The Goal of Education

The problem with present-day education is that it has no definite goal to pursue. A sculptor is clear about what he or she wants to shape out of the marble lump; similarly, a painter knows what he or she wants to paint. But a teacher has no clear idea about the goal of his teaching. A teacher prepares the scheme of this man-making education in the light of overall philosophy.

According to Vedanta, the essence of humans lies in the soul, which it possesses in addition to body and mind. Education aims to manifest in our lives the perfection, which is the very nature of our inner self. 

This perfection is the realization of the infinite power that resides in everything and every-where-existence, consciousness, and bliss. After understanding the vital nature of this perfection, we should identify it with our innermost self. For attaining this, one will have to eradicate one’s ego, ignorance, and all other false identification, which stands in the way.

Education isn’t the amount of information that’s put into your brain and runs riot there undigested, all your life. It’s the process by which character is formed, the strength of mind is increased, and intellect is sharpened, as a result of which one can stand on one’s own feet.

Swami Vivekananda

Meditation, fortified by moral purity and passion for truth, helps us to leave behind the body, the senses, the ego, and all other non-self-elements, which are perishable.

We, thus, realize our immortal divine self, that’s of the nature of infinite existence, infinite knowledge, and infinite bliss. The mind of the students has to be cultivated and trained through meditation, concentration, and practice of moral and political ethics. All success in any line of work is the result of the power of concentration and honest hard work.

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