Renowned Gujarat educationist Gijubhai Badheka (1885-1939) was deeply influenced by ancient Indian methods of teaching and opposed the conventional schooling system. He studied the subject of “how to provide a good education to children”, and wrote a number of books to convey his views on improving the education system. Gijubhai set up the Dakshinamurti Baal-Mandir in Bhavnagar, which achieved a great reputation and continues to be a good school.
According to Montessori, “A child’s work is to create the person she/he will become.” Children are born with special mental powers which aid in the work of their own construction. But they cannot accomplish the task of self-construction without purposeful movement, exploration, and discovery of their environment – both the things and people within it. They must be given the freedom to use their inborn powers to develop physically, intellectually, and spiritually.
“More than his words, his life was his message”. These days, that message is better heeded outside India. Albert Einstein was one of many to praise Gandhi’s achievement; Martin Luther King Jr., the Dalai Lama, and all the world’s peace movement have followed in his footsteps.
His inspiring personality was well known both in India and in America during the last decade of the nineteenth century and the first decade of the twentieth. The unknown monk of India suddenly leapt into fame at the Parliament of Religions held in Chicago in 1893, at which he represented Hinduism. His vast knowledge of Eastern and Western culture as well as his deep spiritual insight, fervid eloquence, brilliant conversation, broad human sympathy and colorful personality made an irresistible appeal to everyone who came in contact with him.