I’ll continue to expand on The KatoUpanishad Santi Mantra, please recite along with m
Aum Sahanā vavatu | saha nau Gunatthu | saha vīryam karvāvahai| tejasvi nāvadhītamastu mā vidviṣāvahai ||
auṁ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ
Understand, listen , I will read out the meaning, translation and then expand on it.
Aum, May we both together be protected, may we both be nourished and enriched, may we both bring our hands together and work with great strength, energy and enthusiasm. May our study and learning together illuminous both with the sharp absolute light of higher intelligence. So be it. May we both not have enmity or incompletion with each other. Let there be peace, peace, peace. Let there be peace in my inner space, peace in nature, peace in divine forces.
Listen.. The context of the Indian education system, how the education in vedic tradition existed, how it was happening . The other day I was reading letter to British parliament. He writes to British Parliament, I went all around this country, north to south, east to west, I have not found a single person who is lying, who is telling lies, I have not found a single beggar- understand, I have not found a single beggar, I have not found a single person lying, People are so fulfilled. I few want to rule this country, we have to break their back bones. Their strength , their education.. I will read out the exact letter..it is addressed febraury 2 nd, 1835,
I have travelled across the length and breath of India and I have not seen one person who is a beggar, who is the thief, such wealth I have seen in this country, such high moral values, people of such high caliber that I do not think that we would ever conquer the country unless we break the very back bone of the nation which is the Spiritual and cultural heritage and therefore I propose that we replace her old ancient education system , or if the Indians think that all that is foreign and English is good and greater than their own, lose their self esteem, their native culture, and they will become what we want them, truly dominated nation.
Understand, understand the strength of Indian education system. This was Macaulay’s address to the British Parliament on 2nd febraury 1835.
Anyhow, understand the value of Indian education system, what kind of human beings and society we produced. Listen.. Only when the education is producing the human beings of higher Consciousness, it can be called as education. Not just some skills or talent, set of skills and talent does not make you educated, as i said, uneducated are those who are educated only in schools… uneducated are those who are educated only in schools.
Please understand, in any civilization, any culture, any country, any society, if there is peace, there is a lot research and development. Fortunately, we are the civilization naturally protected from all sides. Three sides ocean, one side large hills , mountains which can never be crossed with ordinary efforts of human beings. This natural protection gave a tremendous peace to this Ganges-Saraswathi civilization. Civilization between Saraswathi and Ganga, that is why war was never a mainstream activity of Ganges Saraswathi civilization.
In any civilization, whatever they feel as their greatest achievement, mainstream life, lifestyle, they build monument for that purpose. If they think, waging war and killing people is their mainstream lifestyle and purpose, they built monuments of warriors, people who are , who lost their lives in the war, or people who won the wars, monuments are built, war memorials are built, monuments of the victorious kings are built. If they think whatever human beings think is their greatest achievement, essence of their society, they build monuments for it, so that the future will remember them through those monuments.
Please understand, that is why I am saying, the Ganges-Saraswathi civilization, the Indus valley civilization, the Hindu civilization, waging war was never a mainstream activity for us. It was always only for defense and self protection. You may ask, how, how I am coming to this conclusion. Look at the monuments we made through out the country, not even 2 percent, war memorial or the kings emerges victorious after war. 95 percent of the monuments we built are monuments for education, 3 percent is for great educators and teachers. Understand, all our Temples are not monuments of some war victory, it’s a place for education in memory of the great teachers and educators, it’s a Samadhi of Siddha’s, not monument f great kings, Only 2 percent is monument of great victorious kings or war memorials.98 percent is for education and great educators , teachers. Understand all the temples are built for siddhas, great educators. Based on the monuments, you can understand, what was highly respected in that civilization, in that society.
I was also reading the Agama shastras , the science of building villages and cities, everything was centered on education, knowledge and teacher . That was really surprising….warriors were only a small part of a society, given a very small place of security job, that’s all, mostly their job is security job, or attending, serving during any natural calamity. That was their regular routine. I am not saying we never waged wars..we were , waged wars, no doubts, that was not our mainstream life style activity. There was so much peace, so much of research, development, so much of knowledge , knowledge creation and spreading, so much exploration of space under the water, under the earth, into the fire, so much has been done, so much knowledge was available, even whatever is left out unimaginable, unmatched humanity may take at least take 5000 years to catch up with this vedic knowledge. To catch up with our education system, they may even take 10000 years.
Understand the statements that I am making are not out of ego, arrogance, self pride or anything. I am simply stating the facts,., simply stating the facts ,simple truths straight away. We put so much of attention on Arjuna becoming a greatest warrior and emerging out of Gurukul, but we forget , from the same Gurukul, Sahadeva emerges as the greatest astrologer in this war. A whole department of astrology was functioning in that same Gurukul. But, we were so glamoured by Arjuna emerging as the greatest Archer, Bheema emerging as the greatest wrestler, we forgot Sahadeva emerging as the greatest astrologer. Understand even to be a greatest archer, you need the knowledge from multiple other disciplines. If you see the monumets of a country, what we bulit, what we revered, what we respect, what we want to be, what we want to remember and how we want to be remembered, what we want to remember, how we want to be remembered by our next generation. All these aspirations were centered on education…..All these aspirations were centered on education. So much of knowledge on physical health, mental health, Consciousness, powers of consciousness,, so much was available. Our education system, our Gurukul system, making human beings, should again become the mainstream education system…. Should again become the mainstream education system. Please Listen, When I read this Santi Mantra, I can see very clearly, the context of the Indian education system which was always towards higher and higher intelligence.
Sahanā vavatu | saha nau Gunatthu | saha vīryam karvāvahai
tejasvi nāvadhītamastu mā vidviṣāvahai || auṁ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ
May we both together be protected, may we both be nourished and enriched, may we both bring our hands together and work with great strength, energy and enthusiasm. May our study and learning together illuminous both with the sharp absolute of light of higher intelligence. So be it. May we both not have enmity or incompletion with each other. Let there be peace, peace, peace.
When ever I read this verse, again I fall in love with the education system, our Gurukul system. What a powerful beginning, where Teacher and Students together say, seethe context, no where Guru is claiming, I am going to teach you, you are the Student, nowhere , He is demanding obedience from the disciple, no where disciple is made to feel that he is new. Actually, there is no psychological ragging here. The ragging starts from the Teachers. Please understand, in any educational system, in any educational institution, ragging starts from Teachers. It’s the teacher ‘s who feel insecure about the new fresh vital energy coming inside, they want to make the statement, Ai.. you are there..(down) We are here..(up). It is they, the way they behave, makes the senior students set a trend. Ragging starts from so called Professors, Teachers, Principals in any educational institution. They just want to illogically bulldoze and make a statement, be there…(down). Not even one aorta of ragging here, he says very beautifully, may our study and learning together. Because our masters know these Apoushyas, Vedas has multiple layers of meaning. Even if the Teacher is teaching Vedas for 50 years, 51st year when he opens the manuscripts again, when he opens the palm leaves again and reads the same line, he may click with a new meaning. Because he knows it is from Aakashic records. So he is teaching from that humbleness, May our study and learning together illuminous both , please understand, illuminous both with the sharp absolute light of higher intelligence, sharp absolute light of higher intelligence. I think the Teacher should have this pace, this context.
The Teacher should have this context, this space. Each one of this line introduces our education system and the context on which our system was evolved. Next statement, May we both not have enmity or incompletion with each other, because they are going to live together, understand, Guru and disciple are going to live together, so not having incompletion is very important. See , if you don’t live together, like this modern day, non involving narrative education system, where there is no living together, there is no involvement with each other, then the possibility of incompletion itself is not there. But when you live together, not to have incompletion is very important. Teacher can always establish his superiority and let disciple not have incompletion. But he is not doing it, this is, it’s very clear, please understand, by the authority you can never make somebody without Completion.
Only by your Authenticity you can make others Complete, never by authority, it is by Authenticity. Whether it take times, months, years, it’s only by the other person realizing the Teachers Authenticity, Guru’s Authenticity, he becomes Complete. Completion cannot be achieved by authority ,it’s only by Authenticity.