Education has always been vitally important in man's history, but never more so than today. In all the
advanced countries, great strides have been made in the field of education and especially in science
and technology. The schools, colleges and universities are regularly churning out individuals,
physically healthy and mentally alert, who are contributing to the “material prosperity and success”
of other societies. However, a closer look at these advanced societies reveals a state of lurest,
strife, crime and violence.
Unfortunately, even at home in India , the same situation prevails. Post independence years have
witnessed a Quantitative growth in education. Schools, college and universities have multiplied and
proliferated, but the quality has steadily declined in proportion to the quantity. Chaos,
indiscipline, lack of respect for teaching staff, total disregard and damage to public property,
hooliganism and vandalism characterize the atmosphere of these institutions. The host of antisocial
acts perpetrated by students in these “portals of learning” not only do harm to the individual
students but also pose a danger to the progress of ademocratic society as a whole.
The reasons for this state of affairs are very obvious. There is a weakening of social and moral
values in our younger generation. One can well imagine the state of a society peopled by such
individuals. It is therefore evident that there is something grossly deficient in our educational
Human being means, not just the body, nor evern the combination of mind and body. He is essentially a
‘spiorit'-a soul encased in a body of flesh. Education should aim at a full and harmonious development
of the body and intellect and turn them to the spirit within. It should help build an intergrated
personality, a perfect character, in whom this spirit is manifested in though, word and
Is today's system of education fulfilling this aim? Today's educational system, while aiming at the
development of the body and mind, totally ignores the “SOUL” This is because morality, ethics and
spirituality do not form the basis of our educational system.
This is tragic in a country like India . Which has been the torchbearer of culture and spirituality
throughout the ages. The messages contained in our timeless scriptures. The Vedas, Upanishads and
Bhagavad_gita have been widely acclaimed as eternal and universal. Yet such a precarious situation
However ISKCON is trying to change the phase of education today. It runs a number of educational
institutions both in India and abroad, The Krishna conscious system of education is value-based. It
contains traditional Vedic subjects like languages, mathematics, sciences and social studies, arts and
crafts, music and practical instruction and guidance in Spiritual knowledge.
The children are also taught to recite slokas from Bhagavad-Gita, and sing devotional bhajans. The
ISKCON schools have imbibed the spirit of the ancient Gurukula system while simultaneously imparting
knowledge in all academic subjects.
The destiny of India is now being shaped in class rooms. On the quality and number of students coming
out of our schools and college will depend the progress of our nation
In this respect it can be said that the children coming out of ISKCON schools will be fully integrated
personalities, trained to be peace-loving, straight-forward, wise and above all religious with God at
the center of their lives. They are being trained to balance the knowledge the science and technology
bring, with the values and insights associated with religion and ethics at its best. HARE
Bhaktiveedanta Swaqmi Mission School emphasizes the importance of the spiritual dimensions the
importance of the spiritual dimensions of life. This is in accord with the information found in the
time honoured scriptures of the world, witch have formed the foundation for the lives of the most
noble minded individuals in the history of human civilization.