Modern Destruction v/s Ancient Education System

Here's an excerpt from our inaugural knowledge session at edhyayn hosted last week by Prof Ravikant Sangurde.

Modern Education System in our society emphasize on generalized and need based education whereas our ancient education system, which we lost now due to modernization of education system, emphasize on values rather than need based education.

Ancient Education System focused on individual’s skills and abilities rather than generalization of education. It was much more refined and advanced as compared to our today’s modern education system.

Actual role of education is to teach the art of living while maintaining peaceful relationship with the nature. But modern education system teaches us how to exploit natural resources for our benefit without thinking about future generation whereas our ancient education system teaches us how to balance between our need and nature. Modern education system supports our greed whereas ancient education system supports our need. We can see, with advancement in technology, the life of human being is becoming more stressful and filled with lots of anxiety because of greed.

Our ancient education system gave us Mathematics, a perfect calculation of time and distance, knowledge of cosmology, astronomy, Ayurveda and much more. Nalanda and Takshila were the greatest learning centers in the world during ancient period. Indian education system was attacked by invaders, knowing that it was the foundation of our life system. To rule us, they first attacked our education system and gave us their fake and pseudo education system, which is still being used in our country.

Modern education brings competition in our life, which results in a lot of stress and anxiety. Qualified People are committing suicides because they cannot handle failure and tough situations in their life. Nowadays society is suffering from diseases which are created by their own mind and therefore there is a need to teach our children about success and failure and how one can handle failure and success in one’s life. One should not get overjoyed by success or demoralized by failure as both are a part of our life. One should be stable in both happiness and distress in our life.

What we need in our daily life is explained in Shrimad Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 6, Verse 17

yuktāhāra-vihārasya yukta-cheṣhṭasya karmasu

yukta-svapnāvabodhasya yogo bhavati duḥkha-hā

(He who is regulated in his habits of eating, sleeping, recreation & work can mitigate all material pains by practicing yoga.)

Therefore, there is a need to develop an education system which will help us to balance between all our habits of eating, sleeping, recreation and work and to overcome the material pains in our life.

About the Speaker:

Prof Ravikant Sangurde holds MCom & MBA degree and works as an Associate Professor at S. K. Somaiya College, Mumbai. Currently pursuing PhD from University of Mumbai. He has completed Advance Mountaineering course from ABVIMAS, Manali and Bhakti Shastri & Bhakti Vaibhav course from BACE ISKCON, Mumbai.