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Existence flows: Don’t compete; learn to cooperate!

We come with empty hands and we will go with empty hands, so what is the point of claiming so much in the meantime? But this is what we know, what the world tells us: Possess, dominate, have more than others have. It may be money or it may be virtue; it does not matter in what kind of coins you deal– they may be worldly, they may be otherworldly. But be very clever, otherwise you will be exploited. And every school, college, university, is rooted in the idea of competition.

A real education will not teach you to compete; it will teach you to cooperate. It will not teach you to fight and come first. It will teach you to be creative, to be loving, to be blissful, without comparing yourself to others. It will not teach you that you can be happy only when you are the first– that is sheer nonsense. You can’t be happy just by being first, and in trying to be first you go through such misery that by the time you become the first you are habituated to misery.

By the time you become ‘somebody’- you have gone through such misery that now misery is your second nature. You don’t know now any other way to exist; you remain miserable. Tension has become ingrained; anxiety has become your way of life. You don’t know any other way; this is your very lifestyle. So even though you have become the first, you remain cautious, anxious, afraid. It does not change your inner quality at all.

A real education will not teach you to be the first. It will tell you to enjoy whatever you are doing, not for the result, but for the act itself. Just like a painter or a dancer or a musician…

You can paint in two ways. You can paint to compete with other painters; you want to be the greatest painter in the world, you want to be a Picasso or a Van Gogh. Then your painting will be second-rate, because your mind is not interested in painting itself; it is interested in being the first, the greatest painter in the world. You are not going deep into the art of painting. You are not enjoying it, you are only using it as a stepping-stone. If you are too interested in the result, the ultimate result– that you have to become famous, that you have to be the best painter in the world, that you have to defeat all other painters hitherto– then your interest is not in painting; painting is secondary. And of course, with a secondary interest in painting you can’t paint something original; it will be ordinary.

In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna says: Don’t think of the result at all. It is a message of tremendous beauty and significance and truth. Don’t think of the result at all. Just do what you are doing with your totality. Get lost in it, lose the doer in the doing. Don’t “be”– let your creative energies flow unhindered. That’s why he said to Arjuna: “Don’t escape from the war… because the way you are talking simply shows that you are calculating, you are thinking that by escaping from the war you will become a great saint. Rather than surrendering to the whole, you are taking yourself too seriously– as if there will be no war if you are not there.”
Krishna says to Arjuna, “Just be in a state of let-go. Say to existence, ‘Use me in whatever way you want to use me. I am available, unconditionally available.’ Then whatsoever happens through you will have a great authenticity about it. It will have intensity, it will have depth. It will have the impact of the eternal on it.”

Real beauty is never created by you but only through you. Existence flows; you become only a passage. Don’t compete with existence… allow it to happen, that’s all!

(Inspired by Bhagvad Gita and Osho readings)

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Posted by on December 13, 2014 in Speeches and talks

 

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Time to redefine education: Children need to be taught ‘How to think’ not ‘What to think’

Time to redefine education:  Children need to be taught ‘How to think’ not ‘What to think’

 “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”

“Education” means: to draw out that which is within you, to make your potential actual, like you draw water from a well. Education should prepare you to be yourself. Education is a bridge between the potentiality and the actuality. Education is to help you to become that which you are only in a seed form. Education should give people better ways of life, how to live more totally and more intensely; better ways of loving, better ways of beautifying existence — without any comparison with others — just for your sheer contentment.

Swami Vivekananda points out that the defect of the present-day education is that it has no definite goal to pursue. A sculptor has a clear idea about what he wants to shape out of the marble block; similarly, a painter knows what he is going to paint. But a teacher, he says, has no clear idea about the goal of his teaching.

Right now education prepares you to be an imitator; it teaches you how to be like others. This is miseducation. Right education will teach you how to be yourself, authentically yourself. You are unique. There is nobody like you, has never been, will never be. This is a great respect that God has showered on you. This is your glory, that you are unique. Don’t become imitative, don’t become carbon copies. But that’s what your so-called education goes on doing: it makes carbon copies; it destroys your original face. But never, even by mistake, does it says to you, “Just be yourself; relax and enjoy your being, and bring your potential to its maximum unfoldment.”

Today, all education remains part of the mind; it does not make you more alert, more conscious, it simply fills you with information. It treats you like a computer. It gives you a livelihood, but it does not give you life, and it does not give you love. Our whole education system is based on giving ready-made answers. Because of those ready-made answers you never develop your intelligence; there is no need. You ask the question and a computer teacher answers them.

Education is not bringing peace and silence and blissfulness to people. There is something missing in it; it is only education in subjects which do not touch your interior being at all. They may make you doctors, engineers, professors, but they do not give you the insight that can create a good human in you. Why from outside, borrowed knowledge is being forced into the minds of innocent children.

You go on accumulating degrees and inside you remain empty. Your degrees can befool people, may even befool yourself, but you cannot have the joy, the blissfulness, the peace, the silence, and the compassion. And unless education has two wings, it cannot fly in the sky in total freedom. Right now it has only one wing; the other wing is missing. Why is it missing?

We need an education which is nonviolent, education which is not only informative but also transformative, an education that will make you more of an individual and bring the best in you to its flowering. “Know thyself” must be the most precious education, and then you can become acquainted with everything else.

One-third of our education should be concerned with livelihood; one-third of our education should be concerned with our well-being — body, health, ways to stay younger and live longer. And one-third — the last and the most important — should be concerned with love, with death, and the secrets of life itself. Only then will we have a wholesome education. And through that education, we can create a man and a society which will be healthy, youthful, loving, soulful, overflowing with joy, always ready to share with anyone — because nobody is a stranger on the earth; the whole earth is one family.

An education is complete when it is inner and outer both. We have to find a human kind of education in the world; the education that exists is very inhuman. We have to find ways so that children can play in the sun and still learn a little arithmetic. That can be done — once we know that arithmetic is not so important as playing in the sun, once that thing has been decided, then we can find ways. A little arithmetic can be taught, and a little is needed. Everybody is not going to become an Albert Einstein. And those who are going to become Albert Einstein, they won’t bother playing in the sun — their joy is arithmetic, that is their poetry. Then it is different, then it is totally different; then the growth is not hindered and guilt is not created.

“Real education need to bring out what is hidden in you… what God has put in you as a treasure… to discover it, to reveal it, to make you luminous. Education is to bring you from darkness to light.”

(Inspired by the Talks of Swami Vivekananda and Osho on education)

 

 

 
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Posted by on September 28, 2014 in Speeches and talks

 

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From Teaching to Thinking

We can learn from anybody and everybody in life.

Kunwar Shekhar VijendraKnowledge is not to be found outside. No teacher, no scripture can give it to you. It is inside you and if you wish to attain it, seek your own company. Be one with yourself.
Be curious… eager… and probing. Those who gone deeper have found the pearl.

Unfortunately, today our entire education is past-oriented. All our doctrines, ideas and ideals are taken from the past. That is what is dead and gone. We are trying to impose thousand years old things on the minds of our children.

There was a king who wanted to appoint a minister. An announcement was made that anybody who would solve the puzzle given by the king will become his minister. And
the puzzle was simple- there was a lock on the door of the Darbar, and the candidates were supposed to open that . But the lock was an odd one. Quite big and of such a shape as nobody had seen earlier… very futuristic. No teacher had ever taught about such a lock, no book had ever mentioned such a lock.

There was confusion now. Fear too. All three candidates who reached the final round wondered what to do.

The first one got up and asked the king for some time, as he wanted to go through his books; his notes that his teacher had given him in the class. But the poor chap never realized that he was taught only a part of the past.

The second one also asked the king for more time, as wanted to go and meet some lock picker… Some thieves, who knew how to break a lock and find solution to this enigma. But he too forgot that no one had ever picked a futuristic lock.

The third one was free from the pull of the past. He had a futuristic outlook towards knowledge; and he decided first to look at the lock. He wanted to feel the lock; he wanted to understand the problem more clearly. And then he touched the lock. And lo and behold! It was unlocked!! As if it was never keyed on!

We need to develop such an environment where past does not dominate the future; we need to provide an opportunity to students to think, to learn, and to experience on there own.

We need to stop teaching the story of hare and tortoise where the consistent but the slow one could only win. We need to teach the story of how we can win by identifying and utilizing our own unique inner strength.

I remember a story of the frog race. There was a race where the frogs had to run and climb a tree…. Frogs climbing trees is something unbelievable. Everybody was ready but had fear… and the race started….

All frogs were running fast, jumping high…. but there was a crowd, a crowd of those who never believed that frogs could ever climb. The crowd was shouting slogans, displaying their disbelief about the climbing ability of the frogs. “Stop you idiots… you can never climb a tree”, some shouted.

And suddenly frogs stopped. They were standing, they were confused and even some were smiling by themselves as if asking – `what an idiot I’m, how could I believe that I can climb a tree’.

But there was one… who was running, who was jumping and whom everybody in the crowd thought was gone mad. And to everyone’s surprise he climbed up the tree…. Yes, a frog climbed on the tree. An utter silence prevailed. Nobody could believe it. And then, suddenly everybody was clapping, everybody was shouting slogans that yes we knew that frogs could also climb the tree. They asked the winner how he could climb but the winner frog was not listening, and he actually didn’t listen because he couldn’t. He was deaf.

This is the secret of success, believe in yourself, don’t listen to the crowd, do what you are doing with confidence and you will win. Learn to speak dreams loud and share them with the world with proud.

Same is the case with the teachers, with administrators… Stop being critics of your students, of your team members; let them work, let them perform and they will give results for sure.

I have also observed a new behavioural tendency. If I am close to the boss I am also the boss. It is just like my driver claiming to be a boss as he is one person who works closely with me, who moves with me. Stop this approach. It will harm you. Be your own boss, be your own servant and you will find the results. You have to prove your worth to yourself. You have to be responsible to your responsibilities; don’t try to be a boss of others.

I thank all the teachers and my wonderful students to be a part of this journey of empowerment. Your success will only make us proud. You are our ambassadors and please ensure you remain one worthy of praise always.

My best wishes to all of you on Adarsh Teacher’s Day.

No, explanation is not needed – only exclamation, a wondering heart, awakened, surprised, feeling the mystery of life each moment. Then, and only then, you know what truth is. And truth liberate ~ Osho

(Excerpt of the talk delivered on Adarsh Teacher’s Day at Shobhit University Gangoh on 05 September, 2014)

 
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Posted by on September 14, 2014 in Speeches and talks

 

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Quotes I Quote: a reflection of my learning journey

Since last few years, I had been sharing quotes on my Facebook wall.

Every quote has an originating past and a history behind it.

Recently, I compiled 365 of my favorite quotes.

On New Year, I am sharing the same with my fellow travelers of this virtual world…

you have helped me in learning a lot new in my life.

 Quotes I Quote” is a thankful note

to all teachers of my life!

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Spread of Education by Prophet Mohammed’s Companions

The only way to empower the human race is by educating them. The first word revealed of the Quran was “Iqra” – Read! Seek knowledge! Educate yourselves! Be educated.

In Islam to seek knowledge is considered a sacred duty. The acquiring of knowledge is worship, reading the Quran and pondering upon it is worship, travelling to gain knowledge is worship. The practice of knowledge is connected with ethics and morality – with promoting virtue and combating vice, enjoining right and forbidding wrong. This is called in Quran: “Amr bil-l ma’ruuf wa nah-y ani-l munkar”. It is obligatory on every Muslim, male and female.

Kunwar Shekhar VijendraProphet Mohammed through his companions wanted this message to spread throughout the world. Prophet Mohammed and his companions laid very much emphasis upon the importance of education. As the Supreme Head of the first Islamic State, Prophet Mohammed decreed education as incumbent on all people, male or female. It is on record that with a view to spread education
at a mass level, he declared it compulsory immediately after the establishment of the first coalition government at Madinah. It was in the very second year of the regime that his law regarding compulsory education began to be implemented.

His companions followed him in laying emphasis upon education. It is also on record that some of the Prophet’s companions visited Malabar in India even during the Prophet’s lifetime and spread education in that part of the land. They didn’t only strive for primary but also higher education, and established a number of internationally reputed seats of learning there.

For Prophet Mohammad Saheb, education was a weapon to liberate humankind and rid the world of the human suffering caused by ignorance and other societal ills. The companions of the Prophet spread such education which helped a person to be a whole man. The true goal of education was the cultivation of individual character on the basis of respect for humanity. The education was
guided by the principle of -Totality.

A lot of efforts are made even today but somehow the totality is missing. Since I am not a specialist in the field, I have no intention of discussing individual education methods or the various aspects of the educational system that require reforms but will like to speak on the big concern of missing the Concept of totality.

When I speak of totality I mean interrelation. Nothing or event exists in isolation; everything is interrelated in some way with everything else to produce one great total
image. To take an immediately apparent example, I might cite the human body itself in which the head, hands, torso, legs, internal organs and all individual cells are intimately intermeshed to form the whole. And we cannot overlook the connection between the physical and spiritual.

From ancient times, the ability to perceive the invisible threads interweaving all things has been considered a kind of wisdom, but today’s education system has turned its back on this wisdom and has pursued a continual course of fragmentation. A person who has technical education today does not know anything about religious education
and vice versa. The education we are spreading today is an education in piecemeal. We are forgetting that an educated and informed person who does not know the connections among things differs from a dictionary only in that he eats and the dictionary does not.

We all know that the future depends, for us, on education. We know also that this education, to be of any avail, must extend through all degrees, from its lowest and humblest applications, up to the highest and most disinterested grades. We must have technical education and we must have a higher research also. We must have education of women, as well as education of men. We must have secular education, as well as religious. And, almost more important than any of these, we must have education of the people, and for this, we must depend upon ourselves.

Education separated from society can have no vital force; likewise, there is no future for a society that forgets that education in totality is its true mission. Education is not a mere right or obligation. I believe education in the broadest sense is the mission of every individual. To awaken this awareness throughout society must be the highest priority.

If a religion is worthy of the name, and if it is one that can respond to the needs of contemporary times, it should be able to nurture in its followers the spiritual base for becoming good citizens of the world through education in totality.

The crisis of education is a crisis of life. The crisis we face today strikes at the very roots of education and learning. And yet it is in education and learning that we will find the doorway to the future.

I request that we accept responsibility for the future of humankind. From the bottom of my heart, I ask the members of Markazi Jamiat Ahl-E-Hadees Hind to do all within their power to make fine whole human beings of our youth. I shall conclude my remarks by expressing my hope for and pride in the part that the Prophet’s Companions played for humanity by spreading education of love, peace and empowerment.

Jai Hind.

(‘Prophet Mohammed’s Companions and Spread of Education’, excerpt of the speech delivered at a public meeting at Ramlila Grounds, Delhi at the invitation of ‘Markazi Jamiat Ahl-E-Hadees Hind’)

 
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Posted by on December 20, 2013 in Speeches and talks

 

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Indian varsities have vital role in strengthening ties with Asia : Kunwar Shekhar Vijendra

MEERUT, Uttar Pradesh — Indian Universities may play a vital role in strengthening relations with the Asian countries by attracting the youth in these countries in their qualitative technical programs at affordable costs. As of now, the youth in Asian countries is not aware of the programs and facilities available in India that’s why India doesn’t figure in their list of destinations for higher education. This was revealed by Kunwar Shekhar Vijendra, the Pro-Chancellor of Shobhit University, on his return from South Korea and Mongolia, as a member of the delegations visiting these countries alongwith the President of India Mrs. Pratibha Devisingh Patil.

Kunwar Shekhar told reporters here today that as a member representing the Indian higher education, he got opportunity to interact with the universities and officials in both the countries. In his assessment he found that the higher education in South Korea is as good as in India but it is very costly. This works as a deterrent for many a willing student. With proper representation in South Korea, Indian universities may attract South Korean students and these students may become very strong bond between the two countries.

Talking about his experience in Mongolia, Kunwar Shekhar said that the Mongolian human resources need training to bring their systems at par with the developed world. Before collapse of USSR, they had been receiving support and training from the Soviet regimes. However, now their technologies are getting obsolete and development of modern infrastructure and other economic structures is required. This objective may be fulfilled only by proper training of the human resources there. Here, too, the Indian universities may play an important role and offer to Mongolian students training and technological support needed for development of the country which is very rich in minerals and other natural resources. A stronger relationship with Mongolia may also be very helpful to India.

The Shobhit University Pro-Chancellor also said, “New and multifaceted mutually beneficial possibilities have opened up with the visit of the President to these countries. Its up to different sectors of Indian economy to explore these opportunities and consolidate those into real structures.” Recalling the S. Korean economy and structures, he said that technically strong S. Korea has successfully integrated its trade, talent and training. This resulted in quick growth of their economy but now they are facing shortage of manpower. India may benefit from this situation.

Regarding Mongolia, he said that having Buddhism as their major religion, the Mongols feel close to India, however, the geographical situations have lent an edge to China in comparison to other countries. India’s share in Mongolia’s trade and economic relations with the world are limited to a meager 4-5 per cent.

He said that keeping in view the need for skill development in Mongolia, the Shobhit University has offered to impart training to Mongolian human resources under its International Skills Development Centre (ISDC). The university may also set up such a centre in Mongolia itself. He also told that as a token of goodwill, the Shobhit University has announced scholarships for 8 Mongolian students in different disciplines.

Kunwar Shekhar expressed hope that authorities in India as well as the Mongolia and S. Korea would soon be taking due steps to strengthen educational and economic ties spurred by the recent Presidential visit.

 

Indian businessmen eye mining, education sectors in Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia), July 29 (PTI) Satisfied with the foreign trade policy and basic infrastructure available in Mongolia, many industry giants from India plan to set up business units here.

A host of industrialists have gathered here to seek ways to tap business opportunities emerging out of this north east country.

They have been holding meetings with senior government officials of both the countries to explore a mutually- profitable partnership for them.

“We are interested in mining activities here.
Basically in exploration of base metals like copper mining and precious metals like gold and tungsten among others. We plan to invest about USD 200-300 million in coming years,” Mumbai-based Chandra Proteco President Mukul Gupta said.

Gupta said that deliberations with Mongolian authorities and their chambers of commerce are on in this regard.

“The land is full of opportunities. There is a lot of scope in business development activities especially in the field of food processing and tourism,” Camlin Limited Chairman and Managing Director Dilip Dandekar said.

A 32-member strong delegation comprising representatives of known commercial houses were taking part in ”Mongolia-India business Forum”.

The meet is being co-organised by Foreign Investment and Foreign Trade Agency of Mongolia (Fifta), CII, Ficci and Assocham to find business opportunities.

Many businessmen, politicians and associates of Fifta took part in the event, which was inaugurated by President Pratibha Patil, who is on a three-day visit here.

Patil is the first Indian President visiting Mongolia after a gap of 23 years.

Be it medical, education, information technology, dairy and mining, experts and industrialists are trying to seek business opportunities in other sectors too.

“We are looking forward to a joint venture with some university and college here for student exchange programme. The land is new and full of opportunities,” Meerut”s Shobhit University Pro Chancellor Kunwar Shekhar Vijendra said.

“We will be giving USD 10 million scholarships to people under the student exchange programme. Initially the grant will be given to research scholars,” Vijender said.

Shobhit University has about 2,000 students at its Meerut Centre.

Patil”s visit to Mongolia is aimed at finding new avenues to explore trade and cultural relationship with tie ups in Defence, Information Technology, and commerce.(MORE) PTI AKV

 
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Posted by on December 11, 2011 in Media Coverage