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Inspiring Thoughts of Swami Vivekananda On Education And Society Part 4

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This is Part - 4, [ the last one ], of the Inspiring Thoughts of Swami Vivekananda on Education and Society, presented for your careful reading, consideration, reflection and of course necessary …

This is Part - 4, [ the last one ], of the Inspiring Thoughts of Swami Vivekananda on Education and Society, presented for your careful reading, consideration, reflection and of course necessary action. The purpose of education has been clearly explained; the purpose of education both for the individual and the society has been clearly brought out. The case for combining the best of both the tradition and the Western has been effectively presented. Reading the four parts of this must give a holistic view – the need of the hour, yes, even today. Yes, one idea can change the world. The question is, are we ready and willing?

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  • Swami Vivekananda , the prophet of the modern age and a modern exponent of the Vedanta Philosophy defined 'education' as the 'manifestation of perfection already in man' . It is not merely the accumulation of facts and information, but the assimilation of knowledge and wisdom , inherent in man but in a dormant state. According to him , the external world works only as a suggestion or occasion and sets one's mind to unveil the successive covers of ignorance and discover the true-self, i.e., the divine nature of one's innermost soul. The divine soul of man is a treasure-house of infinite knowledge about the universe. Thus a man learns from within and in the process of his awakening , he expresses his hidden potentials , which are required for an all-round development of his integrated personality.
    In determining the method of education, Vivekananda looked upon 'religion' as the innermost core of education. To him, religion is nothing but 'realization' , a process of 'being' and 'becoming' . Thus he strongly recommended a 'life-building' , 'character-forming' and 'man-making' education system by which one can increase the strength of mind , intensify faith in oneself , cultivate the will-power , develop the power of concentration , expand the intellect and also one can stand on one's own feet as an ideal perfect being. These are the motivating powers , which push the citizens of a country going forward in the march of civilization.
    In his educational scheme for India , Swamiji gave highest priority to the spread of mass-education and female -education for the restoration of lost individuality of the poor people and also for empowerment of the women.Thus the whole education system of a country , whether spiritual or secular , should be guided by its national ideal , so that the greater challenges of national progress can be met with more confidence and competence in the long-run.
    The supreme goal of education should be to strive for achieving 'self-control' and 'detachment' from the worldly affairs like 'pleasure' and 'pain' . Ultimately , a self-less , dispassionate learner can only enjoy the freedom of soul,i.e., emancipation from the bonds of 'illusion' and liberation from the 'self' through 'salvation' , which is the highest state of existence.[ Existence- Knowledge-Bliss](sacchidananda)
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  • 1. Inspiring Thoughts of Swami Vivekananda on Education and Society ~ Part - 4 Submitted by Prof. V. Viswanadham
  • 2. Inspiring Thoughts of Swami Vivekananda on Education and Society ~ Part - 4 What I say is not ‘Reform’, but ‘Move on’. Nothing is too bad to reform. Adaptability is the whole mystery of life – the principle underneath, which serves to unfold it.
  • 3. Inspiring Thoughts of Swami Vivekananda on Education and Society ~ Part - 4 Adjustment or adaptation is the outcome of the self pitted against external forces tending to suppress it. He who adjusts himself best lives the longest. Even if I do not preach this, society is changing, it much change.
  • 4. Inspiring Thoughts of Swami Vivekananda on Education and Society ~ Part - 4 Nothing else is necessary but these – Love, Sincerity, and Patience. What is life but growth, i.e. expansion, i.e. love. Therefore, all love is life, it is the only law of life, all selfishness is death, and this is true here or hereafter.
  • 5. Inspiring Thoughts of Swami Vivekananda on Education and Society ~ Part - 4 It is life to do good, it is death not to do good to others. Ninety per cent of the human brutes you see are dead, are ghosts – for none lives, my boys, but he who loves.
  • 6. Inspiring Thoughts of Swami Vivekananda on Education and Society ~ Part - 4 On one side, new India is saying, ‘ If we only adapt western ideas, western language, western food, western dress, and western manners, we shall be as strong and powerful as the western nations’; on the other, old India is saying, ‘ Fools! By imitation, others’ ideas never become one’s own; nothing unless earned, is your own. Does the ass in the lion’s skin become the lion?’
  • 7. Inspiring Thoughts of Swami Vivekananda on Education and Society ~ Part - 4 On one side, new India is saying, ‘ What the western nations do is surely good, otherwise, how did they become so great?’ On the other side, old India is saying, ‘ The flash of lightning is intensely bright, but only for a moment; look out boys, it is dazzling your eyes. Beware!’
  • 8. Inspiring Thoughts of Swami Vivekananda on Education and Society ~ Part - 4 Social life in the West is like a peal of laughter; but underneath, it is a wail. It ends in a sob. The fun and frivolity are all on the surface: really it is full of tragic intensity. Now here it is sad and gloomy on the outside, but underneath are carelessness and merriment.
  • 9. Inspiring Thoughts of Swami Vivekananda on Education and Society ~ Part - 4 As far back as the days of the Upanisads, we have thrown the challenge to the world; ‘ Not by progeny, not by wealth, but by renunciation alone immortality is reached.’ Race after race has taken the challenge up and tried their utmost to solve the world-riddle on the plane of desires. They have all failed in the past – the old ones have become extinct under the weight of wickedness and misery, which lust for power and gold brings in its train, and the new ones are tottering to their fall.
  • 10. Inspiring Thoughts of Swami Vivekananda on Education and Society ~ Part - 4 The question has yet to be decided whether peace will survive or war; whether patience will survive or non-forbearance; whether goodness will survive or wickedness; whether muscle will survive or spirituality. We have solved our problem ages ago. … Our solution is unworldliness – renunciation.
  • 11. Inspiring Thoughts of Swami Vivekananda on Education and Society ~ Part - 4 thank you for reading get inspired Just one more minute of your precious time please . . .
  • 12. Inspiring Thoughts of Swami Vivekananda on Education and Society ~ Part - 4 This is Part - 4, [ the last one ], of the Inspiring Thoughts of Swami Vivekananda on Education and Society, presented for your careful reading, consideration, reflection and of course necessary action. I hope you have read all the four parts. What do you feel? The purpose of education has been clearly explained; the purpose of education both for the individual and the society has been clearly brought out. The case for combining the best of both the tradition and the Western has been effectively presented. Reading the four parts of this must give a holistic view – the need of the hour, yes, even today. Yes, one idea can change the world. The question is, are we ready and willing?