The Collective Role of Religion & Education in Promoting the Power in Man: The Legacy of Swami Vivekananda


The indissoluble linkage between the Religion and Education, as suggested long years back by Swami Vivekananda, a great religious teacher and an eminent educationalist of India, is perhaps the only way to combat the present and gradual degradations of human lives on earth. For him, education is nothing but religion and religion is the pure form of education. Education is not merely stuffing some facts into the brain, but, as suggested by Swamiji, should aim at reforming the human mind. “Education is the manifestation of the perfection already in man” - the basic purpose of education is “Man-making”, i.e. the total development of human personality, which includes, religious, moral, spiritual, mental, and physical development of a person. Again, he interpreted religion as “the manifestation of the divinity already in man”. He found religion as a universal experience of Transcendent Reality which is common to all humanity. For him, religion was neither only talk or doctrine or theory, nor merely a bundle of rites and of dogmas. To him, religion is “Self-realization”, as he said, “it is being and becoming.” Thus in synthesis, in his view, both education and religion seek to emancipate man. They mutually aim at achieving self-realization through cultivating the absolute truth and goodness. Religion and education with these collective efforts lead a person towards Completeness by promoting within himself the infinite power of oneness among the many, and enabling him in believing the power of universal brotherhood by harmonizing the person with to the ultimate Truth.

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Madhuchhanda Bhattacharyya (Chatterjee), Maulana Azad College, India

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Conference: ECERP2015
Stream: Religion - Religion and Education

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