Our school was fortunate to be visited by Dr. Chintamani Yogi on Thursday this week. A professor of Sanskrit, founder and principal of schools and patron to many interfaith and community groups in Nepal, Dr. Chintamani is a passionate educator who is committed to developing a shared understanding towards a peaceful life. His country and particularly Kathmandu, where his schools are located, have gone through such hardship and change due to the recent earthquakes. Yet, as he explained, with a close community based on friendship and common good they have been able to begin the rebuilding process. It reminds us of both how fortunate we are but also how important it is to keep a sense of the big picture and the importance of fellowship.
Dr. Chintamani was extremely impressed with our Sanskrit classes and the passion of learning embodied in both teachers and students. Our children are very fortunate to have the opportunity of learning such a classical and rich language. I recently have begun my own learning journey in Sanskrit and while I have some wonderful (and patient) guides, it may be a long road. I am not finding it easy and don t think I should, the learning is in the journey not in reaching the destination.
Pictured below are: Sanskrit teacher Cathie van Geldermalsen, Mr Wilcock, Dr Chintamani, and Sanskrit teacher Joan Childs.