Formation in Vishwa Jyoti Gurukul

Integral Formation

The goal of the Gurukul is to facilitate the integral growth of the students by imparting human, spiritual, intellectual and missionary formation to enable them to become more effective witnesses of Jesus & apostolically committed persons. Good missionaries need to be strong physically, emotionally, intellectually, spiritually and morally.

    Human Formation

It is today acknowledged as the ‘Foundation of Formation ’, and reiterated by Pope Francis in 2015 in ‘The Gift of Priestly Vocation ’. Aims at nurturing Leaders who are Confident enough to take Initiative and assume Responsibility for building Communities. They are expected to grow in Self-awareness and manage their Emotions in relation to Rational, Spiritual, Moral and Social Dimensions of the Person; Respect for all humans and all living creatures; Genuine Love and Compassion; Commitment to fairness, justice and honesty; forgiveness, hospitality, availability and readiness to serve. Some Steps are: regular personal accompaniment, personality growth workshops, inward spiritual journey exercises & experiences, faith formation retreats, group therapy, self-disclosure sessions, awareness experiences, encouraging positive beliefs & thoughts, self-affirmations, etc.

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    Intellectual Formation

As leaders of the nation and the church, it is our effort to nurture in them a Vision of life based on the gospel of Jesus, the core beliefs and genuine traditions of all religious faiths as embodied in our Indian Constitutions. Attaining a graduate or postgraduate degree along with the study of both Indian and Western Philosophies and Religions, basics of psychological insights to grow in human qualities as envisaged above and the basics of socio-political and economic analysis are part of our effort. Our students follow a three-year philosophy course in philosophy integrated with a parallel BA syllabus from IGNOU.

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    Spiritual Formation

One who is led by the Spirit from within, Faith in the Transcendent, enjoying a certain level of awareness, interiority, silence, spirit and practice of prayer, familiar with the Word of God and attentive to the Voice of God, inner freedom; manifests the fruits of the Spirit – ‘love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control’ (Gal. 5.22-23).

This is achieved through
1. Yogic Meditation
2. Pranayam
3. Surya Namaskar
4. Sadhana

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    Exposure Program

A certain level of ability to transcend oneself and to be concerned about the whole of creation; the ability to reach out and ‘build human communities based on gospel values’ following the example of Jesus who came ‘not to be served but to serve’ and to give one’s life for others in the society without any forms of discrimination.

The Students Missionary League (SML), which is a unique feature of the Gurukul, organizes and co-ordinates various apostolic activities and programs for practical experience of the students. The SML enables its members to enter into dialogical contact with the social, religious and cultural life of the people. In this way as well as through encounters and studies on relevant contemporary topics, the League fosters the students’ apostolic zeal and broadens their vision.

   Visiting neighbouring villages.

   Family Visits.

   Giving tution for the children.

   Adult literacy classes.

   Promotion of primary health & hygiene.

   Arranging Bhajan Mandali.

   Street Plays.

   Sports & games for youth, children.

   Girls child day celebration.

   Differently abled day.

   Womens Day Celebration.

   Independance Day Celebration.

   Christmas Mela.

   Blood Donation.

   Introducing to different ministery.

   Collaboration with different NGOs & SHG groups.

    These exposures help the leaguers to have closer personal interaction with the villagers and learn their language, customs and manners as well as to assist the villagers in some ways. The leaguers also conduct outing to Varanasi city from time to time to acquaint themselves with various ashrams and other places and institutions of cultural and religious significance; they also participate in some of the social programs in the city to promote inter-religious dialogue, eco-care, flood relief, etc. Through fast and abstinence during Advent and Lent they collect a fairly large sum of money with which to help poor students to study as part of their social commitment. This effort is further augmented with their collaborative effort with ‘Mother’s Care,’ an NGO that promotes the education of poor rural children.

    Literary and cultural activities include presentation and discussion of essays on cultural and religious topics as well as discussions with missionaries and leaders of different religions who are invited to the Gurukul for the same purpose. Recognizing the importance of effective public speaking the VJG also organizes workshops on public speaking to enable the students to discover and cultivate their talent in this regard. The League members also take initiative in organizing the celebration of important national and religious festivals along with our neighbours.

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    Inculturation: - In a spirit of genuine inculturation, our students are given an orientation to Indian forms of prayer, meditation, music and liturgy. The IMS promotes traditional ashram life as an effective means of forming Christ-centred communities. Students, therefore, are given the opportunity of experiencing this way of life in the course of their formation although no permanent commitment is expected of them in this regard. The ashram experience leads all to a greater appreciation and absorption of the characteristics an Indian expects in a man of God, namely, simplicity, the spirit of renunciation, silence, interiority, love of nature and ahimsa. During their philosophical formation all the students of the Gurukul spend one full month in Matridham Ashram belonging to the IMS, where they are provided opportunities to acquaint themselves with the ashram way of life and Indian spirituality. They also attend the annual satsang attended by thousands of Khristbhaktas for three days.
As part of inculturation different state festivals like Onam, Pongal, Lohri, Karma etc are celebrated with its meaning.

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    Cosmic Consciousness: - Care for Mother Earth: Promoting Cosmic Consciousness and care for Environment/ Mother Earth is an integral part of our Missionary Formation. Vasudaiva kudumbakam: Universal Brotherhood & Sisterhood or Global Family - An inclusive approach to all human beings without discrimination of caste, creed, culture, language, nationality, gender, etc. is an integral part of our Vision and Formation. Care for and welfare of all living creatures is part of this approach. Hence much emphasis is laid on clean air, pure water, care for nature; careful use of water, electricity and other forms of energy, careful disposal of waste, planting and maintenance of trees, etc. are practical steps to realize these goals.

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