SAIIER 2016:Well-being of adolescent girls through inner and outer means

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Arulvazhi Education Centre
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Environmental Education in Auroville's Bioregion
Well-being of adolescent girls through inner and outer means
A project of Arulvazhi Education Centre


Introduction

Usually the well-being of adolescent girls is attempted through outer means. An introduction of inner means will enable them to understand their problems and solve them better. A summer camp was offered through Arulvazhi Education Centre with this focus.

Description of project

A 20-day programme was held from May 11 to May 31, 2015 for 20 girls.

Activities included orientation on planes and parts of the being, how to feel the sushma energies and how to utilize them for solving health and psychological problems, and knowledge of the functions of the human organs. The participants went through a programme of prayer, asanas, pranayama, mudras, meditation, concentration and relaxation. They experienced the significance of flowers, balancing the energies of different bodies (koshas), Savitri reading, herbal cures, Shramdhan, etc. They had practical demonstration by diving rod, measured their auras and saw how the protecting auras changed with different emotions (anger, happy memory, etc). They visited Matrimandir, Savitri Bhavan, the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Chidambaram Nataraja Temple, and Sri Ramalinga Swamigal’s Sathyagnana.

Resource persons included Muthukumari (Thamarai), Varadharajan (senior Aurovilian), R. Thillai Ganapathy (longtime Aurovilian), Dhanalakshmi (Savitri Bhavan), Anand and Iyyanar (Ilaignarkal Education Centre).

Outcomes

This program was designed with the cultural ambience of these rural girls in view. This multidimensional knowledge of inner and outer means are not given to them either in their homes or in the educational institutions. Their knowledge will have the ripple effect of spreading through their in the village and schools. They asked to have more such camps, so that the benefits will be more and deeper.

Conclusion

The girls participating in the programme are very happy to have acquired the practical knowledge offered in the camp. They understood that the more they put their theoretical knowledge into practice, the more they will advance their well-being.