Question: Sadhguru, you mentioned the Isha Home School. What is your vision in using education to produce an ideal human being? How do you balance an international standard of education along with spiritual values?
问：萨古鲁，你提到了Isha家庭（Isha Home School）学校。靠教育去创造理想的人类，您对此的愿景是什么？您如何兼顾教育的国际化标准与灵性价值观的培养？
Sadhguru: In the Isha Home School there is no spirituality taught. No spirituality at all. We don't want to bring spirituality into a child's life. We teach them some simple forms of yoga for mental and physical health, that's different. But no spirituality will be brought to them as a part of education, never, because spirituality should not be brought about like that. Maybe after they finish their education, if they want to go through a stint of three months or six months of spiritual training, they can, that's by choice. That anybody can go through.
So, this school does not try to teach any spirituality. At the same time, we want to cultivate a certain openness in the human being. See, somebody becomes or turns successfully spiritual because he has developed a certain openness about life. He has no conclusions about anything. He is willing to look at everything. This is something we cultivate in the child - that the child learns to look at every aspect of life with absolute openness without prejudice, without any religious, cultural, or any other kind of inclinations. With absolute openness he will look at every aspect of life. If that happens, whether you talk spirituality to him or you don't, he will anyway turn spiritual. Spirituality will be a natural part of his life, not something that he pursues by going to an ashram or some other place. It will be just a natural part of his life, because he has developed a certain openness to every aspect of life; actually education was supposed to be like that right from the beginning. The very purpose of educating people is to broaden their horizons, isn't it? But you tell me, as people are getting educated are they broadening their horizons or are they becoming very narrow?
See, just fifty years ago, everywhere in the world people lived in large families; in India there still are such families. Three hundred, four hundred people lived in one house, huge families. There was no big problem, you know? They knew how to adjust with each other and go on, because four hundred people living in one place is a challenge. That's what the ashram is. Now we're back into that old system of being one large family; and this is even more challenging because there are different types of people from different cultures, different languages, different attitudes, different likes and dislikes. Living together like this, without friction needs enormous maturity and a very broad way of looking at life, otherwise you cannot.
But just see now, as modern education came, slowly we cannot even live with our own parents anymore. We just thought husband, wife, children - this is the family. But now, in the last fifteen-twenty years even that is going away. Family means just you. Your husband has to live in a separate house, you in a separate house, together you won't last ten days. Children have to be there separately. In one place even two, three people cannot live together, isn't it? This is what education has done to you. It has not broadened your horizons. It somewhere made you so narrow and individualistic.
You're no more inclusive, you're becoming very exclusive, isn't it? The inclusion is totally gone. The whole idea of educating a person is that he is just living in a narrow sphere of life - you educate him, make him know about the whole world and broaden his whole perspective of life. Education means inclusion, isn't it? But the kind of education we're imparting to the children, it is making them so highly exclusive, they can't even stand one more person in their life. See, most people have gotten themselves into situations where they cannot live with anybody anymore. So that is not just an individual phenomena, you know, it's the phenomenon of the world. It's a generational phenomenon because of the kind of education that's being imparted. So we want to impart an education which is highly inclusive, so that as you grow, you include the whole world as yourself and live, and that is spirituality. That’s why spirituality is not taught. Education itself is spirituality because education is about broadening your horizons, not about talking about God or some nonsense. We want children to grow up keeping their intelligence intact - not suppressive education - where a child's thirst to know is kindled but he's not forced to learn.
So the longing to know, the longing to learn has to be brushed up within the child, not just feeding him with enormous amount of information and expecting him to pass, pass, pass. Isha Home School is not like that. It has a very different type of structure. At the same time, by the time they are sixteen, seventeen, we will prepare them for any university in the world. They will be ready enough to get into any kind of university, according to their individual capabilities of course. Apart from that, they are fundamentally learning to live better. They are learning to handle themselves better and live better with themselves and with people around them, which is a very important factor. And people are successful in their life not because they have degrees, not because they have university certificates; it is because they're capable, isn't it? So this school is more capability-oriented, not qualification-oriented. We are seeing how to enhance the capability of the child in whatever area his natural talent is, rather than trying to just make him qualified with a certain certificate attached to him.