The goal of education is not to create a generation only capable of understanding the language of machines. A basic premise of holistic education is the belief that our lives have a meaning and purpose greater than the mechanistic laws described by science, and greater than the ‘consensus consciousness’ of any one culture. It is important to create a balance between the external and the internal, the body and the soul. Hence spiritual understanding and material knowledge both go hand in hand.
The Taittriya Upanishad explains the concept of Pancha Kosha where it is believed that the individual spirit (Atman) operates through five bodies namely – Annamaya Kosha – The Food Sheath, Pranamaya Kosha – The Vital Sheath, Manomaya Kosha – The Mental Sheath, Vijnanamaya Kosha – The Intellectual Sheath, and Anandamaya Kosha – The Bliss Sheath. The Pancha kosha philosophy helps you to understand who you are. With this knowledge, you can transcend the grosser layers of your being, tuning into the subtle aspects of your personality, refining your behavior, and ultimately gaining knowledge of your true self.
However, Little attempt has been made by educational institutions to incorporate spirituality into their curriculum.
At SOIL, we consider spirituality as symptomatic of a child’s development. The entire teaching curriculum has been designed and curated with Pancha Kosha being the core influence. Our teachers and leaders are committed to understand and permeate the spiritual dimensions of education in their respective teaching methodology.
With great focus on Leadership skills and its impact on student development both inwards and outwards which further result in shaping leaders of consequence, Soil offers unique practices which enable students to find their own “purpose and calling”, “discover their gifts” and learn how to transcend their fears so as to leverage their strengths to overcome their “development areas.”
We list down some of the spirituality practices followed at SOIL in pursuit of creating Inspired Leaders: