While technology may appear to be a gift of human development, it has brought about many hazards. The dependency on technology has transformed natural life into a plastic one, where emotions, out-of-the-box thinking, and zeal have all been constrained by the ease of access methods, thereby avoiding natural growth.

Similarly, the modern education system has the potential to restrict the natural curiosity and exploration of students. Instead of nurturing well-rounded individuals with a sense of social responsibility, we often prioritize job skills, creating barriers that impede the natural growth of people’s abilities and skills.

The ancient Gurukul system, which produced well-rounded individuals like Chatrapati Shivaji, Maharana Pratap & Prithviraj Chauhan, offers a compelling alternative. Bapuji established modern Gurukuls to blend the best of both worlds: traditional values and cutting-edge technology. This results in a holistic education that prioritizes strong academics alongside moral values, all while nurturing well-rounded and thriving students who achieve impressive exam results.

Modern Day Education System: A Pressure Cooker

In today’s educational landscape, there’s a concerning trend where the pursuit of personal gain is emphasized over communal well-being. Despite discussions about holistic development, the reality often falls short. Previously, only the uneducated were associated with unlawful behavior, but now we see even highly educated individuals engaging in unethical or criminal activities. This raises fundamental questions about the moral grounding provided by the education system. When moral and ethical education is overlooked, self-interest tends to take precedence over community welfare, perpetuating a cycle of individualism rather than collective growth.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) recently conducted a survey involving 72 countries and consisting of 540,000 student respondents aged 15–16 years. On average across OECD countries, 66% of students reported feeling stressed about poor grades and 59% reported that they often worry that taking a test will be difficult. The OECD further found that 55% of students feel very anxious about school testing, even when they are well prepared. As many 37% of students reported feeling very tense when studying, with girls consistently reporting greater anxiety relating to schoolwork compared to boys (OECD, 2017).

In a survey study of 128 Grade 11 students attending competitive private schools in the United States, students who reported experiencing high ongoing stress, particularly in relation to academic achievement and the tertiary education admissions process, also reported high rates of drug and alcohol use (Leonard et al., 2015). The authors report that substance use was associated with a greater desire for academic achievement, higher perceived stress, less effective coping strategies, and less closeness with parents (Leonard et al., 2015).

Gurukul Education: A boon from Sanatan 

In ancient India, the Gurukul system produced remarkable people who had a lasting impact in their areas. 

Under the direction of Sage Vasishtha, Lord Rama was the embodiment of wisdom and righteousness, consulting his Guru throughout difficult times. As a result of Guru Sandipani Rishi’s intellectual and persuasive training, Lord Krishna developed into the divine speaker of the Bhagavad Gita. 

Similarly, history contains many examples of warriors, kings and other individuals who shaped the fate of nations by gaining knowledge under the guidance of their gurus. Chattrapati Shivaji, Maharana Pratap, Prithvi Raj Chauhan, Birbal, and Tansen are a few names who left their mark in history due to their skills, administrative powers, multifaceted development, and intellect. These admirable individuals demonstrate the deep impact of a Gurukul education in developing exceptional talent and character.

Contrastingly, Hindu culture offers a structured approach to life stages through the traditional ashrams: Brahmacharya (student), Grihastha (householder), Vanaprastha (hermit or forest dweller), and Sannyasa (renunciate).

The Apastamba Dharma-sutra, an ancient Hindu text, offers guidelines for these stages, with a particular focus on Brahmacharya – the student phase dedicated to learning and spiritual growth. During this period students devote themselves entirely to intellectual and spiritual pursuits under the guidance of a Guru, a revered teacher who shapes their character and imparts knowledge.

Ultimately, the crux of Brahmacharya, as outlined in the Apastamba Dharma-sutra, is to spend a set number of years under a knowledgeable Guru while minimizing distractions to fully dedicate oneself to learning and spiritual development.

The need of the hour is an education system that incorporates Sanatan principles into current education practices, resulting in a holistic and complete approach to learning. The benefits of learning under guidance for the development of not just careers but personalities as a whole are the most important aspects required in today’s schools.

Bapuji’s Vision 

With a vision to foster a society filled with happiness and harmony, Bapuji established Sant Shri Asharam ji Gurukuls and Public schools in 1997. These institutions blend traditional spiritual knowledge with contemporary science, revolutionizing both content and instructional methods.  This innovative method actively changes the educational landscape while remaining grounded in the age-old Gurukul system. It offers students a complete path of development and enlightenment, molding them into intelligent, spiritually enlightened people.

Sant Shri Asharamji Gurukuls are embracing the future while staying true to their roots. They boast spacious classrooms equipped with cutting-edge audio-visual technology to make learning interactive and exciting. Computer and science labs provide students with hands-on experiences, while well-stocked libraries and reading rooms fuel their thirst for knowledge. 

But Gurukuls haven’t forgotten the importance of inner peace and physical well-being. Meditation and prayer halls offer a haven for reflection, while expansive playgrounds with modern sports like basketball, volleyball, and badminton keep students active and energized. This thoughtful blend of tradition and technology ensures Gurukuls continue to be powerhouses of education for the modern world.

Gurukul Education System – A Glance to Development

Today, more than forty Gurukuls are in operation throughout ten states in the nation, drawing inspiration from Bapu Ji. Alongside academic education, these Gurukuls are committed to instilling spirituality and strong morals in the future generation. They revive the ancient Guru-Shishya tradition, which imparts the basic principles of human life, while simultaneously providing contemporary educational facilities. 

Students practice Trikal Sandhya, Pranayama, and Yogasana on a regular basis, which promotes both mental and physical health. Additionally, regular satsang and the guidance of respected Bapuji prime their minds to identify the true source of wisdom. A student learns best in his natural language. Gurukuls impart education in mother tongue and in English. Nonetheless, the goal is to encourage 100% achievement regardless of the medium.

Major residential gurukuls are situated all across the nation. These Gurukuls offer a comfortable living, dining, and recreational space in addition to a top-notch educational program. With their state-of-the-art facilities, they guarantee a pristine environment where students can flourish both intellectually and personally.

There Non-residential schools are also run around various states across the country. 

Science and Management College offers distinct academic programs for males and females, including degree programs like BA, BCom, BSc, BBA, and BCA.
The teachings of Pujya Bapu Ji’s Guru Ji have reached marginalized communities, enriching their lives spiritually and academically. Through the Gurukul method, children in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, and Orissa are taught spiritual values in addition to worldly knowledge. Sarki Limdi in Gujarat, Ranapur in Madhya Pradesh, and Kotgarh in Odisha are a few examples. These areas had very poor education rates. This lack of education made people in these tribal regions vulnerable to unethical conversions. Bapuji initiated Gurukuls in these areas to enhance the overall literacy rate in these communities. Thanks to these Gurukuls, people in this area are not only gaining knowledge, but they are also able to find jobs and even become teachers in the same schools. It is said that if you want to develop a community, give them education so they can build their own path to success, and that is exactly what Gurukuls are doing here enabling people for development. Every year, a number of Gurukuls receive outstanding scores on board exams, and a number of their students excel in sports and other extracurricular activities at the state and national levels.

Gurukuls where Results Speak

Gurukuls are not just places to develop moral and cultural values; they are an amalgamation of modern-day education and other skills. It is for this reason that students of gurukuls excel in various stages of life and in various competitions. Here are some of the achievements of gurukul students:

  • Khushi Kukreja of Gurukul was the topper in CBSE Grade 12th.
  • Gurukul students claimed a place in the Limca Book of Records for creating the largest human pyramid.
  • Multiple awards and medals have been won by Gurukul students in sports and athletics.
  • Gurukul students have excelled in various competitions in science and technology

The list continues with multiple feathers on the cap of students in various fields.

Gurukuls: A step to economic equality

Gurukuls were not just places for imparting knowledge; they were gardens where flowers of all types were grown and nourished. Lord Krishna, being a prince, studied with Sudama, who was a poor Brahmin. Regardless of their economic status, Gurukuls treated everyone equally and prepared them for all phases of life.

Today, education is often based on financial status. Many high-class or so-called international schools are only accessible to wealthy students. The high fee structure of these schools makes them out of reach for middle-class families. Sant Shri Asharamji Bapu’s Gurukuls maintain social and economic equality. The nominal fee structure of these schools makes them available to everyone, with no donations, development fees, or hidden charges. This basic fee structure ensures accessibility for all.

The Gurukuls in Orissa, near tribal communities, run entirely free of cost, charging no fees to any students so that maximum children can develop their future. Such commendable initiatives contribute to creating a truly educated Bharat.

Gurukuls : leading Bharat to become Vishwaguru

The condition of modern-day society is such that corruption is prevalent at every stage. This moral deterioration has always saddened Bapuji, as he always wanted to create a society where truth, honesty, and equality prevail. Such a system can only be built when it is nurtured from the roots. Hence, Bapuji brought the vision of developing the foundation of the nation by enabling students with the right methods of education so that they can shape a better, corruption-free Bharat.

This is the reason why we have seen Pujya Bapu Ji saying publicly to modern day politicians, rule for sometime more and in the future, my children will rule to create Vishwaguru Bharat.

By holy blessings of Bapuji, this Gurukul System of Education is sure to provide the nation with many gems who will take the Country forward and show the world a way to peaceful and happy life.

Conclusion

Gurukuls, help students become people who make the world a better place. In these schools, learning is more important than money, and everyone feels hopeful about the future. Just like Bapuji wanted, Gurukuls change how students think and see the world, so they can do good things for others.

The Gurukul system offers a compelling alternative. It’s time to explore ways to break free from the pressure cooker of modern education and embrace a more nurturing approach that cultivates not just academic success, but also responsible, well-adjusted individuals.

Gurukuls are the future of Bharat and should be supported and adopted. In the past, Bharat had only the Gurukul education system, which contributed to its status as the Golden Bird and Vishwaguru. Therefore, to achieve the goal of Vishwaguru and become a fully developed nation, the Gurukul system must be the primary system of education in Bharat.

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