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The Mother:

Basic Issues Of Indian Education

(August 5, 1965)


[In August 1965 an Education Commission of the Government of India visited the Ashram to evaluate the ideals and educational methods of the Centre of Education.
At that time a group of teachers submitted this series of questions to the Mother.]

1 - In view of the present and the future of national and international living, what is it that India should aim at in education ?
Prepare her children for the rejection of falsehood and the manifestation of the Truth.

2 - By what steps could the country proceed to realise this high aim ? How can a beginning in that direction be made ?
Make matter ready to manifest the Spirit.

3 - What is India's true genius and what is her destiny ?
To teach to the world that matter is false and impotent unless it becomes the manifestation of the Spirit.

4 - How does the Mother view the progress of Science and Technology in India ? What contribution can they make to the growth of the Spirit in man ?
Its only use is to make the material basis stronger, completer and more effective for the manifestation of the Spirit.

5 - The country feels much concerned about national unity. What is the Mother's vision of things ? How will India do her duty by herself and by the world ?
The unity of all nations is the compelling future of the world. But for the unity of all nations to be possible, each nation must first realise its own unity.

6 - The language problem harasses India a good deal. What would be our correct attitude in this matter ?
Unity must be a living fact and not the imposition of an arbitrary rule. When India will be one, she will have spontaneously a language understood by all.

7 - Education has normally become literacy and a social status. Is it not an unhealthy trend ? But how to give education its inner worth and intrinsic enjoyability ?
Get out of conventions and insist on the growth of the soul.

8 - What illusions and delusions is our education today beset with ? How could we possibly keep clear of them ?
a) The almost exclusive importance given to success, career and money.
b) Insist on the paramount importance of the contact with the Spirit and the growth and manifestation of the Truth of the being.

5 August 1965

  in CMW vol. 12, "On Education" pages 252-253
published by Sri Aurobindo Ashram - Pondicherry
diffusion by SABDA

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