M.P. Shetinin Speaks About Children And His School. APRIL 2011 - By Yuri Smirnov, "Space of Love" Magazine.
M.P. Shetinin speaks about children and his school.
In April 2011 we came to Gelendzhik region of Russia for our next Dolmen tour. As a part of the tour program we also visited Shetinin’s school in Tekos village. The principal and the founder of the school Michail Petrovich Shetinin has kindly agreed to meet with us. It was quite an excitement for everyone! At 11 am on April 21st Professor M.P. Shetinin welcomed us in his spacious study room on the first floor of the office building. He was so kind to allow one of our tour participants to make an audio recording of the meeting. Below is his speech, transcribed and translated into English.
I hope you will find it interesting and the wisdom of The Teacher will echo deeply into your hearts as much as it did for me - by Yuri Smirnov (2011) "Space of Love Magazine."
Original Russian version.
M.P. Let’s begin to work... To direct our conversation in a certain way I will tell you few words about how I myself understand what we do.
Even though to speak about education is the same as to speak about stars, about eternity, about infinity or about cosmic distances. And I think that I don’t exaggerate such understanding of education, because children are cosmic phenomenon.
Children don’t live in an apartment, don’t study in a classroom, they live in the entire world, always - in Everything. It is a special feature of a childhood - to live in Everything, for the sake of Everything. It is when the great unlimited Everything is always present in their daily lives, when they understand what they are doing being in Everything, then it is interesting for them to live.
I think that many problems of the modern world are related to the fact that we’ve created an artificial world for ourselves, and we think that the World as Cosmos accepts us easily. But it is difficult for the Cosmos to deal with us. We have created an artificial world, some place, and it is especially hard for children to live there. Our task is to help them out of this artificial world and to help them enter into the natural world of stars, chamomiles, green meadows, mountains, rivers, oceans.
This is the basic foundation on which all methodological features of our work are designed. The whole purpose of our strategy is aiming the following questions - Who are we human beings? What are we meant to be? What is the world around us? Who are we to the World? And what is the World to us?
Everything else is derivative. I mean that not the methodology we use is the main thing, not the method, but the meaning, the purpose we aim through it. It means that we can change the method, but it is important that the meaning/purpose path line will not deviate.
I say, that in any case, not the method, how to work – but the main thing is for the sake of what, for the sake of what meaning/purpose you work. And the main question always is -what is the meaning/purpose? It is creation of harmony, wholeness, beauty, through love, with love. And for this, every time, it is necessary to understand that a Man created with love, for the sake of love, cannot live otherwise than to create love.
It is important for child’s life is filled with aspiration to create harmony through the things that were laid by centuries, a thousand-year way of life of our ancestors. Therefore I wanted to make it clear for all our staff members not to hurry to catch after high tech methods of teaching and education but rather the opposite – stressing the importance of approaching everything on a consciousness level . We do not want to give credit to ourselves that we have invented a particular method, but we want to serve human beings, observing His/Her nature, and every time answering a question which is given to us by the world around us - why the Earth is spinning, what happened in Japan, what happens in Libya today? These are direct signals for us to change something here, in Tekos.
From this angle it is essential then to realize the necessity of organizing the information which we can see in educational program requirements, both state vise and international. We are certain that through proper organization and integration of this vast information we will be able to free up some time for kids so they can spend it in open interaction with the World around them, since through this interaction only they can participate in everything that’s going on right now in the world around us.
The main thing is to maintain the highest capability to live, I mean - to act in the world they have come to, in order to improve their qualities.
We, in general, consider that it is the main task of the present moment is to save cosmic like essence of children, their divine essence, and not to destroy them by failures, that began to suppress children already, failures, by which modern civilization is characterized. By failure I mean their feeling of being a misfit, their inadequacy in relation to what happens in the world.
Development of different groups and societies in mankind’s life itself is a phenomenon which has been created when the Man has moved away from His/Her origins and ceased to carry his divine essence. Whereas children are born in high-purity: cosmic like and divine. And when they enter the society, they willy-nilly have to break themselves, and the society imposes its guidelines to the childhood, and the children do not develop, they close themselves more and more, becoming a locked container where they leave in agony, instead of joy and love they were often spoken about. I mean that we need to take a sober look at things, to reconsider values. When we speak loud words at the United Nations Security Council today that we wish to help democracy in Libya and then we start to hit them with bombs it is a complete nonsense. For the same democracy we have struck Yugoslavia, Iraq and Afghanistan. We chase this democracy, as if it is an end result in itself, whereas it is more important to build relations, harmonious relations with the world, with the Universe, with each other, I mean that it is necessary for children to work in this truth. Also, we don’t make them to just sit and wait until we make it happen for them, but rather we encourage them to create it themselves, with their innate talents and abilities. They are giants, they are infinity. That’s why I say that a school should carry on a dialogue, between children as cosmic, divine phenomenon, and what modern society, unfortunately, demands from children to enter and fit into it. They have come not to just reveal themselves but to declare and to improve quality of life of their fathers, mothers, the Earth, their motherland. I mean that we should be there to help children with this dialogue between them, as divine phenomenon, and the Society, which has gone far away from the Creator.
The thing is that children act the way they feel – a must/essential way, they say a must things, they live a must way, they love a must/essential things. And what is essential for them, absolutely essential, is an absolute harmony. If they affirm absolute harmony, they are the children. If they are getting agreed that our world is disharmonious, and begin to miserably gaze at the occurring disharmony, they perish as human beings. That’s why, I believe, we also have to live that way… we are children too, and in order to live in the modern world, we have to love a-must/essential things and to create whatever is a-must/essential. We should not analyze what we create and get impressed about what we create, we have to affirm a-must/essentiality here and then. We say, for instance – will there be a doomsday? No, live as a-must! Will the Earth collapse or not? The Earth will be as a-must! The death - is it normal or not? It is abnormal – living is a-must!
That is we have to pay attention to a-must/essentiality at all times, to affirm it. We underestimate the meaning of words and thoughts of a human being. The main thing we create with is our thought, our attitude towards the world, our desire to see the world harmonious. Here is what we always have to affirm, no matter what! No wars – live as a-must! No conflicts – love as a-must! That is all the time to work, to go in this direction. And here is what I mean under a-must/essential. That is where we have come to, as a way of life; we affirm it everywhere, - in relations to each other, in relations towards mother and father. What kind of relations should they be? Harmonious! What kind of relations should we have towards the nature? Certainly, harmonious! We should listen to it, otherwise it will not accept us, as a part of it. And so on, and so on. For example: I have come, to tell to you about Light. You are Light. It is a-must/essential. And in general - I have come, which means that I have brought harmony. If I have come, I have come and have brought an order. This is my power, this is my obligation. This is – a-must/essentiality. And I cannot accept anything else. Yes, it is difficult for me to affirm a-must/essentiality because the gone mad society does not do what it should do, having destroyed many things that Man has built for millennia and centuries.
This is very important. Our obligation is yet a long way forward, towards harmony; it is our obligation, perhaps, the most important thing to do, is to respond the life requirements immediately, right away, this very second. It is our obligation. That is not to postpone, for tomorrow, for the day after tomorrow... When I got to know that you arrived, I reacted to your request straight away. Someone sneezed – bless him! Someone has knocked – open the door! I mean that one have to react immediately, it is a human obligation, but what is the purpose? It is for peace saving, for life saving, for its prolongation, for its rejuvenation, for the beauty. That is for everything we are talking about but that is postponed for some reason. Only the beauty is all here in this living tissue of life. Do it in beauty, in harmony, in love, in truth. I mean that every time I settled down, sorted things out, I did a-must thing. If I settled down not, sorted out things not, - I did a-must-not thing. That’s why, when children sit in a-must-not conditions for a long time, when they have, at first, to learn everything during 11, or even 12 years, that is when we pull them out from the Living Life Tissue, which says to them - hello! But they have no time to pay attention to it because a conventional teacher force them to write something... That is when they deviate from the Living Life Tissue, and act, as though for the sake of it, but having delayed to contact with it for so long that have already forgotten, what they have come for...
Here I mean it. That’s why we have to speak with children as living souls, not to impose on them any kind of social ideas on the off chance that later, when they kind of digest everything they will become living souls. No, they will have to start from scratch instead. Because they lost, forgot everything. That is we lost the time when they enter into the world. They need to establish relations with the world, in living interdependently with it. That is the job, a-must duty of a human being - to introduce harmony, beauty, as an imagery of the ideal world.
I understand that for a man who never deeply penetrated into human’s nature, my reflections sound like pure theory, abstraction. But I would like to draw your attention to the fact that right here everything is laid down. We have to understand the world, we have to comprehend it and here is our job/duty. When we comprehend, when we understand what happens, when we act for good of everything - that is our job/duty. This job is ceaseless and when a teacher himself lives and works this way, this is what children need from him. He is not just a storyteller, he is a doer.
Now I simply want, for our guests to feel Russia.
(M.P. asks to bring an accordion).
Because this is, by the way, one more subject I would like to touch. If children have a motherland and they follow their motherland customs, traditions of the fathers, only then they develop harmoniously.
I often think, why Russia is so essential to the World today, and I believe that it is very important. It is because Russia has kept her ancient roots, language, folk songs, folk dances, native mentality, and still alive relationships s with the nature for millennia, from her pristine origins. Not the Man from monkey, but the Man - from God.
(M.P. plays an accordion and sings «The Crimson ringing»).
M.P. I am very pleased to hear that you are engaged in organic farming, you turn towards the earth, this is the main thing that a Man should do now - to connect the great World with our planet Earth, to save it, to protect it, it is our work on Earth, our heavenly work.
We have to open the doors of cramped educational institutions in order to turn the children towards the Earth. This is a cosmic need because when they work themselves, when they make it more beautiful, they are getting educated, and this is the true Education. I think that nowadays we have to understand that the times when a childhood and grown-up life were two separate things, has gone already. Now is the time when child -is life and life is a child…
We reflect on life, and a child reflects on life. They ponder about life, and we ponder about life, these are our natural relationships with them. Yet more, we build life as we think. We do not postpone for tomorrow, we build it right now; we take it and build it. And here, co-operating with children on improving living conditions on Earth as a part of Cosmos, we perform our duty as adults.
By the way, we pay a great attention to language. Because Man acts with words and changes with his thoughts. Most likely, words are related to the structural world, the world already created, to trees, to colors, whereas thought is related to the world which is still to be created, to the world in process. That is why when a Russian speaks, it is impossible to translate. Because “I love” and «Ya lyublyu» is not the same after all. It is about the same but in different ways. God is God, and love it love. It is like about the same thing, but from different sides. And therefore the role of the translator, of course, is always unenviable; I always admire how bravely you work.
I just wanted to say, I wanted to resume our meeting somehow that the main thing now is not as much as to ask a question: «How we do it», as to determine for what purpose, in general, we do it at all. Because child’s life does not end in an educational institution, nor it begins in an educational institution. It begins and ends with its real cooperation with life, with everything that occurs. I mean that we have to bring them into what occurs as soon as possible, and to think together with them, and to change everything according to the feeling, the conscience. Here is the core. That is, the child is an outstanding phenomenon, he/she is Your Majesty, he/she is Your Highness. And we have to look at him/her as we look at Supreme Being.
I hope, you managed to translate, and for a dessert, I would be happy, if we met for a good purpose. Anyway, I sang a song, - that’s one thing at least that may stay with you.
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