Dinacharya (Timetable for the Day)

The Timetable for the day is pretty packed. There’s so much going on 247/365 for these kids. They only have Sunday ‘off’, but even then must wake up at the same time for pratah smaran, work some of the schools farmland and then rest. Most spend it studying. They have three vacations a year, 21 days during Diwali, May 10th – June 10th for exams and finally a week back at home for Holi. Their day to day reminds me of a SSV day.

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4:45 am – Wake up, the kids wake up like SSV with a whistle.

4:45 am to 6:00am – Pratah Vidhi – Wake up, shower, wash their clothes. Most are up before this. Only a few need encouragement

6:00 am to 6:15 am – Suryanamaskaar – It’s still dark at this time at the moment so it’s a whole new experience to suryanamaskaar to the most amazing skyline full of stars.

6:15 am to 7:15 am – Pratahsmaran / Yogasana, morning prayers and yoga for the younger kids and Balika Shikshan for the elders

7:15 am to 7:30 am – Dudh (Milk)- Fresh cows milk, straight from the farm.

7:30 am – 8:15 am – Seva Karya – The kids spend the day cleaning the school, their rooms, the bhojanalaya, the mandir, gaushala, karyalayas.

9:00 am – 12:05 pm – Vidhyala (School). For three hours, the kids have four classes that rotate. They study Hindi, Sanskrit, Maths, Science, English, Economics, Psychology and much more. In their first year they are also taught a few life skills (more details to come). Only for the morning school do both the shikshartis and shikshaks where uniform.

12:05 pm – 2:45 pm – Bhojan – Lots of good, healthy food is cooked. They then study, relax, play….

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Vidhyalaya – Back to school!

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm – Shakha

6:30 pm – 7:00 pm – Mandir and Dhyaan

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Bhojan and for me it’s listening to a Bhagavad Gita recitation.

8:30 – 9:45 pm – Vaanchan (Reading) – This is the kids time to read, study and catch up on anything they haven’t already during the day. As today is Saturday and tomorrow is a day ‘off’ (minus the early start), they are watching episodes of Shivaji on the projector.

9:45pm – Deepnirmalan (Bedtime) – A well deserved rest time for these seriously busy kids.

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