Our ethos draws from the teachings of Chaitanya. He was born in 1486 in Nadiya, then East India’s epicentre for learning and scholarship. At an early age he founded what quickly became the region’s foremost school, widely renowned for its teaching in logic, grammar and rhetoric.
He went on to lead an early civil disobedience movement, contesting religious sectarianism. In later life, he turned his attention to spiritual ideals that transcended social and religious boundaries and thus paved the way for a great spiritual renaissance. He taught that the essence of education is to appreciate how everything has a special relationship with the divine. Such understanding culminates in a profound spiritual realisation of love, compassion and selflessness – the original, pure nature of every being. He emphasised spiritual equality and advocated that humanity can be united through a shared love of God, expressed through the singing of His many names. Chaitanya’s exemplary life heralded the dawn of an inclusive spiritual resurgence that continues to inspire people from all faiths. Kirtan is the call/response singing of Krishna’s names. Learning to be still, be aware, breath deeply and visualise; often involving the use of mantras (sacred sounds, including chanting God’s names).
Worship at a Krishna shrine, often involving the offering of flowers. Songs, prayers and stories may be drawn from various traditions but are in concurrence with the teachings of Chaitanya. Sanskrit is as close as we can get to an essential language and contains divine concepts, a flawless system of grammar and gives access to the great eastern texts such as the Bhagavad Gita. This element of the school’s work will become increasingly more sophisticated as the pupils grow in experience and maturity, but it will be an entitlement for all.