Vidya dadati vinayam,
vinaya dadati paatrataam,
dhanat dharmam tatatsukham.
Education gives Humility; Humility gives Character; from Character one gets Wealth; from Wealth one gets Righteous (dharmam) life; from Righteousness one gets Happiness.
Neither the thief can steal it, nor can the king take it
neither divided amongst brothers, nor too heavy to carry,
The more you expand it, the more it increases
Knowledge is the prime wealth.
Maithreyi asked sage Yagnyavalkiya “What happens to one's hard earned academic knowledge when one dies? Will it be carried over to next janma?” Sage said “No, it won’t, it burns down with the mortal body”.
Why it is so that in modern times, people with education or knowledge become arrogant. I am not saying all the people are like that. But majority become victim of their EGO. The question is if it gets burned down with the mortal body, what is the point of getting arrogant and cynical about it? When Einstein was praised for his great scientific work in 'theory of relativity', he very politely said that "he is like a fortunate insect sitting on a small piece of land and finding out the piece of land is earth, which is spherical not flat". Do we get people like this today? Some people think that being egotistic & arrogant is a much needed tool to survive in this world. They argue that they use it as a weapon, so that other people should not take them for granted. Don’t you think ego arises either because of superiority or inferiority? In both cases, we have the fear of not being taken as granted or underestimated.
We take education in order to survive in this world – to earn our bread & butter. Good education is a ticket towards success and success breeds EGO. Knowledge is something which we acquire through experience and thus adds to wisdom. In modern times, we are being measured as per our success & wealth, not as per our knowledge & wisdom. Knowledge without wisdom makes a person cynical, self- centered & arrogant. Educated people, somehow inculcate a feeling that they are more knowledgeable and whatever that they say is correct. Is it happening more because values are changing?
In olden times our rishis & munis use to acquire knowledge through penance and their devotion to their gurus. They never attended any so-called modern universities and yet,they wrote great epics. In today’s time we won’t consider people who have not been to school or university as educated or knowledgeable. With whom we should find fault – our system or our perception?
According to me, our education, knowledge & wisdom should give us an understanding, compassion & empathy towards other people’s situations, nature & behaviour. "VIDYA DADATI VINAYAM...VIDYA VINAYEN SHOBHATE,,,,. The more you are loaded with knowledge & wisdom, the more humble you will be.How true it is in modern context?
Do you feel that people with knowledge and higher education are really humble and understanding towards other individuals?
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