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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Self awareness of the teacher develops holistic approach to education: J.Krishnamurtis perspective on education
Aruna Mohan St. Jospehs College of Education for Women, Guntur.
Education as of today helps one to earn a livelihood and to be successful in ones job, but is unable to develop good, happy and healthy human beings. Krishnamurti proposes learning about ones own inward nature and psychological structure - observing ones own movements of mind, thoughts, feelings, fears - along with learning about the outer world, as an obvious necessity for changing the human condition. Primarily, the teacher is to be aware of the forms of his own conditioning which block his originality and holistic understanding. Self-aware teachers understand that every human being represents the whole of humanity and that psychological freedom facilitates learners to examine their fears, prejudices, traumas etc., and to be free of them. If the teacher is neither authoritative nor imposing, but points out to the learners facts of both inward and outward life, true development is facilitated. When the external and internal are harmonized, when the scientific spirit and true religious spirit are harmonized, humanity flourishes. Such a modality of education leads to transcendence because it emphasizes truth in everyday life and relationships, which reflects love, understanding, and learning out of intelligence.
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