Friday, 17 May 2013

Education to be a Synthesis of Learning to Do and Learning to Be

ॐ वीरेश्वराय विद्महे विवेकानन्दाय धीमहि । तन्नो वीर: प्रचोदयात् ।

Some years ago, the UNESCO appointed a commission of inquiry on education in the post-War world. The French Education Minister of the time, who became also the Prime-Minister later, M.Edger Faure, was the Chairman of the Commission. He issued a report bearing a significant title: Learning to Be. Till now, the only stress in education is learning to do. Yes, we shall continue to stress the learning to do ideas and techniques; but the report emphasises that the main stress in education should be learning to be. Learning to do is included in ‘Learning to be’, that is man in depth – the great science of adhyatma-vidya.

Thus we have to get an education in which the physical and social sciences and the science of man in depth should go hand in hand, under the philosophy of a comprehensive spirituality which is the theme of the yoga of the Gita. From the Indian point of view, all our people have to realise it today, there is never any conflict between the two dimensions of science, namely , apara and para. This is the Indian approach to the subject of human education with a view to ensuring total human fulfilment, individual and collective. This is  the rational strength and conviction, and contemporary relevance, behind Swami Vivekananda’s ideas and ideals of education and religion. These are bound to receive increasing welcome and implementation in due course by thinking minds in India  and the rest of the world.