This paper was presented at
Psychology: The Indian Contribution
National Conference on
Indian Psychology, Yoga and Consciousness
organised by the Indian Council of Philosophical Research
at the Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education
Pondicherry, India, 10-13 December 2004

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A Teacher's words: Motivation a perfect key for self-knowledge and self-development.

Gargi Singh Chauhan & Jigisha Shastri — Maharaja Syajirao University, Baroda.

In Sri Aurobindo’s view, teachers are portrayed as the backbone of education. Amongst the four principles of true teaching of Sri Aurobindo, the first principle emphasizes on the change in the attitude of teachers. The very first step for attitude change as suggested by the Mother is to evoke the human from within. The present paper is webbed around the philosophy of Sri Aurobindo “to strengthen ones inner self for self development”. The paper reports the proceedings of a workshop conducted with a group of preschool and primary teachers of Aga Khan School at Sidhpur, Gujarat. It aimed at enhancing self-knowledge of the participant group, in order to attain a higher level of self-consciousness, thus leading to overall self-development. The seven-day workshop focused on linkages between the vital, mental, and psychic components of our personality. The paper details the exercises carried out as part of the process, and impact of the workshop on the teachers.

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