Abdu’l-Baha – a holistic view on learning, educating and how to ‘get real’

‘Although to acquire the sciences and arts is the greatest glory of mankind, this is so only on condition that man’s river flow into the mighty sea, and draw from God’s ancient source His inspiration.

When this cometh to pass, then every teacher is as a shoreless ocean, every pupil a prodigal fountain of knowledge.

If, then, the pursuit of knowledge lead to the beauty of Him Who is the Object of all Knowledge, how excellent that goal; but if not, a mere drop will perhaps shut a man off from flooding grace, for with learning cometh arrogance and pride, and it bringeth on error and indifference to God.

The sciences of today are bridges to reality; if then they lead not to reality, naught remains but fruitless illusion. By the one true God! If learning be not a means of access to Him, the Most Manifest, it is nothing but evident loss.’

Abdu’l-Baha, Selections from the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha, p. 110image-scaled696

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He hath known God who hath known…

“He hath known God who hath known himself.” (Baha’u’llah: Gleanings)

How many words the world contains But all…

How many words the world contains! But all have
one meaning. When you smash the jugs,
the water is one.
Rumi quoted in Chittick (1989 p. 8)

We should not pretend to understand the world only by the intellect.
The judgement of the intellect is only part of the truth.
— Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961)

A fact only becomes knowledge when it has meaning, when a student can see where it fits into the world in general.

(First line of description of the curriculum at the
Heschel-inspired Columbus Jewish Day School.)
http://www.cjds.org/curric.html