Holistic life means 'looking at life in its totality or entirety without fragmenting it into domains such as physical, emotional, social, economic, spiritual or into compartments like personal and professional or into blocks arranged on the basis of age, nationality, religion, race, caste, creed etc. Holistic life also offers possibilities to live meaningfully, purposefully and creatively in the increasingly complex world around us. Indian civilization gave the ideal of Holistic life through the concept of fourfold goals of life, i.e. dharma, artha, kama, moksha. In the west also the idea of holistic life and holistic development has been explored extensively. The underlying purpose of the theory of Multiple Intelligence of Gardiner is the holistic development of an individual and thereby emphasizing the need for holistic education that will enable to live a holistic life. Holistic education empowers learners to examine critically the cultural, moral and political contexts of their lives and leads learners towards actively challenging and changing their socio-cultural milieu to meet human needs. It is oriented towards lifelong learning or 'learning how to learn,' that leads to a journey of self-actualization and self realization through harmonious intrapersonal and interpersonal relationships and interconnectedness with other individuals, groups and the world. This paper stresses the need for replacing our current education system which is largely information & knowledge laden and examination & employment oriented with Holistic education that focuses mainly on life skills, attitude formation of students, personal and interpersonal skills, and inculcation of values.
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