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A DIVINE PERSONALITY – SWAMI SANT DASS JI
Swami Sant Dass Ji’s enlightened mind dwelled in unbroken connection with the Almighty upholding the highest Truth. He lived a life of utter simplicity and absolute humility.
Swami Ji exonerated the people to awaken from their deep slumber, seek refuge in the supreme and trust him in entirety. Having surrendered, his light would continue to shine on us even in the thickest of storms and darkest of nights. The Almighty is nearer to us than our heart beats and closer to us than our breathing. Swami Ji implored the people to live every living moment remembering the name of the omnipresent. Swami Sant Dass Ji patiently taught the people to direct their love to God viewing him as a window to infinity.
Swami Ji carried the message of God to the people by Seva and Satsang. Through mesmerizing music he established a commune with God and drowned in it for hours. Seva implied to him service to God. Not only serving food to the people daily, Swami Ji also believed in and practised other forms of community service.
His enlightened vision made him take up the cause of education and public health. Swami Ji was of the conviction that this would lead to the upliftment of society, the concept which was far ahead of his times. In the premises of the Ashram he organized Punjabi language classes so that people from far and near could avail of this service and through this medium come to God.
Swami Ji’s entire life is a saga of selfless service. The incidents of his valour and sacrifice are hair raising which are only to be felt and would beggar description in words for the hand cannot write what the heart feels. He was an embodiment of the supreme power whose sole desire was to draw people to God and not towards his materialism. He was truly an incarnate of God who inspired us that duties one could evolve, for the mind alone was the cause of man’s bondage, and is also the instrument of man’s liberation.
SWAMI ISHWAR DASS JI-FOUNDER AND EXTERNAL SOURCE OF INSPIRATION
The conception of the idea of a School dedicated to the memory of Swami Sant Dass Ji was the brain child of Swami Shantanand Ji. This was heartily accepted and supported by Mahamandleshwar Swami Ishwar Dass Ji. The foundation of the School laid by Swami Ishwar Dassji was indeed a tribute and homage paid to his Guruji. This milestone was touched upon on 30th March 1986, the 3rd Punya Tithi of Swami Sant Dass Ji to give concrete expression to his vision of spreading education institution thus keeps alive his teachings, soul and values, thereby belieing his death and immortalizing him.
The School made a very humble beginnings by way of an austere building housing the K.G. Std. alone in a very small building called Sukh Niwas Ashram at Gopal Nagar.
The School in this modest form was shifted to its current premises in 1988. Not only was the single class structure transformed into a citadel of learning but also rose to have an offshoot in Phagwara in as early as by the turn of the century, precisely in 2000.
The school owes its success to the astute guidance and dynamism of Swami Shantanand Ji who steered it clear with far-sightedness and fortitude through rain and shine, storm and tide, right since inception to its current indomitable heights. Under his aegis the school has emerged as one of the premier sought after institutes of the city.
SWAMI SANT DASS PUBLIC SCHOOL-A FOUNDATION FOR A LIFE TIME…
The School stands in the heart of the city with the latest infrastructure combined with a highly qualified experienced faculty and Trustworthy management. The school imbibed with its moto of ‘Service To Humanity’ is surging ahead in contrasting shades of combining discipline with academic excellences, imparting moral traditional education with modern technological one, inculcating in the children qualities of a leader and follower, teaching them the spirituality of oneness and compassion alongside modern science longside of 3 wings.
The school comprises of three wings K.G., Primary & Secondary. The K.G. is a separate unit at an arm’s distance from the mainstream school. The infrastructure of the School includes among them:-
1) Maths Laboratory
2) English Laboratory
3) Music Room
4) Activity Room
Learning with Fun is the methodology followed as a teaching practice. The practical experience at the Laboratory forms an integral part of learning. This serves the dual purpose of learning some dry subjects and concepts in a playway manner thereby making it interesting and more comprehensible. This leaves no room for phobia of any subject but on the contrary provides a strong foundation on which the further structure can be raised at the secondary stage.
The English Lab aims to instil the basics of the language appropriate lucid in a child manner. It provides appropriate take-off ground by developing reading ability, imposing pronunciation checks and consequently mature written skills.
Pursuit of hobbies give a positive desired break from the monotony from studies besides enabling the identification and recognition of the talent in the students. The activity room thus brings alive the artists in the children, The Art and Crafts room provides the students an opportunity of bringing more skill to their fingers and expanding their creative horizon.
The music room resonates with the beats of the tabla in rhythm with those of stringed musical instruments and vocal chords. The school is connoisseur in imparting practical teaching in Music which the transcends all religious, geographical and linguistic barriers.
The school is equipped with a state-of-art hi-tech computer laboratory catering to the secondary and senior secondary students. The laboratory has 43 computers which translates to a better than best ratio of 1:1 with an LCD. It is a rare premature privilege of accessibility to this standard of sophistication, Coupled with the hardware is availability of adept faculty providing hand holding facility from primary level of 1st std. to the senior secondary of 12th std.
The social studies laboratory provides a unique experience of globalization and proximity to the universe. The projects bring the beauty and bounties of nature closer home. This again gives vision to geographical concepts enhancing clarity and understanding. The SST laboratory is available from the primary stage of the 3rd std. till culmination of the subject at its general level i.e. 10th std.
The practical experimental teaching in science goes hand in glove with the theoretical. Bring complimentary in essence the Physics/ Chemistry and Biology laboratories form an internal part of the teaching process. Fully aware of the quest for precision and accuracy these spacious laboratories are a source of immense satisfaction and clarification for the students in providing scientific laws.
PHILOSOPHY OF THE SCHOOL
The philosophy of the School is the vision and ideals as are upheld by the Saints. Swami Shantanand Ji believes that the destiny of man and mankind is made in the classrooms. He harbours the conviction of imparting modern technical education enrooted in traditional moral values to make the student an internal cum external winner. By being an external winner the student accomplishes success and by being an internal winner he attains satisfaction. A right attitude which determines one’s altitude is a pre-requisite to attain the right mix of success and satisfaction.
The school constantly endeavours to mould students into responsible individuals to face the complexities and uncertainties of life with courage and confidence being caring and loving towards mankind and nature. Swami Ji is of the strong conviction that education confers a certain amount of power on the individual which should be a source of service.
Enrooted strongly in the belief that whilst the primary purpose of education is to develop life skills for a sustainable livingSwami Ji reaffirms the need to bear in mind the spiritual principles that guide our actions.
Vision and Strategy though pivotal, their execution and implementation is quintessential. All the above are ostensibly noticeable in the day to day teachings imparted, discipline maintained and heights of academic excellence achieved.