Tuesday, July 4, 2017

The Content of Education

Wisdom is the key to humankind’s salvation.  An educational institution has authority and is expected to disseminate wisdom.  Education needs to incorporate study of consciousness in its content along with Science.  How will you study reality as coexistence without first becoming clear about consciousness - the self or jeevan which performs this study?  These two parts – consciousness and coexistence – have not been addressed by educational institutions, educational philosophies or pedagogy.  Secondly, Psychology needs to incorporate study of human consciousness, which in turn means its content needs to include sanskar.  Thirdly, Philosophy needs to be taught with authenticity of evidences.  So far we had assumed “learned” is the one who can repeat what he was asked to read.  However, that’s not the meaning of being learned.  A learned person is the epitome of wisdom.  Existence itself is the content of all learning.  One cannot become learned without understanding existence, without understanding jeevan, and without understanding humane conduct.  This wisdom entails a definite line of thinking (ideology), thereby a definite plan, translating into definite actions, whose definite outcomes become its real life evidences.  In the absence of wisdom how can we achieve a definite line of thinking?  In the absence of wisdom we have one ideology (materialism) which seeks comforts and accumulation, and other ideology which seeks renunciation, non-accumulation, detachment and devotion.  Millions of people offered their lives for these ideologies - demonstrating their courage, patience and dedication.  However both these ideologies – idealism and materialism - could not give a definite outline (goal and direction) of a just society.  Humankind has forever been making tireless efforts but without any definite goal or direction.  

- Excerpt from English Translation of Jeevan Vidya - Ek Parichaya

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