The Good Teacher and The Good Pupil

The Good Teacher and the Good Pupil

An Exploration

THE RISHI

AND THE BRAHMACHARIN

Introduction

Ancient India conceived an intimate relationship between education and life. It looked upon education as a preparation for life and considered life a process of continuing education. It studied life in all its aspects and attempted to apply psychological principles and truths of life to education. One important consequence was to fix for education certain life-long objectives that require life-long effort to achieve and realize. These objectives were summarized in a triple formula which gave a wide and lofty framework to the ancient system of education.

Lead me from falsehood to truth

Lead me from darkness to light

Lead me from death to immortality

असतो मा सदगमय |

तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय |

मृत्योर्माऽमृतंगमय |

This formula proved to be so potent that it governed the Indian system of education for ages. Even today, remote as we are from that ancient ethos, we refer to it constantly for fresh inspiration.

To the ancient thinkers and sages, the ideals of truth, light and immortality constituted a triune unity, each subsisting in the other. Truth meant to them not an

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