Divyaa started by teaching shloka to 6 little kids in her apartment in Bangalore city. Why kids? Being around them was therapeutic in itself. Also, Divyaa believes that childhood is the best time to learn the basics of Shlokas. As Shlokas are in Sanskrit, this gives parents the opportunity to teach Sanskrit to children at a very young age too. Grasping language is a very innate ability that we are all born with. How effortlessly children learn to understand and speak their native language in the first few years! For this reason, childhood is a great time to learn the fundamentals of Sanskrit and Shlokas. However, it is important to note that each child progresses at his own pace.
Divyaa was natural at teaching. She got along with the kids and taught them shlokas in a fun and engaging way she had devised in a few days. Rather than explaining the shlokas word by word to them and putting them to sleep, she conveys the essence of the shlokas and encourages them to repeat the shlokas after her. This way, learning becomes a fun activity rather than a chore. Through their own unique rhythms, shlokas bind to the mind with no extra effort.
The rave review from parents and the amazing learning curve in students instilled confidence in Divyaa. Parents vouched for the behavioral and cognitive changes in children. They were well-mannered, courteous, and interestingly, more enthusiastic about studies than ever. As Divyaa had rightly predicted, Shlokas worked wonders. It brought down anxiety, recklessness, and worries in children so that they could focus on things that mattered. We often overlook the depression and anxiety in children. In the fast-moving world where kids spend a major chunk of their productive time in front of digital screens, their options to connect with the real world are very limited. Divyaa knew children were not the only benefactors of shlokas. Shlokas will immensely help adults and elderly people too. Shlokas will be a great aid to fight anxiety and depression, now found common among adults, especially in the urban population.
So, in 2014, Divyaa embarked on her journey as a ‘Shlokaprenuer’.
She put up posters in local shops, boutiques, pre-schools, fitness centers, and on social media pages. Soon the word got around and before she knew it, students were flocking in from across the town. Parents who have for long been worried about not having the means or time to inculcate ancient wisdom in their children were super thrilled to learn about Gurukulam. In no time, Gurukulam grew from having just 6 students to 120.