20130215 – Message to students – True culture is the result of spiritual values assimilated in life – Part 1


S. M. Fossil arranged for Baba to visit a local high school. For those students, local artists, social workers and those associated with Madras’ public institutions, Baba gave the following message to those present:

Literacy is not education, and education is not culture – and all these cumulatively do not represent Gnan or Gnosis, which stands in a class by itself, independent of any concomitant factors.

Illiteracy and ignorance invite exploitation. Literacy also becomes a willing tool in the hands of those who exploit. Education devoid of culture is inherently destructive, although it apparently simulates advancement and progress.

Since all types and classes of people have claimed it for their political and material greatness, culture with them is a vague and indefinable something. But true culture is the result of spiritual values assimilated in life.

The student world of India, therefore, while evolving morally and mentally, must keep before their mind’s eye the unfoldment and development of their intrinsic spiritual culture which, once developed, imparts life and beauty to all undertakings – educational, technical, industrial, social, moral and political – and gives a unifying effect to their differences. This is what is termed as the highest character for a nation or an individual.

www.lordmeher.org, p3164

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