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Feb 08, 2019

Higher Intelligence

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The education system needs spiritual consciousness, writes PULKIT SHARMA

If we were to collect statistics on how many children love schooling, and to what extent the education given at schools and reinforced in homes helps them lead a meaningful life, we will get discouraging results. Every day when the final bell rings in schools, children across the globe jump with joy and run, as if liberated, bounding out for fresh air.

A similar state of affairs is seen in almost all institutes of higher education, with the youth complaining about increased burden, performance anxiety, lack of interest, boredom, burnout and depression. After finishing our formal education, many amongst us sporadically use what we have studied and eagerly forget most of it. We think of some goals and spend the rest of our life trying to achieve those goals.

However, these goals are shallow and restricted; they make us suffer. We don’t know how to develop a deeper vision or higher aim. Worldwide, there has been widespread criticism about the existing systems of education, but it has not led to any significant changes.


Although most of us realise the numerous problems that plague our educational institutions, we lack a clear vision of the way forward.

Deep Knowledge

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi observes that the incompleteness of modern education can be overcome, once we include the profound knowledge of the Absolute in it. As youngsters will gain awareness of the Absolute and experience higher consciousness, they will be able to see, think and create beyond the planes of material existence. During the last two decades, psychologists have been studying how spirituality can influence a person’s thinking, reasoning, problem-solving, goal setting and behaviour.

They have found that individuals with spiritual intelligence are able to transcend internal conflicts, traumatic experiences, interpersonal problems and environmental chaos; they can guide their life by a deeper aspiration for progress, self-unification and integration. Replicating this in the existing educational system is an uphill task, because people often confuse spiritual education with the introduction of progressive teaching, open schooling, happiness curriculum, religious texts, meditative practices, moral education or creative activities at schools and other educational institutions.

But spiritual education is not a technique, activity or subject that can be taught for a fixed duration of time in a day and then abandoned till the same hour, the next day. The Mother, spiritual collaborator of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, says that spiritual education involves helping the individual discover the true motive of his life, the reason for his existence on earth, the connection between him and the Divine so that he enshrines this truth within his heart and then all his thoughts, emotions and actions are in the service of this Truth.

See The Truth

To begin with, youngsters need encouragement to identify this Truth — different people will see it in different forms and call it by different names, but once they have a transcendent experience, they will realise that it is more or less the same.

Once they are aware of this Truth, they must learn to surrender completely to it, to invite its grace and guidance at all times and in all circumstances; so that everything they do is in the service of this highest principle. It is time, we let the higher consciousness inspire our education system, and make a difference to the lives of the youth.

Executive Summary

The incompleteness of modern education can be overcome by knowledge of the Absolute

Spiritual intelligence enables you to transcend problems and guides you to deeper aspirations

Higher consciousness should inspire the education system and make a difference

■ The writer is a clinical psychologist in Puducherry

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