This paper was presented at
Psychology: The Indian Contribution
National Conference on
Indian Psychology, Yoga and Consciousness
organised by the Indian Council of Philosophical Research
at the Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education
Pondicherry, India, 10-13 December 2004

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Learning to live: An overview of Jeevan Vidya

Anuradha Joshi — Society for the Integrated Development of the Himalayas, Mussoorie.

This paper gives an overview of Jeevan Vidya which propounds sahastitva or harmony within oneself and with the entire existence. It is in three parts: (a) How the choice of our categorisations and assumptions impact our drishti; (b) Jeevan Vidya: a process of swa-tantrata (being in harmony with oneself), and swa-rajya( living in harmony with others). It is a process of knowing oneself and through that knowingof the entire existence, recognising ones relation with every unit in existence and fulfilling it. It is about understanding human conduct, human character, and living accordingly. It results in samadhan or solutions at the individual level, samridhi or prosperity at the level of the family, trust and courage at the level of society, and sah-astitva or harmony at the level of existence ; and (c) The impact of the concepts of Jeevan Vidya on education in terms of how it has helped the student to relate better to the self, to the body, to the family, to nature, to society and to the entire existence.

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