What is the Scheme Actually :-India’s core competence lies in its knowledge of the inner domain. Increasingly, we are discovering that our educational system is directed towards an easy way out and is making us into Indian nationals without providing us with equal opportunities to become Indians. To become a real Indian you have to find a way to claim your country fiercely through a rapt faith in its essence, for your very life as it were. We are too full of our belief in a natural, fated kind of our greatness which we assumed was he birthright of India. This was of course, the result of great men saints and mystics of colossal stature, presence and power. We assumed that since such men seem to be born in the land more or less on order, in a regular stream through history we had something very special in us and that in some odd way we too were like Swami Vivekananda, Paramhamsa Yogananda, Mahatma Gandhi, Swami Dayananda, Ramana Maharshi or Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore or thousands of less well known men and women of that kind. We forget, every fire needs a spark. An educational system that does not incorporate in its effort to mould the minds of the young in all the dimensions of the Indian experience, is bound at some point to lose what it claims to be the Indian culture. GuruKul experience offers that spark an inspiration that may transform an entire life.
The scheme began in the year 1986 to enable students to have a glimpse into the age-old guru-shishya tradition. It is an attempt to expose school and college students to a way of life with people who have dedicated their lives to the pursuit of their work with single-minded devotion. It was felt that if a student had an opportunity to go and stay with a guru for a month during summer vacations (May /June/July)and observe the ethos that exists in a completely different system of education and living than the student s own, the experience would be both inspiring and fulfilling.
Through the scholarship scheme SPIC MACAY makes an attempt to bring the students closer to a world of wisdom, inspiration, dreams, discovery and exploration. It brings them in contact with such dedicated and acclaimed people who have achieved a lot in their respective fields through the strength that comes from sheer hard work, discipline and inherent talent.
This scheme provides an opportunity to a student to stay with such people for a month and imbibe their wisdom and observe the ethos that exists in an environment completely different from their own an experience which will be both inspiring and fulfilling. Staying with any of these Gurus for a month would be a voyage of discovery and an exercise in self growth. The student, by interacting with the Guru could learn how visions & dreams were converted into reality, how strength came from within and struggle was something beautiful. This thirty days experience would be a holistic education in an environment that inspires, even as it disciplines.
List of Gurus
# List of Gurus is being finalised and will be put up shortly. Some of the likely Gurus are His Holiness Dalai Lama’s Monastery, Guru Ammannur M Chakyar’s pupil G.Venu and Kapila Nangiar, Ustad Fariduddin Dagar,Ustad R. Fahimuddin Dagar,Smt. Girja Devi, Janab Abdul Rashid Khan, Swami Niranjananand Saraswati of Bihar School of Yoga, Smt. Aruna Roy,Shri. J. Gurappa Chetty of kalamkari,Shri Prakash Amte,Sister Prema of Missionaries of Charity, Smt Anjolie Ela Menon, Kerala Kalamandalam for Kathakali, Smt Teejan Bai, Shri Kumar Bose,Smt. Daya Bai. For submitting the application the candidate can use the above mentioned tentative list of Likely Gurus.
How to Apply
If you are interested, download the form attached to this article. SPIC MACAY will take care of your fare to & fro as well as boarding & lodging at GuruKul.
Last date of Receiving Applications
Your application (along with the downloaded forms) should reach us by January 31st, 2011 positively.
For further information write to: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
The address, as given on the form, at which the application form along with the other documents has to be sent is
41/42, Lucknow Road, Delhi-110054
Rules and Regulations
1. The scholarship entails staying with a guru for one month in summer. Travel expenses to and from the guru s residence (Second Class Sleeper) will be borne by SPIC MACAY.
2. Applications screened for the interview will be informed by post, following which they will have to present themselves at specified centers. Please note that travel expenses incurred for interviews will have to be borne by the applicants.
3. While the selection panel does its utmost to place the applicants with one of the gurus of their choice, this may not always be possible. In such cases, the decision of the panel in placing the student will be final.
For any further queries, you can write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org