Reproduced from the back issues of Bhavan's Journal
More than fifty articles on various subjects like: Upanishads, Veda Saakha, Anusmriti, Viraha, Bhakti,Vidyasthaanas etc
Sweetness & Light
Conquest of Fear
Vedic Heritage
Mantra-Science of Sound
Narada's Teachings
Prayer for Universal Harmony
The Benevolent Tree of Vedic Love
Science of Symbols
Aham Brahma Asmi
Humanistic Education
Relevance of Upanishadic Ideology
Kashi and Ganga
Patala Ganga
Veda Saakhas
Brahma and Ardhanari
Kumara and Swaminatha
Krishna of Pandharpur
The Chariot of the Sun God
Doctrine of Illusion
Gurus and Disciples
Dharma in Disguise
Realising the Presence of God
Narada and the Daughter of King Silnidhi
Krishna Teaches a Lesson
The Reality
To Serve Others is to Feel Blessed
Vedas and Upanishads
Aim of Puranas
Goddess Chandika
Pure of Heart
Body and Soul
Brahma Nirvana
That a Man should be One Man
Vedic Hymns
Worth of Religious Traditions
Creation of the Universe
The True Religious Life
Vedic Dharma
Raja Yoga
Religious Teachings

ECHOES FROM THE ETERNITY : Humanistic Education

Humanistic education as such is a concept of the mid-sixties and early seventies when many teachers and educationists thought of it as a spontaneous process. So they coined some attractive phrases such as “open classrooms”, “student directed learning”, “psychological education”, “alternative schools”, “mental imagery”, and “confluent education,” etc. This kind of education puts emphasis on the social, psychological and intellectual development of an individual. According to the American Educator’s Encyclopedia, it emphasises “self-actualization, feelings, acceptance, concern and respect for others, valuing, social action, interpersonal and human relations, and similar aspects of the human experience.”

In the context of American education, never before in history has education been the subject of so much discussion as today. “Americans have had good reasons to be proud of their schools…. The tension between pride and criticism has been a central feature of American education in the Twentieth Century. It reflects the desire to make schools important to everyone”.

In the entire Western educational tradition from Socrates and Plato to Goethe and Emerson the aim of education remained self-knowledge and self-realization. Though a number of educationists gave their theories and concept of humanistic education, nobody wrote in the early days of America as R. W. Emerson did. His essay, “The American Scholar” is no doubt one of the early American documents of humanistic education. Norman “Forester says: “For Americans, perhaps the most suggestive expression of the humanistic spirits in relation to education is Emerson’s address, ‘The American Scholar’, happily remote from the heated debates of our own day. The marks of a changing world are in it: passages in which the humanistic spirit is given a romantic accent. But Emerson speaks mainly of and from the unchanging world of principles sound at all times”.

The situation of the present generation is not so conducive as it was in the time of Emerson. There lies a gap between the older and the younger generation, which gives birth to alienation or “that state of mind which produces either an active rejection of or indifference towards involvement with the world in any productive and creative way.”

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