A dif­fer­ent kind of learn­ing

Gulf News - - Your Turn - By Ajithku­mar T.V.

Spir­i­tu­al­ity must be an im­por­tant part of ed­u­ca­tion. Age-old val­ues have al­ways sus­tained and nour­ished our so­ci­ety and life on Earth. These val­ues serve as the foun­da­tion of a har­mo­nious ex­is­tence be­tween hu­mans and all of na­ture.

Ev­ery­one knows the goal of ed­u­ca­tion is not to cre­ate a gen­er­a­tion only ca­pa­ble of un­der­stand­ing the lan­guage of machines. Ed­u­ca­tion should help us at­tain spir­i­tu­al­ity. We have made a big mis­take by brand­ing spir­i­tu­al­ity as some­thing that is not a part of life. By do­ing so, we have dis­con­nected the ex­ter­nal from the in­ter­nal. A ma­jor­ity of the prob­lems the world sees to­day are be­cause of this at­ti­tude. It is im­por­tant to cre­ate a bal­ance be­tween the ex­ter­nal and the in­ter­nal, the body and the soul.

The body is just a prod­uct of the food we eat and the mind com­prises the im­pres­sions we col­lect from the world. How­ever, the soul de­scends from be­yond. Just like we need both our right and left legs to walk prop­erly, spir­i­tual un­der­stand­ing and ma­te­rial knowl­edge should go hand in hand.

Our chil­dren should know that self-ef­fort is not ev­ery­thing. While they strive to ac­quire ed­u­ca­tion, a de­gree and the qual­i­fi­ca­tions to earn a good liv­ing, we should help our stu­dents un­der­stand that ed­u­ca­tion for life is an en­tirely dif­fer­ent thing. Ed­u­cat­ing one­self in val­ues, love, com­pas­sion, pa­tience and for­give­ness is real learn­ing. This alone will cre­ate a deep sense of re­spon­si­bil­ity to­wards our fel­low hu­man be­ings, to­wards Na­ture and the world as a whole.

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