Notes of true education

Notes of true education

What is true education?
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I have met peasants and learnt of them more than many university men. In some, indeed, of these simple little folk, I have seen the light of true education. Schools and colleges often shut out the light.

True education has some fundamental notes. They are.

Sympathy

True knowledge is sympathy. The word “brother” means “burdenbearer”.

Simplicity

“Love of manual labour is declining. We are entangled in fashion. Love of luxury is undermining the health and strength of students. How many of them are prepared to wash their own kitchenvessels, as did the students in the ashramas of old? Washing the plate is not less honourable than playing at tennis or playing on the harmonium.

Sacrifice

To give is better than to get. Many of the “educated” persons have no other thought than that of rupees. To be a moneymaking machine is the ambition of many. Very, very few know of the joy of giving, the joy of selfsacrifice.

Spiritual aspirations

Many of the college students, today, speak of “atheism” in the name of “science”. Not so spoke highly educated devotees of science. To Einstein and Eddington, Sir James Jeans and Sir Oliver Lodge science was not antireligious. Science deeply studied is seen to be a revelation of the Spirit, and nature is a witness to the presence of a “Mathematical Thinker” of the Universe.

There is a Spirit in and beyond the stars. A School without a spiritual aspiration is an absurdity.

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