The Vedic Priest – a Community Champion
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In today’s society, the job of a priest remains ever relevant and
In today’s society, the job of a priest remains ever relevant and important. Whilst the core function of a priest remains the performance of rituals, the Vedic priest understands his/her role in society is much wider. He/she will have to boldly rise to tackle the many community challenges. Counseling people in distress, ministering inmates in prison, managing feeding schemes, performing cottage services and hospital visits are just some of the work of a Vedic priest.
Three years of intensive and disciplined study were crowned with sweet success for fourteen candidates from Pietermaritzburg who graduated as Priests of the Vedic Purohit Mandal of the Arya Samaj SA. All graduates are keen community champions and the taking of the respected Vedic Priest’s ‘blue gown’ was a natural extension of the work they already do. All priests read out the Vedic Priest’s Pledge before an appreciative audience of 400 people, after which they were invested with the trademark blue gown and received their Certificates. Vegetarianism, non-alcoholism and a solemn undertaking to uphold and promote Vedic traditions will now have to be firmly embraced by the newly qualified priests.
The School of Vedic Studies which offers tuition for its Certificate in Vedic Studies course has experienced a sharp increase in enrolment with nearly 80 candidates in four centres, viz, Westville, Pietermaritzburg, Johannesburg and Bloemfontein. The School has embraced modern technology by offering Skype sessions to out of town candidates. The School is also at an advanced stage of accrediting its Course with the QCTO Hindu Practitioner NQF Level 6 requirements.
Posted by on Monday, November 14th, 2016 @ 11:08AM