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Character is the goal of education – Part 3

Published:Sunday | November 28, 2021 | 12:10 AM

At present, students’ agitation is on the increase. However, it is not their fault. They are in themselves very good-natured. The fault lies with the teachers, elders and the Government. It is a decided factor that the emphasis of the present system of education is not designed to mould the character of the students.

There are many good students, but parents, teachers and textbooks do not guide them properly. It is high time that the parents open their eyes and see the real state of affairs. They should see to it that their children excel in life by acquiring proper education. They should encourage their children to pursue such types of education that will lead them to immortality. Of course, secular education is also necessary. But secular education should be harmonised with spiritual education to mould the character of the students and make them better citizens of the country.

Students! Do not feel proud that you are pursuing higher education. Along with higher education, you should cultivate noble qualities. Education bereft of virtues is useless. The end of education is character.

Moral education

In today’s education, you are taught skills that will enable you to rise up in your career, but nobody teaches moral education. Morality is the most important aspect of education. Money comes and goes, morality comes and grows. Therefore, cultivate morality. That will earn you respect from society. Cultivate noble qualities. Lead a life of character and nobility. Bring a good name to your parents, your institution, and to God.

Students! All this is for your own welfare and progress. If your character is good, you will always be protected. You are like pure gold. You are people of noble qualities. You are precious. But some of you are misguided by bad elements. Even if others try to mislead you, do not deviate from your chosen path. Stand firm. Only then will you acquire name and fame. As students of noble qualities, you are only influenced by contemporary society to a certain extent. Therefore, do not succumb to distracting influences. First and foremost, make proper use of your senses. Earn a good name for yourself by your thoughts, words, and deeds.

Join good company, speak good words, cultivate right vision and pursue good education that will build your character. Knowingly or unknowingly, you might have committed mistakes in the past. But, at least in the future, cultivate good qualities and try to keep your parents happy.

- Courtesy Sai Institute of Education West Indies, St Michael, Barbados. Visit them at www.siewi.org or https://www.sathyasai.org/about-us/education or email: siewibb@saibarbados.org