- Issue 23 – Oct 2006 contents
- ONGOING PROGRAMMES, UPDATES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
- Harmony in Today’s World
- CNS Taiwan
- CNS Asheville
- CNS Sweden
- CNS Croatia
- CNS Boston
- Ananda Marga Association of Yoga Educators (AMAYE)
- THE EDUCATIONAL CHALLENGES OF CITIZENS FOR THE 21 ST CENTURY
- Global Citizen in a Global Era: a neohumanist perspective
- CNS Sweden
- AMGK Planning Meeting, Sweden
- AMGK Awards Diplomas
- The Blind Men and the ESD Elephant
- NHE Summit Report
- Plans and Programmes from the NHE Summit
- Philosophical Elements OF NHE
- What Makes an NHE School ?
- A Spiritual Education for the Child’s Personality Development
- How to Develop a Spiritual Atmosphere in the Classroom
- Yoga Dance Choreography
- Spontaneous Story Telling
- AMSAI School in Lusaka , Zambia
- Ananda Marga Primary School Hyderabad , India
- Centro Educativo Neo-Humanista P.R. Sarkar
- Student Volunteers in Croatia Part I
- Student Volunteers in Croatia Part II
- Arts and Yoga Albany , NY , USA
- Yoga Works in Hartford in Connecticut , USA
- Vistara Primary School – Australia
- Water Conference
- Hands-On Activities from the Water Sourcebook
- Kahira Sector
- Suva Sector
- Nairobi Sector
- Delhi Sector
- New York Sector
- Hong Kong Sector
- Manila Sector
- Berlin Sector
Global Citizen in a Global Era: a neohumanist perspective
Opening remarks by Dada Shambhushivananda
|We live in a troubled world in which there exists, among other things, a sharp clash of world views, myths, ideologies, beliefs attitudes and sentiments. Opposing narratives of people sharing the same bio-sphere pose both a challenge and an opportunity. Amidst all these and other diversities, there also lies in each one of us an incessant urge to discover the everlasting meaning and purpose of our individual and collective existence. We, as humanity, can reconcile all of these differences only if we make a conscious choice to embark on a path that is broad enough to embrace one and all. A lasting human civilization would then be built on a foundation and culture of ‘genuine love’. In this endeavour, we shall need to harmonise our unspoken intentions, thoughts, words and deeds – and be ready to be transformed ourselves – while continuing to sow the seeds of ‘inner peace’ and ‘collective goodwill’.Even as early as Rk Vedic period i.e., 7000-10,000 years ago, our ancestors sang the following hymn for cultivating the spirit of human unity.
|“Samgacchdvam Samvaddhvam Samvomanasi Janatam
Devabhagam Yatha purve samjanana upasate
Samani vayakuti samana hrdayanivah
Samano mastu vomanoh yatha vaha sushasati”
|Let us move together.
Let us come to know our minds together.
Together, we may enjoy the wealth of the universe.
May our hearts be inseparable. As we to truly know one another, become One.
A modern version of this hymn has been described in my background paper as Neohumanism. The basic premise of Neohumanism as elaborated by Shrii Sarkar is that everything in this world has existential value and utility value. Our task is to ensure that every entity gets the proper environment for the fullest expression of its dormant potentiality for the good and happiness of all. The greatest educational challenge of our times is therefore, probably going to be: How to create a spiritually sensitive wisdom-centred leadership? We need to do this while recognising fully well that we live in a world dominated by pervasive neglect of sanctity of life, wide spread mutual distrust, greed, anger and jealousy. The attitude of neglect has taken its toll on inner and outer ecology and neglect of ‘Others” has created a widespread insecurity and climate of fear. The neglect of value based-thinking and the lack of spirit of universal welfare is the spiritual crisis of our times. Our obstacles are both internal and external. Overcoming them will require arduous efforts to elevate our consciousness, on the one hand and fight against dogma on the other.Education is about dispelling the darkness of ignorance. Perhaps you know that Guru means a teacher; Gu-means darkness and ru-means light. So Guru means dispeller of darkness. Gurukula is an institution which carries that legacy of liberating the human intellect from the clutches of dogma. This cannot happen without struggle and a broader discourse. Neohumanist Education (NHE) is one such response to the challenge of curbing disparities and fostering diversities. NHE steps out of the traditional paradigm for dealing with civic education – i.e. it is not simply a structural response that involves curriculum, technology and schools. It offers a new deep story that lays bare some of the dysfunctional myths of the present and boldly questions dogmas of the past.