21-Education and Educare
What is the difference between Education and Educare?
Education is information-oriented, while educare is transformation-oriented.
Education is limited to physical and mental Levels. Just as the rivers like
Krishnaa and Godaavaree have their sources in the ocean, Education has its
roots in Educare. Educare is related to our inner feelings and purity of
heart. Our speech, song and way of life should originate from the heart.
That is the essence of Educare. Only those endowed with the practical
knowledge and wisdom will be able to understand and appreciate the concept
of Educare. Even if you acquire a number of degrees, if you lack purity
in your heart, you cannot be called truly educated.
Why should we always believe and see Unity everywhere at all times?
Divinity is One. The names and forms may vary, but the inherent Divine Principle
is One and the same. For example, this hall is decorated with a number of bulbs.
But the electric current that flows through them is the same. Similarly, sweets
may be many, but the essential ingredient in them, that is sugar, which gives
the sweetness to the sweets is the same. Often times, we merely go by the names
and forms, forgetting the reality. That is why we should believe and see unity
everywhere all the time.
What are the signposts to
know if we are good or not?
Every human being should essentially have three qualities - Nish-chalatwa,
Nir-malatwa and Nir-mohatwa (Steadiness, Purity and Detachment). One who has
these three qualities is verily God Himself. You need not enquire from others,
whether you are good or otherwise. Your conscience is your own judge. You should
always think of God. People worship God, sing His glory, thinking that He is
present in some distant place. There have been many Divine incarnations in the
past, but the inherent Divine Principle in all of them is one and the same. Your
heart is really the temple of God. Hence, fill your heart with Love. And when it
is filled with love, you yourself will feel good.
Cleverness and Wisdom
The human mind has two distinct capabilities. They are (1) the capacity to
acquire worldly skills, and (2) the capacity for Spiritual Discrimination. These
two faculties are called Medhaa Shakti and Buddhi respectively. People do not
have a clear idea of the difference between (worldly) cleverness and (spiritual)
Wisdom, and often mistake Buddhi to mean cleverness. This is not correct.
Being exclusively related
to the phenomenal world, Medhaa Shakti would help a person to be shrewd in
worldly matters and achieve success in Society. However, this is no blessing. A
clever man is restless, does not enjoy peace, and often goes through mental
conflicts. He is a slave to his ego, which casts a veil over the Self and
renders Buddhi ineffective. Cleverness is not an attribute of the Wise but
unfortunately in this Kali age a clever person alone is regarded as great and
accorded much respect.
Modern education lays
great stress on the sharpening of the brain and can certainly help people to
become clever. But it has no positive effect on Buddhi or the spiritual
intellect. Our ancients, on the other hand, were unanimously of the view that
Buddhi is superior to Medhaa Shakti, and is any day to be preferred.
Buddhi is essentially the
combination of Shraddhaa (earnestness) , Satyam (Truth), Yog (power of control),
and Mahat Shakti (Divine Power). Shraddhaa is the product of yearning and
steadfastness. The Satyam aspect implies a proper judgment and perspective, with
Truth as the central focus. The third aspect Yog connotes a mastery over the
senses. One cannot speak of a person being with blessed with Buddhi, if he lacks
sense and mind control. Shraddhaa, Satyam and Yog together manifest as Mahat
Shakti, the power of the Divine. In short, all the aspects of Buddhi are verily
Students should understand clearly the difference between Medhaa Shakti and
Buddhi. Cleverness would help one in securing good grades in examinations, and
in scoring victory in debates. It is associated exclusively with worldly skills.
Buddhi, on the other hand, is spiritual in nature and close to the Aatmaa. Thus,
one must never confuse a Wise person (Buddhimaan) with a clever person.
relationship of the various entities related to Medhaa Shakti and Buddhi is as
follows: At the bottom of the totem pole is the physical plane. Above it are the
senses; then comes the mind or Manas. Buddhi comes above the mind and last of
all is the Aatma or the Self. Buddhi is thus just a "stone's throw" away
from the Aatmaa and is verily a reflection of the latter. It is thus the height of
ignorance to equate Wisdom (Buddhi) with cleverness (Medhaa Shakti). The latter
is associated to the senses and is thus intimately related to the phenomenal world.
It promotes ego, and as long as ego dominates you cannot understand anything about
the Self. A clever person would never be able to achieve Self-realization; only a
Wise person can.
How to deal with uncertainty?
Some people are constantly immersed in worldly thoughts. Some consider
themselves very intelligent and accumulate their bookish knowledge. In fact,
these types of pedantries are like an allergy. Once the allergy starts
spreading, their energy is sapped. Unfortunately today, we are developing
allergy, not energy. Do not keep deliberating whether something is good for you
or not. Everything is good. Whatever happens, consider that it is good for you.
When you develop such an attitude, everything will turn out to be good for you.
Be loving and cheerful always. It is only love that protects and sustains you!
What is the duty of every
aspirant on the path of loving devotion to the Lord? Every aspirant must strive to
keep their self away from the turmoil, falsehood and cruelties of the world, and
practice truth, righteousness, love and peace at all times. This is truly the path
of devotion. Those who seek union with God must discard as worthless both praise
and blame appreciation and derision, prosperity and adversity. No great soul or even
Avataar (Divine Incarnation) can ever escape criticism and blame. In such instances,
they do not bend but hold on to the truth. With this realization, immerse yourself in
holy books and in the company of the devotees of the Lord. Desist from discussing your
belief or conviction with the ignorant. When you are rich with the experience of
realization and devotion, then you can mix freely and even endeavor to direct others
to the truth you have seen and experienced.
How can we lead a life
like a flower that blossoms and smells sweetly?
Service is the blossom of Prem (Love), a flower that fills the mind with
rapture. Harmlessness is the fragrance of that flower. Let even your little acts
be suffused with compassion and reverence. Be assured that your character would
thereby shine greatly. The highest happiness is contentment. Where there is no
harshness, holiness will thrive and virtue will flourish. Where greed exists,
there, vice will breed thick.
What is the watch we must
wear and practice on our own intellect to attain Union with God?
Do not barter away the means of achieving permanent and complete happiness,
deluded by attachment and attractions of temporal joy. You must carry on your
spiritual duties with full devotion. The Divine cannot be known without faith
and steadfastness (Shraddhaa). Only through Love (Prem) comes faith and
dedication. Through faith and dedication comes wisdom (Gyaan). Through wisdom,
you get transcendental devotion to God. Only through such loving devotion, you
will achieve union with God.
What are the three instruments
we must acquire and if kept clean, will enable any one to experience God?
Kinship with the Lord can be realized by every single person, who acquires these
three chief instruments: (1) A mind unsullied by attachment and hatred (2)
Speech unsullied by falsehood and (3) a body unsullied by violence. Discriminate
at every stage, keep your instruments pure. Accept what is true and discard the
rest. You cannot escape sorrow if you have worldly desires. Joy and Peace do not
reside in external objects; they are in you. Endeavour to experience the Love,
that is Divine itself.
What is the similarity
between a medicine and singing the glory of the Lord?
The scriptures (Ved and Puraan) deserve to be read and heard. God's Name should
be recited and listened to. For some ailments, medicines are prescribed for
external application or consumption. However, for this universal ailment of
Bhava Rog (the cycle of birth and death), Shravan (Listening to the Glory of
God) and Keertan (Reciting or Singing the glory of God) are the medicines
prescribed for internal and external use. Every aspirant must utter as well as
listen to God's Name to receive His Grace.
Sai Baabaa's lecture - from a Divine Discourse