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19 januari 2019

The Child

By Maria Montessori (1870 – 1952).

20 Pages | Reprinted from The Theosophist 1941, 10th reprint 1986 | Booklet | The Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 8170590302.

We all know that the age of development is the most important period of the whole life. Moral malnutrition and intoxication of the spirit are as fatal for the Soul of man as physical malnutrition is for the health of his or her body. Therefore, child-education is the most important problem of humanity.

From page 18:

” Certainly here is the key to all pedagogy: to know how to recognize the precious instinct of concentration in order to make use of it in the teaching of reading, writing and counting and, later on, of grammar, arithmetic, foreign languages, science, etc. After all, every psychologist is of the opinion that there is only one way of teaching, that of arousing in the student the deepest interest and at the same time, a constant and vivacious attention. So the whole thing resolves itself in this, to make use of those intimate and hidden forces of the child for his or her education. “

Auteur: Montessori, M.
ISBN: 8170590302
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Child Exodus from Tibet

By Birgit van de Wijer.

144 Pages | April 2006 | Softcover | Birgit van de Wijer, uitgever | ISBN 9078464011.

Tibetan parents send their children to school abroad in massive numbers . . . thousands never arrive: they die from freezing, starvation, exhaustion, hypothermia; they are caught by the Chinese or Nepalese police and sent back over the border. How desperate must a parent be to entrust their child to strangers to undertake a thousand kilometre journey in a strange convoy over the snowbound Himalayas? Since the Chinese occupation of independent Tibet in 1950, the country has slowly been choking in a stranglehold. In the early Eighties, dying Tibet began to send its children to India.

In this book Birgit van de Wijer for the first time illuminates this horror from all angles: why children flee, how many flee, their escape routes, the risks they run, their reception in Nepal and India, and the psychological consequences. Above all, the children tell their stories themselves. The book is based on interviews, that the author conducted on the spot at great risk. The book grew from the conviction of an author, who hopes that this exodus can finally be stopped.

auteur: Wijer, B. van de
ISBN: 9078464011
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Uit de Hut van het Lotusvrouwtje

Door J.M. Selleger-Elout

124 blz. | Gebonden/Hardcover | Uitgeverij der Theosofische Vereniging in Nederland, ca. 1959 (1ste druk)

De hut ligt heel, heel diep in het bos. Het is een houten hutje en ’s zomers is het begroeid met veel bloeiende klimplanten. Vlak bij is een kleine vijver. Daar wonen kikker Kwaak en zijn vrouwtje en de waterlelies hebben met hun wortels een huisje op de bodem gemaakt voor de Kwaakkikkers.
In de hut woont Lotusvrouwtje. Ze is al heel oud. Daarom is ze een beetje krom en als ze in het bos loopt, steunt ze op een stokje. Maar juist omdat ze zo erg oud is. heeft ze geleerd om met de dieren, met de bomen en de bloemen te praten. En zeg nu zelf: wat heb je aan dieren en bomen, als je er niet mee praten kunt?
Op een keer…. het was midden in de winter…. zat Lotusvrouwtje in de hut. Er was een gezellig open vuur, dat knapperde en knetterde. Kater Maas zat er voor en warmde zijn velletje. Boven aan de zolder hing spin Zilverdraad in haar mooie net en vlak voor het venster, maar aan de buitenkant, zat uil Rondoog en sloot zijn ogen voor het licht van de vlammen.
Plotseling was er een kleine jongen in de kamer
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auteur: Selleger-Elout, J.M.
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Reconstruction in Education

By Maria Montessori (1870 – 1952).

14 Pages | Reprinted from The Theosophist, Feb. 1942, 7th reprint 1986 | Booklet | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 8170590043.

We have the idea that education can help the development of the child, and that we, adult people, will give this help. That is the ordinary idea of education. This idea is not a right idea, because it concludes that the adult can help this little child very much with his or her own wisdom and care. The idea of education is to give to the child and to young people all the best that we have.

That is so: but we cannot with our efforts, create a man. That is the task of the children themselves and it is the most important side of the whole educational question: what the children themselves accomplish of their own power and not what adult man can do for them.

From page 14:

” The hope we have is a hope in a new humanity, that will come from this new education, and education that is a collaboration of man and the universe, that is a help for evolution, for the incarnation of man. “

auteur: Montessori, M.
ISBN: 8170590043
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The Absorbent Mind

By Maria Montessori (1870 – 1952).

297 Pages | Fifth edition 2011 | Soft cover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 9788170594307.

Every reader loves a mystery, and what more fascinating than one hidden in the ‘heart’ of the newborn child? This book touches on prenatal experience, but is mainly concerned with the growth and education of the child from birth, through the formative years, to adulthood.

The world-famous educationalist, Dr. Maria Montessori, illustrates the unique mental powers of the young child, which after no more than six years surpasses all other species. With penetrating insight, validated by close observation of child phenomena, she sheds light on the responsibility of adults to prepare the environment for the manifestation of the great potentialities and latent spiritual grandeur in the child.

From page 14:

” It is the child, who absorbs material from the world around him or her and moulds it into the man or woman of the future. To recognise this great work of the child does not mean to diminish the parent’s authority. Once they can persuade themselves not to be themselves the builders, but merely to act as collaborators in the building process, they become much better able to carry out their real duties: and then: in the light of a wider vision, their help becomes truly valuable. The child can only build well if this help is given in a suitable way. Thus, the authority of parents does not come from a dignity standing on its own feet, but it comes from the help they are able to give their children. The truly great authority and dignity of parents rests solely upon this. ” 

 

auteur: Montessori, M.
ISBN: 9788170594307
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The Miracle of Birth – A Clairvoyant Study of Prenatal Life

By Geoffrey Hodson (1886 – 1983).

65 Pages | First Adyar Edition | Hardcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN:

‘ Parenthood is indeed a sacrament and not lightly to be profaned. ‘

Science is increasingly realizing that the foundations for good health are laid from the moment of conception itself. The two aspect of life as it unfolds – consciousness and matter – must be rightly balanced. A sagacious and reverent approach to parenthoof enables children to enjoy a healthy physical, emotional and mental life.

Hodson, gifted clairvoyant, goes beyond the physical development of the child in the womb to describe the subtler aspects of emotional, mental and spiritual growth.

auteur: Hodson, G.
ISBN: 817059491X
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The Radiant Child

By Thomas Armstrong.

203 Pages | A Quest Original, first published in 1985, second printing 1988 | Soft cover| Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 0835606007.

Thomas Armstrong believes, that children come into this life radiating and reflecting the mystery of creation; that their spiritual nature as well as their basic instincts are close to the surface of their awareness. Unfortunately, for most part, parents, teachers, and child therapists have not recognized this delightfully useful aspect of the childhood psyche. The author notes, that this hidden sight of youthful consciousness has been noticed and appreciated primarily by poets, mystics, authors of fairy tales, and world mythologists. These folks identify with the wonder-child, the divine child, the child-god, the child hero. This practical guide is heavily documented with case-histories of ‘radiant’ experiences, the reality of which is supported by telling testimony from the author’s peers.

From page 101:

” The child is potential future . . . the ‘child’ paves the way for a future change of personality. In the individuation process it anticipates the figure, that comes from the synthesis of conscious and unconscious elements in the personality. It is therefore a symbol, which unites the opposites; a mediator, a bringer of healing; that is, one who makes whole. “

 

auteur: Armstrong, T.
ISBN: 0835606007
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