. At the time of his birth unlucky omens appeared everywhere. Violent winds uprooted trees, volcanoes erupted and inky clouds rained endlessly as lightening slashed the sky. Owls screeched fiercely, wolves howled at the moon and trembling cows gave blood instead of milk. Hiranyaksha grew to be as large as […]

STO-305 – the Fifth Avatar; Vamana the Dwarf

STO-305-sec Millions of years ago, the head of the demons, King Bali, attacked the demigods. With hordes of elephants, cavalry, chariots and footmen, they fought for control of the universe. After being heavily defeated, Indra, the king of the demigods, consulted his spiritual teacher. “Even those who are evil may achieve temporary success,” said his […]