Sri Aurobindo Foundation for Indian Culture (SAFIC) conducted a two-day programme with teachers and educationists on some of the interesting and unique aspects of Indian Culture and Sanskrit. There were 8 teacher-participants from four different schools under the aegis of the AuroSchools of Sri Aurobindo Society, including Mirambika School for New Age (Bengaluru), Sri Aurobindo Centre of New Education (Jodhpur), Sri Aurobindo International School (Patiala) and Sri Aurobindo School of Integral Education (Chandigarh).
The various topics covered in these two days included:
• Introduction to Indian Culture and Sanskrit
• Activities Undertaken by SAFIC
• The Scientific Nature of the Sanskrit Language
• The Legacy of Our Ancestors
• Introduction to the Scriptures
• Significance of the Mantra
• Avadhana—the Ancient Art of Multiple Concentration
• Learning through Ancient Indian Games
In each of these sessions, the aim was to bring out elements of Indian Culture that could be implemented by the different participants in the various subjects that they taught—may it be English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies or Sanskrit. Thus, by trying to integrate the scientific and spiritual knowledge of our rich and ancient past into the present-day education system one can hope to inspire the youth of India.
This two-day programme is only the beginning of a long-term project that has been initiated towards the development of curriculum and teaching modules so as to integrate aspects of Indian Culture into the syllabus of the various schools spread across the county, with the support of facilitators from Sri Aurobindo Society.