The Isa Viswa Prajnana Trust runs a wide array of programs and activities on education, based on His Holiness Jagadguru Swami Isa's unique approaches to improvements in both formal and informal education.
The Trust has a 20+ year history of operating schools, training centres, and higher education institutes based on Swami Isa's 'Education for Total Consciousness' methodology.
A future project is to build a ‘Universal University’ based on a universal scheme of learning.
In 1998, Jagadguru Swami Isa began the Isa Viswa Vidyalayam primary through high school based on his "Education for Total Consciousness" teaching method. Children thrive here, where the teaching specialises in personalized learning experiences, creative arts interpretation of textbook lessons, and linking learning to the self and the wider universe. Teachers cultivate strong relationships with the children, giving them not only knowledge--but love, understanding and inspiration.
Educationalists from India and abroad were invited to a workshop on the Education for Total Consciousness method in 2000 and 2001 for a National Workshop and an International Conference on Education for Total Consciousness. These conferences have been held annually ever since. Distinguished educators from primary level to university professors of all disciplines have come forward to test the method and lesson plan format. Encouraged by their positive response, the Trust implemented ETC teacher training programs since 2004.
In 2010, the Trust launched a new international platform for science and spirituality, the Global Energy Parliament. Sustainability of all fields of society takes on a new depth of understanding once it is viewed through the lens of Swami Isa's "I-Theory." Everything is merely vibration, or energy, which has both quantity and quality. Once the basic elementary vibration is understood, all that which it comprises can be known clearly. Educating decision-makers to balance that energy is the parliament's main work-- communicating to both to global citizens as well as national leaders. Annual sessions of parliament are held in a different country every year.
In 2013 Swami Isa published a book entitled "Education for Total Consciousness," on his philosophy and methodology. The international edition was released in 2016 at the residence of the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka.
The Isa Viswa Prajnana Trust was awarded with Special Consultative Status to the United Nations' Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in 2015, and has contributed suggestions on education, science and sustainability to numerous sessions of the UN.
Our Educational Philosophy
“When an individual’s thought changes, everything changes,” says Swami Isa. “True and total education should result in the complete development of the individual, and his or her realisation of Total Consciousness.”
Education nowadays is not able to contribute to, nor culminate, in this realisation process. Textbooks and teaching only emphasise knowledge about the objective world (the world we see outside of us), and completely ignore subjective knowledge (awareness of our body, mind, intellect and all things inside of us). Moreover, it misses the inherent relationship between the two: that the self and the universe are one and the same. One is an extension of the other. The result is a suffering society in the throes of greed, destruction, material obsessiveness, irresponsibility, and woeful ignorance.
In the ancient Indian educational system of the Gurukula, education was of far greater purpose--its ultimate aim was in the total self-realization of the student. Living and working alongside the teacher (Guru) may not today be possible for everyone in the modern society, and that is why Swami Isa developed the Education for Total Consciousness method for present-day educational institutions.
Read more about Swami Isa's Education for Total Consciousness.
Humans absorb knowledge and culture from many other sources than just school, and for this reason, the Trust also focuses on education in the informal sector. Its informal education projects touch all planes of society, conveying information about maintaining balance, sustainability and harmony in all things.
The Trust's initiatives in informal education span Life for Total Consciousness yoga classes to the Global Energy Parliament to skill development classes in slums. (See below)
Photo samples of Isa Viswa Prajnana Trust's projects in Informal Education
1. Life for Total Consciousness yoga class 2. Global Energy Parliament 3. Plastic Awareness Campaign 4. Computer literacy training 5. Health awareness class 6. "One House, One Fruit Tree" awareness and tree distribution 7. Agricultural project, Germany 8. Mobile Knowledge Unit - visits to slums for skill development and healthcare 9. Yoga Teacher Training 10. Kindness Club, France 11. World Environment Day Painting Competition 12. Handwashing Campaign
“Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defences of peace must be constructed. The type of education we’re talking about is not the instruction, but the transformation it brings about. Education for Total Consciousness is a laudable initiative, and I fully support it… I also appreciate the opportunity of being in the divine presence of His Holiness Jagadguru Swami Isa. His guidance and blessings to me have re-energized my determination to serve humanity.”
Prof. Armoogum Parsuramen
“Jagadguru Swami Isa, the God-gifted spiritual voice of India, says that objective education has its merits, but subjective education is what reflects the soul or the quintessence of education…. He has proved with empirical evidence and spiritual support that an integrated education is what reflects the soul of education…. Once you realize Swamiji’s concepts, then you realize the subject and the object are one and the same, merely different manifestations of the same reality. Tat Twam Asi.”
Dr. C.V. Ananda Bose
“Science and spirituality were in former times fully aligned, but today’s education has moved away from that. Education for Total Consciousness is one precious contemporary approach which preserves the original greatness of the purpose of education. It is a true pleasure to see the work that Jagadguru Swami Isa is doing through his school.”
“Swami Isa has the vision of a new education which will help individuals to achieve the highest mental potential they are capable of—achieve total consciousness, a state of knowledge, total understanding and perfect spiritual bliss."
“I once taught pre-schoolers ‘Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star’ in Education for Total Consciousness format, and told them that the same energy shining in the star was shining in themselves. The little ones were so delighted they clapped their hands in joy! I shall never forget it. It is moments like these that make us understand the power and the potential of the sublime teaching method of Education for Total Consciousness.”
Timeline of Major Educational Activities
Distinguished Educationalists who have participated in our educational programs
Prof. Armoogum Parsuramen, former Minister of Education, Mauritius and former Director of UNESCO
Dr. C.V. Ananda Bose IAS, former Vice Chancellor of National Museum Institute and Distinguished Fellow, Lal Bahadur Shastri Academy of Administration, Mussoorie, India
Prof. Ven. Bellanvila Wimalaratana, late Chancellor, Sri Jayawardhanapura University, Sri Lanka
Dr. Amnuay Tapingkae, President of Payap University, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Dr. N. Babu, late Vice Chancellor of Kerala University, India
Dr. A. Sukumaran Nair, Former Vice Chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, India
Prof. Ervin Laszlo, Founder of the Club of Budapest, Hungary
Dr. G. Shankar, Professor of Architecture and founder of Habitat Technology Group, India
Prof. Ariyaratne Kaluarachchi, Vice Chancellor of Sri Lanka Performing Arts College, Sri Lanka
Tim Schaffter, former Regional Director of UNESCO
Rev. Dr. Po-Ho Huang , former Dean, Office of International Affairs,Chang Jung Christian University, Taiwan
Prof. Dr. C.A. May, Professor, Medical Faculty of Dresden University of Technology, Germany
Prof. N. Radhakrishnan, President of the Indian Council for Gandhian Studies
Dr. Reza Chowdhury, Director, Greenheart Medical University, Guyana
Lady Carla Davis, CEO, South Seas University
Prof. Susan L. Smith, Professor of Law, Willamette University, Oregon, USA
Prof. Elias Wolff, Professor of Theology, World Council of Churches, Brazil
Dr. Fernando Vallespín Oña, Academic Director, Ortega y Gasset University Research Institute, Professor in Political Science of Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
Dr. K. Sivadasan Pillai, late Director, Department of Adult and Continuing Education, University of Kerala, India
Dr. Surya Nath Prasad, Executive Vice President, International Association of Educators for World Peace
Dr. Kiran Vyas, Founder of Tapovan Open School of Ayurveda and Massage, Normandy, and former Cultural Attache to UNESCO, France
Dr. Folker Meissner, Chairman the German Academy of Energy and Information Medicine, Germany
Dr. Somboon Panyakom, Ret’d Dean of the International College, Payap University, Thailand
Prof. Sudhanshu Rai, Associate Professor of Innovation in Emerging Economies, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Prof. Jane Henry, Professor of Experiential Research, Open University, UK
Prof. Jane Pohlmann, Lecturer, IT, Folkebojskolen, Smohoj, Denmark
Jean-Francois Noubel, Founder of the Collective Intelligence Research Institute & Member of Meta Currency Project, France
Prof. Katoor Narayana Pillai, Former Principal, Arts College, Kerala
Dr. Vellayani Arjunan, former Director of State Institute of Encyclopedia and Publications, Govt of Kerala
Dr. M.R. Thampan, Former Director, State Institute of Languages, Govt. of Kerala
Dr. K.A.H. Mirza, Hon. Senior Lecturer and Consultant Adolescent Psychiatrist at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College, London
Dr. Joy K. Joseph, Professor of Business Studies, Glyndwr University, London
Dr. Alok Kumar Gupta, Regional Director, National Institute of Open Schools, Govt of India
Prof. Oommen V. Oommen, Hon. Director, Centre for Venom Informatics, Kerala
Dr. B. Vijayakumar, Former Principal, Kerala Institute of Travel & Tourism Studies
Prof. Dr. C.S.P. Iyer, late Professor Emeritus, Indian Institute of Information Technology & Management-Kerala
Prof. M.G. Sasibhooshan, Ret’d Professor of History, University College, Kerala
Prof. V. Unnikrishnan Nayar, Former Dean, Faculty of Sciences, Cochin University of Science and Technology, India
Dr. George Varghese, Ret’d Head of Dept of Mechanical Engineering, Mar Ivanios College, Kerala
Dr. S. Sreedevi, Former Principal, Govt Training College, Kerala
Dr. V. Reghu, Former Professor, Dean & Controller of Examinations, RGNIYD, Chennai, India
Dr. C.P. Sreekantan Nair, Academic Director, PTM College
Dr. Valsala Thampan, Principal, BNV College of Teacher Education, Kerala
Dr. Malini P.M., Ret’d Principal, NSS Training College, Kerala
Dr B.C. Sobha, Principal, Teacher’s Training College, Kerala
Prof. K.K. Vasu, HOD & Principal in RIT, Engineering College of Kerala
Dr. N. Bindu, Head of the Dept of Education, University of Kerala
Prof. B.N. Pandey, Ret'd HOD of Zoology, Magadh University
Prof. Lalitha Santhakumar, Ret’d Professor of English, Sree Narayana Guru College, Chempazhanthy
Dr. R. Syama, Ret'd Reader of Malayalam, Sree Narayana Guru College, Chempazhanthy
Dr. Divya C. Senan, Professor, Dept of Education, University of Kerala