Sunday, December 30, 2012

A case for Integral Education

Religion is a collective affair with a liberal sprinkling of festivals. Celebrations, obviously, are happy and colourful occasions the visual aspect of which is amply exploited by TV media. The effect of such reinforced endorsement upon the young generation is enormous and, therefore, we observe an enhanced scale of religious and related activity in the society today. How to confront this trend with more cerebral inputs like the teaching of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo is an exceedingly challenging task.

Integral Yoga, with its emphasis on personal effort for transformation of human nature is an acute need among the people now. Simultaneous reliance on the Divine force coupled with an ethical anchorage in day-to-day dealings that is voluntarily applied through an inner discipline can form the basis of an enduring reservoir of social capital in the country. The Mother & Sri Aurobindo, fortunately, have left behind the entire range of wherewithal for accomplishing such a national resurgence.

Undue dependence upon our past, however, retards any headway in this path. Overlooking the riches from the West, likewise, impoverishes the march. The Mother & Sri Aurobindo have painstakingly built a bridge between the two by harnessing whatever is valuable and can be helpful. The need of the hour is to respect their joint wisdom and rely upon their synthetic selection. Inculcating an intellectual milieu to contemplate upon such necessities of life – individually as well as at the collective level – is also of primary importance. Otherwise, we perpetually tend to drift directionless along a-furore-a-day inflicted by the TRP-hungry TV screens. [TNM55]  

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