Maan Mandir Gurukul
Over 130 children from all over the Braj Dham are learning a disciplined bhakti-mayi Vedic and modern education.
Maan Mandir is taking care of all their needs.
They are determined to carry on the Braj protection and preservation effort to the next generation.
Education has always been embedded in the history of Maan Mandir. Shri Ramesh Baba Ji Maharaj has been teaching Brajwasis ever since he started living at the Maan Mandir.
Shri Ramesh Baba Ji Maharaj lived on Bhiksha Vritti (As directed by Shri Krishna in 11th Canto of Bhagwat Mahapuran, a Saadhu should not worry about food, instead he should go door to door, chant Bhagwan Naam and respectfully accept anything received from the door as Bhiksha or Bhagwat Prasaad) for over 20 years continuously. He never liked the fact that he gets food and care from Brajwasis and does not do anything for them. As a first step, he started doing Keertan while doing Bhiksha. In Kaliyua, Bhagwan Naam is the biggest power and saviour . There is nothing more than Bhagwan Naam.
Secondly, he started teaching Brajwasis children. Some areas of Braj such as Barsana and near by villages have very poor education system. Almost close to none. One day, Shri Baba Maharaj was waiting for a Braj Gopi to bring his Bhiksha and noticed that the child of that Gopi was reading a book incorrectly. He went ahead and correct him. The child requested Baba Maharaj if he can teach him. Shri Baba Maharaj asked him to come to Maan Mandir and he would teach him. Gradually other Brajwasi children started to come. And a culture of FREE education started at Maan Mandir.
There has never been a time when there was no children coming to Maan Mandir for education. In past 50 years, hundreds of Brajwasi’s children came, studied and now are very well settled. Those who wanted to learn Shri Bhagwat Maha Puran, learned from Baba Maharaj and now some of them are well know Bhagwat Acharyas.
One of the burning examples is Shri Ram Ji Lal Sharma of Shri Radha Ras Mandir. He completed his Shastri followed by Masters in Math and then followed by PhD. He acquired all his eduction from Shri Baba Maharaj. Similarly Shri Radha Kant Shastri Ji, he completed his Shastri and Masters in Sanskrit. He had a successful career as teacher with UP Govt and now is Principle of Shri Raseshwari Vidya Mandir.
The tradition of free education continues at the temple and gathered its popularity day by day. It resulted in a humble request from local Brajwsis for a School. With the mercy of Shri Radha Rani and Kripa of Shri Baba Maharaj, Shri Raseshwari Vidya Mandir was opened a few years ago. This school tops in all respects whether it is education, sports or cultural events.
Even though there are ample facilities for education at the school, culture of education at Maan Mandir still continues and growing. It grew to a level that now it turned into full grown Maan Mandir Gurukul.
There are over 125 children from various villages of Braj. They are getting very high quality spiritual education. Not only that, they get to listen and attend Satsang from Shri Baba Maharaj himself.
Glory of the children and the Gurukul is spreading in all directions. Shri Baba Maharaj calls them true Saints. They wake up at 4:30 AM. There are only few bathrooms but they are so disciplined that there has never been any quarrel. They go to Prabhat Pheri and Shriji temple every day. When they walk, they walk together like a battalion of Army. They never walk quietly, they always do Sankeertan. Whey eat, they eat together like a big feast is going on. Like our ancient Gurukul culture, they go for Bhiksha every evening together. Every individual child is a gem.
Maan Mandir Gurukul is FREE for all the children and Maan Mandir takes care of all their needs.