The Purohita Course includes:
Suktams and Vedic chants: Vedas are ‘Shruti’, meaning that which is heard, and suktams are part of the Vedas. A ‘suktam’ is an ‘extolling’ of the Lord and popular suktams include Purusha suktam, Shri Suktam, Narayana suktam, and Medha and Durga suktams. A suktam has great potency to uplift the mind of a seeker when chanted on his behalf by a Purohita.
General Chanting of stotrams and stutis: The prospective priests should be able to chant the mantras and other chants from the Vedas, verses called ‘kavacham’, invoking a God or Goddess to act as a shield during troubled times and it is the power of the vibration in the shlokas that purifies and refreshes the seeker.
Samskaras: Every stage in life, from birth to death, is viewed as an opportunity to yoke with the Divine, and this is the underlying principle of the sixteen samskaras that are prescribed in Indian tradition. A Vedaputra can have a significant impact if he understands the power behind all these samskaras and conducts them properly.
Dhyanam, pujas and other concepts of Hindu dharma: Inviting the Lord into one’s life is like having the most beloved of guests come home. The joy of a puja is when the Purohita leads the devotee through the process of greeting the Lord, washing His feet, to offering all that he has, including the feast of food, culminating in complete surrender. Thus, the puja becomes very pertinent and a wonderful way to worship the Lord.
Through a Chinmaya Purohita Course, many well-informed Vedaputras have been trained to serve society and Hinduism with a new vision.