Study? Practice? Can the Two be Integrated?

Introduction

There is no intelligence if one is not disciplined.
Without discipline there is no meditation.
Without meditation there can be no tranquility.
Without tranquility, how can there be happiness?

— Bhagavad Gita II:66

These verses from Mahatma Gandhi’s favorite text set the frame for the conversation on the relationship between having a personal practice of meditation and being of service to others as an educator. To remain neutral and objective is an important part of gaining the trust of students when discussing sensitive or controversial matters. However, above all else, students seek authenticity in their teachers. To practice meditation is different from espousing belief. Studies have demonstrated the efficacy of meditation and Yoga practices in bringing relief from stress and enhancing human health. In post-modernity, teaching an integrated bodily practice combined with philosophical insights can be of tremendous benefit.

This article discusses the history of the university, analyzes the challenge of modernity and post-modernity, and affirms the efficacy of integrating study and practice.

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