New York City is home to some of the most significant landmarks in the world, with awe-inspiring architecture and breath-taking views everywhere you look. Built on Liberty Island in New York Harbour, Lady Liberty is a large, neoclassical sculpture, an iconic structure which is famous not only in the US, but the rest of the world. The Statue of Liberty isn’t just a huge statue of a lady, she’s a symbol of hope and freedom for the millions of people who immigrated to the USA. The statue was the first thing they saw when they first arrived by boat and an audio guide revealed what an emotional moment it was for most of them. Standing tall and watching over the city for more than a hundred years, visiting the Liberty Island should be part of everyone’s bucket list. Getting to know … Continue reading
Egypt has a past and present filled with magnificence and turmoil. One of the biggest lures in all of Egypt is without a doubt the Great Pyramid at Giza. This spectacular monument that overlooks Cairo is one of the most famous destinations on the entire planet and the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World that is still standing. The sheer size and audacity of the pyramids are enough to make them worthy of “wonder” status. The Great Pyramid of Giza was originally built in approximately 2550 BC as a tomb for the Egyptian pharaoh Khufu. It took approximately 20 years to build and has three burial chambers inside. The pyramid was built with about 2.3 million stone blocks and it is thought to weigh 5.9 million tons. The ancient name of the Great Pyramid of Giza … Continue reading
With the summer holidays coming to an end in India, children will be going back to school. Many students would have received their marks sheets, report cards and exam results. Is all this education preparing human beings for a truly humanitarian, just, egalitarian and sustainable future? Are some students being manipulated by wicked conditioning forces? Students need to meditate on all this. After the freedom struggle in India, many students continued to be stifled by manipulative education by neo-imperialistic forces. However, some members of the CBSE board were slowly bringing about educational reforms to ensure that education is more joyful, thoughtful and also encourages discussion, collaboration and originality. Principle-mindedness and practical application of learning is important to help solve the many difficulties that confront human beings in India. The NCERT-based textbooks for the CBSE board were attempting to do just … Continue reading
Spirituality * Children and Grown-Ups: Spirituality and trusting the (w)holy spirit helped many freedom fighters, humanitarian activists, saints and martyrs to be brave. Jesus Christ, Gandhi, Mother Theresa, Dr. Ambedkar and other humanitarian activists of the world searched for spiritual solace to fight for justice. Many humanitarian activists studied and discussed philosophical, mystical, spiritual and religious content in a brave and discerning manner. One such mystical poet was Khalil Gibran. The following is a discussion of inspirational quotations by Khalil Gibran, a mystical poet who grew up in Lebanon. Spirituality * Inspiring Quotations and Discussion: Studying and discussing inspiring quotations by mystical poets can make us more wiser, discerning and brave. The following is an awesome quotation from the poet Khalil Gibran. Read and ponder upon it.
Spirituality for children and grown-ups can make human beings wiser, braver and assertive. We need to study and discuss all spiritual and religious content in a discerning manner. Mahatma Gandhi showed that human beings can fight for justice and freedom in a non-violent manner. Gandhi studied the Bible, Bhagvad Gita, Upanishads, Mahabharata and other religious, spiritual, philosophical and epic content. Human beings need to discuss and study such content in a discerning manner as it can be manipulated by sinister forces. The Upanishads and the Mahabharata consist of mesmerizing stories like the Enchanted Pool or rather Haunted Pool which also help students to be assertive when they are fighting for justice. Many freedom fighters, saints and other human beings were persecuted and sent into exile. In the “Enchanted Pool” or rather Haunted Pool story, five siblings were … Continue reading
Spirituality can help human beings to go through life’s difficult phases with bravery. Spirituality can also help human beings to fight for a just, humanitarian, socialist, democratic and sustainable society. We need to study, discuss and read quotations from all the world religions in a discerning manner. We also need to speak, study and discuss spiritual practices of tribal groups in a discerning manner. As religion, philosophy, spirituality and science can be manipulated, it is important to be discerning. The following are wonderful and inspiring quotes from the Bible in which Jesus Christ, a brave humanitarian activist, stood up against crass “high priests and teachers of the law.” “Jesus was led by a wicked force to be tempted. The tempter said, “If you are the child of the (w)holy spirit, tell these stones to become bread.” … Continue reading