The Philosophy of CFL
According to the Indian tradition, self-knowledge is the purpose of human life. This is possible when a person understands and lives according to her individuality and conscience. At CFL we strive to understand education in these terms and translate it into practice.
We understand that the purpose of education is put us in touch with ourselves and help us see our relationship with nature and role within society. We believe that a life lived according to one’s svabhava and svadharma is possible only when one understands oneself in relation with the not-self. We believe that unless this is achieved, there will be a residual unhappiness that will express itself as violence in some form, either towards oneself or others.
In our view, the basic task of education is to help the person understand his or her strengths, weaknesses, interests and priorities and become self-aware and gain clarity about the basic values for peaceful co-existence. The task of educators is to initiate us into a personally fulfilling and responsible life within society and nature. At CFL, we believe that education must nurture the human capacity for making ethical choices through a commitment to truth, a deep respect for all living beings, sensitivity/compassion and development of rationality.
We also believe that everyone should have an equal opportunity for self-realisation. This can happen only when people (voluntarily) choose to live a disciplined and responsible life. Only then can there be lasting equality, justice and peace in the world. This is the reason that every individual is given a lot of time, choice, freedom and support at CFL to discover their unique path to responsible self-actualization. (Modern day schooling has reduced education to academics. Privileging academics over all other means has meant misery for those who are differently inclined and has impoverished society by reducing the path of self-actualization to a single track).
An unconditional acceptance and respect for each individual is our starting point. Building non-competitive, trusting relationships, dialogue and participatory, negotiated learning are our way forward. As far as methods go, we believe that one must remain flexible and willing to respond reflectively, sensitively and appropriately to each person. We support and encourage person to become more self-aware, to discover their unique path for self-actualization and to strive for excellence in their area of interest with responsibility.