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Development of New india – part four

March 6, 2006

Think beyond self

Selfishness is the biggest ailment of human being, we always think of our gain out of everything we do, and tend to ignore the big losses of others.

It was because of our selfish nature that British could rule us: It was easy for them to find people, who were ready to kill others for petty selfish gains.

We think so much about OUR own good that if X is laughing then Y will think that there is something fishy; may be he has some work from me or he might be up to something great. Family, full of selfish members would divide very easily; same is true for a country. Country full of selfish citizens is bound to be divided, destroyed and finish. So first and foremost builder of new India ought to be a selfless person.

As we remove shoes before entering the temple, similarly to take India to highest level we would have to take off our selfish desires.

Stop for a minute and think about the good we have done to India and stop pondering and working for small short term personal gains. We tend to forget that if India gains and prosper its citizens; you and I will also gain.

If we are in position to help others then we should step out of our cocoon and help the one who needs it. That is only our dharma and nothing else. My dear friend you will realize that being selfish and helping others gives true happiness.

Today’s quote is:

He works best who works without any motive, neither for money, nor for fame, nor for anything else; and when a man can do that, he will be Buddha, and out of him will come the power to work in such a manner as will transform the world.

Education

Education that constructs life, character, and help us being a good human being is true education. True education is full of positive ideas and its essence is concentration of mind. It is power. And finally the end of education, all training should be man-making. Swami jee said:

Education is not amount of information that is being put into your brain and runs riot there, undigested all your life. We must have a life-building, man-making, character-making, assimilation of ideas.

A large portion of our population is still uneducated. Numerous policies were made by our government but none of them could bring revolution to this dying education system, and this revolution would take lots of time till Junta especially youth population is mobilized. It is high time that every literate should at least make one person literate. If this program is started by our young boys and girls in their locality, I am sure that in no time every Indian would be educated. If we want our nation to stand up in the queue of developed nations then we would have to stand up for this cause of education.

Non government organizations and self help groups are working on this front but if the number of patients is more than then we need doctors in same proportion. I once asked one elderly person in my village if he wants to study; he replied that I can’t become wrestler in this old age but could be a learned person. If that old man is ready to learn, why would not younger generation?

We should also remember one more thing: As swami Vivekananda said that while teaching anybody we should not become hindrance in his daily work. Today people take up courses and education in search of job, I also find people who asks me if education could fetch him a job? I tell them, education could not guarantee job but yes, I could guarantee that education would bring change in a way you live your life and that change would be for good only.

Like pulse polio mission, we should have a mission for education to convert illiterate to literate and this could not be done by single person or group. We all as a nation would have to work for it and if a person is educated his mind would be more receptive to things around him and take right decisions.

I am sure that these words from Swami Vivekananda would definitely help:

The education that does not help the common mass of people to equip themselves for the struggle for life, which does not bring out strength of character, a spirit of philanthropy and the courage of a lion –is it worth the name?

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