Condensed From Talks by Guruji Rishi Prabhakar
Today education is about earning a degree and resigning from learning. Literacy is only for survival.
We are highly educated, confused, stressed and fearful. We spend 21 years to work hard, earn a degree and find out that we do not know simple things in life. The most wonderful years of our life are spent in attaching prefixes and suffixes to our names but not in learning to lead a joyous life.
This set me thinking about what is fundamental education? Is it only to read and write or is to learn to be wise. Is it to earn a livelihood or life?
All our definitions of education giving freedom, humility, joyousness etc are impossible without understanding and mastering the 5 fundamental types of education.
Akasha Tatwa (Space)
This is the first fundamental education which teaches you to sit quietly. Most of you are disturbed and attribute the cause of your disturbance to others like wife, boss, economic recession, etc.
You think that the solution lies in changing the other. The truth is that you cannot sit quietly within yourself.
Today’s education does not teach this. We see more suicides among PhDs. The more one is educated, the more he is frustrated. Even a child who fails in 10th or 12th or gets low marks contemplates suicide. If an executive is fired he gets a heart attack, but when a laborer is fired he simply finds himself another job.
Akasha Tatwa education is to be free within so that the outside does not disturb you.
This is to sit quietly at least for 15 minutes, enjoying being in silence. This is the art and science of being undisturbed by outside circumstances. This starts with the Siddha Samadhi Yoga training. As you progress in this path, the duration of being in silence increases.
If you can sit quietly for 2-3 days you will be able to see God in others and your mere presence and vibrations will settle disturbances. This is the subtlest training, being in freedom and silence. It takes 1-3 years to master this.
You change from “an idle mind is the devil’s workshop” to experiencing “a silent mind is God’s play house”.
Concentration, memory and clarity are a natural result of being in silence.
Vayu Tatwa (Air)
This is related to touch and skin. This is about how you enjoy outside and how you touch another soul.
Relating to others can be through body, mind, heart or soul interaction.
Many a times, it is seen that a husband and wife or two people somehow just get along with each other.
Physical proximity without a soul relation is a shallow state. Once you touch another soul, friendship blossoms. Friends make life wonderful. You experience divinity in others and do not experience them as rakshasas.
Without friends life is a burden. Vayu Tatwa education is about how to develop friends.
This friendship education happens through Nitya Samadhi Sadhana.
When you master the art of developing friends all you need to go anywhere in the world is just a ticket. Friends will look after you. You have a home wherever you go or, to put it better, you are at home wherever you go.
The natural result of this is building a world of trust and joy. This security is one of the greatest gifts to anyone in this world.
Agni Tatwa (Fire, light)
The third fundamental education enables you to see how you can be useful wherever you are. You will gain the ability to make any place a wonderful place.
You participate in the space and make everyone happier than before. They will want you to be with them. You are invited everywhere. Guruji gets a free ticket as Guruji sees how to make himself totally useful. You need to be willing to learn and make yourself useful. This is entrepreneurship.
Lakshmi will come to you. This vidya is to experience prosperity inside and outside.
You will never be poor either with money or friends. You will learn to produce what is required.
Jala Tatwa (Water, Taste)
This vidya is about excellence.
This is about learning to make things tasty. Highest quality assurance results out of this mastery. One learns to be 100% in everything. Just like the MTR products – highest quality attracts people to them.
You learn to make everything tasty and beautiful. You just do not build any building but build a Taj Mahal, not just a temple but Khajuraho or Belur Haleebeed. This is total quality management. People from all over the world will come to see beautiful things.
A thing of beauty is a joy forever is not just a saying but you learn to create it.
All the 3Rs come under this. Base of the first three educations makes the best application of the 3Rs. Without the base, education creates disturbed individuals who do not experience joy or freedom. Unemployment is only for fools.
Prithvi Tatwa (Earth, smell)
This education is a training to convert the most obnoxious place into a heaven. This is about taking up things which no one has the courage or love to do, like working with leprosy, AIDS patients and converting them.
Only a person with love, expertise, strength and courage like Baba Amte or Mother Teresa can turn a leprosy colony to Anandvan.
This is what everyone must aspire to learn. The highest educated person is one who can make the least happy. Just learning the 3Rs makes you want to earn lots of money just for your indulgence. The work of Gurukulams is to produce individuals with higher level of ability, responsibility, entrepreneurship, joy, sharing and caring.
The highest education is Prithvi Tatwa education. This can be taught by a Guru who has attained mastery of each level.
It is my wish to see that education in India goes to the pre-British era where children were given education by wise Gurus.
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