Education is a sacred ministry which brings all-round development in the children. But, giving more importance to intellectual and physical formation will make education incomplete or unnurtured.
A tree that is not well grounded into the earth will not survive for many years. Similarly, children who grow without spirituality will not be able to stand up to the trials and hardships of life. Children need many things in life to grow properly and only schools can provide them all. Our homes are temples of human love, therefore they may not give us the education we need for our growth. Our children should be taught the divine qualities like, divine love, peace, joy, faithfulness, gentleness, kindness, patience, generosity and self-control. When these qualities begin to grow in our life, naturally qualities like enmity, impurity, strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels, dissensions, factions and drunkenness will gradually disappear.
Spirituality also means spending time with the divine master, which will bring calmness and humility, patience and positive thinking, obedience etc. Secondly, when we spend time with the Master we will be able to hear his voice in our struggle and we will find our decisions wise. When our school education does not include this type of spirituality as part of our education, it will be like an empty vessel making jarring noise without any meaning.
While every divine being teach us sublime spirituality, I am reminded of the spirituality of Jesus. Jesus says, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength”. He also says, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” Mk 12:30, 31.
Today technology and globalization have brought enormous change in education due to which ethics and values are disappearing day by day. Swami Vivekananda could be an example of a person in whom we find the blend of spirituality and education. We may not become like him, but there is nothing wrong in trying to be one like him. A Tamil poet Thiruvalluvar says, “What is the use of your learning, when you do not bow your heads before the master”. Therefore, our school education should be combined with divine teaching for personal growth and development.