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Re: Wrong Way to Teach Children #2

Date: Fri, 13 Jul 2012 21:44:36 -0000
From:  Ganesh_Deva
Subject: Re: Wrong Way to Teach Children #2



(Note: This is the second letter in this series. A link to the first letter is appended below. - Eds)


On 7/11/12, Ranjiit Deva wrote:

"In the general society, there are three main ways that parents and educators force learning onto child learners:
(a) Offer students money and gifts for studying and achieving academic attainment;
(b) Punish students in various ways if they do not study by employing fear tactics or taking away their favourite food and dessert etc;
(c) Give the allurement of prestige, professional status, or guarantee a bright future.

These are the common ways that parents and educators pressure or force students to study.

But, according to Baba, this is not the way to motivate students."

My Comment:

The inability of the present system of education in materialistic countries to harness a child's desire to learn is then capitalised on by the mass media and corporate institutions.



Big business, advertisers, the television and film industry - along with so many pillars of the pseudo-culture world - understand well that children have an inherent desire to learn. When the schools fail to harness this desire, these businesses, marketers, & the media jump in and fill the gap. Big business employs crafty and psychological methods to arouse a thirst of learning within students to learn about their own products, while education fails to develop a thirst for true knowledge.

In turn, kids and students memorise commercials, advertisements and become living and breathing advocates of those brands etc. And not only that, those kids become faithful customers and their families spend huge sums of money buying those products and paying for that type of entertainment. Along the way, the school system fails to instill within students a desire to learn classical knowledge and practical skills. This misstep by education gets converted into a "boon" for big business. Youths become active followers of corporate brands and pop media, and simultaneously they disregard their formal education.

So it is a complete switchover. The present system of education fails to inspire children to learn and instead forces them and offers monetary incentives. In the end, the students have no real interest and ultimately forget what they were taught. They cannot retain their classroom knowledge. Whereas, marketers and corporations successfully goad children to learn everything about their films, pop songs, slogans, video games, logos, and more. Businesses awaken a thirst within children to learn about their company products, and they need not directly pay any money to children. They learn about it on their own and retain all that information.

The whole scene is backward. Education fails to awaken a thirst for knowledge and fails to teach children what should be taught; while, businesses inspire children to learn about their company brand and their pseudo-culture gimmicks and gadgets.


Here again is Baba's teaching.

Baba says, "Education must awaken the thirst for knowledge in the students’ minds. The students themselves will create environmental pressure by persistent demands for answers to queries like: What is the answer? Is it correct? The longing, “I wish to know...I wish to understand and assimilate the entire universe” should be created. Such a thirst for knowledge should be created in the minds of students...So a tremendous thirst for knowledge must be awakened in the students’ minds. They will constantly pry their teachers, their parents and their neighbours with questions like: Why is this so? What is that? Why does that happen? Why does this not happen? etc. They are ready to assimilate the entire universe." (Prout in a Nutshell - 18, Talks on Education)

Baba furthermore gives this guideline:

Baba says, "Society will gain no lasting benefit if teachers force students to swallow knowledge like quinine pills instead of awakening the thirst for knowledge in the minds of young children, or for that matter in the mind of any student." (Human Society-1, Education)

Ganesh Deva



"Tumi a'ma'y hrdaya ma'jhe eso go priyo madhurata' ma'khi..."    (P.S. 747)


Baba, please come in my heart and saturate my entire being with the showering of Your sweetness, O' my dear most. Baba please remove my all impurities and negative samskaras - and whatever other stains that accumulated over the ages. Please inundate my entire existence with the showering of Your love and divine grace.  

Baba, thoughout this entire universe, these seven lokas, nothing is beyond Your reach. Everything is within You. Because everything resides in You, that is why You know all my merits and demerits - whatever I have. By Your grace, today I am surrendering whatever is mine unto You. With the only desire that You please look towards me with Your compassionate eye, eyes full of karuna'. This wee-bit of grace I long from You.  

Baba, since ages, since many lives, I have been crossing through the negative path, path of dogma. You graciously awakened my samvit (spiritual awareness), now for the first time in my life, I have understood my mistakes. And I rectified them, by Your grace. Baba, all my actions, my entire being, my whole heart, everything I offer at Your lotus feet. I do not want to keep anything as my own, from this moment forward. With this pointed mind, I am doing sastaunga pranam to You. Please accept it...

Re: DMS News #12: Uncultured Dance in Cultural Program

Subject:  Re: DMS News #12: Uncultured Dance in Cultural Program
Date: Thu, 12 Jul 2012 17:55:01 +0530
From: dada nitya



(Note: This is the twelfth letter on this thread. Please find links to all earlier letters below. - Eds)


Brother Divyam'shu wrote:

"The fact is that Mr Pathak’s dance programs are strongly influenced by Bollywood sensuality. As a performance director, he takes all his cues from the materialistic movie / fashion industry. That is why there is so much pseudo-culture in his dance productions that are done under the banner of Rawa. So how could a highly posted Dada like Acintanandji think that Pathakji is establishing dharma? Dadaji’s analysis is quite disturbing."

My reply:

Who will bell the cat? Who will change Sri Mrinal Pathak's mindset about turning Rawa programs into sensual display? Moreover most dadas and didis are of the same feather and have such fixed mental attitude that is very difficult to change them. Many margiis are reluctant to express their anger when they hear about RAWA cultural function in DMSs, it is only because to whom they will complain?

Actually this adult dance-drama was introduced by Sarvatmananda and Mantreshwarananda and it became a tradition for DMSs; adult dancers were brought and sponsored by this duo during their hey-day in post 1990 era and were financing a lot to the women dancer teams of Bengal and Orissa with 5 star treatment. Though those days are gone and the key persons are changed, yet the same tradition is prevalent.

Such cinematic cultural functions in the sacred holy venue are not meant for any 'ideological project', rather it is a very cheap and easy 'path' for gaining popularity at the cost of our ideology.

Mrinal Pathak invites young women to 'appear before international gathering' in DMS and he lures them 'you are beautiful, you have talent and you will gain name and fame'. Many margis feel hesitation to allow their adult females to take part in DMS RAWA programmes. Now in Ananda Marg everything is free-for-all, so many WTs are sloping or tending downwards towards mundanity.

Dada Nitya.

On 07/02/2012 10:25 PM, AM-GLOBAL wrote:



(Note: This is the eleventh letter on this thread. Please find links to the ten earlier letters below. - Eds)


Jaykrsna wrote:

"All programs should be passed and reviewed by the RAWA dept. or advisory committee of RAWA dept. before being presented in the public forum. Indeed, the in-charge of each & every dept. of AMPS should have proper knowledge of the events and programs of his dept. Otherwise we will have to face this type of blunder on a regular basis."

Yes, I certainly second this proposal.

Verily, such a system must be in place and practiced otherwise this RAWA debacle will continue. Rather May 2012 DMS was not the first time that Mr Mrinal Pathak presented such a degrading scene on stage. This has been a on-going issue of late.

We should all reflect on the way Baba set up our Marga.


Baba has set things up such that we we keep our sanctity by maintaining our proper standard, not by compromising with our values. In the realm of male-female relations, our proper standard is separation, not free and sensuous mixing of the sexes.

Baba has mandated that everything in AM should be separate: For example WWD, our relief activities (AMURTL), reportings, social service projects, LFT trainings, and so much more. There are all separate along gender lines.

1. Jagrtis are not shared between males and females.
2. Co-education is not practiced with students above 10 years of age, i.e. or above the age of puberty.
3. During dharmacakra sadhana is done in distinctly different rows.
4. The organisation itself has an entire separate wing for females, WWD or Women’s Welfare Department.
5. Prout, AMURT, VSS etc also have separate sections for males and females.
6. Reporting is done separately.
7. LFT, Tattvika, and Acarya training is separate for males and females.
8. In-Charges are not mixed. Males are in-charges of males and females of females.
Note: Only in Central Office will the head of WWD be controlled by the General Secretary.
9. During DMC, kaoshikii was also performed separately. And still this practice is maintained.
10. Females doing guard duty for females and males for males; not mixed.
11. Akhanda kiirtana is also done in a separate manner.
12. Madhur Sadhana is not done collectively with the opposite sex.
13. in any gathering, games and sports females & males do not participate together.

Thus, when our entire AM way of life is separated along gender lines, it is shameful that today we are allowing the free and sensuous mixing of the sexes on the stage during our RAWA cultural programs. This sets a bad example for those young dancers and thrusts them into the world of pseudo-culture. Plus it is degrading for the audience to watch. It is a negative scene from all directions.

Indranath Deva












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