Value education- The gateway of knowledge and eternal peace
Dr. Mitali Panda
Today, everybody is in search of peace and happiness. Values are the guiding principles of life which are conducive to all round development. In inculcating values, all human faculties such as head, heart and hand should play a role. Value education covers the entire domains of learning, the cognitive, affective and psychomotor. They give direction and firmness to life and bring joy, satisfaction and peace to life. The higher virtue is to preach peace. This is the secret of morality, ethics, humanity, and civility. Peace is the process of progress and prosperity. Through inner peace, genuine world peace can be achieved. The importance of individual responsibility is quite clear; an atmosphere of peace must first be created within ourselves, then gradually expanded to include our families, our communities, and ultimately the whole planet.
“Dharma” (Righteousness) is considered to be the foundation of human world and is an instrument of regulating life for right conduct or right action. It includes values like control of senses, charity, honesty, love, non-injury, self-restraint etc. In order to develop genuine peace we must implement the five basic principles such as ahimsa (non-violence), Satya (Truth), Asteya (non-stealing), brahmacharya (Purity) and Aparigraha (Renunciation) to follow the noble eight-fold path includes right speech, right action, right livelihood, right concentration, right intention and right view.