Timeless Truths 2.0 – Our Greatest Treasure
Our children are our greatest treasure. They are the builders of tomorrow’s brave New World. They are the seeds of humanity.
Let us invest in them. Let us take care of them. Let us love them for love can work wonders. Let us give them the freedom to grow. Let us not impose our views on them. It is only they who can regenerate humanity.
We live in a world of moral turpitude, because people are only aware of their rights, and not of their duties. Education today has become soul-less. Values of character should form the foundation of our educational system – and serve as the guiding principles of all ‘professionals’.
The literal meaning of the word ‘character’ is carving, engraving. Character is that which is to be engraved in the plastic mind of the child. New education must sow within the child seeds of simplicity, and service, of purity and prayer.
Education is essentially an atmosphere. Within the child are creative forces which need to be developed. Every child is unique and has a specific role to play in the great cosmic plan. It is the mother in the house and the teacher in the school who has to awaken this creativity. They have to equip the students to cope adequately with what lies ahead of them so that they may become worthy participants in the adventure of life.
Today education teaches all the branches of knowledge but none of the roots. The root of education is reverence and the fruit of education is service. We need a new education which may offer the students an integral training of the head, the hand, and the heart; and a proper discipline of willpower and the emotions for the education is not only the imparting knowledge, but awakening of human qualities.
If India stands true to her ancient ideals in education,
she will enrich once more the world’s life.
– Dada J. P. Vaswani