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We are all students and teachers at different times in our life, in different areas of our life.

We all start as young children and (hopefully) acquire the knowledge and skills to thrive in this world from our parents, care-givers, teachers, friends, family and communities. As we grow into adulthood, we hope that our ‘learning’ translates into opportunities to engage in the things we like to do, and in some cases, love to do.

The student-teacher relationship is very unique and can provide a great playground for exploration and development of ideas among the student and the teacher. In ancient India, young children had to leave home at an early age and request to be accepted into studentship by the sages of the time. They would be educated in all skills – mental, physical, social, and yes, spiritual – by these sages. They would emerge from these ‘schools’ with a well-rounded ‘education’ in all areas of their lives, with a foundation of strong character and life-skills.

It is relatively easy to learn the mental, physical, and to some extent, social skills in today’s teaching environments (schools and universities). But who is teaching us the skills required for spiritual growth? Are we being good students of the ‘spirit’? Are religious institutions providing adequate spiritual instruction? Or are loose-knit organizations (online and offline) being more effective in providing spiritual learning and support?

I invite you to come and share your thoughts with the #SpiritChat community on Sunday January 22nd at 9am ET/2pm GMT. The topic will be “The Spirit of Learning” – Thank you.

Please consult the FAQ if you need information on how to participate in the live tweetchat.

Kumud @Ajmanik

P.S. If you are unable to join the “live” chat on Sunday, please share your feedback on ‘The Spirit of Learning’ in the comments. Thank you!