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Sri Aurobindo strongly believed that “nothing can be taught”
Posted by Admin on 30-12-2013 at 12:14 pm Under Articles

Sri Aurobindo was a spiritual leader who with the might of his pen and his enlightened vision fought in his own way for the freedom of India. He had great ideas on education and a school following his philosophies was started by TheMother , his successor at Pondicherry, where the school is running successfully till date.

Sri Aurobindo strongly believed that “nothing can be taught”.  A teacher should only be a facilitator and a guide to the student. Education does not have to be the study of dead matter, education is the study of the mind and the teacher has to handle this with great care as the teacher is playing with lives. The teacher according to Sri Aurobindo can never hand over knowledge to a student but he can help the student to search for it and gain it. A teacher should never thrust the student with his ideas but can give suggestions to support the student in his search for knowledge.

Similarly apart from the teacher the parents should also not force the child to take up something that the parent feels is good for the child. The child should analyze and discover within himself what his real aptitude is. Each human being has his own individuality and as elders both the facilitator and parent can only guide and support the student in his life education.

Basically education is the growth, the development of the mind and each person finding out his own area of strength and to develop it to its utmost potential. Perfect one’s chosen line and use it to serve the world. Sri Aurobindo founded the Integral Education which is followed at the Aurobindo schools all over the world. The five aspects of this education deals with- the physical, the vital, the mental, the psychic and the spiritual domains of each individual.

Education should guide the student to grow from the present to the future. Environment, the surroundings,one’s family, the country all plays important roles in a man’s education. Again nothing can be thrust or forced on an individual he has to decide what he wants in life. A suggestion can only be given not imposed on the student. For the genuine development of a student enough freedom has to be given to allow him to grow. He has to follow the path that his mind wishes him to. No one can change the route for him, not even the facilitator.

Sri Aurobindo wanted education in India to cater towards the development of the Indian soul. He said physical activity was a must to develop spiritual growth. Awareness of the five senses- hearing, seeing, smelling, taste and touch and development of the same was an integral part of education. The development of the purity of the senses lead to the purification of the mind. The teacher had to teach by example and not by endless lecturing.

Education as desired by Sri Aurobindo should give the child all the freedom to bring out his dormant talent and latent ability. There is a divine spark within each individual and the guide should softly tap the student to bring out the best in him. Education the world over was not child centered but more marks oriented. Competitions to score more restrict the free growth of the child and dwarf his spiritual growth. The freedom to tap his potential is strangled in his race to score more.

The idealistic visions of Sri Aurobindo was to fuse the logic of science and the spiritual growth of the mind into an integral  holistic form of education that would lead to the true education of the Indian student.

Anup sharma

( Anup sharma is an educationist with more than 15 years of experience in India and abroad. Presently he is serving the cause of education in Tanzania.)

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