Spirituality in Education

Character or Genius?

Spirituality in Education

A young boy was once travelling on a train to visit some ashram. Group of students of his same age-group traveling in the same bogey started chit-chatting with him. When they enquired about where the boy was going, he replied that he is an active member of some spiritual organization and he meditates regularly and is now on the way to the ashram for a few days. The other students faces went blank …one of them innocently asked the boy, “What is spirituality?” is it some eerie thing that deals with spirits or ghosts?

Most of the schools today focus on the student’s development of mind and body. They are hell-bent on churning out scholars and genuises. The curriculum is designed towards cramming every brain nerve with highest level of knowledge and keeping ever- empty the corridors of the hearts! Under the banner “it’s a competitive world”, they often forget the nurturing of the soul – something that lies far beyond the realms of mind and body. A realm that is the fountainhead from where the natural qualities like forgiveness, sharing, compassion, truthfulness, sincerity and above all – love, spring forth in all their glory.

The true measure of success is not one’s achievements in material life but how balanced the individual is despite his material glories. The mind and the body are definitely of great value but they are like the lower natures of the human being, the higher nature being the soul. It is not wrong on the part of the parent or school to expect their child shine in the outside world but let it not be at the risk of overshadowing the inner light of the child.

Spirituality, if incorporated at the right age and time, aims at giving an exponential growth to these inner qualities. A simple act of meditation for some time has the power to get centeredness in the student – a chance to get closer to the higher nature and to consciously bring those qualities to surface and then finally to be a conduit for those qualities to flow naturally in everyday life. Such a student is supposed to be truly successful and for him to lead an absolutely serene and balanced life becomes a child’s play. Imagine how great that student would be who has a perfectly balanced life with respect to his work and relationships contrast to the student who is just a genius to the world and a complete failure in all his relationships.

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