Swami Dayananda Sevak Training Programme
About AIM for Seva
Started in 2000 as a pan India movement, AIM for Seva’s focus is rural education. Through its flagship programme, Chatralayams (free student hostels), AIM for Seva has positively impacted the lives of 4000 children, year on year.
Today, AIM for Seva has 133 projects across 15 states.
Our work has impacted over 20 million people over a two-decade period.
About the Founder
One of the greatest spiritual masters in contemporary times, Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati is the Revered Founder of AIM for Seva, Swami Dayananda Educational Trust (SDET), Arsha Vidya Research & Publication Trust (AVR&PT) and Arsha Vidya Gurukulams in India and USA.
Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati did not confine himself just to Vedanta. One of his founding principles with respect to AIM for Seva was that the youth of our nation should receive value education and cultural validation. He believed that only when a child is made aware of his or her roots would grow up to be a confident citizen and contribute towards nation-building.
To inspire appreciation of our Bharatiya culture in its entirety among trainees who will disseminate this knowledge through the AIM for Seva institutions.
By spreading this awareness of our rich tradition will help fulfill their patriotic and spiritual aspirations.
Need for This Programme
Bharat (India) is one of the oldest and continuing civilisational state in this planet. Its contribution to the world has been extensive be it through the power of yoga, Ayurveda and of later, Vedanta.
While we boast of a rich and a continuing cultural heritage, Santana Dharma, the indigenous culture and tradition of the land has been under threat for centuries and continues to remain under threat even today due to the operation of certain vested interests.
The last 1,000 years have been particularly painful with ‘double colonisation’, first the Mughals and then the ‘White Mughals’ (British).
The Islamic conquests and British takeover of the sub continent during the medieval and modern era was not just expansionist alone. At a deeper level, it led to destruction of our places of worship, centres of learning (Nalanda, Takshashila to name a few) etc. Our beliefs and practices were ridiculed as crude and animistic.
Post independence, while Anglicisation of education had its advantages but it led to confused identities and a need of constant validation from the west for even the most basic Indic practices and way of life such as yoga and meditation.
Through the Swami Dayananda Sevak Training Programme, we hope to create a platform for committed Sevaks to fulfill one’s patriotic and spiritual aspirations which ultimately leads to one’s emotional growth.
This programme is conceptualised as a three month training programme. It will comprise two levels.
Level 1: Beginner Level (2 weeks from 18th December 2022)
The first beginner level of the Swami Dayananda Sevak Training Programme commenced on 18th December 2022 at the Sri Swami Chidbhavananda Ashramam, Chatrapatti Road, Vedapuri, Theni, Tamil Nadu.
This programme saw participation of 36 students from across India, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and the first level got over on 31st December 2022.
The course components included the following
- Focus on “Who we Were?”
- Focus on “Who We Think We Are?”
- Focus: What We Need to Do to Change our Perception?
Our Founder Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati visualised and started AIM for Seva as an all India Movement in the year 2000 to re-educate and reach out to our own people through Seva.
Level 2: Advance Level (10 – 12 weeks, will commence from May 2023)
The second level of the Swami Dayananda Sevak Training Programme is currently underway. Twenty-two students selected from the first level are currently undergoing the next level of training at the Sri Swami Chidbhavananda Ashramam, Chatrapatti Road, Vedapuri, Theni, Tamil Nadu. This programme will continue till 28th May 2023.
The main programme components include the following-
- Briefing on our Tradition that includes the basics of Sanatana Dharma, goal of life, sustainable happiness by celebrating festivals together and significance of historical stories. In short, Pancha Mahabhuta Yajna—to live in harmony with the world.
- Principles of social psychology and psychological views of the self which helps to analyse oneself and meet people’s expectation.
- Values from the Bhagavad Gita and introduction to Vedanta and Vedic culture.
- Importance of Puja Vidhanam, mantra chanting and meditation
- Importance of yoga and basics of ayurveda
- Orientation on record keeping systems
- Spoken English / Hindi / Sanskrit
Graduate in any discipline
Age limit is between 25 and 40 years
Candidates have to go through a registration process. There will be a written test. Shortlisted candidates will have to appear for an interview. The dates / venue of written test and interview will be informed to the candidates after their registration.
A stipend of Rs. 2000/- will be paid to candidates who successfully complete the Level 1 course. It will include their travelling expenses to reach Sri Swami Chidbhavananda Ashramam, Chatrapatti Road, Vedapuri, Theni 625 531, Tamil Nadu.
Further, those candidates who are selected from the Level 1 course to undergo Level 2 course will be paid a stipend of Rs. 8000 per month along with accommodation and food during their training program.
At the end of Level 2 course, they will be absorbed as interns for field projects for a period of 3 months with a stipend of Rs. 15000 per month along with accommodation and food. After successful completion of internship, they will be absorbed as Assistant Co-ordinators with a suitable honorarium.
For Further Information, please contact:
AIM for Seva Central Office
Srinidhi Apartments, No. 4
Desika Road, Mylapore
Chennai – 600004