Where the mind is without fear………….
It is 5:00 a.m. in the morning. I am watching the sun rise from the window and sipping coffee leisurely. Next to my apartment is a beautiful expanse of green. My work is yet to begin. I take a deep breath of the cold, morning air and feel a sense of freedom encompass me. It is said that the quality of your life depends on one thing -freedom. Freedom is the basic foundation which gives you the choice, the choice to have an option, the choice to have an identity, the choice to lead the life the way you want to; and ultimately this all boils down to the education you choose to receive in your life.
All over the world today, there is a cry for a new world order, a new life; cry from souls seeking peace and their hearts full of aspirations for a better future. Today, a new age is dawning and it is freedom that will open the door to a new age. A complete education in today’s modern times addresses the whole student, enabling him or her to make decisions based on knowledge and skills and in support of social and moral values. Hence, as Educators, our core responsibility is to provide an environment that engages our students in learning. Such an environment does not result simply from putting in place particular physical features, although these contribute an environment for learning. Rather, it results from attending to the behaviours and attitudes behind these and also the values behind such attitudes- that foster learning. Another way of saying this is that an environment for learning is the result of a culture for learning- and such a culture is the result of everything we do, think and believe.
The highest form of living is to live freely, with a clear conscience. A clear conscience dear children, comes only when you have nothing to hide and nothing to avoid. Then only you have nothing to fear. So have a transparent life. Attain freedom by embracing the purity of truth, by being the best in whatever you do and by growing in maturity and deepening your faith in the positivity of life.
Education and freedom go hand in hand transforming the lives of both the teachers and the students. Education is the movement from the darkness of slavery to the freedom of light. It gives the power to explore, challenge and change the world. But with liberty comes the burden of exercising it rightly and wisely. Ultimately universal brotherhood springs from freedom of education and equality. A closed educational system will not allow the freedom of growing and maturing. So, children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom.
Young people must take it upon themselves to ensure that they receive the highest education possible, so that they can represent us well in the future as our future leaders. The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you. It is a lifelong investment and only the educated are free.
I have a dream that one day my children will live in a world that will be free from oppression and sadness. So let us all take a pledge to liberate ourselves from all the unclean thoughts and deeds, evils and laziness, anger and bitterness and walk towards the door of freedom. Let us make our education our most powerful weapon to bring peace and make India a truly successful nation.
………. into that heaven of freedom,
My father, let my country awake.
Anand Kumar Tripathi