Monday, June 24, 2013

The Road to a Better World!

Hello, Dear Parent Friends of the Web! 

Here is a touch of my wisdom... to make a difference in the tapestry of life. 

Non-Violence Begins in the Home!

Hello My Friends,

The observation of silence is an integral aspect within the scheme of 'living to learn' and 'learning to live' in my Montessori tradition. Obviously, Dr. Maria Montessori incorporated this principle to the lifestyle of her educational setting - with meaning and purpose – having been one of the greatest proponents of non-violence and its cultivation from the very inception of life.

It is apparent that she had been under the influence of Eastern philosophical wisdom, having spent a considerable portion of her life in India.

The practice of mental composure, and insight into the interconnectedness of all aspects in, and around, the drama of life - from the coarsest to the subtlest levels and tiers of being - is central to Eastern philosophical thought. I attribute Dr. Maria Montessori’s vision of cosmic education, to her  deep appreciation and admiration of this wisdom - in view of relativity and representation through interdependence; therefore, it is safe to note that her educational philosophy finds its roots embedded in this ancient wisdom. 

In Montessori’s vision, consequently, she placed due emphasis upon non-violence that must begin in the home – by means of thought, word, and deed. She saw beyond ordinary eyes of convention that humanity may be re-directed through the child who is nurtured with unbiased love - by reverence to all things in kind that make life possible.

My mother, who was fortunate enough to be closely associated with Dr. Maria Montessori (from 1943), never forgot this prudent message - of a woman who thought ahead of her time – to help parents and all mentoring adults. In Dr. Montessori’s own words, “when you swat the first fly in the presence of your child, you have set the first example of violence in the home”.

All great thinkers seamlessly and unconditionally dwell in the natural abode of humility and non-violence - shunning all walls of egoistic mind; it is my own conviction that the daily practice of mental composure within the family setting (conveniently described as meditation) is pivotal to the cultivation of a non-violent spirit of mind. 

photo credit to  'Healthy Life'

As the Dalai Lama states very simply and eloquently, our world of tomorrow may be freed from violence if and when we inculcate the good habit energy of meditation in every child.

Through my four decades of touching the lives of children along a daily routine, I have had the pleasure of this practice of 'togetherness in body and mind'. The picture above is vividly reminiscent of the beautiful and tender hearts of children I touched with loving kindness. They were truly blessed for they held body-mind composure - with patience and devotion - after each daily mid-day meal.

Begin your journey of non-violence today; begin at home with your child. I will be happy to assist you in your cause! 

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Nelunika Gunawardena Rajapakse

Let me walk you along the path of peace and grace. Humanity cries out loud for help.

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