Short Speech on the Educational Functions of Religion

Religion should always mean performing of duties. The first field of performing duties is this world (Ih-Lok). Karma- Kshetra (the field of action) is another name for Dharm-Kshetra (field of religions). The man who succeeds in the Karma- Kshetra of this world is entitled to reach the other world (Parlok).

Therefore, religion should prepare man for the Karma- Kshetra (field of action). The field of action of the individual is determined on the basis of his aptitudes. So religion should inculcate in the child the ability to choose his field of action according to his interest and aptitude and to get success by engaging himself in it.

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The basis of religion is knowledge. An ignorant person cannot be religious. The bases of religions are logic, analysis, observation, contemplation and freedom of thought. So the child should be provided opportunities for independent thinking, logic, meditation, analysis and observation with an open mind. To have faith in religion without independent thinking, logic and analysis will be blind-faith and fanaticism.

Some people consider aesthetic sense and artistic sense as hindrance to religion. But this is not true. Satyam, Shivam and Sundarm (Truth, Bliss and Beautiful) are the bases for artistic and aesthetic senses. Satyam and Shivam are the bases of religion.

A thing which is not true or for happiness cannot be beautiful. The spread of sculpture and architecture and poetry, etc. Throughout, history was based on true religious feelings.

The carving of Jain idols in Allora Caves and Jatak stories connected with the life of Lord Buddha and their carving in Ajanta, the poetry of Sur, Tulsi and Mira are all considered unique for propagation of religious feelings. So religion should develop our aesthetic sense also.

Although the real function of schools is to develop the moral character of the child, but religious institutions can bring about better moral character development, if they pay attention in this direction. The very meaning of religion is to inspire virtuous conduct, which develops moral and ethical qualities. To-day, the country needs able and noble citizens.

Thus after studying the merits and demerits and functions of religious education we come to the conclusion that religion should be included in schools as a means of all-round development of children.