Values can be given easily but difficult to inculcate

March 24th, 2011 by Jashodhara Purkayastha

What are Values? According to dictionary meaning, values are principles or righteousness. The ideas and beliefs which give us the path to walk in life. Values are the guiding principles which give direction to life. These principles bring joy and happiness in life. Values protect us from unwanted events and gives satisfaction and peace in life. Some values can be acquired from the family, school and other environment. Family values settles the person in life.

Value education period is introduced in the school. During this period, no values are taught because teachers are busy with their portion. They always try to utilise this period for extra teaching which is in the syllabus. Actually the syllabus is framed in such a way that teachers run after the portion only. Many teachers tried to teach value-education, but pressure was from the authority or PTA (Parent-Teacher Association) to complete the syllabus first. Some teachers/schools maintain a note book of value education, but no values are inculcated properly in these children. When this value education is taught compulsorily like other academic subjects with exams and marks, then value education may be invaluable.

There are many values which this site relates to. Acceptance is a value.  But firstly, child should understand the meaning of acceptance, what to accept and what not. Suppose a child is given a packet of cocaine, should he accept it from an unknown or known person and fall into a trap? Abundance is also a value in this list, if a child is given a lot of chocolate, should he eat all together or he should taste and throw all or should he know to share those chocolate with others? Bravery is another value, to save someone from an unwanted scene is bravery but if he is not taught the value of it, he will misuse in unlawful activities. Discipline is another value, which is taught from the school. In a class, may be 50 students, got same kind of discipline, but how may will follow that value throughout their life. Punctuality is another value which is also given from childhood. How many are really following the same?

In school, teacher takes children to the garden for planting trees. That moment children learn how to take care and love the trees. After some years the same 80% of children will pluck the leaves and flowers from the tree and harm the plants. May be two children out of this group learn this value and inculcate it. Same for other values also. These are short-term system of implanting Values.

Now the question is why these values are difficult to inculcate. Spiritually the answer can be given properly. Probably 80% of people will not believe it. It is due to the Sanskar i.e. mental impressions, the traits and tendencies of a soul, caused by past experiences and behaviour patterns of the previous birth. Sanskar is the learning aspect which is subtly registered in the soul.

Basically the process of ‘Sanskar’ has three components, namely: (

  1. Purification (Doshapanayan) – To purify a person physically, vitally mentally and to eradicate/ weed out the negative mental thoughts and tendencies, which may exist in a person at the time of his birth and/or which he may have acquired from his family and surrounding environment.
  2. Making up Deficiency (Heenangpoorti) – To make up the deficiency of human values which he lacks.
  3. Value Enrichment (Gunaadhaan) – To inculcate qualities and transform him into an ideal, compassionate, responsible, dutiful and outstanding human who follows his duties diligently towards himself, his family, the society and the universe.

Some people at the age of 50 or 60 read the spiritual book and believe in values. Indirectly they imbibe all these values strongly. Then these Sanskars will be transferred to his next birth and then values can be easily inculcated.


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