Victims of General Education

I wonder why the 1st September hasn’t become yet an official celebration of John Amos Comenius, the author of “The Great Dedactic”, & the father of schooling as we know it. Without doubts his approach & the method were very progressive: textbooks with pictures, effective teaching according to age using from simple to more comprehensive concepts, practical application of education. As well Comenius supported the idea of making education available for poor children & women. He seemed to have foreseen the changes that would happen in a century & that he would have been well appreciated by those who would have launched a bloody wheel of the French revolution.

Education…Let’s ponder on the sense of this word & on the power it bears in itself. Antoine de Furetiere’s Dictionaire (1690) explains: “EDUCATION is a care that one takes to grow up, to raise children…a care to cultivate their Spirit either by science or by good manners…“. Some centuries after Grand Dictionnaire Universel by Pierre Larousse (1866-1877) states as follows: “Set of cares given at the young age or at more mature age too to develop physical, moral & intellectual faculties; it’s especially applied to develop the moral faculties…” And adds that a bad education can cause the ruin of many generations. At our century, when the universal schooling system is practised all over the planet, one can’t but agree with the mentioned consideration.

Strangely enough, we all are victims of general eduction. At early post French revolution times, in the beginning of the technical progress epoch the society was hungry for new & provocative, for all that could prove a man’s superiority over God. It gave a chance to John Amos Comenius & his harmful ideas to integrate easily in a devilish machine of liberty. One may be surprised with a thought that the general education might hurt & damage a personality. Well, we must state that. Not all of us at a tender age are ready to start schooling, to not of us fit for a general for-all approach, not all of us even need it. We all are different and have a personal biological time that is responsible for our development and different educational needs. The general education makes us be squeezed in artificial frames, causing a lot of troubles to a personal growth. Besides, even a good teacher is unable to give the proper attention to everybody. Certainly, there are good schools somewhere in the world that’ve managed to solve this problem & to provide perfect general education, but yet most of us suffer. Another problem of this system are subjects. We often get too much information that we will never use in our life, while the most essential we learn only with time & experience.

The modern education has a great impact on our mind. It grows people with standard thinking. It makes us cultivate standard habits & ways of life. No wonder that most of us start the Spiritual search at late age, having passed twists & turns of life nobody has ever warned us at school. And what would we replied to Mr. Comenius and his ‘The Great Dedactic” now at dawn of a post homo sapiens Age? “You’re mistaken, dear John. You’re sadly mistaken!”

Maria KethuProfumo

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The Magic Night of Queen Titania

Hurry up, my dear friends! The forest is thrilled! Oh, what a night!  All the fairy world is invited.Queen Titania is celebrating the last summer day. Deep in the forest, near a slow motioned stream, on a wide clearing next to Queen’s Floral palace it will take place. There is so much fuss over preparation: lightning bugs are switching on scented campanula garlands, grasshoppers, bees & bugs are tuning string instruments & flutes, fairies are rehearsing dances, while dwarfs & other tiny creatures are busy with the stage making & the table arranging. Everybody is very exciting & hopes that clouds won’t hide the Moon & stars.  The new year party under the moonlight is so bewitching.

Right after midnight Queen Titania & King Oberon will appear in their butterfly chariot under pleasant sounds of bells made from silver lily-of-the-valley flowers. Queen will bless the gathered fairies with her golden flower magic stick and so the party will begin. What joy it will be! What fun! Fairies will make a round & will dance until the morning, starting a new nature cycle. Their tiny fragile bodies with sparkling wings will awake fresh energies. Their ringing subtle voices will call winter to come & to plunge the world into a deep frosty dream. Covered with bitter scents of ripe fruits, early autumn herbs & late summer flowers tiny forest creatures will move the course of Time to a new direction and some Titania’s fragrant spell will shed on the world around, giving us peace, hope & powers to create.

Maria KethuProfumo

 

 

 

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How Old Is Your Soul?

We’ve got used to perceive age from a terrestrial point of view. All of us are squeezed into the frames of artificial Time, that on the one hand helps not to get lost in season trains and on the other  has nothing to do with the Universe flow of life. Staying on Earth we have to obey the planet schedule, though the age of our physical body is too often doesn’t correspond to our Soul’s one. When we’re young it’s not easy to understand who is more mature, who is less, for the youth is always crazy & calls to make extravagant things. However having entered the maturity we can easily discover that something is getting wrong: some people keep the joy of spirit & enjoy the life, while the others become gloomy & prefer loneliness. I suppose they are signs that our Soul has its age too.

In fact, it must do! Everything bears, gets mature and old, even Time itself. Soul is not an exception. Another point is how long these phases last. Who knows how many centuries we stay indeed children. What happens to our Soul when it becomes young or gets completely old…Though I doubt that there are too many old Souls in the Universe yet. 🙂

If we consider our own Soul, I’m sure it will hint us its true age. And we should keep it in mind, knowing that our essence is unable to be younger or older. It’s as it’s in the very moment of life. And may be the Universe celebrates our Soul’s birthday that very instance moving us to a new stage of our personal development!… One can hardly guess what’s going on up there in the Milky way sparkling in festive star lights. One can only feels it in his bosom.

Maria Kethuprofumo

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Old Mirrors: Windows with Forgotten Views

Old mirrors are full of mysteries. They reign in great halls & galleries, reflecting faded beauty of the old days. They have seen all the shades of human nature, glory & misery, wisdom & foolishness of mankind. And praised be craftsmen who have made them: perhaps, they could hardly imagined that their works would last over centuries and would be so lucky to become famous & very wise.

These gorgeous glasses, absorbed layers of real Time, always keep the air of their original view. No matter how many years have passed, no matter if they have never been moved, this first cheerful meeting with the world might be easily read in their reflections. They are tunnels connecting us with alive History, for there are so many ones interested to look in a mirror and we face their shades constantly whenever we are in front. The feeling of uneasiness mixed with curiosity fills the heart. Why won’t the mirror  tell about them? What if  once I had been among this crowd.. for there are so many lives we pass on Earth! Who knows where I’ve left my footprints…And what is it: to see your own reflection through Time, to meet with yourself many centuries after? Does it mean to resurrect a particle of your own History or to run our personal Time in a new direction?

Sometimes the old mirrors are covered with a black veil. As if they wish to hide something from us. As if they want to save a bit of the forgotten view only for themselves. We should respect their choice and if we’re eager to learn at least the essence of their secret, we could reconstruct the picture ourselves.

Old mirrors…I guess there is something similar in other Universes & dimensions. Our Creator must have made a lot of them & enjoys watching us. I wonder, what appeared first: the world or a mirror reflecting it?

Maria KethuProfumo

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Memories of The Tree

My tree, I cry for you! For you’re a true mute witness of Time. I admire with your stature that seems to touch Heaven, with your strong branches and leaves History of the world written on. Your glorious shadow contains so many secrets of the Far Past and the Rapidly Vanishing Present that I wish I could stay under it for ever to learn, to realize and to bear in my memory some wisdom. Your roots are so deep that they seem to penetrate into the essence of Earth, somewhere so deep where Eternity and a Day are still together. Whenever we meet you look at me solemnly, inviting to a particular dialogue. As if you wish to reveal me some memories that you mutely bear in your heart. You’re an ancient tree, so I’m certain you have a lot to tell. You know so much about simple things that really make our existence. You whisper something passionately though rustling created by blows of careless wind. You want to communicate and I do my best to learn your language to be able to join this wonderful dialogue of the most precious participant of all the times. My tree. I wonder, why have you suddenly become mine…Whose was this idea: yours or my own? And whether it’s possible if a tree, so ancient and wise, might have a human being as an owner or even a friend. All what I know is that you exist and know the truth. And you protect me no matter how far I might be. And the most exiting is that I’m among your memories too, somewhere in your radiant Soul, covered with a majestic green crown.

Dedicated to my tree. 🙂 

Maria KethuProfumo

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Our Fairy Tale Hero On Guard

I wonder who was that cruel man dared to add a weird prefix ‘Fairy’ to such a rich heritage as folklore tales. These stories are far more than encyclopedias of human experience. They reflect the mentality of each nation as well as they teach the right cultural values. In any case, in the 20th century we get into contact with various magic creatures & heroes at early age, when we’re still unable to realize the tale depth & its meaning. Its heroes are usually fed with our own imagination, so at the result we get a very curious phenomenon: a piece of our own personality transformed & represented as a fairy tale hero. As a rule, we’re attracted with somebody good, strong, brave, wise, etc., these are true Spiritual values we, men, must cultivate into. A rare one would enjoy those who do some evil and it proves that our Souls are pure when we’re born & we have a kind of Spiritual immunity until the certain age.

Have you ever paid attention to the fact that in most cases there is only one favourite hero or a set of ones with similar features? We are attracted by a character with qualities that awake something important in our Soul. This very hero makes us become what we’re. Moreover he is always with us no matter our age. I’ve made my own experiment by questioning various adult people as well as my friends & relatives about their fairy tale heroes. I was very surprised to learn that almost all of them saved its image in their hearts and tried to make it true in their own life. I guess it’s good that great heroes & stories of the past inspire us so much that when we become mature we try to be alike. It means that tales are always on guard protecting humankind from falling.

Nevertheless, why are there bad people or people doing evil? May be they have simply forgotten their favourite hero or left him in a place he can’t return from…

Maria KethuProfumo

 

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Simple People Doing Great Deeds: Shuka Vana

There is so much kindness and light in our world. There are so many sources of inspiration & opportunities for each of us to perform simple good deeds everyday. And there are so many people_ who devote themselves to their destiny, proving that that’s the right way. Most of them are unknown, they come into this world & then vanish, while their great simple deeds are kept alive through Time.

His Holiness Sri Sri Ganapathi Sachchidananda Swamiji is a brilliant illustrious man whose activities can’t but surprise. He was born in India in 1942 and since childhood he had a strong spiritual connection with nature, especially with animals. “He is occupied withRaagaragini Vidya, an ancient musical tradition that is claimed to augment spiritual Sadhana and cure ailments.” His combines this activity with ayurveda, psycology, gem theraphy & astrology. He has developed some interesting music CDs for each Zodiac sign that are called to cure & restore our mental balance.

In 2014 he opens an aviary named Shuka Vana that’ s a hospital for sick and injured parrots & birds. This center is something completely incredible for it provides any kind of help for any parrot or bird in need. Sri Swamiji is an amazing man. He cures birds even from very serious diseases and leaves none of those that have lost any extremity. Imagine, what chances to live might a limb parrot have in the wild? Sure, few ones. Shuka Vana gives the second life to ill or injured parrots & birds. I attach a small video below for you, Esteemed Readers, could value the great contribution this simple man makes to save our planet. May his example inspire you too and remind us that we must follow the way of our own Destiny & develop our own talents for the good of all.

Maria KethuProfumo

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