Dear Parents and Children,

Hari Om!

Our Pujya Swami Swaroopanandaji has given the theme for the year as “Craft Your Character.” The appropriateness of this theme is quite evident, given the condition of the society today.  The wretched situation in the country today is only because of lack of virtues among people.

Imparting character education has always been an imperative objective of our education system. We have constantly striven to teach good values and good citizenship in our class rooms. Schools cannot however, assume this responsibility alone; families, neighbourhoods, and the communities must share this task together. We must understand the need and respond to the call to build character in our children. Character education is about developing virtues and good habits, which lead students to responsible and mature adulthood. It is not a single-lesson course, or a quick-fix program, or a slogan posted on the wall; it is an integral part of school life and family life. Character education is not merely a trend; it is a fundamental dimension of a good society. We need to re-engage the hearts, minds, and hands of our children in forming their own characters, helping them "to know the good, love the good, and do the good." That when achieved, we will truly be a nation of character.

Our Pujya Guruji, in his inimitable simplicity, cautions us: “Character is like ball rolling from the top most step of a staircase. When the ball starts rolling down, you can stop it since the momentum is low; but as it gains momentum, the fall is rapid and difficult to arrest.”

Hence, we need to consciously

  • teach children the expected behavior,
  • give reminders before things go wrong and
  • get them back to track when they do go wrong.

 

Best wishes,

Shanti Krishnamurthy