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Grihastha Family Institute is a social enterprise of Medha Jananam Foundation. We are an educational, research and public service institution.

The Need

Family is a foundational institution in any society. It is held as the single most important social institution by the Indic Civilization, called Grihastha Ashrama.

Family is the basis for providing the physical as well as the emotional nutrition for the next generation. It is the foundation for enjoying the company of the current generation and caring for the previous generation. It provides the necessary ambience for bringing together all the three generations for sharing the rich experiences of life.

Family is the soil in which the next generation grows. Though justice seems to belong to the judicial institutions, the sense of justice of a person originates from the upbringing in the family. Though education seems to belong to educational institutions, the sense and value of education is embedded into a person's character by the institution of Family. No other institution compares as well to the institution of Family, in influencing the character of the individuals and hence that of the society.

Hence, from times immemorial, societies have developed methods, established norms and built support structures to ensure the success of the institution of Family. These methods, norms and support structures used to prepare the young men and women to smoothly adapt from life of being single to life of being the head and heart of a family, and from being a child to raising children.

However, it is safe to assume, that there was never a time and place in the history where 100% of the marriages were successful. Problems like dominant personalities, excessive control, excessive intervention, using people, exploiting weaknesses, forcing others to do their way, greediness, male chauvinism, female stubbornness, sexual issues, adultery, challenging economic conditions and cultural differences caused marriages to fail in many ways. Some failures were out in the open. Others were undeclared failures.

In the modern times, the institution of Family is facing even more challenges causing the percentage to steeply higher. Industrialization and urbanization are changing the environment underneath our feet, rendering the older methods unviable, established norms lose their ground and support structures dwindle and crumble in front of our eyes, and introducing new problems and challenges like, two career families, uncertain financial future, stress at work, overwhelming professional, social, spiritual vocations/commitments, more opportunities to explore personal interests, thinning family connections, dwindling support structures, irrelevance of norms, too many choices and lack of emotional nourishment.

The repercussions of this can be directly felt in the increase of the number of troubled or failed marriages, in the number of single parents and in the number of children distressed and disillusioned and torn in the middle of the fissures in the relationship between the parents. The repercussions can be felt indirectly in the increase in depression levels, increase in alcoholism and so on.

This problem is not specific to any single country or civilization. It can be seen in every part of the world. It is more visible and prevalent in the emerging middle class whose single minded pursuit of upward mobility is weakening the connections to the traditional methods, norms and structures.

People get into marriage, rarely with a good understanding of all that is involved in marriage and family life. In the olden times and in the fortunate families, there used to be enough people around to support the young couples while they are wading in the shallow waters learning to float and swim before they get into deep waters of running a family. Times are changing. Economic and social conditions are favoring atomic families. It is a deep dive from the get go. Young families are getting into troubles more and more in the recent years, as they fail to find a firm ground, when the currents carry them away.

One needs to prepare well in order to succeed, whether it is for writing an exam, or for starting a business, or for climbing Mount Everest. Same is true with getting married and starting a family. The more one is prepared the more one will be successful. Starting a business is exciting. Getting married and starting a family is also exciting. But assuming that it will be a smooth and easy ride all along is naive. But, if done well, both are extremely gratifying, rewarding and fulfilling.

The Institute

The Institute is conceived with the mission of preparing everyone with the basics and nuances of marriage and family management, and to compensate for the loss of traditional structures, norms and methods that used to support the family structure, as much as possible.

The Institute's vision is to conduct research programs to develop expertise in seven critical areas of family management and offer educational programs and provide other services in these seven areas.

The institute offers programs of various lengths starting from one-day workshops to full-year diploma courses to full-fledged research programs. The institute will offers various levels of certifications for various audiences.

The Founder

The Grihastha Family Institute and its parent organization Medha Jananam are the brainchildren of Sri Krishna Sharma.

He has gold medal from University of Hyderabad in Masters in Mathematics and he has been working in the software Industry since 1981 in India and USA.

But, at heart, he is a sociologist, psychologist, philosopher and theologian with immense interest in understanding life, society and universe.

He founded Medha Jananam in 2009 and started conducting workshops to teach a unique blend of concepts from ancient Indic wisdom and modern scientific knowledge. Subsequently, Medha Jananam grew into multiple initiatives, one of which is this Grihastha Family Institute.

For those who know him personally, he is a respected Guru and friend. His teachings are liked by young and old alike and people sit in his classes for eight hours at a stretch as he connects many intricate aspects and topics of life into a smooth tapestry of concepts. People leave his classes with positive outlook, self assurance, confidence, hope for humanity, better tools for managing their lives and an appreciation for the diversity.

His has a broad vision for this institute and hopes to serve humanity by strengthening the institution of family.