Authentic Mongolian child education

 

Based on nomadic culture, Mongolians have their library only in their “Tseej erdem” through generations. But this is not just a form of mentally recognising. Erdem itself means “Knowledge through intelligence”. Nomads educate their children with practical daily life-based activities that one day will allow them to acquire Erdem about a different aspect of life. This knowledge should stay in their “Tseej”, meaning that it’s in their intelligence.

First of all, it’s because of their lifestyle. Nomads move 2-4 times a year, and its reason lies with a deep philosophy corresponding to their environmental intelligence. They don’t stay in one place to use all the grass and destroy the land. Instead, they move place to place and this way the environment stays sustainable and wild eternally. Additionally their animals nourish with a new and fresh pasture when they change the place.

Nature is the supreme of everything. All knowledge comes through the understanding of nature and its phenomena. Mongolians call and see their god as the sky. Bluish and deep space correspond to their innermost beauty. That’s why we can see praises, songs, poems, artworks and legends about the sky in all ages throughout their history. Children first learn this philosophy of sky and nature from their parents. It’s very natural that kids start to have close contact with their domestic animals. Once kids realise the connection between nature and animals, they start to learn their role for this connection. Parents teach to their kids about all this through their songs, poems, tales and games.

Life is harder than the city-based civilisations there. Kids learn things the hard way. But they grow strong. They grow in a totally different way in many senses. More intuitive, free minded, often they are called as wild, but wild in a sense of free minded, they know what is the limit and not to harm others and nature. But as humans, through hardship, many kids grow up with difficulties. Like everywhere, if the parents are not sage enough, kids follow the same route, their personalities are disastrous. But compare to the modern world, nomadic kids are more aware of their environment around, the relationship between others, and they are more humanistic. I realise they are not interested much in reading books about history etc. which develops their mental knowledge. But rather they prefer to stay attentive into their life philosophy or just sing.

This is a big problem in a modern city based new lifestyle in Mongolia now a day. Global warming, mining, desertification and ultra-capitalist mentality destroys this nomadic civilisation.  Although many nomads are conscious about it, they still prefer to move into the cities and their kids become non-nomad, and non-citizen of that city. A new philosophy of education and living is missing then. No value about life there in between two different life styles. Luckily and logically still the life philosophy of nomadism stays in their head and consciousness. But once it doesn’t really match into the new outer influences, Mongolians nomads becoming lazy, lost and no value about many important aspects of life.

Mongolian Handicraft Trade Fair Yak

 

In its own way, international schools are establishing and creating their citizens in a new way. You can see American kids, English kids, Japanese or Korean, or Russian, even Chinese cultured kids everywhere in Mongolia. They are all Mongolians. But once Mongolian nomadic civilisation is lost, or weak, then it’s a new international America like everywhere in the world now a day.

We, Mongolians talk about our culture and language. But its very artificial. Many are proud of their strong history. But where are we? And who we are? And where are we going?…

I am not against anyone, I am just against ourselves… what we have to do now is to re-value, re-admire, re-comprehend and re-establish our nomadic based civilisation in the midst of this modern world. We can’t stop the global warming as a single effort, but still, we must be conscious about what creates and influences into this global warming, desertification.

We Mongolians, should completely stop mining. Mining brings easy money, but it destroys the pasture land, meaning it creates desertification and killing nomadism in all ways. Searching for economic comfort, and even to survive many nomads quite their homeland and lifestyle, then their child education system which comes through their lifestyle and deep communication with their domestic animals and nature.

Everybody in the city is willing to be educated like philosophers, libraries are full, and universities are outnumbered. Everybody is well educated, but with no sense of deeper understanding of what we lost. Educated, but mining, desertification, pollution… Complaining about them, but still going to work for mining industries.  Using electricity and water without limit. Instead of supporting nomadic handicrafts and local producers, we all look for fashion, brands, industrial production.

A Few Thoughts About Universal Responsibility.

Universal responsibility is the best foundation both for our personal happiness and for world peace, the equitable use of our natural resources and, through a concern for future generations, the proper care for the environment. Many of the world’s problems and conflicts arise because states and individuals have lost sight of the basic humanity that binds us all together as a human family. As politicians are running states, it tends to be forgotten that despite the diversity of race, religion, culture, language, ideology and so forth, people are equal in their basic desire for peace and happiness. As human beings, we all know that we need to have better relations and better understandings. Although world communities, researchers and many thinkers know about it, it’s rarely our practice.

Today, human civilisation has entered the new millennium with many aliments such as economic crises, political distrust and social confusions, environmental problems, psychological depressions, nuclear disasters, and so on… Those problems and disasters have been created by human beings and cannot be ignored. If we consider about our future generations and our world community survival, we should find a way to solve these problems and disasters.

Dr. Samael Aun Weor, a thinker of social sciences and anthropology, once said that there are a number of events and negative external problems, but the reason for those negative problems lies internally. It explains that disasters, crises and problems are showing themselves externally, but the reasons and foundations are internal. So, our internal states today should require human beings to think twice. International communities and states do a lot for the world community, but we are missing the internal sense or understanding of universalism by responsibility.

I, therefore, suggest that states need more awareness of human responsibility toward a universal optimism of the world.

We cannot call all of the world community to become a Buddhist or believe in karma, dharma and reincarnation. However, everybody can have enough sense to protect nature with its components and sustain responsibility toward our future creatures and generations. It’s natural, as given our ancestors provided us a place to live today. The conclusion is the world community needs to look for the greater motivation to modern problem solving and for future generations.

 

So, any human action, whether the result is positive or negative, largely depends on motivation. If the motivation is sincere then every human action can be positive – including political initiatives. If our motivation is not adequate or pure, even religion becomes smeared. It’s a motivation and attitude for optimism, with its sense of acting for the world community as a family. Sincere motivation for the benefit of others and greater sense of responsibility is the approach of Dalai Lama for world community, diplomacy and nation states.

The most secure foundation for a new world order is not simply broader political and economic alliances, but each individual’s genuine practice of love and compassion. These qualities are the ultimate source of human happiness, and our need for them lies at the very core of our being. The practice of compassion is not idealistic, but the most effective way to pursue the best interests of others as well as our own. The more we become interdependent the more it is in our own interest to ensure the well-being of others.

Morally, as beings of higher intelligence, we must care for this world. The other inhabitants of the planet, insects and so on, do not have the means to save or protect this world. Our other responsibility is to undo the serious environmental degradation that is the result of incorrect human behaviour. We have recklessly polluted the world with chemicals and nuclear waste, selfishly consuming many of its resources. Humanity must take the initiative to repair and protect the world.

And more over, we are all human and we all want a better and peaceful world. So the proper motivation is that care for the other’s interest is urgent. The world leaders and nation states should encourage innovative dialogue on the ways in which members of the public can strengthen the peace process through people-to-people and leaders to leaders. They should encourage proper motivation which is based on the greater sense of universal responsibility. It’s not only about a religious approach; it’s the urgent need to deal with current problems which can erase the entire human existence.

We in world politics only talk and know about rights. Now it’s an urgent time to consider the “Human Responsibility”, “Nations Responsibility” and “World as a Global Responsibility”.

It’s the only way to save humanity, nations and global survival.

 

Story of Mongolian Handicrafts

 

After a shocking dream, I felt the breath of mother earth and started to really believe in “Divine mother” or anything called “Mother spirit”, and “Mother Earth”.

I recalled my grandparents’ visions about nature. Humble and inspired greetings to milky stars and misty mountains, breathing the fresh morning air with the earths caring spirit, touching the great silence of winter nights, and riding the winds on horseback. These values start to call me back strongly towards what I have experienced in my childhood in the Altai mountains.

Everything there is tied to mother earth. As time passes and with the changing world, we have followed. There is nothing bad about following the changing worlds but we need to keep these deep values that we have learnt and experienced with our nomadic grandparents. I know that is what our mother earth hopes from me… That is why I started Mongolian Handicrafts.

Not only in my mental world, but also in my emotions and intuitions, I started to develop a great respect for natural things like fabrics, foods, lifestyles, etc. On the other hand, I started to refuse synthetic, nylon, and anything that comes out of petrol.

There is nothing “alive” in synthetic wool, and it develops a mass production which destroys many local handicrafts. Fashion designers should care about more natural fabrics than their designs. We can wear more fashionable synthetic clothes, but can we realize how we are “unconscious” about what’s going on with our mother earth. I think it’s much more than that…

Wool is sustainable and renewable. Naturally, yaks, camels, sheep, goats and other domestic animals are growing their hair and depending on where they live, they develop different types of wool. Some are itchy, but some are soft like silk. Specially cashmere and pure yak down. Any wool becomes softer and less itchy by their usage. Because wool is an alive substance. It feels the wearer and creates an affinity towards mother earth.

I realize that most wool products are mixed with other nylon, cotton or synthetic. Mixing with cotton is fine, but I other unnatural fabrics should not be mixed with natural fabrics, especially with wool.

In the end, I would suggest people, to re-experience their wool world and respect its mystic characters while using it.