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Spirituality in Education
September 17th, 2007
“Spiritual education” is still a new concept for most people. Many adults are only too familiar with the superficially related, but fundamentally different term of “religious education.”
The indoctrination and coercion embedded in this latter approach drove many people away from any form of religious practice. Their reaction has often resulted in an unwillingness to share any higher principles with today’s children.
We see the unfortunate consequences of this approach in the heartrending statistics on teenage drug use, sexuality, violence, and even suicide. In 1925 Paramhansa Yogananda wrote an article titled “The Balanced Life:”
Educational authorities deem it impossible to teach spiritual principles in public schools because they confuse them with the variety of conflicting forms of religious faiths.
But if they concentrate on the universal principles of peace, love, service, tolerance and faith that govern the spiritual life, and devise methods of practically growing such seeds in the fertile soil of the child’s mind, then the imaginary difficulty is dissolved.
It is the greatest mistake to ignore this problem just because it is seemingly difficult.
The basic principles of our approach, as outlined in the book by Swami Kriyananda, emphasize the need for helping children develop four main “Tools of Maturity:”
· The body
Through working with feelings comes the ability to redirect harmful emotions such as anger, jealousy, and greed into peace, contentment, and the willingness to share.
Finally, the intellect can be cultivated in conjunction with the other three tools to produce clear, creative, solution-minded thinking instead of fact-heavy ruminations or unproductive theorizing.
Imagine starting your adult life with these skills already intact!
Over the years we have added a high school in 1997 and a college in 2003, in addition to other elementary schools in Palo Alto, Sacramento, Portland, Seattle, Encinitas, and Assisi, Italy.