Published January 31, 2024 | Version v2
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SANT KABIR'S THOUGHTS ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOAL 4 QUALITY EDUCATION

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Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (Sanskrit: वसुधैव कुटुम्बकम्) is a Sanskrit phrase found in Hindu texts such as the Maha Upanishad, which means "The World Is One Family". It promotes a global perspective and prioritizes the greater good over individual or family interests. It encourages considering the welfare of others, fostering global solidarity and responsibility on various issues, including climate change, sustainable development, peace, and tolerance of differences. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), are also known as the Global Goals, were adopted by the United Nations in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that by 2030 all people enjoy peace and prosperity. Kabir was a well-known 15th century Indian mystic poet and saint who writings immensely influenced Bhakti movement, and his verses are found in Sikhism's scripture Guru Granth Sahib, the Satguru Granth Sahib of Saint Garib Das, and Kabir Sagar of Dharamdas. Kabir believed in the virtue of truth. He asked everyone to follow the path of righteousness and said serving others serves God. Sant Kabir Das dohe (couplets) influenced the Bhakti Movement. Doha is an age-old form of lyrical verse extensively used by Indian poets since the beginning of the 6th century A.D. Doha is an independent verse, a couplet, and its meaning is complete in itself. Sant Kabir Doha’s has a direct and indirect correlation with Sustainable Goal 4 Quality Education. Kabir’s Doha’s reflects on qualities of a teacher, qualities of a disciple, role of a teacher, role of a student, student teacher relationship, gender equality in education, inclusivity, and equality in education. Kabir had written the Doha’s in 15th century but are truly relevant to contemporary scenario.

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