Value Based Education: a Need of Today

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The Phrase 'Value Based Education', in wide use in present times comes closest in meaning to the Sanskrit word 'Vidya' as it was used by the Gurus or preceptors of ancient India. 'Vid - ya' means that which illumines. As such, it was identified with knowledge that illumines the mind and soul. Since the imparting of knowledge was the aim of education, over a period of time, education also came to be known as 'Vidya'. But, the highest goal of Vidya as visualized by the seers and seekers was to understand the Ultimate Truth or Reality. Adisankaracharya, one of the foremost spiritual teachers that India has known, expounded "Vidyahi - ka? Brahma Gathi Pradaya" - what is Vidya ? It is that which explains the Brahmatatva, the nature of the …show more content…
When civilizations were learning to think clearly and trying to come out of the darkness of ignorance, the ancient Masters of Bharat(India) were enquiring on the nature of Truth. The enquiry started with

'KOHAM', 'who am I'. The Brahmasutras start with the statement 'Adhato Brahma jignasa', 'we begin our enquiry on the nature of Brahman'.Srimad Bhagawata Purana says 'Satyam Param Dheemahi', 'Let us contemplate on the Eternal Truth;. Thousands of years ago Indian seers came to the conclusion that 'Truth was one which has been interpreted by the Learned in many ways,'Ekam Sat Viprah Bahudha Vadanti'. India possesses this treasure of knowledge for the entire humanity and this is needed by the whole world even today. The virtues of patience, tolerance and belongingness to one Great Master bring in the concept of 'Vasudhaika Kutumbakam', Universal family. The highest goal of the people of Bharat has been 'Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu', 'Let all the worlds be Happy'. Indian culture never believes in narrow self centered thinking. It promotesViswasreyas, the universal welfare and collective happiness.

Sarve Janah Sukhino Bhavantu

Sarve Santu Niramayah

Sarve Bhadrani Pasyanthu

Ma Kaschit Duhkhamapnuyat

'Let all People be happy. Let all be without any ill health. Let Welfare prevail everywhere. Let there not be sorrow to any one'. This is the benediction given by the seers and sages to the entire
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