"The highest education is that which does not merely give us information but makes our life in harmony with all existence"- Sri Rabindranath Tagore
"Education is not the amount of information that is put into your brain and runs riot there, undigested all your life. We must have life-building, man-making and character-making assimilation of ideas." Swami Vivekananda
The Oxford English Dictionary have defined life as ceaseless change till death. "Anything that does not change does not come under the definition of science," wrote a federal judge in the USA while delivering his judgement in a dispute between the Creationists and Scientists.
Human life history is the story of the evolution of this universe itself. If one wants to understand the nature one wants to understand human nature which is a minuscule of this universe itself.
We are obsessed with science today. The word science brings goose bumps on many of us. There are many schools which still follows certain set paths and syllabus without any change to the same. Of course there have been some cosmetic changes with the schools becoming big corporate businesses. However the philosophy of feeding the young creative minds with useless dead information seems to be our goal. Rote learning for getting grades is the order of the day. Grades should make wealthy careers at the end of the day is the philosophy accepted by majority of the parents as also the powers that be in the educational system, and some of the powerful industrial honchos who see nothing wrong in education being a business.
The vital part of education, which is to try and make healthy minds is all but lost in this milieu.
The first life came as a single cell which could do all that you and I can do today, breathe, eat, excrete, think and work. That stage went on for more than a trillion and half years when these single cell individuals wisely thought that it is better to get together as a colony to work more efficiently with least expense.
They had a fertile brain in their cell wall (membrane), called the membrain by a famous cell biologist, Bruce Lipton. They could sense their environment through antennae in their cell walls, their brain, called Integral. Membrane Proteins (IMPs). Figuratively life gets born then like your actors on the TV Screen. When that antennae does not get message (when you switch off the TV) life ebbs out just as the TV actor dies when the switch goes off. The consciousness gets into, maybe another cell immediately after that-life again. So death is only a part of life and not it's end
Why did the single free floating cell come together then? They realised that they are better off and stronger if they came together in larger groups as they could expand their individual consciousnesses many fold by increasing the IMPs exponentially! How wise of them! As time passed they realised that each one of them need not do all the work that needs to be done, they could share their responsibilities. Some cell groups inside the body became what we call today organs doing specific tasks more efficiently. But they did not lose sight of the fact that they were all functionally identical even when they were morphologically different to fit that organ e.g, brain looking after overseeing the total function of locomotion etc. in this new role they found that they could care for others better, his evolved the ohilosophy of spirituality - sharing and caring. This could be seen under the electron microscope in disease conditions.
In a fresh wound site RBC (red blood cells) in the clot could gradually change to pluripotent stem cells to heal the wound eventually! Same cells but different work. These endogenous stem cells are our best do tors in all disease states.
Education, therefore, should teach the young mind that it is in Sharing and caring that the world can go on for good.
Whereas the current competitive system of education puts negative thoughts of greed hatred, jealousy, anger and pride into that innocent, creative, loving and compassionate mind of a child, this is later on amplified in their work and life. Which can thus create a world devoid of compassion, love, care and share.
Scientific studies have shown that if students in a class with varied levels of intelligence could be taught the principles of collective compassionate sharing efforts, they all get high grades in their examination and their lives in the future! this is conducive to good health as well since body cells enjoy working together anyway. Health is defined as " enthusiasm to work and enthusiasm to be compassionate."those who do not have either or both of those are really sick! In that definition we could classify the whole society is becoming sick today.
I guess rest of what needs to be done... One could only guess...
Compiled from BVB Journa;