My name is Tamara, my spiritual name is Teja Gaurangi Devi Dasi, and I live with my family, a husband, and our two kids, in a small homestead in Eastern Europe. We are practitioners of bhakti-yoga, a spiritual discipline from ancient India that focuses on developing our relationship with God in the mood of devotion and service. We try to live a simple life, teaching our children spiritual values, growing our food, and providing for our needs whatever is possible with our own hands. This is the place where I share our experiences of learning about life from ancient Vedic scriptures, from our creative home “classroom”, from nature around us, and from our kitchen where we spend a lot of time cooking, baking, and preserving. We have the privilege that the head of our family, Ivesvara Dasa, is a professional vegetarian cook, by which side we learn all about cooking delicious and healthy vegetarian meals.
All my life, since my early childhood, I have been fascinated with fairytales and stories. Now, as a stay-at-home mother, I have an opportunity to use my storytelling nature for the benefit of my children. Over time I have realized that storytelling is the best possible way, along with free play and meaningful work, to educate young children during the years of early childhood. It is especially important for those who practice a spiritual way of life with high moral values and expectations. Through the stories, we can easily transmit to our children these values in a way that is most natural and acceptable for them.
Here I share a great number of spiritual stories from the Vedas, specifically from Bhagavata Purana, Mahabharata, and Ramayana, convinced to be suitable for young children, and the stories that I have written. Often I present the story in the form of a simple home theater with table puppets or finger puppets that I create myself as well. I share here my experiences of playing with my children through dramatic arts, where children are not just passive listeners of a story, but active participants who make a „story dreamland“ become their true experience.
Apart from the stories, I share my parenting tips on various topics, which are the results of my extensive research and experience with my children on our homeschooling journey, and printables that you can use as educational tools for your spiritual parenting or homeschooling.
By creating this blog I give the opportunity to all of you, my readers, to use resources that I share that suit the best your family or your classroom needs. All of the resources are completely free for personal and non-commercial use, except those that are for selling (I plan to create some resources for selling in the near future, and they are going to be displayed in a separate category).
Please write me if you have any questions, and if you want to share with me your ideas and creative work with children – I would like to hear them! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
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