Mayapur, A Spiritual City

Mayapur’s schools seek to provide the best in both academic and spiritual education in a safe, wholesome atmosphere. The goal is to develop a full-fledged educational system that will one day serve over two thousand children. The current programs show the beginning of our growth in this area. Three separate facilities, each serving a unique population, comprise the primary and secondary levels of Sri Mayapur’s schools. The Bhaktivedanta Academy provides Mayapur’s link to spiri­ tual education, focusing on the philosophy, science, and cul­ ture of the Gaudiya Vaisnava heritage, and maintaining as the essence of all education the spotless teachings of the Srimad- Bhagavatam. In the beautiful, peaceful settings in a corner of the property, this traditional and modern collection of build­ ings is a magnificent example of the richness and beauty of the Vaisnava culture. The Sri Mayapur International School (SMIS) accommodates boarding and day students from Mayapur and around the world, immersing youngsters in a blend of traditional, eter­ nal spiritual values and contemporary academics, providing Cambridge University scholarship standards and diplomas. Serving the children from the rural and economically weaker areas of Mayapur, the Bhaktivedanta National School aims to provide quality education that is affordable to rural parents. The school functions on the lines of an English-medium pub­ lic school, aiding the spiritual and intellectual growth of the children, with special emphasis on character building. The Mayapur Institute of Higher Education & Training (MIHET) provides a solid grounding in universal theological principles. Established by ISKCON’s Ministry of Education, MIHET offers 35 courses in seminar and workshop format. There is no shortage of knowledge in the world, especially in this age. The challenge has always been how to use it, and to what purpose. In providing educational opportunities for children and adults based on spiritual principles, Sri Mayapur’s educational facilities will give students much more than ac­ cess to the power that is equated with mere knowledge. They will also be able to tap into a timeless wisdom and a higher consciousness–for their good and the good of others. 22

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