Educating the Character (Part 2)

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Educating the Character ~ Part 2

At Victorious Kidss Educares, a learning environment is created for the child where; – the kids are encouraged to be ‘Inquirers’ ~ questioning society’s long-lived traditions and guidelines instead of obliviously joining the ‘Human Herd’. In Swami Vivekananda’s words, “If you do not allow one to become a lion, one will become a fox”?

– The process of the academics is aimed at making them Knowledgeable, develop an attitudse to learning (ATL) ~ a love for learning skill ~ about the real-life concepts and critically think of problems and analyze them instead of being a static receiver of undirected or directed bits of ‘data ~ information’.
– they confidently Communicate and accept information with an Open-minded attitude and make principled and unbiased decisions with integrity, fairness, and respect towards every human culture. Read More

Educating the Character (Part 1)

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Educating the Character ~ Part 1

Since the dawn of civilization in human life, the primary goal of imparting knowledge was to guide the new generations towards the betterment of society and educate them with the necessary qualities required to achieve that goal. They learned through Smaranam (Listening), Mananam (Reflection), Nidhidhyasanam (Meditation). Listening itself was through being near the Guru (Teacher) and was the beginning of Upanishad. There are many Upanishads ~ more than 100, some say or claim it to be a number close to 108. About 1500 years ago, Shankaracharya, chose to comment upon 12 of them and today those twelve Upanishads are studied by those, who wish to sincerely learn about ‘Vedanta’ ~ The end of all knowledge. At Victorious Kidss Educares, we couple these principles and as was advised by Swami Vivekananda ~ towards education for the children of 21 Century ~ to couple Western Education of IB coupled with Vedanta. The stress and importance is towards, first building a good loyal, committed, truthful character ~ who has developed the will power, concentration ~ to learn and be able to apply in the real world?

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10 Ultimate Benefits of IB

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10 Ultimate Benefits of Pursuing IB

Every person reading this page has learning styles, that were not suited to their school styles. Tagore, Einstein, Churchill, Edison, Isaac Newton had learning styles, that were not suited to their school styles. And the same mismatch continues today, for millions of others. Every parent aspires to bring in an education, for their children to better the life for their child, make it more meaningful, with happier than their own ambience. The 21st century parents want their child to grow up as women and men of the world, not just intellectually but also want to concentrate on their holistic development and prepare them to thrive in an increasingly globalized, people and tech savvy challenging world.

Academic education alone is not enough because it deeply underestimates what our kids now, can do. It is a fundamental error to think, if we just improve their academic contents and perhaps add a few other skills, such as a sport, a language, art or chess or flying skills, all will be well. That is a mistake. We need to empower our kids further to exercise their own brain potential and thinking ~ creative and critical, to sustain and face the world. Read More

Early Childhood Development

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 Why Early Childhood Development is Important?

“The potential possibilities of any child are the most
intriguing and stimulating in all creations.”

The potential for giftedness or a high level of intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual development begins very early in a child’s life. In ancient India and subsequently, in the modern Western World, the time to begin, exchanging, feeding data awareness has started from the moment, a ‘mother realizes ~ that she is going to be a ‘mother’. Recent research confirms that the first six (6) years are essential and extremely important for the development of the child’s brain (Glenn Doman ~ How to Multiply Your Baby’s Intelligence).

World famous Buckminster Fuller states that, “All children are born genius and we spend the first 6 years of their life de-geniusing them.”  ~ Within which, the first two years are the most critical ~ (British Psychologist, Tony Buzan). Tony Buzan goes on to say that, “At the moment a child is born it’s already truly brilliant. It picks up languages, much better than a doctor of philosophy in any subject, in only two years. And it is a master at it by three or four”.  Read More

Being Who We Really Are

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New Year Resolution ~ Being Who We Really Are

For this New Year, we all need to come out of our comfort zone. We are just like a marble when dropped in a bowl, it whirls around unstably, but eventually after some time, it settles down. Once it settles down, it is very difficult to move it again. One is required to come out of that ‘comfort zone’. That would be ‘to live, to perform and to excel, in one’s life ~ attain whatever we wish?’. Vedanta tells us, we need to develop three basic skills to do well in life and attain ~ ‘Human Excellence’ ~ become an outstanding personality.

January 1st is called ‘Kalpataru day’, the day of Sri Ramakrishna’s becoming the “Wish Tree” and granting boons to whomsoever, came along, praying for his blessings ~ towards ‘~ “Self-realization”. Each and every one were blessed. But we need to comprehend that, ‘Kalpataru Day’, is not just a day, but it should be every day, starting from, 1st of January.

In 1886, while being unwell, Paramahansa Ramakrishna chose to leave his body, but before that he stepped out of his spiritual place for a walk. He met his disciplines, became overwhelmed with spiritual benediction and each of them received appropriate blessings. Each one of them experienced an ineffable bliss. One of them in the crowd asked Thakur (a popular short name for (Bhagawan Paramahansa Ramakrishna), “Bless me so that I may see, experience God everywhere”. Thakur did bless him, “May the consciousness dawn upon you ~ Tumhara Chaitanya Ho”. He started seeing God in everything, everywhere, in everything, in the tree, in all living beings, even in the animals, chariots, etc. Read More

Why IB? What is IB?

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Why should we send our kids to an IB School?
Why IB? What is IB?

The world our kids are going to face ~ when they grow up, is changing rapidly. To be truly successful in life, our kids need to be truthful, joyful and must have excellent character. Building these qualities in the students is possible through coupling the concepts of our Vedantic wisdom with the philosophy of IB. At the same time, we also want our kids to achieve material and financial success. The amalgamation of IB pedagogy and Vedantic teachings will, as we experience from our current kids, sure that your child is successful and will, in all aspects of life, be successful.

Today the knowledge that we learn in schools and colleges gets out-dated very in the very next (every) two to three years. All of this knowledge is, anyways, available, instantly and freely. Learning and memorizing more and more content is hardly of any use these days. To succeed in the current rapidly changing world, we need individuals who can think critically and creatively and can find solutions to problems faced by the society, nation and the world. We need to reflect if our traditional content based schooling system, which focuses only on examination and marks, (is actually) preparing our kids for this future. Are schools teaching for the conceptual understanding and building 21st century skills, or are they just focused on completing the content and competing for the top grade or percentage.

What actually matters for the 21st century children!? It is not the grades, standardized testing or teacher evaluation that matter at the end of the day. It is their character and inner strength! It is what William Butler Yeats, 1865-1939, Irish poet, says, ‘Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire’.

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A Fascinating Short Story!

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Word Problems of Life

You think you are good at Maths, solve this riddle…

Once upon a time, there was a very rich man who had 3 sons. He wanted to divide his property before dying. He made a will stating half of my property should go to the elder son, one-third of it should go to second son, and one-ninth to the younger one. After a span of few days, he was no more. The sons decided to take their own share and live separately. They divided all the property as it was advised by their father. But they didn’t know how to divide, the remaining part of father’s property of 17 elephants, amongst themselves. They approached many knowns and unknowns, trying to figure out how to solve this complex problem. They were troubled with the situation; they were presented with and were sincerely searching for an answer. Read More

Why do we worship God as Mother? (Part 2)

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…(Continued from Part 1)

Maya is not known because in reality it does not make sense. Because if the reality is really infinite, if something is really infinite, how could it become finite? And if you could become finite, then we have to begin questioning, whether it was infinite in the first place? If something that is one and then became many, then we still have to ask, which is real? Was that one real or these many that have appeared from it, now in front of us, are real?

So this sense of mystery or wonder, of all this one whole or from the different frame of reference, when we speak about creation means that something, which are coming out of nothing. Now that’s also a form of wonder. We might like to say, “Everything is possible. Well, nothing is impossible for God?” That is just saying it. But still how could all of this come from nothing, that’s one way of expressing our question and our wonder. And a second way is, if all of this was really one and undivided, how did it become many and divided?

 

At present we don’t really have to go into the metaphysics of it. But there is a lot of discussion in books, whether the one really became many or appeared to be many and so on. But we cannot deny that our present experience, the kind of world in which we find ourselves, is a world filled with various kind of things, various kind of beings, various kind of species and just to consider, even the material expanse of the world. Think about the galaxies; galaxies beyond the galaxies. Even to think about it at the material level, is just mind-boggling.

So that’s our present experience. The world in which we are, we are very big, we are all different beings, all separated from one another and also if we believe that there is some such being called, ‘God’ or higher power, we and almost all of us, believe that we are separated from that higher power as well.

To be continued…

“To be or not to be, with my Mother?”

Bibliography :

➢ God Talks With Arjuna ~~ Bhagavad Gita ~ Sri Sri Paramahansa
➢ Autobiography of a Yogi: Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda
➢ Understanding Vedanta: Swami Tyagananda.
➢ Meditation & Vedanta: Swami Adiswarananda
➢ Freedom Of Voice: Swami Vivekananda
➢ Inner Voice . Reflection, as Guided By Divine Mother Through Robbin Ghosh

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Why do we worship God as Mother? (Part 3)

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So Now We All Stand Separated… (Continued from Part 1 & 2)

Now being separated gives us some form of individuality, some amount of freedom. I think we all probably have passed through that stage, when we are growing up in the family, then going to school, or when it’s time to go to college. We have seen it in our own lives and may be in the lives of our children or our friends, that many of these young teenagers, when they want to go to college, they don’t usually wish to go to the college ~ in their own city? They just want to go to some different place. Because once you are away from the family, it just gives you a little bit of freedom, a sense of individuality. Things like, “Yes, now I am someone. I don’t have to be always, be dependent or always be a part of something; even it might be a family. I can be on my own.” Read More

The Principles for Brilliant Competitive Success, Higher Harmony, Wealth and Happiness

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It is often asked, “How do you couple Vedanta in school education?” I tell them it is primarily the question comes because we do not have adequate knowledge on, “What is Vedanta?” Because we do not know what is Vedanta, we wonder how to make it easy for children to understand. In my sessions with the children when I ask them, “Why do you come to school?” They say, “To learn”. I ask them,“Why do you want to learn?” They answer, “To have more skills, to have more abilities.” Questions therefore lead from one to the other. I ask them, “Why do you want more skills and abilities?” They reflect, “To learn more and have more skills and abilities.” So the answer leads to, “We want higher education like college and universities.” The question from me goes to them, “Why do you want to go to college and universities?” So they say, “To learn more and to get a degree, so that we can do specialised studies like Business, Computers, Engineering, Medicine etc.” So I ask them, “Why do you want to do that?” And they say, “To get a job Sir.”  My question to them then is,“Why do you want to get a job?” Their immediate answer is, “To earn money, of course Sir.” I ask them, “That means you join a school to earn money, is that it – Learning?” They nod their head up and down and smile. Here I affirm, “That is not true. Learning in the school, is not for earning money. Learning is to become a good human being, become a person of great character.” Read More