Vedic Knowledge for the Modern Youth
(Contributed by Stephen Knapp (Sri Nandanandana dasa) Author of over 20 books on Vedic culture, www.stephen-knapp.com)
Hindu youngsters of today have adopted the American or western approach to accepting their parent’s tradition, which is called “What’s in it for me?” In other words, if they do not understand something, or if they cannot relate to it, or if it makes no sense or seems to have little relevancy to their lives, they will not take it. So these days they have to be able to see the purpose of it. They need to understand the meaning and usefulness behind the tradition. And there is nothing wrong with that. In fact, that is the basis for being properly educated in the culture.
The Hindu youth should be aware, however, of the possibilities that can be attained or learned from the ancient Vedic tradition as it is applied to the modern age. In essence, the youth of today needs to know that the understanding and practice of the Vedic tradition is going to improve and enhance their life and the meaning of it like no other form of education. They should know that it is going to help them reach their higher potential in today’s world, both materially and spiritually. It is going to give them the fulfillment that everyone is looking for, which is to be at peace, balanced and whole within oneself. And those answers and insights need to be provided in some way or other, in more clear and rational manner. In this way, when a person combines the means of today’s education and society with the understanding of the timeless Vedic tradition, the great Indian heritage, it is the means by which they can reach their fullest and highest possible development in this world.