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Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Kireet Joshi/English/The Good Teacher and The Good Pupil/Aspirations and Victories Of the Ancient Rishis.htm
Aspirations and Victories of the Ancient Rishis (A few selections from the Rig Veda) I (The Rishi desires a state of spiritual wealth full of the divine working in which nothing shall fall away to the division and the crookedness. So, increasing by our works the divine Force in us daily, we shall attain to the Bliss and the Truth, the rapture of the Light and the rapture of the Force.) 0 Will, 0 conqueror of our plenitude, the felicity which thou alone canst conceive in the mind, that make full of inspiration by our words and set it to labour in the gods as our helper. They who are powe
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Kireet Joshi/English/The Good Teacher and The Good Pupil/An Eploration.htm
The Good Teacher and the Good Pupil An Exploration THE RISHI AND THE BRAHMACHARIN Introduction Ancient India conceived an intimate relationship between education and life. It looked upon education as a preparation for life and considered life a process of continuing education. It studied life in all its aspects and attempted to apply psychological principles and truths of life to education. One important consequence was to fix for education certain life-long objectives that require life-long effort to achieve and realize. These objectives were summarized in a triple formula which gave a wide and lofty framework to the ancient system of
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Kireet Joshi/English/The Good Teacher and The Good Pupil/Brahmacharina in Search Of Knowledge.htm
Brahmacharins in Search of Knowledge (A few selections from the Upanishad) I Truthfulness Satyakama Jabala said to his Mother Jabala: "Venerable mother: I wish to join school as a brahmacharin (pupil wishing to learn the true knowledge). Please tell me from what family I hail." She said to him: "My child, I don't know from what family you are. In my youth, I went about in many places as a maid-servant; during that period I begot you; I myself do not know from what family you hail; I am called Jabala; and you are called Satyakama; so call yourself then Satyakama, the son of Jabala." Then he we
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Kireet Joshi/English/The Good Teacher and The Good Pupil/Knower Of Reality.htm
Plato among his students, Pompeian mosaic, National Museum, Naples Knower of Reality Introduction An allegory can reveal a message more powerfully than long and abstruse discourses or compositions weighted with analysis and arguments. Many great teachers have used allegories or parables to expound or explain a message or a lesson. One of the most famous allegories in the history of human thought is found in the seventh book of Plato s Republic: "The Simile of the Cave ". The main purpose of this allegory is to describe the ignorant state of humanity and its possible passage to a state of knowledge. According to Plato, most men are like
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Kireet Joshi/English/The Good Teacher and The Good Pupil/Sufi Wisdom.htm
Sufi Wisdom Introduction In an age where critical reason is said to reign supreme, claims of supra-rational knowledge are apt to be brushed aside as superstition or obscurantism. But recent breakthroughs in science, psychology and other branches of knowledge indicate that human civilization is reaching a point where we can no longer be so dogmatic in our rejection of the claim that beyond ordinary human consciousness lie higher ranges of knowledge, wisdom and power more luminous and more relevant to the contemporary needs of mankind than the knowledge and power of reason. In Western history, Plato's philosophy marks a great transition between the
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Kireet Joshi/English/The Good Teacher and The Good Pupil/Communion With Nature.htm
Communion with Nature Introduction Many of us, usually in moments of solitude and in the midst of natural surroundings, have experienced a quietening of our external faculties and have felt ourselves in contact with or in the presence of some other being, some other spirit. As this experience deepens, we may feel at times an invisible presence in objects around us — trees, rocks, streams. With a little self-observation, we may also feel something in us which responds to this being, this presence, and establishes an identity with it. For some hours, or even for some days, we are full of this experience — it hovers around us and is in us, and we a
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Kireet Joshi/English/The Good Teacher and The Good Pupil/An Overview.htm
The Good Teacher and the Good Pupil An Overview For the last two hundred years or more there has been a growing realization that the teacher should be child-centred and should help the child's innate potential to blossom fully. Learner-centred teaching is being advanced in progressive schools all over the world. Indeed, if we examine the examples of good teachers of the past or of the present, we shall find that they have always been learner-oriented: and good pupils have blossomed like lovely flowers when tended with care, love and understanding or even when left to themselves with interventions from teachers when necessary. A good teacher is always a h
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Kireet Joshi/English/The Good Teacher and The Good Pupil/The Would-be Gentleman.htm
The Would-be Gentleman Introduction Monsieur Jourdain, the "would-be gentleman", is by no means an ideal pupil. What prompts him is not really an urge to learn, but the vain desire to be recognized as a "gentleman". Nor would the various teachers that he uses to further his ambitions receive our approbation; they are satisfied to exploit his naive obsession to serve their own ends. Why, then, are we including this extract? Perhaps we could say that even about serious matters it is sometimes good to laugh. And Moliere presents Mr. Jourdain and his many teachers in a way that, while making us laugh, communicates powerfully his deep aversion to w
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Kireet Joshi/English/The Good Teacher and The Good Pupil/The Little Prince.htm
Antoine de Saint - Exupery, 1940 The Little Prince Introduction Does age matter in teaching and learning? Is there an essential difference between teaching and learning? In a sense, all of us are learners, whether we are playing the role of teacher or of pupil. A pupil asks questions in the process of learning, and his questions may be so penetrating that they stimulate a process of learning in the mind of his teacher. A teacher gives answers to questions, and they may be so honest and open-ended that they stimulate a process of further questioning in the mind of the pupil. The common idea that teachers are adults and pupils are children
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Kireet Joshi/English/The Good Teacher and The Good Pupil/Preface.htm
The Good Teacher and The Good Pupil PREFACE At one time it was thought that the child was a plastic material that could be moulded mechanically according to the designs of the parents or the educator. This gave rise to teacher-oriented education. This situation, however, is rapidly changing. With the advent of progressive movements, such as those pioneered by Montessori and others, education is now tending to be child-oriented. This has also led to a rethinking of the role of the teacher, and some of the ancient and medieval teachers who practised child-centred or learner-oriented education are being increasingly ap