Integral Education

In its quest for a deeper understanding of critical issues facing the world and avenues for their resolution, New Perspectives recognizes the paramount role of the individual and the necessity for self-development and self-expression. In this regards, Sri Aurobindo states:

The child’s education ought to be an outbringing of all that is best, most powerful, most intimate and living in his nature; the mould into which his action and development ought to run is that of his innate quality and power. The individual must acquire new things, but he will acquire them best, most vitally on the basis of his own developed type and inborn force. And so too the functions of an individual ought to be determined by his natural turn, gift and capacities. One who develops freely in this manner will be a living soul and mind and will have a much greater power to be of service to the race.

With this in mind, New Perspectives introduces a series on Integral Education, inspired by Sri Aurobindo’s and The Mother’s vision of self-fulfillment and spiritual progress supported by a comprehensive yet individualized approach to education. According to The Mother, an integral education must involve five principal aspects relating to the five principal activities of the human being: the physical, the vital (which includes emotions), the mental, the psychic or soul, and the spiritual.

The Role of Emotional Education in Reimagining Education with Dr. Kiran Singh and Gitanjali

The Mother said: Of all education, vital education is perhaps the most important, the most indispensable. Yet it is rarely taken up and pursued with discernment and method . . .” In this New Perspectives panel discussion we explore the possibilities and practices in the context of emotional education.

The Importance of Vital Education in the Light of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother with Dr. Alok Pandey

Sri Aurobindo speaks of an evolutionary layer between the body and mind which is called the vital, the domain of dynamic force of life. It consists of a range of different forces starting from fear, sex, rage, which belong largely to the animal kingdom, up to the higher idealizing emotions that uplift our thought-bound humanity to a higher and vaster spiritual consciousness.

Most of our modern-day education emphasizes the development of mental faculties, but neglects the development and nourishment of the emotional content of life. Thus, it becomes not only one-sided but also dangerous for the development of human beings. This webinar will focus on this aspect of the often neglected vital education in the wholistic development of humanity.

Vital Education from an Evolutionary Perspective with Ameeta Mehra and Anuradha Agrawal 

Vital is the domain of the emotional being, the life force. It contributes mainly to how we connect with ourselves and others, our self-view, our ability to deal with emotions, our social skills and relationships. Yet it is the Vital that is the most ignored by education. Focus areas for this interactive New Perspectives discussion will be:

  • The importance of the Vital from an Evolutionary perspective
  • The Gnostic Centre’s Vision and Work
  • Sharing The Gnostic Centre’s work on Vital Education

Round Table Discussion on Principles of Integral Education and Application in Life with Manoj Pavitran  and Arul Dev

How to present the fundamental concepts of Integral Knowledge and Self-Discovery in the comprehensive and intelligible way in the working and learning environment where Life itself becomes a field of unending education and self-finding. We shall discuss the tools and possibilities of such a process as well as the achievements in this field at IIT Madras and Auroville.

New Perspectives in Integral Education: Home Schooling with Gitanjali and Aryan Kumar Bhattacharjee

Our panel discussion and round table is focused on practical approaches to Integral Education: how to bring the aspects of Integral Education to children who go to ordinary schools.

A Round Table on Education in Auroville: The Last School and After School with Jean-Yves Lung and Deepti Tewari

In its Charter, Auroville was envisioned as a place of “Unending education, constant progress and a youth that never ages”. “Free Progress” is a term Mother used to describe what she wished to see expressed. She spoke of it as: “A progress guided by the soul and not subjected to habits, conventions or preconceived ideas”.

In its numerous experiments in learning and teaching, to what extent has Auroville been able to bring these great founding ideas to life and action? Jean-Yves and Deepti will speak of their experiments and experiences working with Auroville teenagers in Last School.

Mirambika Free Progress School in India with Dr. Jaynathy Ramachandra and Aadya Ramswaroop

Join us for this New Perspectives discussion on the concepts and principles of Free Progress Methods and Pedagogy and their practical and spiritual values in the present world. Dr. Jayanthy Ramachandra is joined with a previous student of Mirambika Free Progress school, Aadya Ramswaroop.

The 12 Qualities of The Mother with Natalia Pavlovskaya

In this New Perspectives discussion on the 12 Qualities of The Mother, Natalia Pavlovskaya addresses the 12 Qualities as seen through the prism of the mind and as a living experience: the choice of the Soul. Other topics include

  • Aspiration, inner work and Grace during the 12 Qualities’’ adventure
  • 12 Qualities as Real Conscious Beings, Powers and Aspects of the Divine Mother
  • The difference between influence, reflection, experience and realization and how to keep the experience without excessive mental interference.