School of Compassion
Karunamay is a proposed international holistic school teaching classical academic subjects and arts alongside Inner Growth by developing values like compassion and spiritual well-being. At Karunamay, the students are part of a locally self-sustaining community and get hands-on experience in practices of sustainable living. The Karunamay model can be replicated anywhere in the world.
Karunamay School Vrindavan
Our campus will be built on serene land touching the banks of the Yamuna river in the heart of Vrindavan. As part of our eco village, the students explore the rural solutions of a holistic life-style. These solutions shall serve as models to be taught and replicated in other places and thus spearhead a green transsition to a regenerative world. The twelve to eighteen years old students will live in the eco village with their families or commute daily from neighboring villages.
Karunamay is negotiating affiliation with the Ecole d’Humanite, an international boarding school in Switzerland enjoying the highest level of accreditation by AdvancEd (www.ecole.ch). Mornings in the Ecole are dedicated to developing academic excellence, while the afternoons are reserved for practical skills in handicraft, arts and sports. To solve under-challenge and over-challenge, classes are not formed according to the students’ age, but according to their level of progress. Some classes are inter-disciplinary and topic-centered. Students are integral to the school’s council and taught a high level of social responsibility.
Karunamay is also implementing the principle of “excellence of learning is proven by successful teaching” by Prof. Fakir Mohan Das (D. Lit.) from Utkal University, and the benefits of studying under trees in line with the Goswamis of Vrindavan and Rabindranath Tagore’s Vanavidyalaya.
The world’s major crises can be solved by making a transition from mere external growth to Inner Growth. The biggest driver of Inner Growth is compassion on three levels: Body, mind and soul.
Compassion for the body means to prevent ecological and economical crises by showcasing a model of a regenerative society. Thus, students will learn the basic principles of natural living like organic farming and renewable power resourcing. Compassion for the mind means reversing the post-modern crisis of social alienation by personal integration into the local community and training the mind to be compassionate and caring. Students will practice compassion for the soul by learning how to scientifically distinguish between the self or soul and the mind and body. This will help to solve the human root crisis – the identity crisis – which will not only curb racism and sexism but also lay a scientific foundation for a spiritual quest.
Students are encouraged to tread spiritual paths of their own inclination and taught how to live in harmony with practitioners of other paths according to the principle of unity in diversity.