Srila Prabhupada speaks on daily schedule of students

"I am very glad to learn that you are enthusiastic to teach the children. Most of your questions I have answered as above to Satsvarupa. Simply follow the program of the elders, let the children associate as much as possible with the routine KC program, and when the others go out for working and business matters, the children can be given classes as you describe. They can learn our method of Krishna Consciousness by rising early, cleansing, plus knowledge of Sanskrit, English, a little Mathematics, history,geography."
Letter to Aniruddha - Calcutta 7,March, 1972

Daily schedule at Bhaktivedanta International Gurukul

(for children from 5 to 10 years)

  • 4:00 to 4:30 a.m Wake up & get ready for mangala arti
  • 4:30 to 5:15 a.m Attending mangala arti, Narasimha arti & Tulsi puja
  • 5:15 to 5:30 a.m Honouring mangala arti sweet prasadam
  • 5:30 to 6:30 a.m Chanting at least 8 rounds under the supervision of teacher
  • 6:30 to 7:00 a.m Helping in deity worship & other services
  • 7:00 to 7:30 a.m Honouring milk, grains & fruits prasadam
  • 7:30 to 8:00 a.m Free time
  • 8:00 to 8:45 a.m Attending darshan arti, guru puja & kirtan
  • 8:45 to 9:30 a.m Srimad Bhagavatam & shloka recitation class
  • 9:30 to 10:00 a.m Honouring prasadam (Chappati,Dal, Rice, Sabji, curd, butter milk, sweet etc.)
  • -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  • 10:00 to 11:00 a.m Free time
  • 11:00 to 11:45 a.m English/Hindi/Sanskrit class (2 days each in a week)
  • 11:45 to 12:00 a.m Free time
  • 12:00 to 12:45 p.m Maths/Geography/History class (2 days each in a week)
  • 12:45 to 1:00 p.m Free time
  • 1:00 to 3:00 p.m Rest
  • -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  • 3:00 to 3:30 p.m Washing clothes
  • 3:30 to 4:00 p.m Honouring milk, grains & fruits prasadam
  • 4:00 to 5:00 p.m Playing games
  • 5:00 to 6:00 p.m Take bath & get ready to go to temple
  • 6:00 to 6:30 p.m Honouring prasadam (Dal, Sabji, chapatti)
  • 6:30 to 7:00 p.m Attending tulsi puja, Gaur arti & kirtan
  • 7:00 to 7:45 p.m Bhagavad gita class
  • 7:45 to 8:00 p.m Free time
  • 8:00 to 8:30 p.m Attending shayan arti & kirtan
  • 8:30 to 9:00 p.m Honour hot milk prasadam & go to sleep

Note:

  • 1. We take them out to visit temples on every sunday. At least 2 times in a year we take them on a tour to holy places.
  • 2.The children are being fed sumptuously milk, fruits, fresh food etc. and also have free time to play.
  • 3. They have no burden of studying nonsense subjects like Physics, biology etc, giving complicated examinations, mugging up big-big books so that they can happily execute devotional service to Krishna.
  • 4. In hot summer months of May and June these children will be shifted to Uttranchal with their teachers. It will be like a spiritual picnic for them as this place is amidst hills and rivers with pleasant climate.
  • 5. As far as playing is concerned it is natural for the small children to play but their playing spirit can be utilized very nicely be engaging them in play connected to pastimes of Krishna. As Srila Prabhupada is saying “Only one has to direct how to play”.

For more details, please refer to Q.No.8 in the Magazine - Back to Srila Prabhupada's Gurukula  

Stay Connected