Puttaparthi, Sai Kulwanth Hall (1996 Special Discourses )
O Man! You boast about books read and scriptures mastered, And proud you are of ephemeral knowledge acquired. What is the meaning of all this, When lacking humility, unable you are To submit to the Divine with folded hands? Do not claim to have read many books and become proud of your scholarship. Be humble and fold your hands, for humility is the first step in spirituality.
Vidyalanniyu nerchi yemi viluva sunna? Yemmelu biyyelu pasaivachchi, peRigaanchina pedda vaaralaina Sampadalundiyu saddaanaparulaina, pudami keerthiniGanua punyulaina, Aayuraarogyambulanavaratambundi, paripoorna balulaguvaarulaina, Satatambu tapamulu, japamulu cheyuchu,vedamulanu nerchu viprulaina, Saatiraaru bhaktulaku yenatikaina,daiva bhaktulu kaanide raadu mukti Inthakannanu vereddi yeruka parathu, saadhusadguna ganyulaou vidyarthulaara!! What is the value of such education? Zero!!! One may be reputed for one’s education with great degrees of BA or MA One may be wealthy and famous for charity and affluence, One may have long span of life with health and strength, One may be a scholar of Vedas and immersed in penance, chanting etc, None can ever equal the devotees at any time, Liberation cannot be had without devotion for God What else can I say to the august and noble gathering of students!!
Paschatya Vidyala Prabhavamadhiemo00:01:50
For us, study is not important, what is very essential is culture. What sort of effect has western education had that the native culture is totally destroyed. The effect of western education is such that the ancient wealth and wisdom have evaporated. The importance and the effect of western education is such that truth and righteousness have disappeared. The effect and the impact of the western education is such that we are increasingly enamored by our attire and language. It appears to be a mistake to speak in one's own mother tongue. One is hesitant to observe societal norms. They hang back to respect their own teachers. The effect of education is totally lost.
Neti Vidyalu Telivi Tetalane00:00:51
Today's modern education is increasing your intelligence but it is not improving your character even a little bit. Having acquired crores of types of knowledge, without character, what is the end result? What is its value?
Yetti Vidyalu Chadivina Emi Phalamu00:00:20
Of what consequence is acquiring so many different types of knowledge? Who can help you escape from your destiny? When once bad thoughts enter the head, all your intelligence would become dry and barren.
Of what use is the modern education that helps man to become more and more intelligent without imparting the sense of proportion or discrimination? And what is the value of the man with such education?
Though being educated and knowledgeable, A foolish person doesn’t know himself!! With all the education and knowledge, A mean man will not give up his qualities!! Man with all the education indulges only in arguments, He would never get total wisdom!! Why study to die? Study to be immortal!!
Yetti Vidyalu Jagathini00:00:28
Yetti vidyalu jagathini yeruganatti, pakshi jaathulu pasuvulu, paramamaina neemamunu gurchi jeevimpa nerchiyunda, intha teliviyu kaligiyu maanavudu telivi leka Aa gunamulanu nerchukoleka pothunnadu. Without any formal education, the birds and animals have learnt to live abiding by the discipline, but man with all his knowledge is unable to learn those qualities.
Sadgunambulu Sat Buddhi Sathya Nirathi00:00:57
Good virtues, good mind, and adherence to truth Devotion, discipline and duty, Education that teaches these is true education! The education that a student must learn!
Yetti vidyalu jagathini eruganatti00:01:13
Though lacking education, Birds and animals lead regulated lives. Why can’t humans then, Bestowed with the capacity for wisdom Use their knowledge to live properly?
Vidya degreela korakukai verri maanu00:01:00
You must forget the foolish idea that education is only for acquiring a degree. Do not seek education for the sake of serving someone else. Have in your mind, as the objectives of your education, the prosperity and good of yourself, your country and your society. Make an effort to sacrifice your life. Do not take the path of selling your education for earning the pittance of a salary. From the time you wake up till the time you go to sleep, you do many things and even struggle hard for the purpose of getting a little money.
Meghamulu Minti Pai Cheri00:00:50
One notices lightning in the sky only when clouds gather. In that manner, as lightning follows clouds, wisdom must follow education. One who seeks such wisdom which follows education is a true seeker of education or a vidyarthi.
Vidya Vallanu Vinayammu00:00:55
Out of education comes humility, out of humility comes deservedness, out of deservedness comes wealth, out of wealth comes desire. If one has righteousness and a righteous conduct, he has happiness and bliss in this world and also in the spiritual world.