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Bhavan's Faith

Let me once more set forth the Bhavan's faith, for the benefit of new students and members, for it is necessary that they should understand it clearly and imbibe its spirit.

The Bhavan stands for the reintegration of Indian Culture.

In a world falling to pieces under the impact of an amoral technological avalanche, it tries to hold fast to the fundamental values for which our culture stands RITA, SATYA, YAJNA and TAPAS.

FAITH in God who forms the Cosmic Order.

TRUTH which is accord between mind, word and deed.

DEDICATION which offers all movements of life as an offering to God.

SUBLIMATION which purifies the body and transmutes instinets, passions and emotions into things of beauty.

This regardless of forms and doctrines, is Dharma, the threefold aspects of which are SATYAM, SHIVAM, SUNDARAM-Truth, Love and Beauty.

For these values our forefathers lived and died. So did Sri Ramakrishna Parmahamsa, Swami Dayananda, Swami Vivekananda, Gandhiji and Sir Aurobindo among the moderns.

These values are embedded in our national outlook.

We command the respect of the world because of them.

We can look forward to the future with confidence only because they have the vitality which gives the power to vindicate their validity, even in this fear and avarice - ridden age of ours.

We the Bhavan's family, whether it is the smaller one or the larger one, must make every effort in restoring an awareness of these values in our personal and collective life.

K.M. Munshi

What Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan stands for

  • Bharatiya Shiksha must ensure that no promising young Indian of Character having faith in Bharat and her culture should be left without modem educational equipment by reason merely want of funds.

  • Bharatiya Shiksha must be formative more, than informative, and cannot have for its end mere acquisition of knowledge. Its legitimate sphere is not only to develop natural talents but so to shape them as to enable them to absorb and express the permanent values of Bharatiya Vidya.

  • Bharatiya Shiksha must take into account not only the full growth of a student's personality but the totality of his relations and lead him to the highest self-fulfillment of which he is capable.

  • Bharatiya Shiksha must involve at some stage or other intensive study of Sanskrit or Sanskritic languages and their literature, without excluding if so, desired, the study or other languages and literature ancient and modem.

  • The re-integration of Bharatiya Vidya, which is the primary object of Bharatiya Shiksha, can only be attained through study of forces, movements, motives, ideas, forms and art of creative life-energy through which it has expressed itself in different ages as a single continuous process.

  • Bharatiya Shiksha must stimulate the student's power of expression, both written and oral, as every stage in accordance with the highest ideals attained by the great literary masters in the intellectual and moral spheres.

  • The techniques of Bharatiya Shiksha must involve:

  • The adoption by the teacher of the Guru attitude which consists in taking a personal interest in the student; inspiring and encouraging him to achieve distinction in his studies; entering into his life with a view to forming ideals and removing psychological obstacles; and creating in him a spirit of consecration; and

  • The adoption by the student of the Shishya attitude by the development of:
  •    a) Respect for the teacher

       b) Spirit of inquiry.

       c) Spirit of service towards the teacher, the institution, Bharath and Bharatiya Vidya.

  • The ultimate aim of Bharatiya Shiksha is to teach the younger generation to appreciate and live up to the permanent values of Bharatiya Vidya which flow from the supreme art of creative life - energy as represented by Sri Ramachandra, Sri Krishna, Vyasa, Buddha and Mahavira, who have expressed by themselves in modern times in the life of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Swami Dayananda Saraswathi, Swami Vivekananda, Sri Aurobindo and Mahatma Gandhi.

  • Bharatiya Shiksha while equipping the student with every kind of scientific and technical training must teach the student not to sacrifice an ancient form or attitude to an unreasoning passion for change; not to retain a form or attitude which in the light of modern times can be replaced by another form or attitude which is a truer and more effective expression of the spirit of Bharatiya Vidya; and to capture the spirit afresh for each generation to present it to the world.