Learning Based On Devotion and Equality
|The Caves at Ajanta and Ellora|
Students and teachers of high calibre were plenty in those days. The now famous historic places such as Ajanta and Ellora were the dwelling places for the students and the teachers. Many students used to gather in Ajanta and earn their livelihood. Ellora happened to be the home for learning. Their teachers were very selfless. They imparted all the knowledge that emerged out of their hearts in a sweet and acceptable way. From that noble and highly respectable state, the teaching level has come down to mere business today, because of the perverted minds. Food and education were never sold, but offered totally free in those days. Saraswati, the Goddess of Learning was never after money. Today she has been chained. Her sacred name is Mahabharati. She is responsible for spreading knowledge. Daily prayers were offered to Goddess Saraswati in those days. We say ‘Saraswati Bhagavati Bharati Purnendubimbanana’ (the effulgent face of Goddess Saraswati shines like the full moon). She was also extolled for safeguarding the people and making their speech sacred. Goddess Lakshmi was extolled in similar manner. It is in this land that the Goddess has taken human form.
|Mother Saraswati: The Goddess of Learning|
You Are Essentially Divine
Embodiments of Love! Without God’s grace you cannot move even a step forward. Today, wherever we go, there is injustice. Man’s mind is full of desires. We do not have compassionate looks, but possess those full of hatred. There is no progress at all. We should experience Divine love. God is not in a foreign land away from you. He is installed in you. He is with you, in you, above you, around you and below you. We have forgotten the easy path to reach God. We strain ourselves by foolishly following the torrid path. All the sufferings would vanish in no time just by singing God’s glory. The Lord’s name is the only refuge to cross all the difficulties. There is nothing greater or mightier than His name. The moment one chants His glory and sings His name, one attains bliss. None can comprehend the power of the name of God. Meditation and the sacred rituals were followed in Dwapara age, but in the Kali age, Namasmarana (chanting God’s name) is the only way to attain the Supreme.
|Ujjain: The Ancient Indian Center of Higher Learning|
|Kashi: The Ancient Indian Center of Higher Learning|
|Kashmir: The Ancient Indian Center of Higher Learning|