Since the child will be given only the food that helps to keep him healthy and provide him with the energy he needs, one must be very careful not to use food as a means of coercion and punishment. And when a child has been made to undergo, for a number of years, a methodical training which is more like cramming than true schooling, it is considered that whatever is necessary for his mental development has been done. Hence, through education purity of senses is to be achieved before any development is possible. There are many parents who, on the contrary, push their child to constant activity. The idea of hammering the child into the shape desired by the parent or teacher is a barbarous and ignorant superstition.
He should not try to handover any information as spoon feeding. He should help the child to unfold his latent power 2. In the cradle, the baby should sleep longer than he remains awake. In this way many bad habits will be avoided and many harmful influences eliminated. Only a discerning affection that is firm yet gentle and an adequate practical knowledge will create the bonds of trust that are indispensable for you to be able to educate your child effectively.
Les principes des anciens systèmes se combinent : la voie de la Connaissance, par le mental qui apprend à discerner entre la Réalité et les apparences, la voie du Coeur, qui est celle de la dévotion, de l'amour et de la soumission, et la voie des Oeuvres, où la volonté se détourne des motifs d'intérêt personnel pour se diriger vers la Vérité et le service d'une Réalité plus grande que celle de l'ego. Each one must, so to say, trace out his own path through his own difficulties. Aurobindo also believed that there is Brahma in everybody, there is innate power inside the man and education would enable man to discover the same. Even during the waking hours, relaxation is indispensable for all who want to maintain their nervous balance. This largely affects the teaching and learning process, and causes harm to the learners in direct or indirect ways.
And if you want to make the totality of your thoughts into a dynamic and constructive force, you must also take great care as to the choice of the central idea of your mental synthesis; for upon that will depend the value of this synthesis. In early life, until he is twelve or fourteen, the child's mind is hardly open to abstract notions and general ideas. From this realization, Sri Aurobindo began writing volumes of scholarly works on social ills and philosophical positions on political policies while developing a metaphysical idealism of Ultimacy. This last transformation will only occur visibly when the inner states of being have already been considerably transformed. When the child remains quiet, they imagine that he is ill.
To see that her thoughts are always beautiful and pure, her feelings always noble and fine, her material surroundings as harmonious as possible and full of a great simplicity - this is the part of education which should apply to the mother herself. A young child should aspire for beauty, not for the sake of pleasing others or winning their admiration, but for the love of beauty itself; for beauty is the ideal which all physical life must realise. He does not actually train the pupil's mind, he only shows him how to perfect his instruments of knowledge. In contrast with the types of education we have mentioned previously, which progress from below upwards by an ascending movement of the various parts of the being, the supramental education will progress from above downwards, its influence spreading from one state of being to another until at last the physical is reached. Sri Aurobindo considers free and natural growth to be the condition of genuine development. Never complain of the behaviour of anyone, unless you have the power to change in his nature what makes him act in this way; and if you have the power, change him instead of complaining.
With the advent of the human species a more complex process of evolution was set in motion. Then you will stand erect, freed from all chains, and instead of advancing laboriously under the weight of circumstances imposed upon you by Nature, which you had to endure and bear if you did not want to be crushed by them, you will be able to walk on, straight and firm, conscious of your destiny, master of your life. This faculty of observation can be developed by varied and spontaneous exercises, making use of every opportunity that presents itself to keep the child's thought wakeful, alert and prompt. There was perhaps a time when a romantic and morbid taste for physical unbalance prevailed; but, fortunately, that tendency has disappeared. And if, in the intensity of concentration, it becomes necessary not to think at all, all mental vibration can be stilled and an almost total silence secured. Must not have any sense of essential superiority over his students nor preference or attachment whatsoever for one or the other.
From beyond the frontiers of form a new force can be evoked, a power of consciousness which is as yet unexpressed and which, by its emergence, will be able to change the course of things and give birth to a new world. It is he himself who must be induced to expand in accordance with his own nature. It is true that this concentration on external things is very useful, provided that it is done in the proper way. The experience is essentially the same, if it is sincere; it is only the words and phrases in which it is formulated that differ according to the belief and the mental education of the one who has the experience. Still, a few explanations on points of detail can be given.
But, as I have already said, the path to that realisation is long and difficult, strewn with snares and problems to be solved, which demand an unfailing determination. Certain traditions say that this dissolution happens inevitably within twenty days of the total identification. The art of resting one's mind is something to be acquired. When your child asks you a question, do not give him a stupid or silly answer under the pretext that he cannot understand you. The schooling that is usually given can, at the most, serve as a system of gymnastics to increase the suppleness of the brain. It is God's arrangement that they should belong to a particular nation, age, society, that they should be children of the past, possessors of the present, creators of the future. His academic interest was interdisciplinary in scope: political science, education, sociology, psychology and philosophy.
One knows well only what one has understood. Shri Aurobindo has emphasized that without moral and emotional development only, mental development becomes harmful to human process. This will bring us quite naturally to the second phase of development in which the mind should be widened and enriched. He does not call forth the knowledge that is within; he only shows him where it lies and how it can be habituated to rise to the surface. Car alors seulement la Divinité involuée dans les choses se libérera entièrement, et la vie deviendra capable de manifester la perfection. The child must be taught as early as possible that this does not work and that he does not become more interesting by being ill, but rather the contrary.