Saturday, November 22, 2014

Beloved Gurudev, can you speak on the future of education? It seems our curriculum is old fashioned, not useful for work and not supporting peace in the world. Will this change and how?

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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:
Yes, you are absolutely right! It has to change, and you and me should change it. We should put all our efforts to change it.
In India, The Art of Living has developed new educational methods for our schools. We have about 70-80 paid schools and over 400 free schools in India. (With the Euro-a-Day and Dollar-a-Day donation schemes, today we have expanded to 404 free schools with about 40,000 children studying in them.) It is such a joy to see the transformation in the children.

We have adopted a new way of teaching. They do not carry a big load of books in their bags. We teach them to be creative, and to understand the topic and the subject well.

Yes, we should do something along those lines in Europe as well. We will see.

Q: Gurudev, Should social organizations be a part of politics? Will it not weaken its own strength?

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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:
There is a table with four legs. Even if one leg gets broken, then the table still remains upright by the support of the other three legs, isn't it?
In the same way, in society, if politics (or any other aspect of society) becomes corrupted and loses its effectiveness, then society has to be supported by those aspects which is morally upright.
So, if the social organizations remain silent, or feel dejected and helpless, then it is not good for the society.
See, Nirbhaya died in Delhi (referring to the case of a young girl who was abused and killed in New Delhi). Why did all the social organizations come out in support for her; seeking justice for her? They could have said that it is a criminal case, so it is the duty of police only. What do we have to do with it?
If they would have thought in this way and remained silent about what is going on, then will it be good for our society? No, not at all. need to stand up and intervene sometimes.
In the same way, if there is some wrongdoing in a social organization, then shouldn’t the government intervene? If there is some wrongdoing in the domain of religion, then the government has to intervene, and it does.
A society is a composite community, consisting of many individual entities. We cannot build walls between the different parts of the society. They support and complement each other. This is how it has been since time immemorial.
The great Rishi Vishwamitra used to stay at his ashram. But when there were misdeeds happening in the society, he went to King Dashratha for help, and Lord Rama accompanied him to help restore order and peace. It was their duty to protect Rishi Vishwamitra and set right the elements that were creating a nuisance and disturbing him.
So it is the duty of each part of society to remind the other about its duties and responsibilities. Especially, the good people should come forward and enter politics. If good people just sit back and do nothing, then the wicked elements and criminals get encouragement to create more nuisances in society.

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