What Is Vidyarambham?
Summary: In the Indian culture, education of a child is always started after a certain process, called 'Vidyarambham'. This is so, so that before a child is empowered, in some way it is brought into the life of the child that he feels a certain responsibility for everything in the existence. This is important, otherwise intelligence will work against humanity. Sadhguru tells us, that it is only because the intelligent people in the world have co-operated, that today we have the most violent ways to destroy humanity, enabling a violent man to kill millions.
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Vidyarambham - An Initiation into Education
Sadhguru: If a child grows up without assuming anything, if he lives without the influence of other people upon him, by his own natural intelligence, turning spiritual is a very natural process. Spirituality is a far away thing in most people’s lives only because most people are living by the education imposed upon them and not by their natural intelligence. If you are allowed to figure out things for yourself, when you start thinking about and looking at life, there is no other way but to turn inward to know things about life. Inward is naturally the only place to look.
In Indian culture, education always started only after certain initiations, because education is seen as a power.
Whether we are going to produce beautiful things on the planet, very destructive bombs on the planet, or something else more destructive than that, simply depends on how well-coordinated a human being’s emotions and intelligence are. How well-coordinated a human being he is determines how well he will use his intelligence and that will ultimately decide what he will produce in the world.
The most intelligent people in the world have contributed to all the violence on the planet. A certain segment of people have always been essentially violent. Initially, when he was a caveman he killed with stone, that is the Stone Age; Iron Age means he killed with iron; Bronze Age means he killed with bronze; Nuclear Age means he kills with nuclear weapons. Some people have always been essentially violent, but the scale of violence that can happen today has happened because the best brains in the world have worked to create the most violent ways to kill humanity. If the intelligent in the world had not cooperated, a violent man would kill one or two, with a stick or a stone. But only because the intelligent in the world have cooperated, a violent man can kill in millions.
Intelligence twisted out against our own wellbeing is no intelligence. Intelligence is the biggest blessing that a human being has, but right now it has become a curse upon humanity simply because the human being is not coming out as a well-coordinated being. He has dislocated the human being within himself. This intelligence is dangerous.
In Indian culture, education always started only after certain initiations, because education is seen as a power. Before you start your education, you go through what is called Brahmopadesha, where the basic mantra which was taught to the child was Aham Brahmasmi, which means “I am the Brahman.” One way of looking at this is, when you say “I am the Brahman,” you are saying, “I am responsible for everything.” So in some experiential way, it is brought about in the child’s life that he feels for everything in the existence. Only then education is given.