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the only truth I know is my own experience

The best school in the world. A miracle on Earth! July 26, 2015

Modern children, as products of consumer society, are difficult to handle and educate. Most parents are frustrated about their upbringing methods which do not work. Media, social networks and computer games seem to have taken over the role of family and school. The education became a rat race. Everyone speaks about the crisis of the education system. Desperate parents in many countries set up private schools or switch to homeschooling. What is the best option for the future?

As a mother of a little girl I started asking myself about the proper school for her. We live in Austria where one can find a range of state schools, classical private or alternative schools, as well as homeschooling. However my understanding of education was not covered by any of these. Something essential was missing in all of them.

One year ago I learned about one outstanding boarding school in Russia which seemed to fulfill my ideal and this year, together with my husband we went there to check it out.

The School lies on the shore of the Black sea in the very South of Russia. We came in July and found the School full of children studying as if it was not a holidays time. „We take holidays whenever we want“ – was the reply of a student. Besides, we have met many children who came for the entry selection. We asked one mother, why her daughter wanted to study in the School. The answer was: „To become a true human being“. That was the answer I was looking for!

(NOTE to images: ALL buildings are constructed and decorated by the school students alone)


But we will come back to that later. First some hard facts and first impressions:

  • The day starts at 5.30 a.m. and ends at 9 p.m. In-between they study, build houses, engage in artistic painting and handicrafts, sing a cappella in eight voices, do martial arts and folk dancing with professional skill, cook their meals, do administrative work and write their own text books. In the evening they always take one hour to reflect on the day and their relationships with each other and with the world.
  • All the school facilities including study spaces, an auditorium, administrative office, cooking area, dining room, toilets, shower rooms, boarding rooms and other facilities are designed and built by the students. All these building works are full of grace and beauty reflecting the inner nature and outer skills of the students and the excellent quality of the school activities. “It is not just that we place our own tremendous emphasis on music, visual art and dance—these activities should make themselves felt in the school on a day-by-day basis, and this is the crux of the whole thing.” Schetinin
  • Once a week they take politics as a subject where they watch important news and analyze and discuss all that is happening in the world.
  • Children do have ‘smartphones’ at school, which they use for accessing information quickly on the subjects they are working on. For TV and games there is neither a desire nor time.
  • All the students have an amazingly straight and dignified posture, and impress everyone with their beautiful Russian language. Their way of communicating with each other and school guests is admirable; it is full of friendliness and respect in a way one rarely finds in modern teenagers. They are attentive and caring.
  • The methodology of learning would require another article, it’s a fascinating and huge topic. I can only note that the core principles are Systematization and Integration of all subjects. A pupil learns how to imbibe the essence of a subject, how to find the interconnections with other subjects and how to see the world as a complex interdependent System. They learn how to discover the macrocosm in the microcosm; they learn how to see the Oneness.
  • Another thing which is striking is the combination of discipline and flexibility–to an extent I have never experienced anywhere.
  • Dress code: The girls choose themselves not to wear short skirts or cosmetics. Knee-long-skirts and dresses are the standard female wear. No jeans, and sport trousers only for sports. Boys mostly wear shirts and trousers and military style apparel for martial arts.
  • The children are keen on studying (and at any time of the day!) I gave some German classes at 7 p.m. and their attention and their interest was still fresh (keeping in mind they get up at 5.30 a.m.)
  • Even though they deliver such amazing results the children remain very humble.
  • The boarding school is under the jurisdiction of the Russian Federation’s Ministry of Education. It charges no tuition fees. And, even though the school does not advertise itself, it has no vacancies.
  • There are students at the school from over 40 nations and different religious backgrounds.

The school in Tekos exists since 1994 and is impressive due to both its educational and holistic developmental results. Entering the school at 12, a child is able to finish the curriculum of the Russian secondary education (which is more difficult than most western curriculums) within one or two years, acquiring a diploma of one or two higher educations by the age of 18. At the same time one becomes certified in two disciplines such as a cook or builder as well as a set of other professional skills like painting, dancing, martial arts, even beekeeping. But on top of that–and what is definitely more important and interesting–a child grows into a stable, beautiful personality, broadly educated not only intellectually, but at heart.

The core idea of Schetinin’s method is not about raising prodigies, but about raising beautiful human beings, fully developed mentally, physically and spiritually. The children in the Tekos School become loving, caring, giving; they are collective and responsible, strong and clear about their ideals and goals. A child becomes a personality who perceives himself/herself as part of the whole, not only responsible for, but actually capable of contributing to the betterment of humanity. Isn’t this the type of people we desperately need today when the world seems to be falling apart in ecological, economical and socio-political terms? Schetinin dreamed of creating “The School of the Third Millennium“ and it turned out to be an excellent model of what the world needs in the highly demanding times we live in.



Why is civil activism on the rise worldwide? November 7, 2014

Filed under: thoughts — axinia @ 3:50 pm

We live in highly interesting times. Events of historical signification are being displayed in front of our eyes like in a fast motion film. We have the largest population ever lived on Earth, we have great means of communication and transportation; we can explore new places and each other. And – this is the first time ever such a huge number of people are interested in knowing their inner Self, in getting some spiritual knowledge and experience. All that which was accessible to a limited number of seekers is now possible for everyone. And many do use the chance!

Basically we are experiencing a huge shift in the collective consciousness. People are becoming aware of their lives, and try to discover the Truth.

I like the idea of Bernard Lietaer (“New World New Money”) who believes that we are shifting from the worship of male archetypes of a King, Magician and Hero to the worship of the female powers, of Mother archetype. The recent millennia brought the mankind to such an extreme of the ego-trip, competition and grid, that the pendal will have to naturally shift to the opposite. The people will come to the idea of the common good being driven by the cooperation, understanding, sharing and giving. Even if this sounds like a dream, believe me, we are heading there…because it is the law of polarity, the law of evolution!

There is an old Indian prediction about the advent of Kalki, the last spiritual incarnation. And it said that this incarnation will be not a single person, but a collective body of all enlightened people.

Interestingly we can observe a rise of civil activity in many countries. It looks like people are getting conscious about what is wrong with their lives, with the current economic and political system. They consciously want to change it! It looks like a very good sign of change.

So far, most of all revolutions have been “paid off” from the outside, even the October 1917 Revolution in Russia. Now we live in the interesting times when suddenly people are willing to do something, because they are motivated from within.

This is how things can truly change.

Let’s help to move the Humanity to the common good!




The source of all world problems October 17, 2014

Filed under: thoughts — axinia @ 2:19 pm

image by axinia

I am sure we all agree that the solution of all word problems is LOVE. Just imagine, how we would live if we would act merely out of pure love? Right, this world would be the paradise!

And what is the opposite of love? – FEAR!

Fear is the source of all problems, really all of them. The fear of loss of food shelter, health, wealth,and, ultimately, love.

That fear is the substance which tries to rule the world. I would not say it rules the world, but it always tries…Sometimes more, sometimes less successful.

How creates that fear? We would probably never find out.

But what we can really do is release ourselves, and this is only possible if we will learn to love, ourselves and others.


LOVE, and loads of it!



How Leo Tolstoy influenced Gandhi’s passisve resistance fight against the British September 11, 2014

Leo Tostoy is widely known as a great writer, Mahatma Gandhi is widely known as a great freedom fighter, the only one so far who could inspire people for the non-violence fights and made them win.

Little is known however about the connection between the two. Let me show you the missing link!

leo-tolstoy-painting-1  Gandhi

A couple of years before the death of Leo Tostoy, there was a highly interesting letter exchange between the two, please read here.

Gandhi mentioned several times in his life that Tolstoy was his true inspiration for the nonviolence fight.

A detailed text on relationship between Tostoy and Gandhi is here.

Further quoting the article “Tolstoy and Gandhi’s Law of Love” By Thomas Weber

When Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi started to practice law in South Africa as a young barrister in the 1890s, he was confronted with glaring racial discrimination as well as various other injustices. It was then that he began to develop his satyagraha philosophy of nonviolence, through which he would later lead India to independence. Perhaps the most profound influence on Gandhi at this time were the ideas and living example of the Russian author Leo Tolstoy who, in the last year of his life, became Gandhi’s mentor on nonviolence.

During an interview in London with Evelyn Wrench, the editor of The Spectator, Gandhi was asked, “Did any book ever affect you supremely and was there any turning point in your life?” Gandhi replied that he changed the whole plan of his life after reading Ruskin’s Unto This Last, adding that “Tolstoy I had read much earlier. He affected the inner being.” Gandhi’s chief biographer and secretary in later life, Pyarelal, claims that so deeply was Gandhi’s thinking “impregnated with Tolstoy’s that the changes that took place in his way of life and thinking in the years that followed [his reading of Tolstoy] can be correctly understood and appreciated only in the context of the master’s life and philosophy.”

When, late in his life, his inner conflicts became unbearable, Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy, the great Russian novelist, gave his estate to his family, disposed of much of his personal belongings and attempted to live the life of a poor and celibate peasant. In this attempt to put his personal philosophy into practice, he denounced authority and all violence, and became a vegetarian. His Christian anarchist life and moral and religious writings were to influence many people–not least of whom was the young Gandhi. (more…)


The optimist forecast: it will get worse and worse July 18, 2014

Filed under: thoughts — axinia @ 12:08 pm


Everyone who knows me in person can admit that I am a positive and optimistic person. And I am, indeed. At the same time I am a careful observer of the mankind`s collective consciousness. And this is what I want to share with you today.
Dear people, now when we watch some absurd and dramatic escalation of conflicts in various parts of the world, as well as the world economy crisis which never ends… we should prepare ourselves that it will get worse. And worse. And worse.
Sorry to tell you, our life will not get better soon.

Unless and until we make a shift in consciousness, all together. Or at least the first 13 % as per innovation law.
The night it at it darkest before the sunrise and I guess we all know that from our private life experience.
However we do not need to wait untill it gets too dark – in the meanwhile we could search for solutions, and first of all in our minds and hearts, not in the politics.

There is one interesting research in the field of Knowledge Management :The article “Stuff or Love? How metaphors direct our efforts to manage knowledge in organisations”

where the researcher first compares Knowledge to water and what people can do with it, using as water. And then he compares knowledge to LOVE and people realize that then it’s a completely different approach! For love cannot be waisted like water and does not get less, only more with sharing. It is a different view which changes the whole attitidue, isn`t it?

This is what we can contribute for the better future now: to question all our modern values, economical systems, relationships – if it does not work may be we should find a System which works?

The shift will happen, we only need to reach some critical mass of new awareness.

Let’s work on it.

The better world will come, but first it must get much worse. FOR EVERYONE TO WAKE UP!





What is known about Kundalini in religions and teachings June 22, 2014

Filed under: thoughts — axinia @ 7:35 pm

kundaliniThe Kundalini is the harp on which the Divine plays the melody of its Love. She is
the ladder by which the seeker steps across the threshold into the fathomless
Unconscious.  She is the jumping board that allows one to soar from finite to infinite in the
ocean of freedom, peace and bliss…
Ancient sages who meditated and achieved great heights of awareness, have
written a lot about Kundalini. Living away from the public in forest dwellings they saw the
working of Kundalini within themselves during meditation. Apart from descriptions in
ancient Indian scriptures, Kundalini has also been described in religious books like the
Thorats, Bible and the Koran as ‘the fire tree’. In those books there are many references
couched in secretive language which few would have understood.

The Bible tells of the first meeting of all the disciples with the Virgin Mary after the Crucifixion. The closed room
they met in “was filled with a great wind, and there appeared above their heads, as it
were, separate tongues of fire, and they were filled with the Holy Ghost.” This is a
description of a vision of Kundalini.

Various Chinese philosophers have also described the Kundalini in their writings, and Greek mythology catalogued the same Gods and
Goddesses. (more…)


How to marry spirituality and economics May 29, 2014

Filed under: thoughts — axinia @ 11:16 pm

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I suddenly found out one interesting awareness trend. The system-critics, the growing number of those fed up with the existing economic system come to a conclusion that the change has to come from the values first. More and more of such intellectuals realize that a spiritual transformation should happen before any serious system change can take place.

At the same time people coming from another lot – so called spiritual people – slowly arrive to the conclusion that no amount of spriutal heights and bliss compensate the cognitive dissonance of living in the capitalistic system which exists due to exploiting the weaknesses of human beings. The people of Spirit are suffocating in the System which kills the joy. The want not only the spritual but also  – parallel to it – a benevolent economic system, preferably without money.

Bingo! We seem to have arrived at the point when financial analytics and all kind of yoga-meditaiton practitioners, being the avantgarde of the society, realize the need of both spiritual and economic transformation.

When two ends meet… something new can emerge!

I observe how the fast growing community of alternative-economy developers is inspiring the hearts and minds of the population. Can we possibly develop and carry out Spiritual Economics? Will it happen in our lifetime? May be not, but it is great to be part of this breathtaking movement, we have to start somethere.

Let’s move on!

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