As my master says, “There are five fundamentals education we need to give to the child”:
- The first one is How to be calm and peaceful no matter what the situation is.
- The second is how to make a lot of friends or how to LOVE EVERYONE
- The third is the SCIENCE OF ENTREPRENEUR-SHIP: How to develop leadership qualities and make oneself useful wherever one This is where academics comes in.
- The fourth is DEVELOPING THE EYE FOR APPRECIATING BEAUTY; to be one hundred percent committed to whatever one is doing and, also, adding beauty to the This is where the arts, music, theatre etc. come in.
- The last is ACTS OF SERVICE; doing service even down to the last person in the The kind of service (seva) done by Mother Teresa or Baba Amte is a great example for the same.
Vidya, or inner education, can be further divided into five: physical, mental, social, emotional and spiritual.
Physical development relates to three areas of development, namely, mobility, motor and balance.
There are several techniques to develop the child physically from day one of infancy, in fact, from the time it is in the mother’s womb.
Mental development means development of both sides of the brain, the left and the right, which means the development of both communicative and analytical capabilities of a child. It means developing the child’s intellect so that he can have the wisdom to choose right from wrong.
Social development constitutes making the child suitable for societal life. We all want our child to be disciplined, but how to discipline the child naturally forms the joy of parenting. We don’t need to shout at the child or give him a glaring look; all we need is love and patience, and a knack of dealing with the child. For this, we need to understand the psychology of the child. This joy of parenting has been amply elaborated elsewhere in this book.
Emotional development means allowing the child to express himself totally and fully. We are so used to suppressing our emotions all the time, so much so that a man does not shed tears lest it be taken as a sign of weakness. This is a wrong notion. All the nine rasas, namely Veera, Bibhatsa, Bhayanak, Karuna, Raudra, Adbhuta, Shringara, Shantam and Haasya, are important in our lives. They need to be expressed totally. Only when they are expressed totally do we, as human beings, feel complete. This is called emotional development, which has been detailed in one of the chapters of this book.
Spiritual education teaches a child to delve within himself and to find happiness within and not without (outside). If I am happy ‘doing’ things, then I am an evolved person. If I am ‘seeking happiness to do things’, then I will be forever ‘wanting’ in life. Being happy for no particular reason, being happy because it is my very nature to be happy is what makes for spiritual evolvement and spiritual education.
My master says: ‘Education is that which makes life more and more effortless and more and more joyful day by day.’ And I fully agree with that! Life is about enjoying the gift of life. If you can’t enjoy life, what are you living for? So, more than anything else, schools should teach our children the methodologies to make life more and more joyful and effortless.
Education is “that which makes life more and more effortless and joyful day by day.”
Guruji Shree Rishi Prabhakar