In India, more than ever before, we need, a new type of education, an education which will give a triple training of the head, the hand and most important of all, the heart. The problems that are before India today, will not be solved by the intellect alone. They will be solved by illuminated hearts!
The prayer of the Indian rishis was: Tamaso ma jyotirgamaya (Out of darkness, O Lord! Lead me into Light!) We are surrounded and enveloped by darkness. It is the darkness of ignorance and superstition, the darkness of prejudices and fanaticism, of illusion, lust and greed, the darkness of the false ego. The primary purpose of education is to lead us out of darkness into the light.
Goethe was lying on his death bed and the flame of his life was flickering fast. Turning to his friends, he asked them to open the window to let the sun in. His last words were, “Light, more light!” Education is that which leads us out of darkness into the light.
The author is head of Sadhu Vaswani Mission, a spiritual master.