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The Absorbent Mind


THE ABSORBENT MIND
THE \
\ ABSORBENT |
MIND
by
Maria Montcssori
M.D., D.Litt., F.E.I.S
1949
THE THEOSOPHICAL PUBLISHING HOUSE
ADYAfi MADRAS INDIA
INTRODUCTION
THE present volume is based upon the lectures given by
Dr. Maria Montessori at Ahmedabad, during the first
Training Course after her internment in India which
lasted up to the end of World War II. In it she exposes
the unique mental powers of the young child which
enable him to construct and firmly establish within a
few
years only, without teachers, without any of the usual
aids of education, nay, almost abandoned and often
obstructed, all the characteristics of the human
per^bnal-
ity. This achievement by a being, weak in its physical
powers, who is born with great potentialities, but
prac-
tically without any of the actual factors of mental
life, a
being who may be called a zero, but who after only
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