A Facebook friend raised an interesting question about purpose / objective of education. I too went into deep contemplation, found myself submerged in an ocean of thoughts and possibilities.
When I conveyed the question to my venerable Gurudeva, He responded promptly. Purpose and objective of education were defined long ago.
It is hereasunder –
Asato Ma Sadgamayah I
Tamaso Ma Jyotirgamayah I
Mrtyurma Amrtam Gamayah II
May we move from untruth to truth, vanities to virtues I
May we move from the darkness of ignorance and delusion to the effulgence of discriminative wisdom I
May we move from agonies of mortality to the bliss of immortality I
That is the real purpose of education.
Becoming a doctor, nuclear scientist, actor… earning for a living and raising family… are merely important links to the ultimate goal of education.
If you are a doctor, be a SANNYASI doctor; if you are a householder, be a SANNYASI householder; if you are a businessman, be a SANNYASI businessman; if you are housewife, be a SANNYASINI housewife…
And that is the purpose and objective of human existence too.