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Topic: Education

Reading Complexity: Easy
“I’m taking some good courses in college.” “That’s great. Tell me about some of them.” I cradle the phone on my shoulder as I help Jahnu, my three- year-old grandson, settle down to his lunch. Sitting next to him, I listen as a graduate of our school tells me about his classes, teachers, and life in general. “What about all those classes you took in that university overseas?” I ask. “Oh, credit...
Reading Complexity: Easy
Caring for children in the service of the Lord is a great blessing, a gift from the Lord given out of mercy. One can hardly claim to deserve such a gift, whether by educational achievements, spiritual dedication, or even just the willingness to do the work. A blessing? Sure, children can be smiling and glowing, but just as often they’re fighting and moping. Their growth in knowledge and skills,...
Reading Complexity: Easy
Three adults are taking a group of children on an educational excursion, and the “no’s” begin. “Don’t climb on that fence!” “Stop putting your hand in your nose!” “Please stop hitting Vishakha!” “You’re making too much noise!” A lot of instruction about what not to do. Educator Michael Grinder calls telling someone what not to do a “double message.” He compares it to telling someone, “Don’t think...
Reading Complexity: Easy
Once, some weeks went by when Srila Prabhupada was not writing as much as usual. When a disciple asked him if something was wrong, Prabhupada replied that every endeavor has periods of activity and relaxation. We parents and teachers who guide and care for children in Krishna consciousness must consider our need to relax, recharge, and get spiritual nourishment. Otherwise, we’ll become exhausted...
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The year is full of holidays and special events unrelated to spiritual life. Even in India, where Janmashtami, the anniversary of Krishna’s divine birth, is a general festival, many other days are dedicated to the country or some ordinary, materialistic person. Outside of India, festival days sometimes even focus on demonic beings such as witches. National holidays, and even religious festivals...
Reading Complexity: Medium
What We See and Think Of, We Become When our oldest son, Madhava, was small, he had few toys—some blocks, some clay. We never had a television or a video player, so he played with his toys in imitation of what he saw—worship of Krishna, chanting of His names, initiation ceremonies, bathing of the Deity. Today, having grown up without television, he has transformed his childhood play into adult...