Ageh Bharti’s impressions gathered during his visit to the institute last year: “Swami Alok (K. K. Tyagi) has silently done such amazing work that it was a great joy for me to observe the many activities.”
The Divine Global Academy is one of the most prestigious schools in Baraut (Uttar Pradesh). It was founded as a Public School in 2008, but is now a private institution run by the Divine Global Charitable Trust. Swami Alok opened the academy in 2009. (The Academy is affiliated with the Central Board of Secondary Education, CBSE, the largest educational board in India.)
At present there are 800 students from nursery school to 12th class, taught by 30 teachers. Every Saturday morning one of Osho’s meditations happens in what is called the Osho Meditation Hall; one wall of the hall is adorned with a large photo of Osho.
The meditations vary; sometimes Dynamic, sometimes another cathartic meditation, sometimes Nataraj or Kundalini. Children enjoy the meditations very much. This contributes to the many positive changes that are seen in the children later on.
After the meditation sessions the children enjoy ‘outgoingness’: spending time in nature, touching trees, branches, grass, flowers, looking into the sky – unless the sun is too bright.
They behave as if they were in an ashram and not an academy. They feel free to communicate with their teachers and their Principal, Swami Alok, whom they can ask anything at any time.
Every home, not only in that town but in every nearby area, knows about Osho. Students come from elite families, middle class and lower class, yet they respect each other very much and each person’s dignity is supported and affirmed. Mingling with them one cannot distinguish who is from a rich family and who from a poor one.
Swami Alok has encouraged the students as well as his teaching staff to write diaries. As a result, they have recently published a book of 448 pages, entitled ‘Vichaaron ke Pankh’ (विचारों के पंख), which means ‘Wings of Thoughts’. I read some two dozen of the diaries in the book and felt very happy seeing the various feelings expressed so well. Those who never thought that they could write, wrote an inspiring journal.
A 7th-class student writes, “I could have never dreamed that at such a young age, I would know about Osho, Buddha, Nanak, Kabir, Meera, Bachchan¹, Dharamvir Bharati², Kamleshwar³, Einstein, etc. Swami Alok Sir used to keep a very keen eye on our diaries and guided us where necessary.”
Every year, 70-80 students clear the 12th class and leave the college with tears in their eyes, to continue with their higher education. During their vacation they never miss a chance to visit the college and meet with Swami Alok Sir – as they address him.
Divine Global Academy, Baraut, Baghpat, (India) – dgacademy.in
¹ Harivansh Rai Bachchan (1907 – 2003), Hindi poet and writer
² Dharamvir Bharati (1926 – 1997), Hindi poet and social thinker
³ Kamleshwar (1932 – 2007), prominent Hindi writer and thinker
Ageh Bharti is a regular contributor
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