Did you ever wonder what did the ancients must have learned at schools apart from Vedic Knowledge? We always heard of the 64 arts that were learned by our ancients. Even Ascended Master Krishna learned them during his schooling at Sage Saandeeoani. But what do the 64 arts comprised of? And Why that many? Because one might find interest to pursue a career and knowledge. Another reason would be that all of these will help an individual to lead a long and prosperous life. And if that individual applies the knowledge of the self, he/she will be enlightened for sure. So, here are the 64 arts that were learned by Lord Krishna are the ashram of Sage Saandeepani:

(1) Gitam, singing;

(2) Vādyam, playing on musical instruments;

(3) nṛtyam, dance;

(4) nāṭyam, drama;

(5) ālekhyam, calligraphy;

(6) viśeṣaka-cchedyam, Make Up and cosmetics;

(7) taṇḍula-kusuma-bali-vikārāḥ, preparing auspicious designs on the floor with rice flour and flowers;

(8) puṣhpāstaraṇam, making a flowery bed;

(9) daśana-vasanāṅga-rāgāḥ, brushing one’s teeth, art of bathing, and washing clothes;

(10) maṇi-bhūmikā-karma, decorating a floor with jewels;

(11) śayyā-racanam, making a bed;

(12) udaka-vādyam, ringing waterpots or Jala Taringini;

(13) udaka-ghātaḥ, art of splashing water;

(14) citra-yogāḥ, Art of Visualisation and painting;

(15) mālya-grathana-vikalpāḥ, making wreaths;

(16) śekharāpīḍa-yojanam, putting on a thinking-helmet;

(17) nepathya-yogāḥ, home decor;

(18) karṇa-patra-bhaṅgāḥ, knowledge about the ear and its decoration with ornaments;

(19) sugandha-yuktiḥ, perfumes and fragrances;

(20) bhūṣaṇa-yojanam, art of decorating with jewelry;

(21) aindrajālam, art of jugglery;

(22) kaucumāra-yogaḥ, the art of disguise;

(23) hasta-lāghavam, art of doing tricks;

(24) citra-śākāpūpa-bhakṣya-vikāra-kriyaḥ, preparing varieties of snacks;

(25) pānaka-rasa-rāgāsava-yojanam, preparing edible drinks and cocktails;

(26) sūcī-vāya-karma, sewing and weaving;

(27) sūtra-krīḍā, art of puppetry through the threads of space-time;

(28) vīṇā-ḍamarukavādyāni, playing a lute and a shiva’s drum;

(29) prahelikā, ability to make and solve riddles;

(29) pratimālā, art of memorising long verses;

(30) durvacaka-yogāḥ, making complex statements that others can’t understand;

(31) pustaka-vācanam, art of reciting books;

(32) nāṭikākhyāyikā-darśanam, enacting short plays and story writing;

(33) kāvya-samasyā-pūraṇam, solving puzzling verses;

(34) paṭṭikā-vetra-bāṇa-vikalpāḥ, art of making a bow and arrows from cloth and wood;

35) tarku-karma, spinning various spindles;

(36) takṣaṇam, masonry;

(37) vāstu-vidyā, architecture;

(38) raupya-ratna-parīkṣā, testing the quality and geometry of jewels;

(39) dhātu-vādaḥ, metallurgy;

40) maṇi-rāga-jñānam, differentiating gems by various colors;

(41) ākara-jñānam, mineralogy and study of forms;

42) vṛkṣāyur-veda-yogāḥ, treating plants and trees;

(43) meṣa-kukkuṭa-lāvaka-yuddha-vidhiḥ, the art of training in the styles of rams, cocks and quails (It can be seen in Kalaripayattu);

(44) śuka-śārikā-pralāpanam, how to train male and female parrots to speak and answer the questions of human beings;

(45) utsādanam, healing a person;

(46) keśa-mārjana-kauśalam, hairdressing and nourishment;

(47) akṣara-muṣṭikā-kathanam, the art of remote viewing, telling what is hidden in another’s fist and what is written in a book without seeing it;

(48) mlecchita-kutarka-vikalpāḥ, critical thinking and reverse approach;

(49) deśa-bhāṣā-jñānam, knowledge of state dialects;

(50) puṣhpa-śakaṭikā-nirmiti-jñānam, knowledge of flowers and their structures;

(51) yantra-mātṛkā, composing matrices and understanding the logic behind them;

(52) dhāraṇa-mātṛkā, ability to focus;

(53) saṁvācyam, art of conversation;

(54) mānasī-kāvya-kriyā, visualising verses in ones mind;

(55) kriyā-vikalpāḥ, art of disillusionment;

(56) chalitaka-yogāḥ, types of movements;

(57) abhidhāna-koṣa-cchando-jñānam, knowledge of lexicography and poetic meters;

(58) vastra-gopanam, styling of robes by making one type of cloth to look like another;

(59) dyūta-viśeṣam, knowledge about various facets of gambling;

(60) ākarṣa-krīḍa, study of magnitisms;

(61) bālaka-krīḍanakam, being a child again;

(62) vaināyikī vidyā, gaining mastery our occult powers;

(63) vaijayikī vidyā, art of gaining victory;

(64) vaitālikī vidyā, awakening one’s deeper mind with right music at dawn.