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Sri Sri University

Envisioned by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Sri Sri University was established
as a centre for world-class education so Indian students do not have to leave the country in search of what they perceive to be better opportunities.

Why are some people so mean?

Q: If the core of our existence is full of love, innocence, perfection, how can a person be so mean and kill his or her whole family? It is hard for me to understand.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: You know you should go and talk to the people in the prison who have committed these heinous crimes. You'll find these people are nice people. Why even talk about them, talk about yourself! You know sometimes you've been so nasty. Have you been nasty? Have you been angry? Have you been upset? Afterwards you see – 'Oh, why did I do this?' Do you regret? In the same way these people – they did a crime, they did commit something they were totally unaware of, and then they started realizing. That's why spiritual education is so important, because this education doesn't allow you to commit such heinous crimes! They never had an opportunity to have access to this knowledge, to meditation, to breathing. That is why they did all that.

Learning or Imitation?

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Much of the so-called learning process we go through is mere imitation. We imitate each other and think we are learning. We have not let our intuitive knowledge come forward and be useful in our daily lives.

 

Swami Rama

~Swami Rama

Why the current system of education doesn’t work

Trinity College Library, Dublin

The present system of education is all wrong. The mind is crammed with facts before it knows how to think. Control of the mind should be taught first. If i had my education to get over again and had my voice in the matter, I would learn to master my mind first, and then gather facts if I wanted them. It takes people long time to learn because they cannot concentrate their mind at all.

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~ Swami Vivekananda

No wonder I felt I was wasting my time at school...

I have travelled across the length and breadth of India and l have not seen one person who is a beggar, who is a thief. such wealth l have seen in this country, such high moral values, people of such caliber, that l do not think we would ever conquer this country, unless we break the very backbone of this nation, which is her spiritual and cultural heritage, and, therefore, l propose that we replace her old and ancient education system, her culture. for if the Indians think that all that is foreign and English is good and greater than their own, they will lose their self esteem, their native culture and they will become what we want them, a truly dominated nation.

~ Lord Macaulay’s address to the British Parliament, 2 February, 1835

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