An Enlightened Education

 
"Literary education is of no value, if it is not able to build up a sound character."
-  Mahatma Gandhi

   
As well as nurturing intellectual and emotional growth, education should also encompass the spiritual well-being of children.
Children need a balanced education, now more than ever. This education should not only nurture intellectual and emotional growth, but also address their spiritual well-being. When children understand their inner capacities and strength, they can flourish in any environment. Focused attention and a global perspective are two other keys to an enlightened education.
 
Shri Mataji placed great emphasis on building a solid foundation with early childhood education, believing it should be a collective process shared by parents and teachers. The natural environment, too, plays a teaching role. As children learn about plants, animals, and conservation, they gain respect for Mother Earth and her precious resources.

Shri Mataji being greeted at the Rome Train Station, May 1986To instill a sense of self-esteem and dignity,  Shri Mataji placed great value on discipline - a discipline rooted in love and respect. “It’s our duty to see that our children grow as great people. Greater than us,” said Shri Mataji. “They have to look after the world.”
 
Putting her vision into practice, Shri Mataji created an educational system with Sahaja Yoga at its core. In addition to a challenging academic curriculum, students meditate regularly. This helps them improve their attention and ability to focus, as well as increasing their sense of self-confidence and self-understanding. Young people from around the world thrive at Shri Mataji's schools in India, Italy, Canada, Austria, the United States, the Czech Republic, Russia and Australia, where they continue to build deep relationships.

  In regard to children, Nobel Prize winner Rabindranath Tagore remarked that, "They are living beings - more living than grown-up people who have built shells of habit around themselves. Therefore it is absolutely necessary for their mental health and development that they should not have mere schools for their lessons, but a world whose guiding spirit is personal love."

 
I have seen children coming from our school in Dharamshala. Extremely confident and extremely humble. And I asked them, 'What do you do?' They said, 'Shri Mataji, we meditate. We meditate in the evening, and in the morning, and it helps us a lot.'

 
 
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