I have read a story of women’s emancipation in an online news paper and as such I am awe struck to write this article. The true story placed below is based on the phrase ‘’ Where there is a will, there is a way’’.
This unique experiment takes place in a barefoot college at a remote village, Tilonia in Rajasthan, India. This institution is started by a social entrepreneur, Sujit Bunker Roy in 1972. This college has broken all social stigmas wherein the poor women condemned to be restricted to the kitchen and discouraged to study by their husbands are encouraged to learn and earn in an unique way. People are obsessed with the certificates. As such this college simply doesn’t give any certificate or degree after completion of the course, which is generally of six to nine months duration.
They prefer teaching older women rather than men who come from nearby villages, who have no patience and run away to find some job as soon as some certificate is given to them. So their students comprise poor illiterate grandmothers who had to face abusive drunken husbands throughout their lives. Some students come from far of Countries like Africa to learn the More >
There is nothing that one can ignore in this nature because it is all pervaded by the supreme God. Each element of nature whether it is a person, animal, plant/tree, hill and river etc. depends on each other and one cannot survive without the other.Shree Sarada mata gives us the message that we can learn from everybody.
When Maata was a small child, She was cleaning a room and upon finishing, she threw the broom to a corner. Then She heard the voice of Sri Ramakrishna say, “Hega, you threw that broom? See how beautifully you cleaned the room with that very broom and now you threw it? You must respect your tools as well as your actions. Cleanliness is next to Godliness?” Then Mother bowed down to the broom. From then on She would bow down to it everyday. Maa said that, Thakur Ramakrishna told Her, “If you respect each and every one of your actions, you will get me.”
Respect is an important part of learning. To illustrate this, Maata has shared these stories with us. These stories teach us how to learn and how to become divine. We can learn every moment from every thing because Mother Nature is More >
God can be realized through all paths. All religions are true. The important thing is to reach the top. You can reach it by stone , wooden, bamboo steps or by a rope. You can also climb up by a bamboo pole. One should not be unilateral in thinking, ‘My religion alone is the right path and other religions are false.’ God can be realized by means of all paths.
It is enough to have sincere yearning for God. Infinite are the paths and infinite are the options.
”I had to practice each religion for a time — Hinduism, Islam, Christianity. Furthermore, I followed the paths of the Saktas, Vaishnavas, and Vedantists. I realized that there is only one God towards whom everyone intends to reach; but the paths are different”.
Truth is one; only it is called by different names. All people are seeking the same Truth; the variance is due to climate, temperament, and name. A lake has many Ghats. From one Ghat the Hindus take water in jars and call it ‘Jal’. From another Ghat the Muslim collects water in leather bags and call it ‘Pani’. From the third the Christians take the same thing and call it ‘Water’. Suppose More >
Values / Ethics can be defined as moral principles that a person or a culture adheres to. These are a basic requirement for human life. These act as the fundamental force to sustain the society. Lesser the values, more chaotic the world becomes. These play the role of a foundation stone – be it the building of life of individual, family, society, nation or world as a whole. A firm base of values is must for a happy and successful life. Some values to be considered to be inculcated in children are -
An aware school culture with focus on the part of school teachers and management to exhibit these by self-implementation can go a long way. Also there has to be planned effort on the part of the school to catch any compromise on values on the part of the students and work effectively with parents to take corrective measures before it gets too late. There are interesting ways which different schools have adopted – like sharing inspiring life stories of great men who have exhibited these values and appreciation to students found living these values. So do check out how your school is working on this, and once you More >
Personality is the impression that a person creates on others. In the context of our article, we will take the scope as personality traits which are outwardly observable in children. These include –
- Physical appearance – This is the first impact one makes on others. Cleanliness, proper clothing, smartness, cheerfulness and a robust health play an important role.
- Extrovert vs. Introvert – Extroverts tend to be more outgoing, gregarious, assertive, and interested in seeking out excitement. They tend to human interactions and generally take pleasure in large social gatherings. Introverts, in contrast, tend to be more reserved, less outgoing, and less sociable. Introverts tend to have fewer numbers of friends and may enjoy solitary activities like reading, writing, music, drawing etc. Some children can even be ambiverts, with some kind of balance of extrovert and introvert characteristics.
- Energy / Activity Levels – Not necessarily related to extroversion/introversion, children can have outward energy levels which range from being hyper-active to super quiet. For some children, making them sit at one place without any limb movements for few seconds can be herculean task while some kids are relatively very calm and quiet.
- Self-Confidence – It is the confidence in one’s own abilities which helps in taking up responsibilities and initiatives.
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There is an ancient saying that “A wealthy person without a good character is as good as dead”. Right from ancient times, building an impeccable character has been considered as one of the most important aspects of upbringing of an Indian child. In our tradition of past thousands of years, we see that persons of high purity in character have only been able to find respectable place in the society and recorded history. Also, it takes little efforts to find tons of people born on this land having sacrificed everything of theirs on the path of dharma and didn’t let even an iota of doubt get casted on their character. In fact, across other cultures and civilizations as well, this has been given more importance than both the wealth and health aspects.
There are 3 facets of character that we can broadly classify into:
Personal Character – This is reflected in how an individual behaves or makes decisions at personal level in day-to-day life. This is directly proportional to the inner strength of a person.
Group Character – This is reflected in how an individual behaves when not alone. This may differ from group to group. Family as a group can have distinct character so More >