Chinmaya Śikṣā Darśanaṁ

चिन्मय शिक्षा दर्शनं
Chinmaya Vision of Education

    जीविकामात्रमेतद्वै नास्ति विद्याप्रयोजनम् ।
    सर्वाङ्गीणविकासो हि विद्ययाऽपेक्ष्यते बुधैः ।। १ ।।
    jīvikāmātrametadvai nāsti vidyāprayojanam |
    sarvāṅgīṇavikāso hi vidyayā’pekṣyate budhaiḥ ||1 ||

    काले त्वाधुनिके दृष्टा विद्या मुख्या हि वृत्तिदा ।
    लौकिकं बुद्धिचातुर्यं केवलं बहुमन्यते ।। २ ।।
    kāle tvādhunikē dr̥ṣṭā vidyā mukhyā hi vr̥ttidā |
    laukikaṁ buddhicāturyaṁ kevalaṁ bahumanyatē || 2 ||

    यया भवेन्न संस्कारश्छात्राणां शिक्षया शुभः ।
    निष्फला खलु सा शिक्षा श्रम एव हि केवलम् ।। ३ ।।
    yayā bhavenna saṁskāraśchātrāṇāṁ śikṣayā śubhaḥ |
    niṣphalā khalu sā śikṣā śrama eva hi kevalam || 3 ||

    उपाधिभिर्युताश्छात्रा विश्वविद्यालयस्य हि ।
    परिभ्रमन्तो दृश्यन्ते जीविकार्थमितस्ततः ।। ४ ।।
    upādhibhiryutāśchātrā viśvavidyālayasya hi |
    paribhramanto dr̥śyante jīvikārthamitastataḥ || 4 ||

    साहसं न च सामर्थ्यं स्वातन्त्र्यं स्वावलम्बनम् ।
    निर्माणाय भविष्यस्य दूरदृष्टिर्न विद्यते ।। ५ ।।
    sāhasaṁ na ca sāmarthyaṁ svātantryaṁ svāvalambanam |
    nirmāṇāya bhaviṣyasya dūradr̥ṣṭirna vidyate || 5 ||

    विना जीवनदृष्टिं हि विना सेवाव्रतं तथा ।
    विद्याऽपूर्णा भवेत्कर्म विना ब्रह्मार्पणं यथा ।। ६ ।।
    vinā jīvanadr̥ṣṭiṁ hi vinā sevāvrataṁ tathā |
    vidyā’pūrṇā bhavetkarma vinā brahmārpaṇaṁ yathā|| 6 ||

    कटिबद्धा वयं चात्र लक्ष्यं साधयितुं वरम् ।
    शिक्षायास्त्रिविधं यद्वै ज्ञानं सेवा च कौशलम् ।। ७ ।।
    kaṭibaddhā vayaṁ cātra lakṣyaṁ sādhayituṁ varam |
    śikṣāyāstrividhaṁ yadvai jñānaṁ sevā ca kauśalam || 7 ||

Translation by Swami Tejomayananda

    Merely earning one’s livelihood is not the purpose of education. Wise men seek all-round education ।। 1 ।।

    In modern times, education is mainly employment-oriented, and worldly smartness alone is given importance ।। 2 ।।

    That education is indeed fruitless and a mere labour which does not inculcate noble virtues in students ।। 3 ।।

    Equipped with university degrees, young people are seen wandering here and there, seeking employment ।। 4 ।।

    They lack virtues like courage, efficiency, independence, self-reliance and foresight that are necessary for making their future ।। 5 ।।

    Without a vision of life and a spirit of service, education is incomplete, like work that is not dedicated to God ।। 6 ।।

    We are determined to achieve the threefold noble goal of education, namely, vision, spirit of service and efficiency ।। 7 ।।

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Unless we have a definite faith in the goal of our existence, and unless we believe, work for, and actually come to experience the goal positively as an existent factor, there is no hope of any plan becoming successful. —Swami Chinmayananda
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