One may lose one’s friends
But it is possible to have better friends later.
The loss of a wife can be filled by getting married again.
With proper effort, one can regain the lost land and property.
One way or the other, one can recover all these.
But once the body is gone, one cannot get it back.
Students! In this very life itself we should make every attempt to experience the ultimate state of bliss. Ancient men bore all the sufferings for attaining this status. How much ever you take care of your body, you cannot keep it permanent. So, in this very life, one should acquire the state of bliss.
The Centre of Knowledge and Piety
What has Bharat been known for since ancient times? It has been the centre of learning from which knowledge spread to various regions of the world. It is the birthplace of various fields of knowledge such as Grammar, Music and Literature. That which is not available in Bharat is not present anywhere else on earth. There were many pious women who resurrected their husbands by pleasing God. Savitri, who could bring her husband back to life, Chandramati who pacified and extinguished the flames over the pyre, and Sita, who proved her chastity by enduring the test of fire, belonged to this land. Likewise, Damayanti was successful in ensuring the annihilation of all the wicked people. The benefits we are enjoying today are the result of the deeds of many such noble souls in the past.
|Acharya Charaka: The Propounder of Ayurveda|
Bharatiya Vidya: The Indian Mode of Education
|The ancient Indian Gurukula System|
But, today, the people of Bharat have totally forgotten their ancient way of learning. Once it is lost, it is very difficult to regain. We should not ignore this vital factor. We should always keep our hearts pure and sacred. The maintenance of teachers rests on the shoulders of the citizens. Ancient society helped teachers by providing required facilities to them. What was the main duty of the students in those days? From the moment they got up from sleep, they attended to their daily routines and went about house-to-house collecting alms. Thus, they collected food and offered it to the teacher. They had their food only after the teacher finished his meals. Thus, Bharat propagated the sacred teachings of great epics and sacred texts in this setting. The wisdom of Bharat is highly sacred, valuable and noblest of all. The ‘Amruta Vidya’ (the immortal knowledge) has now transformed into ‘Anruta’, the unreal.