“Make of us the hero warriors we aspire to become. May we fight successfully the great battle of the future that is to be born, against the past that seeks to endure; so that the new things may manifest and we may be ready to receive them.” Student’s Prayer Given By The Mother
It is hoped that the integral education provided at this Centre would provide the best possible opportunity to a growing human soul to become conscious of, and effectively do, what it came on the earth to do.
The parents who have arranged beforehand that their child shall develop particular qualities, capacities, ideas, virtues or be prepared for a prearranged career would find this Centre entirely alien to their purpose. On the other hand, parents who are interested in the fullest and an all-round development of their child in harmony with the truth of his being may find the Centre truly suited to their need. But what the Centre looks for are the children whose parents are open to the Divine and who (children) have the potential to realize and manifest the Divine in their lives or who at least can significantly benefit by their stay here in their journey towards the true Goal.
The new academic session begins every year from 15th August, for children aged between 6 and 12 years. Admissions are open throughout the year.
(i) Preliminary Selection:
It is done on the basis of information contained in the application form and other details furnished by the parents or guardians. Children who are selected would be asked to come for a personal interview with their parent or guardian.
(ii) Personal Interview:
A child who comes with a parent or a guardian for a personal interview will be asked to stay at the Centre for at least a few days or a little longer. After this the child may be selected for a longer stay of about a year or so after which it may be easier for all concerned to come to a decision about permanent admission to the Centre. To avoid hardships we try to call for a personal interview only those who we feel have a very good chance of being selected for a longer stay.
Note: When a child is selected for a longer stay in the centre, the parents/gaurdians have to furnish him/her with the essential items necessary for his/stay, a list of which has been prepared by the centre. (Download the list )
About the teachers at the Centre
The purpose for which this Centre has been established is to provide the best possible conditions for the growth of human nature into the divine Nature. All that interferes with the performance of this task will not find any place in this Centre. Accordingly, the teaching community will consist entirely of only those persons who have or at least show the potential to develop a conscious aspiration for the Divine and who see their work in the Centre as the best means of fulfilling this aspiration.
Certificates and degrees
Since such a difficult and sublime task is not even conceivable within the framework of government rules and regulations, no attempt will be made to seek government recognition for the work of the Centre or for the degrees or diplomas that it may choose to award. Therefore, parents who look for government recognized degrees and diplomas for their children will not find this Centre suitable to their purpose.
Medium of instruction — Languages
The medium of instruction will be English. At present there are facilities for the teaching of English, Hindi and Sanskrit. It is hoped that in future the facilities will be available for the teaching of other Indian and foreign languages.
Residential and intensive education
The Centre is entirely residential with the exception of a few local day students. Since the process of integral education has to be continuous and all-inclusive, a common residence for students and teachers is necessary so that education, both for students and teachers, may not be confined to a set number of hours but may continue all the time. It is hoped that the spirit of the atmosphere prevailing in such a setting will be such that all tasks will be done with an aspiration to learn more and more and to overcome imperfections in one’s nature so as to make it fit to manifest the real truth of one’s being. Since teaching and self-culture will not be one of the activities but the only activity of interest to the teachers of the Centre, a higher technology of education shall begin to come into operation as the teachers grow in self-surrender to the Divine. This will result in a manifold increase in the depth, intensity and volume of education that shall spontaneously take place in such a setting.
In our Centre we have provisions for vacations for only 2-3 weeks in a year and the vacations may be given at any time according to the parent’s/guardian’s and Centre’s mutual convenience.
We give total freedom to a child in our Centre and when a child is mature enough, he/she is free to take decision on his/her own and decide whether he/she wants to continue to stay at the Centre or not. We expect that the parents would not interfere with the child’s decision and would let the child decide freely. We respect the child’s free wishes in all such matters and would like the parents to do the same.
Note: After a student finishes middle school, if the Centre feels that he/she may or may not be able to make the spiritual ideal the governing ideal of his/her life, the student will be encouraged and helped to appear as a private candidate in the High School Examination conducted by the Board of Secondary Education, Ajmer, Rajasthan and then join a regular educational institution if he/she so wishes any time in future.
For admission form and more details please write to:
Sri Aurobindo Divine Life Education Centre
Mira Ambica Bhawan, Khetan Mohalla
Jhunjhunu – 333 001, Rajasthan, India
Tel. (01592) 237428