Conversation About Educational System
Prabhupāda: Now this educational system should be changed. I was writing an article on the educational system and how it should be changed.
Moghāśā mogha-karmāṇo mogha-jñānā: there is no knowledge. There is no knowledge. Hmm? They do not know what is knowledge. The knowledge means sex life. Sex life. That is their knowledge. Vidyā means education, so this expansion of knowledge means expansion of the influence of māyā. Puṣṭa Kṛṣṇa: People may argue, though, that without education we can't even read the knowledge that Bhaktivinoda
Śrī Īśopaniṣad, Mantra 9
Worse still are those engaged in the so-called culture of knowledge." So there are two kinds of education: material education and spiritual education, brahma-vidyā and jaḍa-vidyā That is not knowledge. Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura has sung very nicely: jaḍa-vidyā saba māyāra vaibhava. That is real knowledge. That is real knowledge. We shall desire only to serve Kṛṣṇa. So education..., education required, but if education is wrongly diverted, it is very, very dangerous
Viṣṇur ārādhana, he has no knowledge. But the civilization begins on this point. They have no knowledge. The knowledge of eating, sleeping, mating, defending, that is animal knowledge. Everyone knows it. How to eat, nobody requires any education. How to sleep, nobody requires any education. That is education. This is not education. This is simply waste of time.
There is no enquiry and no education. Therefore this education has no value. Education means to enquire about the living force which is moving this body. That is education. That is not education. Education is different thing. That is education. So that education is lacking.
Vidyā means education, and rāja means king. So what is the king of education? There are different grades of education. Now, what is the summum bonum, highest, topmost education? This topmost education is Kṛṣṇa consciousness, topmost education. Rāja-vidyā. Real knowledge is: "So what I am." This is real knowledge. Still, he inquired that "What is education?" "What is education?
Patel: People think so far this country is concerned that education means giving the knowledge of how I think it is the knowledge and not the education. Patel: Sāṅkhya is the goal by knowledge, and yoga is by... Prabhupāda: Yoga... But they have no knowledge; therefore they are śūdra. They cannot learn even the A-B-C-D of spiritual knowledge. Dr.
This is not education. This is śūdra, śūdra education. It is not education. It is called śilpa. What education? So this is not education. This is not education. , how to apply knowledge in practical life, how to know God. This is education. This is education.
So if we are not changing our character, then what is the use of advancement of knowledge, education? One should be given knowledge. Unless one comes to the knowledge... So modern education there is no real knowledge. Real knowledge begins in the Bhagavad-gītā. So where is education? There is no education. Real education is different = that one must know his own position and act accordingly.
Room Conversation with Professors of the University of Durban
Kṛṣṇa says, rāja-vidyā: "This is the king of knowledge." So real education, therefore... So philosophy is the knowledge of generality, while the science is knowledge of particularity. Jñāna means theoretical knowledge, and vijñāna means practical knowledge. That is education. Prof.
[laughter] So where is the education? Where is the necessity of education for these things? That is education. If you are not restricted in that way, then you are animal. That is education. If there is education... First of all knowledge, perfect knowledge, that "I am not this body. Similarly, if one is in knowledge, full knowledge, that "I am not this body," that is called jñāna.
Then bodhayantaḥ parasparam, then the inquisitiveness can lead him to the proper knowledge. And where to get that proper knowledge? That is guru. Does it require any scientific knowledge how to cut throat and how to steal? No. knowledge. Where is the education?