The Integral Education

— S.A. Maa Krishna


The Main Formula of Integral Education:
The literal meaning of Integral Education is the Concentration on the total Consciousness of the Eternal. Its main formula is derived from the main formula of Integral Yoga. They are as follows:-

1, All Life is Education. This whole external ordinary life is a very small fragment of vast inner living. This inner life is connected through a subtle link of union with our unnumbered past and future bodies and births, which is defined as All Life and the Timeless Spirit in us has thrown itself into All Life as the adventurer in Time to uncover self-knowledge and integral knowledge. Education is defined as the developmental urge discovered by the Mother-nature through many sided purposeful effort in Ignorance and spontaneous leap action by Shakti in Knowledge to arrive at apprehensive and comprehensive Knowledge. It begins with limited separative exclusive awareness and ends with integral awareness of integral knowledge. True education means to purify, expand and perfect the constitution of subtle physical, subtle vital and subtle mental which constitute our inner life which is again veiled by outward appearance of phenomenal Education of training the surface mind, vital and body.

2, All Education is a synthesis of all developmental methods discovered by the Mother-nature through age-long many-fold effort of Science, Arts, Religion, Ethics, Occultism, Spiritual thought and Spiritual experiences. The evolutionary endeavour of Nature has experimented on all lines and every possible way in order to discover her primary education of enlarging the bound of surface knowledge, deeper and larger teachings of true inner education and the widest and highest boundary of whole education which are combined as Integral Education.

3, All methods of Education are the synthesis of dispensable and indispensable self-discipline. Education cannot confine itself to dispensable method of an outwardly acquired and learned knowledge of the existence or exclusively preoccupied with its immeasurable outlook on the world and uncovering the secrets of the material worlds, but an unveiling and revelation of an inward and upward self-unfolding and would awake to an indispensable awareness of Self’s vast in look, (1) a clear and complete knowledge of the Self, (2) a direct knowledge of others and surrounding world, (3) a direct knowledge of hidden forces of Nature and (4) a direct knowledge of the occult mechanism of mind, life and matter, which are beyond our present immediate attainment.

4, The methods by which the largest time saving development in the shortest possible path can be pursued are identified as indispensable self-disciplines of Integral Education which are Psychic, Spiritual and Supramental Education, responsible for evolving the capacity in man to become the (1) master of himself, (2) master of the forces of consciousness, (3) master of the energies of Nature, (4) master of his instrumentation of mind, life and matter. These indispensable self-disciplines are subordinated by all other lines of developmental urge of Nature, identified as Psycho-physical discipline, which is further fragmented as Physical, Vital and Mental Education; its utmost mission is to educate the obscure consciousness emerged out of the dark prison of Matter, to enlighten the dull inertia, blind instincts and vague perceptions till it shall be capable of opening towards higher Light. When the dispensable self-discipline of education learns consciously to become the subordinate of the indispensable self-discipline, then the essential truth of the Integral education is known and not at all ignored.

5, All the dispensable self-discipline or objectively subjective approach towards education is defined as development of higher or highest faculties through the formulation of lower mental methods of ‘educate thyself’ and its indispensability is felt till the higher methods or soul’s methods of ‘know thyself’ are evolved and it asks indispensable presence and help of physical guide. Mind has the capacity to enter large effort to gain small result and even if with this struggle to limit the action of our capacities and even then uses with a much less sure rapidity, the mind is treated as our first conceptive potentiality and highest available faculty at our immediate disposal and to fully utilize the mental faculty of exclusive concentration is identified as the best beginning and sure promise of integral emergence of an underlying truth which is an uncovering of higher faculties other than mind, and acquisition of scientifically minute knowledge through long mental culture.

6, The need of Integral Education is felt primarily to enhance our knowledge of the World, Self and God and increase our mental, vital, physical and spiritual existence; secondarily reconcile, integrate, transform and perfect them; where the former is enforced on each student of Integral Education in order to make him fit to enter the main stream of life and world and the latter is a special opportunity of voluntary choice among the privileged few.

The Synthesis of Education:
The theory of complete Education pursued through all life or long succession of rebirths can be realized through the Synthesis of Education which has four legitimate motives of development of educational capacity in all Time, that of firstly a period of education and preparation that will make us able to satisfy the basic needs and requirements of life and a concentration of Surface Education to develop separative individuality and in it the unity of all aspects of life is lost on the surface; here body, life and mind are divided from each other through ignorance but can be illumined and made aware of themselves; secondly a period of normal living to satisfy the human desires and interests under the moderating rule of ethical and intellectual part in us, to educate all our human capacities of force and knowledge and enjoyment so that we may turn them upon the world with more and more mastery and force, a concentration of Potential Education; thirdly a period of inward turn of the mind and Spiritual preparation, a concentration of subjective education and lastly, the Spiritual entity within us must develop its own integral perfection which is a period of complete fulfillment of Supramental living, fulfilling and perfecting the objective living by transforming and Divinizing it, a concentration of Comprehensive Education. This educational Synthesis also arrives at the reconciling equation between the Matter and the Spirit where (1) the existing human mind and intellect are considered as its nodus and subjective turn of phenomenal education; (2) the knowledge on the cosmic and terrestrial surface world which is the field and circumstance of physical and vital education; (3) the knowledge on the Supraterrestrial or other worldly or occult plane which is a condition and connecting hidden link and which forms the basis of intermediate Psychic and Spiritual Education and not to have the experience of the great regions of the Selves, not to know and manifest their law in ourselves is to fall short of the height and fullness of our being; (4) the knowledge and integration of the Supracosmic Reality is the highest reach of Integral Education which is the almighty source, support and highest remote origin of our existence. The Synthesis of Education can be satisfying which ends in its aim of uniting the imperfect Matter and the perfect Spirit in a liberated, ecstatic and fulfilled human existence.

In the past the theory of complete education through the Synthesis of Education was attempted with little success due to the exaggeration or exclusive importance on either of the four or in most cases the first two Schools of thought. In the recent development of Integral Education, all the four stairs of human development have been fully recognized as the knowledge within the power and capacity of humanity and attempted within the framework of its existing infrastructure. The perfect learning of secret of existence through material Science, Arts and Literature is to be rightly related with the limited superficial enjoyment of existence, material success and satisfaction of human desire. This objective entry into opulence of existence must take a subjective turn and search for unlimited source of beyond sense enjoyments and seeking towards the Knowledge of the One and finally discovery of the Knowledge of the One is to be rightly related with the knowledge of the Many and movement towards the source, the Supracosmic existence, from which the unending riches of the Spirit will pour down on the Matter to bring completeness of Integral Education.

So we can define Education in its totality beginning with the surface mental, surface vital and surface physical education which builds strong material foundation. Behind it there is large ocean of subtle mental, subtle vital and subtle physical Education extending over all life. At its core there is true mental, true vital and true physical being. Then behind these planes there are still greater planes of Psychic, Spiritual and Supramental worlds, whose dynamisation can lead towards entry into the dark subconscient sheath and discovery of subconscient Self, which is identified as another important achievement ‘whose priceless value could have saved the world.’ Then subsequently entry into inconscient sheath and discovery of Inconscient Self is identified as the one of the last and most profound spiritual experience, ‘the grand solution’ in which the height of mortal effort ends. All these worlds and planes have their influence on our earthly substance and can mould the earthly living into Divine living and Divine perfection. Our objective is to establish an equal fourfold concentration of Education or to explore all the planes of Consciousness and call down their full manifestation in our earthly life. We will realize that the Spirit is not only the cause, supporting power and indwelling principle of the Matter but also its material and sole material. In this context the present approach of surface phenomenal Education with its unequal concentration can be considered as right beginning.

Integral Education foresees the immediate inclusion of all students to the exposure of higher Subliminal, Psychic and Spiritual Education and can include Supramental Education after much arduous self-conquest and self exceeding, at the end of many long and trying stages of difficult self-education of Nature. They can follow and verify in themselves deeper Spiritual experiences, only when they have acquired the capacity to follow the inner method, confirmed by regular experiment, practical analysis and constant verification as they have trained now their mind to follow the mathematics and difficult operations scientific truths. Spiritual force can take possession of the mere students and Truth shall dictate their life, thought, effort, endeavour and action and a spontaneous truth awareness, truth-will, truth feeling, truth movement and truth action can then be the integral part of his education.


About the Author
S. A. Maa Krishna, M.A, M.Ed., is the Founder of The Mother’s International Center Trust, The Mother’s Ideal Integral School and Sri Matriniketan Ashram.

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