Our Philosophy at
“sa vidya tan matir yaya” – is a statement in Srimad Bhagavatam by Srila Narada Muni. This is similar to the statement in Upanishad which states “sa vidya ya vimuktaye” – meaning, That is education which stops the repetition of the birth and death cycle.. Liberation is the first step to Krishna consciousness and education is meant to gradually uplift the students to this position. The culture of Srimad Bhagavatam is therefore the highest education. This conclusion is corroborated by the statement – “vidya bhagavatavadhi”.
- The purpose of education is to stop the cycle of birth and death (sa vidya yavimuktaye). That is called as education with can train an individual to always remember Sri Krsna (savidya tan-matiryaya, SB 4.29.49) and never forget Him (yenakenaprakaren atma krsna nivesayet, sarvevidhi-nisedhah syuretayorevakinkaram; Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu 1.2.4).
- The goal of KCShiksha education is to culture the 18 principles of knowledge in children (Bg 13.8-12).
- The main source of curriculum for KCShiksha education comes from the 18 sources of knowledge (astadasavidyasthanani). We shall include NIOS syllabus for certification purposes only.
- The basis of KCShiksha education is surrender to Guru and learn while rendering favorable service to Guru (Guru susrusaya vidya; na susrusa sisya nadhiyita acaryepi nadhyapayet)
- The outcome of KCShiksha education is to facilitate the graduates to get trained to take up an honest livelihood either as a Brahmana, Ksatriya or as a Vaisya (or even as a Sudra after basic common education).
- The training at KCShiksha should provide an opportunity for the students to realize Krsna consciousness through practice of vaidhi sadhana bhakti through submissive enquiry and service – tad viddhipranipatenapariprasnenasevaya. Thus aid them to get purified from their own anarthas – cetodarpanamarjanam.
- To students at KCShiksha will be encouraged to live simple which is just comfortable so that brahmacarya is practiced and hearing from Guru helps in assimilation of the learning [sukharthi cet tyajed vidyam vidyarthi cet tyajet sukham | sukharthinah kuto vidya sukham vidyarthinah kutah, (Canakya Niti Darpana, 10.3)]
- The faculties at KCShiksha who is sincerely practicing devotional service for a long time has deeply studied and assimilated the conclusions of the scriptures and able to teach them by own example and by discourses according to the abilities of the students shall be chosen [Acinoti yah satrartham acare sthapayaty api, svayam acarate yasmad acaryas tena kirtitah, (Vayu Purana)].
- The success at KCShiksha will be measured when each of the Gurukula student is given time to develop relationship with Guru [anyonya svabhava jnataya tayor vatsara vasanam (Hari Bhakti Vilasa, 1.74)]; cared for their educational needs, material needs and spiritual needs (acaryam sa guru sa mata jneyam); evaluated for their learning [apariksyopadistam yal loka-nasaya tad bhavet (Brahma Vaivarta purana, Bhakti Sandarbha, 11.03.203)]; observed for their abilities and carefully assigned tasks based on those abilities (na niyojyasca vah sisya aniyoge mahabhaye (Mahabharata, Santi parva, 327.47, 48); and expertly use chastisement with words and later by light nudge at the back with a bamboo stick and never by hand, leg or other methods (sisyasistirava tadayata bhartsanadibhih asaktau rajjuvenudalena va hastapadadina krodhena na ghnan)
- The pedagogy uses the philosophy that 25% of grasping of knowledge happens by listening to the Guru, next 25% by self-study by the students, next 25% by teaching and discussing with the peer students and the final 25% automatically over a period of time (acaryat padamadatte padam sisyah svamedhaya, padam sabrahmacaribhyah padah kalena pacyate); and provide holidays or non-teaching days which allow for self-study to happen on the parva days (Amavasya, Purnima, 2 Caturdasi, 2 Astami).
- The principle of Gurukula is to develop reverence towards Vaisnavas, Sri Krsna and Cows [vipragovinda gavisvaranam bhaktih, (SB 6.7.24)]