The Goal Of Education

The problem with present-day education is that it has no definite goal to pursue. A sculptor has a clear idea about what he wants to shape out of the marble block; similarly, a painter knows what he is going 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. The aim of education is 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 which resides in everything and every-where-existence, consciousness and bliss. After understanding the essential nature of this perfection, we should identify it with our inner self. For achieving this, one will have to eliminate one’s ego, ignorance and all other false identification, which stand in the way.

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

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, which is of the nature of infinite existence, infinite knowledge, and infinite bliss. The mind of the students has to be controlled and trained through meditation, concentration, and practice of ethical purity. All success in any line of work is the result of the power of concentration.

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