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Real knowledge is not imparted in Educational Institutions!
Sai Educare programs.
The knowledge we really need?
When there is widespread and copious rainfall, the water percolates into the subsoil and reaches the rocky region. The water locked up in the rocky regions is brought up through bore wells and pumps when there is scarcity in water. Likewise, the teachings of great sages, saints and prophets, percolate into the consciousness of many godly persons. They really act as the aquifer and provide those divine teachings to the intending spiritual aspirants when they approach them.
Vedic knowledge was at a high peak, many thousands of years ago. Vedas are endless and none can surmise the entire Veda. Considering the poor intellect of the present age people, sage Vyasa has codified the Vedas into four main categories which are known as Rig, Yajur, Sama and Atharvana. Due to the ingress of Western cultures, the youngsters of India have started to neglect Vedic studies and they copied the harmful materialistic cultures. While the intelligent one from the West, seek the esoteric knowledge of Vedas, Upanishads and other epics, we here seeks sensual pleasures copying the western ways of living! This is really a tragic affair. Bharat, in ancient days were guiding the entire community of people around the world with spiritual philosophies. It is Max Muller, who realized the treasure trove in the Vedic literature, came to India, studied them and translated most of those texts in German language. Thus slowly, the world started realizing about the greatness of Vedic literature originated in India.
The Veda is not a written text. Sages in deep meditation in thick jungles for many years intuitively inspired with the knowledge of Veda from formless Brahman. They memorized those sounds and pronunciations and started imparting that knowledge to their disciples. They too heard it from their preceptors and repeated each stanza thrice and absorbed it in their conscious. In ancient India, there were many hermitages wherein the disciples were living with their preceptors just like the present day ‘residential schools’. But the disciples have to work hard in the hermitage. Apart from spiritual instructions, they learned other arts, mathematics, etc and they were made capable to lead a virtual life after completion of their schooling in the hermitages. The wife of the preceptor used to feed all the disciples by cooking food for all. In turn, the disciples used to bring firewood from the jungles, tended the cows and calves, milked them, and fed them. In addition, they collected flowers for worship, fruits and tubers for feeding the residents of hermitage.
It may be interesting to note that even the princes studied in the hermitage along with ordinary peasants etc. But, the preceptor made no distinctions between the prince and peasant. He imparted the required knowledge to one and all freely and all of them worked as a community, ate the common food and slept on grass etc. Sri Rama, an incarnation and Sri Krishna, another incarnation spent their young days in the hermitage of their preceptors Vashista and Sandipani. On completion of all studies and training in warfare etc, they were about to return to their Kingdom. The preceptor was given many gifts, valuables, grains, cows and calves, gold and silver utensils. The poorest among the students used to bring some grains from their homes and offered to their preceptors. But, the preceptors treated all students alike. There is an episode in the Bagawata that Krishna retrieved a dead son of the preceptor who drowned in the ocean. When Krishna was about to leave the hermitage, he requested his preceptor to mention what he expects from him. The preceptor told him, ‘I lost my only son long ago in the ocean”, If you could retrieve him alive, it is a great gift to me and my wife. Krishna immediately went to the shore of the ocean and dived to the depths to search for any remnants of the deceased son. Finally he could trace some clue from where he retrieved the dead son and gave him Life! Krishna could do so since he was an incarnation of God. This episode is to highlight the ancient hermitages where all students studied in camaraderie. There was perfect harmony amongst the students while they lived there! In contrast to the above, the entire educational systems around the world concentrate only on materialism and they are not concerned with intellectual progress of students. Students are taught to make quick bucks in any profession. Students are taught the importance of earning fat salaries than following moral life. Hence there need to be an integrated educational system.
SriSathyaSaiUniversity is one Institution in India, which imparts integral education to all the students. Students are taught to care for the society using their education. Rural uplift is the main aim behind the service activities. Feeding the poor and providing them potable water, giving them latest medical care in their own villages are the special aims during their service activities. Saibaba had advised them, not to use their degrees as ‘begging bowls’. Instead, they were asked to return to their own villages after studies and invent ways to uplift their life by providing their basic needs!
Sacrifice has been emphasized as supreme virtue in Indian scriptures. Saibaba has named the way of education as “Educare” to indicate that the students should take care of the society by their knowledge!