Education

The motto of Ananda Marga education is “Education for Liberation.” Education means the development of the child’s potentiality in all three spheres of existence: physical, mental and spiritual.

“The real meaning of education is trilateral development – simultaneous development in the physical, mental and spiritual realms of human existence. This development should enhance the integration of the human personality. By this, dormant human potentialities will be awakened and put to proper use.”

“The sense of universalism should also be awakened in the child. Etiquette and refined behaviour are not enough. Real education leads to a pervasive sense of love and compassion for all creation.”

 

Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar

“In our education system emphasis should be given to moral education and the inculcation of idealism – not only philosophy and traditions. The practice of morality should be the most important subject in the syllabus at all levels.”

“We should remember that morality, spirituality, and a happy blending of occidental extroversial science and oriental introversial philosophy is the very foundation of our education.”

“Special importance should be attached to children’s education because today’s child is tomorrow’s citizen. The receptive capacity of a child is great, but to enhance the receptivity the method of education should be thoroughly psychological.”

 

Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar

Three fundamentals of education are:

1. It must be based on factuality.
2. It must awaken a thirst for knowledge.
3. Students and teachers must both have a balanced mind.

“We have to keep in view three fundamentals before imparting education. The first is that education must always be based on factuality. The second fundamental is that education must awaken the thirst for knowledge in the students’ minds. The third fundamental of education is that teachers and students should have a balanced mind, unaffected, unassailed by unimportant entities.”

“A thirst for knowledge must be awakened, and, to quench that thirst, proper education must be given. Only then will education be worthwhile and develop the body, mind and ideals of the student.”

 

Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar

Children learn by play, stories and songs.

“Children are by nature most inclined towards play, so a thirst for knowledge will have to be awakened in children through the medium of play – children should be educated through play methods. Children are also by nature inclined to listen to fantasies and stories. Through stories children can easily be taught the history and geography of various countries, and they may also be taught the initial lessons of how to practise universalism in their lives. Children love play and stories almost equally, so in their case the two should be equally utilized.”

“Educated are those who have learnt much, remembered much and made use of their learning in practical life. These virtues I call ‘education’. For such an education, mere knowledge of the alphabet is not very essential. It should, however, be accepted that literacy is extremely useful in recollecting what one has already learned.”

 

Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar

Education stands for:

E – Enlargement of mind
D – DESMEP (Discipline, Etiquette, Smartness, Morality, English, Pronunciation)
U – Universal outlook
C – Character
A – Active habits
T – Trustworthiness
I – Ideation on the Supreme
O – Omniscient grace
N – Nice temperament

“Education is a part of cultural life. Education should be free, and education must be based on universalism.”

 

Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar

Teachers and guardians should be morally virtuous, have self-restraint, and have good judgment.

“Teachers must be selected carefully. High academic qualifications do not necessarily confer on a person the right to become a teacher. Teachers must possess such qualities as personal integrity, strength of character, righteousness, a feeling for social service, unselfishness, an inspiring personality and leadership ability. Because teachers have an extremely important role to play, their professional standards must be very high.”

 

Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar

Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar’s message to teachers:

“The noblest form of social service is to educate the public and create a sense of consciousness in them. This sense of consciousness is to be inculcated in every human being. This is your duty. The goal of education is to elevate the all-round standard, and especially the intellectual standard. In addition, the elevation of the moral standard is extremely necessary in the sphere of education. This moral standard is deficient today. It is lacking in the present educational system also. You are to create a new social order. Therefore, you should first acquire more and more knowledge in different spheres of life and also you are to upgrade your morality. Along with your intellectual standard, if you have morality, then everybody will respect you. Try to acquire as much knowledge as possible through our own books. Education which leads to the acquisition of knowledge plus morality makes for a peaceful society.”


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