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Education in Values-
Strategies and Challenges
for Value Education
 
Prof. Prasad Krishna
Department of Mechanical Enginee...
OUTLINE
• Introduction
• Values
• Value Based Spiritual Education (VBSE)
• Strategies to Implement VBSE
• Meditation for R...
INTRODUCTION
Past Education Scenario
• Education imparted by Rishis/Maharishis
• Gurukulavasam
• Rishis were trikalajnanis-knowing ever...
Present Education Scenario
• There is supposedly more ‘Education’ now,
but there is also more Corruption
– more Greed
– mo...
Because, now Education is
- synonymous with
a) Examination
b)Employment&
c)Empowerment
Unfortunately it no more stands for...
Education Today
• Non-existence of gurukulasampradaya as well as joint
family system has adversely affected the present ed...
Then, what exactly is the true
meaning of
“Education”
Does Education
Makeonewiser?Happier?Contented?
Makeoneabetterhumanbe...
Oris theresomethingmoretoEducation?
Yes, of course, educationis notjustthis.
Then whatThen what isis Real education?Real e...
EducationEducation
Is not mere stuffing of facts.
Education is for the actualization of the
potential already in children....
Now, tounderstandtheconceptof
Value basedValue based
Spiritual EducationSpiritual Education,
We must first see what “Value...
What are Values ?What are Values ?
Values are Standards
or Principles Considered important in life
Values
coming from Bein...
Values From withinValues From within
1.1.LoveLove
2.2.KindnessKindness
3.3.CompassionCompassion
4.4.MercyMercy
5.5.Sympath...
Values to be PractisedValues to be Practised
1.1.PunctualityPunctuality
2.2.DisciplineDiscipline
3.3.ObedienceObedience
4....
Why Values?
• Values bring quality and meaning to life
• Values give a person his identity and character
• Values act as g...
• Character
• Good conduct
• Moral Integrity
• Self Discipline
Education in Values or
Value education helps in developing
...
It becomes a second nature to them to 
be disciplined, punctual etc. 
Their academic performance goes up.
And they are abl...
Role of Value Education
• In spite of all this, Value education is not
given enough prominence in the curriculum.
• Is it ...
Whose responsibility is it anyway?
Isn’t imparting values the responsibility of parents?
Yes, it is. But teachers and scho...
Role of Government
National Education Policy of our
government insist on establishing a
Centre for Value Education in all
...
But, Activities of CVE ?
Limited to mere conduct of expert
lectures/discourses on values, ethics,
morality education etc. ...
So, what is needed?
• There is an urgent need for change – changing from
what we are to what we have to become;
• Change f...
Education in Values
• Now that the holistic vision of life-oriented
education was found to be insufficient for the
upliftm...
Where does Value education fit
into the curriculum?
EverywhereEverywhere
• Students are not born with a set of values.
• S...
Why Value Based
Spiritual Education?
Spiritualityis the“artandscienceof Divineremembrance.”
i.e., doing everything in the ...
Basics of
Value Based
Spiritual
Education
Catch Them YoungCatch Them Young
Parents,
teachers,
family, school,
environment,
friends, society,
religion - all
these wi...
Physical deviations –
games, yoga, dance,
gymnastics etc.
Catch Them YoungCatch Them Young
All these help to teach
them th...
Academics and Co- curricular
activities, both help in
teaching values.
Catch Them YoungCatch Them Young
Meditation, Value Based
Education,Music, Self
analysis, Positive
affirmations and
Resolutions help in
improving our charac...
The suggestions and words
spoken by the parents and
others affect the character
and good conduct of a child
and even babie...
Experience, appreciateExperience, appreciate
and understandand understand
The learned have only read
the books.
The practi...
The “learned teachers”The “learned teachers”
are like sign posts byare like sign posts by
the road, to tell youthe road, t...
One who can express
has not experienced
and one who has
experienced cannot
express.
- Babuji
Experience, appreciate
and un...
Watch your -
Thoughts : they become Words.
Words : they become Action.
Actions : they become Habits.
Habits : they become ...
M
M
M
M S
Present Situation
Only Materiality
S
SSS
M
The Saints
Only Spirituality
S
S
Equilibrium
MM
SS
Progress
MM
MS
Union (Yoga)
M- materiality S- spirituality
"There is nothing in a caterpillar that
tells you it's going to be a butterfly."
Think about the incredible change that
occurs during metamorphosis ...
From crawling to Flying ..
From dull to Spectacular...
Nothing is too great a change for you ...
light & airy ....
spectacular beauty ...
shedding one "persona" and
BECOMING tot...
But what does the caterpillar do before it
becomes a butterfly?
It takes some time to "cocoon". Time to
isolate itself.
Pe...
Living life as an adventure is FUN
living life in boredom is NO FUN.
Finding a way or making a way when
others do not see ...
Turning your dreams into reality
is FUN ...
Living in a dream world is NO FUN.
Grabbing an opportunity when it
presents it...
“A person starts to live when he can
live outside himself." -- Albert
Einstein
“To solve a problem get out of the
problem”...
"It is not enough to be busy, so
are the ants. The question is:
what are we busy about?"
A goal,
a love and
a dream
give you total control
over your life.
Value Education will helpValue Education will help
1. The Need to Understand
Oneself
2. Management of Self
3. Decision Mak...
1. The Need to Understand1. The Need to Understand
OneselfOneself
a) Who Am I ?
b) What is my goal ?
c) How should I proce...
2. Management of Self2. Management of Self
a)Time Management
b)Stress
Management
c)Life Management
3. Decision Making3. Decision Making
a) What is good for me ?
b) How to make decisions ?
c) Co-operation and Co-
ordination
4. Personality Development4. Personality Development
a) What is Personality ?
b) How should one develop
personality ?
c) H...
Strategies to Implement VBSE
• Independent approach – teaching core values
• Integrated approach – teaching values with th...
Approach to VBSE
Independent Approach
- Prayer
- Meditation
- Positive Resolutions
- Bhajans /Songs
- Value Education clas...
Approach to Value Education
Integrated Approach
• CurricularSubjects Co-curricular
• English Dance
• Language Music
• Math...
Approach to Value Education
Subtle Approach
• Role of Teacher
• Role of School
• Role of Parents/Family
• Role of Society
Independent Approach
• Teacher directed activities
• Individual activities by students
• Group activities like games, exhi...
How to make VBSE classes interesting?
• Many think Value education classes can only be preachy
and boring--it is so full o...
Let the students use their Head,
Heart and Hands!
• Activities using their Head –
Solving riddles and puzzles, Dramatizati...
Integrated Approach
• This is a recent development, where the common spiritual and
behavioural values are taught, while a ...
Subtle Approach
• The most effective, though difficult to
comprehend or integrate.
• Based on the fact that “ Values are c...
Subtle approach
We teach who we are!
Actions speak louder than words.
Students learn values from What we are than
from Wha...
What is the role of the
Teacher?
As a substitute mother and a role model,
• should have a positive, healthy attitude and
t...
What is the role of the Teacher?
should
• help the students achieve their full potential
and bring out the best in them.
•...
Subtle approach – teaching with
LOVE
• Love is of paramount importance.
• Love is the core value. It leads to
understandin...
It is said that
• An excellent teacher inspires
• A good teacher explains
• An average teacher teaches &
• A bad teacher c...
Need of the hour
Based on life oriented value based spiritual
curriculum and love based approach the
process of education ...
Meditation for
regulation of mind
What is
Meditation and
what is the
purpose of
Meditation?
Meditation may be defined as theMeditation may be defined as the
continuous thinking of something, orcontinuous thinking o...
Meditation is a process. It is aMeditation is a process. It is a
process which we undertake toprocess which we undertake t...
The whole purpose ofThe whole purpose of
meditation is to make a reversalmeditation is to make a reversal
in this fact of ...
As one meditates so one becomes.As one meditates so one becomes.
It therefore follows that what weIt therefore follows tha...
Therefore if our aim is
Realisation or the attainment of
one-ness with the Ultimate, the
object of meditation must be
that...
We can learn to meditate onlyWe can learn to meditate only
by meditating.by meditating. Meditate everyMeditate every
day. ...
Challenges to VBSE
implementation
Challenges-1
  Religion vs. Spirituality
• First and foremost challenge in imparting spiritual education is that even
educ...
Challenges-2
  The five levels of education
Information should not be confused with
knowledge, knowledge should not be con...
Challenges-3
The myth about Yoga
Many mistake yoga for yogasanas, which is only Hatha Yoga for
nourishment of body and to ...
Challenges-4
The notion that spirituality is for the old and
weak
Many have the wrong notion that spirituality is
meant fo...
Challenges-5
Is Spirituality commercialised?
• It is unfortunate that in a country like India with her glorious past,
ther...
Challenges-6
Where can I find a role model
• Since the most effective approach to VBSE is the subtle approach, both
parent...
Challenges….
Once again we come back to the need for
spirituality for all, none can escape it.
It is a matter of utter sha...
Conclusions
Conclusions-1
• Right education should cater to an individual's
intellectual, physical, emotional, social and
spiritual de...
Conclusions-2
• Some of the challenges in the implementation
of VBSE are presented.
• Most of these problems can be overco...
Conclusions-3
With these humble beginnings, we can help in
the fulfilment of the aim of regenerated,
revitalised, spiritua...
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  1. 1. Education in Values- Strategies and Challenges for Value Education   Prof. Prasad Krishna Department of Mechanical Engineering National Institute of Technology Calicut
  2. 2. OUTLINE • Introduction • Values • Value Based Spiritual Education (VBSE) • Strategies to Implement VBSE • Meditation for Regulation of Mind • Challenges • Conclusions
  3. 3. INTRODUCTION
  4. 4. Past Education Scenario • Education imparted by Rishis/Maharishis • Gurukulavasam • Rishis were trikalajnanis-knowing everything from the past, present and future as well as knowing everything that is to be known from the past, present and future. In a sense, therefore, they imparted knowledge coming from the past, they imparted knowledge from the present based on their own spiritual experiences and in a sense, imparted knowledge of the future from their own vision of the distant future in which they alone had access. • Joint Family System-great deal of care, love and well being. The old received as much care and attention as the very young and the children were shared by all as a sort of common wealth, and a source of joy and happiness . Story Telling have always been an effective way of presenting values, concepts and ideas to children and adults alike.
  5. 5. Present Education Scenario • There is supposedly more ‘Education’ now, but there is also more Corruption – more Greed – more Selfishness – more Poverty – Lack of sincerity and integrity. • Why?
  6. 6. Because, now Education is - synonymous with a) Examination b)Employment& c)Empowerment Unfortunately it no more stands for a) Emancipation b) Ennoblement and c) Evolution
  7. 7. Education Today • Non-existence of gurukulasampradaya as well as joint family system has adversely affected the present education scenario. • Absence of a holistic approach and an imbalanced growth of knowledge –dealing only with external world around us and not related to the inner-self of an individual. • Misdirected educational system --- instead of developing a person as a humane human being it is only directed towards superficial, surface level achievements. • Designed purely for money-making and not for man- making and only promotes negative qualities like jealousy, hatred and rivalry instead of virtues like kindness, compassion and honesty .
  8. 8. Then, what exactly is the true meaning of “Education” Does Education Makeonewiser?Happier?Contented? Makeoneabetterhumanbeing?
  9. 9. Oris theresomethingmoretoEducation? Yes, of course, educationis notjustthis. Then whatThen what isis Real education?Real education? What should be its role?What should be its role?
  10. 10. EducationEducation Is not mere stuffing of facts. Education is for the actualization of the potential already in children. Education is really the process of removing the ignorance that is covering our inner knowledge, which is absolute, which is perfect, which is eternal, which is supreme. (Chariji) Education is for a Holistic LIFE and not for a mere living. ‘Education’ needs to be enriched with VALUES.
  11. 11. Now, tounderstandtheconceptof Value basedValue based Spiritual EducationSpiritual Education, We must first see what “Values” really mean.
  12. 12. What are Values ?What are Values ? Values are Standards or Principles Considered important in life Values coming from Being within Practiced ? ?
  13. 13. Values From withinValues From within 1.1.LoveLove 2.2.KindnessKindness 3.3.CompassionCompassion 4.4.MercyMercy 5.5.SympathySympathy 6.6.EmpathyEmpathy
  14. 14. Values to be PractisedValues to be Practised 1.1.PunctualityPunctuality 2.2.DisciplineDiscipline 3.3.ObedienceObedience 4.4.BehaviourBehaviour 5.5.ConductConduct 6.6.CharacterCharacter
  15. 15. Why Values? • Values bring quality and meaning to life • Values give a person his identity and character • Values act as guidelines—they tell him what he should and should not do. They make us realize that WHAT WE AREWHAT WE ARE Is more important than What We HaveWhat We Have
  16. 16. • Character • Good conduct • Moral Integrity • Self Discipline Education in Values or Value education helps in developing • Compassion • Love for all living beings • Responsibility and many other positive qualities in the students. And above all… It makes them feel betterabout themselves!It makes them feel betterabout themselves!
  17. 17. It becomes a second nature to them to  be disciplined, punctual etc.  Their academic performance goes up. And they are able to spend  more time on learning. And … as time goes on,
  18. 18. Role of Value Education • In spite of all this, Value education is not given enough prominence in the curriculum. • Is it because it is not a course which can be tested and graded? • Is it because the result of the teaching cannot be seen immediately? • Or is it because we think students will learn the values somehow or the other and it is not our responsibility?
  19. 19. Whose responsibility is it anyway? Isn’t imparting values the responsibility of parents? Yes, it is. But teachers and schools play a BIG role too. • Students spend more time in the campus . • Campus forms the bridge between home and the society. • It is in schools and later in the colleges that students learn how to behave in the society. • It is in schools & colleges that a good value system can be nurtured.
  20. 20. Role of Government National Education Policy of our government insist on establishing a Centre for Value Education in all universities and institutes of higher education with the sole purpose of imbibing human values in their campuses
  21. 21. But, Activities of CVE ? Limited to mere conduct of expert lectures/discourses on values, ethics, morality education etc. and/or indulging in community/social service. There is no conscious effort made anywhere to bring about internal change in an individual. Anything good must sprout from inside so that the external body can reflect the beauty of it in all its glory. This harmony between inner and external process is termed as ‘Spiritual Civilisation’
  22. 22. So, what is needed? • There is an urgent need for change – changing from what we are to what we have to become; • Change from ambitions to aspirations. The importance and urgency of change must be brought forth through our education system. • We need education to understand the value of education and the value of further education. • Since values are caught rather than taught, it is imperative to devise other meaningful and pragmatic strategies to help in personal evolution, embracing all aspects of existence.
  23. 23. Education in Values • Now that the holistic vision of life-oriented education was found to be insufficient for the upliftment of mankind, ‘Values in education” peeped its existence in the educational scenario. • But this has proved to be a futile attempt and a shift has been made to "Education in Values". • This, in other words means, the imparting of ‘Value Based Spiritual Education’, abbreviated as VBSE
  24. 24. Where does Value education fit into the curriculum? EverywhereEverywhere • Students are not born with a set of values. • Students unconsciously imbibe all kinds of values from their parents, teachers and peers, all the time. So, in a sense, values are more ‘Caught’ than ‘Taught’. • Still, they do need guidance to help them learn the right values. • This guidance goes on all through the curriculum, all through the day, by all those who come in contact with them. • It is not a one man’s job.
  25. 25. Why Value Based Spiritual Education? Spiritualityis the“artandscienceof Divineremembrance.” i.e., doing everything in the remembrance of God so that anything we do has a thought of divinity attached to it. This motivates us to keep the highest goals in all aspects of living and prevents us at all times from doing anything wrong. Therefore it is necessary that our students are educated in spiritual values.
  26. 26. Basics of Value Based Spiritual Education
  27. 27. Catch Them YoungCatch Them Young Parents, teachers, family, school, environment, friends, society, religion - all these wield a great influence on the child.
  28. 28. Physical deviations – games, yoga, dance, gymnastics etc. Catch Them YoungCatch Them Young All these help to teach them the values for life.
  29. 29. Academics and Co- curricular activities, both help in teaching values. Catch Them YoungCatch Them Young
  30. 30. Meditation, Value Based Education,Music, Self analysis, Positive affirmations and Resolutions help in improving our character. Catch Them YoungCatch Them Young
  31. 31. The suggestions and words spoken by the parents and others affect the character and good conduct of a child and even babies. - Babuji Catch Them YoungCatch Them Young
  32. 32. Experience, appreciateExperience, appreciate and understandand understand The learned have only read the books. The practical man has tasted the spirit of the books.
  33. 33. The “learned teachers”The “learned teachers” are like sign posts byare like sign posts by the road, to tell youthe road, to tell you where the road leads to.where the road leads to. Experience, appreciateExperience, appreciate and understandand understand
  34. 34. One who can express has not experienced and one who has experienced cannot express. - Babuji Experience, appreciate and understand
  35. 35. Watch your - Thoughts : they become Words. Words : they become Action. Actions : they become Habits. Habits : they become Character. Character: it becomes your Destiny. - Frank Outlaw Thoughts and Destiny
  36. 36. M M M M S Present Situation Only Materiality
  37. 37. S SSS M The Saints Only Spirituality
  38. 38. S S Equilibrium MM
  39. 39. SS Progress MM
  40. 40. MS Union (Yoga) M- materiality S- spirituality
  41. 41. "There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly."
  42. 42. Think about the incredible change that occurs during metamorphosis ... From crawling to Flying .. From dull to Spectacular ... From fat & sluggish to Light and Airy. What metamorphosis can YOU go through?
  43. 43. Nothing is too great a change for you ... light & airy .... spectacular beauty ... shedding one "persona" and BECOMING totally new! You can change into ANYTHING!
  44. 44. But what does the caterpillar do before it becomes a butterfly? It takes some time to "cocoon". Time to isolate itself. Perhaps if each of us would take some "cocooning" time, we would begin our own metamorphosis !
  45. 45. Living life as an adventure is FUN living life in boredom is NO FUN. Finding a way or making a way when others do not see one is FUN. Accepting that there is just no way is NO FUN
  46. 46. Turning your dreams into reality is FUN ... Living in a dream world is NO FUN. Grabbing an opportunity when it presents itself is FUN ... Letting an opportunity go by is NO FUN. Which choice are you going to make?
  47. 47. “A person starts to live when he can live outside himself." -- Albert Einstein “To solve a problem get out of the problem” - Chariji “Be a guest at your home” - Chariji
  48. 48. "It is not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is: what are we busy about?"
  49. 49. A goal, a love and a dream give you total control over your life.
  50. 50. Value Education will helpValue Education will help 1. The Need to Understand Oneself 2. Management of Self 3. Decision Making 4. Personality Development
  51. 51. 1. The Need to Understand1. The Need to Understand OneselfOneself a) Who Am I ? b) What is my goal ? c) How should I proceed towards my goal ?
  52. 52. 2. Management of Self2. Management of Self a)Time Management b)Stress Management c)Life Management
  53. 53. 3. Decision Making3. Decision Making a) What is good for me ? b) How to make decisions ? c) Co-operation and Co- ordination
  54. 54. 4. Personality Development4. Personality Development a) What is Personality ? b) How should one develop personality ? c) How should I mould myself ? d) Facing situations
  55. 55. Strategies to Implement VBSE • Independent approach – teaching core values • Integrated approach – teaching values with the curricular subjects • Subtle approach – Being a good role model and teaching with love Value Education could and should take place all the time at schools and the following approaches can help to focus on it.
  56. 56. Approach to VBSE Independent Approach - Prayer - Meditation - Positive Resolutions - Bhajans /Songs - Value Education classes - Stories - Self Introspection - Yogasana
  57. 57. Approach to Value Education Integrated Approach • CurricularSubjects Co-curricular • English Dance • Language Music • Maths Drawing • Sciences Craft • Humanities Games
  58. 58. Approach to Value Education Subtle Approach • Role of Teacher • Role of School • Role of Parents/Family • Role of Society
  59. 59. Independent Approach • Teacher directed activities • Individual activities by students • Group activities like games, exhibitions, discussions, role-play, debates, dramatization, making collages etc. And more effectively through specific, special time slots allotted in the time table The ‘Independent approach’The ‘Independent approach’ uses this special time to inculcate values in auses this special time to inculcate values in a deliberate manner.deliberate manner.
  60. 60. How to make VBSE classes interesting? • Many think Value education classes can only be preachy and boring--it is so full of Do’s and Don’ts! • Yet it need not be so. • How about making the classes fun filled and interesting? Even more interesting than the regular classes? Try out some of the ways- • Story telling. • Songs and poems—use folk songs and action songs • Comprehension exercises—using the media, picture comprehension
  61. 61. Let the students use their Head, Heart and Hands! • Activities using their Head – Solving riddles and puzzles, Dramatization, Role play, Discussions and debates etc. • Activities using their Heart – Music, Games, etc. • Activities using their hands – Drawing illustrations and colouring, poster making, making models and collages, craft work etc • And many more!
  62. 62. Integrated Approach • This is a recent development, where the common spiritual and behavioural values are taught, while a course is being taught. This means that each and every teacher who teaches a course must incorporate values in each of the topic • Integration is possible in both curricular and co-curricular courses. • In this integrated approach, the student will neither forget the course nor the value. For example, while teaching about pendulum and motion, it can be correlated to mind, desires and contentment. • In chemistry, cause and effect value can be taught while teaching balancing of reactions. • Teaching of science should get humanized, eg; In the lessons of human physiology/biology, heart and brain should be studied not simply as pumping stations and memory control towers but as seats of love, feelings, emotions, conscience – the qualities that mankind is characterised by.
  63. 63. Subtle Approach • The most effective, though difficult to comprehend or integrate. • Based on the fact that “ Values are caught and not taught”. • Parents, teachers, peers, family and society influence the student and his behaviour. Parents and teachers must regulate their minds. • Parents have to be wise enough to know that “ My child is mine; nevertheless it has its own existence. It has a tendency of growth and let me allow it grow”.
  64. 64. Subtle approach We teach who we are! Actions speak louder than words. Students learn values from What we are than from What we say. They also pick up hidden and unintended values from what is said and not said what is done and not done!
  65. 65. What is the role of the Teacher? As a substitute mother and a role model, • should have a positive, healthy attitude and the right values • a balanced emotional outlook • a regulated mind which is able to think clearly and answer without any ambiguity
  66. 66. What is the role of the Teacher? should • help the students achieve their full potential and bring out the best in them. • be able to lead them towards a better tomorrow. • Most important of all---MUST BE LOVING AND SINCERE! • Yes, it is a tall order but it is BIG responsibility too!
  67. 67. Subtle approach – teaching with LOVE • Love is of paramount importance. • Love is the core value. It leads to understanding, sympathy, empathy, consideration, care, sacrifice etc. • A teacher who approaches any subject with love, wins over the hearts of his/her wards. • Love is the catalyst which grooms them into a complete human being
  68. 68. It is said that • An excellent teacher inspires • A good teacher explains • An average teacher teaches & • A bad teacher complains! Which category do I belong? A TEACHER IS AND CAN BE THE PIVOT OF THE SCHOOL
  69. 69. Need of the hour Based on life oriented value based spiritual curriculum and love based approach the process of education in this millennium should consist of the following four stages— “Knowledge which is taught Knowledge gained through intuition Knowledge gained through revelation Ultimate knowledge that comes from within ourselves through meditation- yogic practice”.
  70. 70. Meditation for regulation of mind
  71. 71. What is Meditation and what is the purpose of Meditation?
  72. 72. Meditation may be defined as theMeditation may be defined as the continuous thinking of something, orcontinuous thinking of something, or about something.about something. In a sense,In a sense, therefore, anybody who is thinkingtherefore, anybody who is thinking continuously of something may becontinuously of something may be said to be involved in meditationsaid to be involved in meditation..
  73. 73. Meditation is a process. It is aMeditation is a process. It is a process which we undertake toprocess which we undertake to reach a destined goal, areach a destined goal, a predetermined goal.predetermined goal. Meditation isMeditation is a training to apply the mind fora training to apply the mind for the purpose of regulating the mindthe purpose of regulating the mind by our efforts.by our efforts.
  74. 74. The whole purpose ofThe whole purpose of meditation is to make a reversalmeditation is to make a reversal in this fact of life that the mind isin this fact of life that the mind is our Master. We have to becomeour Master. We have to become the Master of our mind. It is onlythe Master of our mind. It is only this much, just reverse it.this much, just reverse it.
  75. 75. As one meditates so one becomes.As one meditates so one becomes. It therefore follows that what weIt therefore follows that what we meditate upon we get or becomemeditate upon we get or become and inversing this formula, if weand inversing this formula, if we want to become something wewant to become something we must meditate upon that andmust meditate upon that and nothing else.nothing else.
  76. 76. Therefore if our aim is Realisation or the attainment of one-ness with the Ultimate, the object of meditation must be that Ultimate and nothing else.
  77. 77. We can learn to meditate onlyWe can learn to meditate only by meditating.by meditating. Meditate everyMeditate every day. Because by doing it againday. Because by doing it again and again, we progressivelyand again, we progressively increase our ability to takeincrease our ability to take command of the situationcommand of the situation..
  78. 78. Challenges to VBSE implementation
  79. 79. Challenges-1   Religion vs. Spirituality • First and foremost challenge in imparting spiritual education is that even educated, intelligent people often confuse religion with spirituality. • Spirituality is no way related to religion and in fact spirituality begins where religion ends. • Spirituality aims at integrating the entire humanity under the umbrella of universal brotherhood irrespective of one’s religious background, beliefs, caste, creed, sex, language, race, country etc., • Religions have caused several wars and resulted in division of mankind. • Whereas religions survive on the weapons of fear and temptation, spirituality thrives on love alone. • Thus there cannot be any resistance from any corners to implement a spiritual education programme.
  80. 80. Challenges-2   The five levels of education Information should not be confused with knowledge, knowledge should not be confused with wisdom, wisdom should not be confused with intuition, and intuition should not be confused with revelation. There are so many levels in this world today. Information, knowledge, wisdom, intuition, and revelation are the five levels of education. Unfortunately in today’s schools only the lowest of these five levels is taught. The higher levels seem to have no meaning, and they are not even referred to.
  81. 81. Challenges-3 The myth about Yoga Many mistake yoga for yogasanas, which is only Hatha Yoga for nourishment of body and to some extent mind. The purpose of any yogic practice should be nourishment of the soul and the sole aim of such practice being complete oneness with the Ultimate and nothing short of it. Perhaps yoga is the most misused/misinterpreted term today, not only in the west, but in our country too. Today we have yoga for dance, yoga for sex, yoga for sports, yoga for diabetes cure, yoga for ladies etc. The crux of the problem lies in our poor understanding of the real goal of human life. Many are happy with temporary goals of peace, curing of diseases, mukthi or just concentration. In today’s fast life, people expect miracles to happen in their life without any self-effort.
  82. 82. Challenges-4 The notion that spirituality is for the old and weak Many have the wrong notion that spirituality is meant for the old and for the mentally, physically and financially disadvantaged lot. Ancient wisdom says any spiritual practice must start from the conception stage and we have the stories of Abhimanyu and Prahlada from the puranas. Success in any spiritual practice requires strong will power coupled with unalloyed devotion and obedience to the Spiritual guide and it is truly meant for the strong only.
  83. 83. Challenges-5 Is Spirituality commercialised? • It is unfortunate that in a country like India with her glorious past, there have been umpteen number of yogic systems/organisations who have made a good amount of money by cheating and exploiting the public in the disguise of so called spirituality. • The huge gathering of people around such notorious gurus also fascinates most of us and we often think majority opinion is always correct. • The need of the hour is non-religious, non-profit making spiritual organisations whose only aim is spiritual welfare of its people and not money-making. • Wherever and whenever wealth, power and fame accumulates, there can be only inflated ego, fear, insecurity, distrust and not to talk of spirituality.
  84. 84. Challenges-6 Where can I find a role model • Since the most effective approach to VBSE is the subtle approach, both parents and teachers have to be role models. Therefore both parents and teachers must regulate their mind by practicing meditation and evolve spiritually. • A real teacher continues to learn all his life. Common understanding is the most important because, unless we lay a ground for common understanding, neither can the teacher understand the student nor can the student understand the teacher. Understand in the real sense, not with the head but with the heart. • A good teacher must recognize and attack the unwillingness, subdue it, entice the owner of that unwillingness out of his or her shell into which they have wrapped themselves. And the battle is won. • It is same with parents too. Between the teacher and the student, there must be flow of love from the teacher to the student, reciprocated by obedience from the student to the teacher. The teacher must become an example, which the students can follow, not someone the students are afraid of.
  85. 85. Challenges…. Once again we come back to the need for spirituality for all, none can escape it. It is a matter of utter shame for a country like India to see her educated people debating on whether one need spirituality in their life or not. Spirituality is essential as log as we are here and there is no question of any choice about it.
  86. 86. Conclusions
  87. 87. Conclusions-1 • Right education should cater to an individual's intellectual, physical, emotional, social and spiritual development. • Education should help him/her evolve into a person with holistic vision and growth, culminating in preparing a happy future for an integrated mankind. • The means to achieve these objectives are presented in this paper, the most effective being the subtle approach.
  88. 88. Conclusions-2 • Some of the challenges in the implementation of VBSE are presented. • Most of these problems can be overcome, once we educate the student community on the need for spirituality in their life and for that, the educators themselves must be role models. • It is earnestly hoped that academic institutions interested in imparting value based spiritual education work in collaboration with a non-profit, purely spiritual organisation for training their teachers who in turn will train their students.
  89. 89. Conclusions-3 With these humble beginnings, we can help in the fulfilment of the aim of regenerated, revitalised, spiritualised youth which alone can lead India in the consortium of nations in this world. To talk of material leadership is a farce and a travesty of the truth. India can lead the world only in spiritual matters and this is possible only through a value based spiritual education.
  90. 90. Thank you for having given some of your precious time to view my presentation. Have a nice day!

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