“What do you want from others? Love? Support? Loyalty? Whatever you want, be the first to give it."
At the beginning of the 20th century, Mohandas Gandhi observed that modern education was not providing what was essential for the basic needs of human development. He lamented that “it splits knowledge from learning and from economical, environmental and ethical realities”.
In 1972, the first Education for Life school was founded in Nevada City, California, by a student of Yogananda’s named J. Donald Walters (Swami Kriyananda), based on his teacher’s example. In 1982, Walters published the book Education for Life, which laid out the system on which these schools have come to be built. It has since been translated into Italian, Spanish and Hindi.
In the following decades, more EFL schools were founded in the United States, Europe and India, showing that academic success and dynamic inner growth can indeed go hand in hand. As we say of our schools, they are places where joy and learning come together!
In 1918, the great Yogi Paramhansa Yogananda, widely known for his book Autobiography of a Yogi, started a school in Ranchi called Yoga Satsanga Bramacharya Vidyalaya. It had a far reaching vision of education, where the child’s development was approached in a holistic and balanced way.
Most classes were held outside and the curriculum included agricultural, industrial, commercial and academic subjects along with yoga practice, meditation and Yogananda’s Yogoda system of health and physical development.
Yogananda’s work is the foundation of
Education for Life.