Is Education only a concern for the Young? What does it mean to be young? Ideally, education is a life-long activity, which means that education concerns all, no matter what their physical age. If education in essence is about making inner and outer progress, as we have seen in several of the previous posts in this series (especially see here, here and here), then progress can be and must be made at all ages. Which means that as long as we keep progressing, we remain young. This idea has important implications for life-long learning for teachers, educational administrators, policy-makers, parents as well as everyone involved with the important task of preparing our future generations.
This post explores this very important idea, through the golden words of the Mother, sourced from her volume, On Education, which compiles all her writings and talks pertaining to education. For this post, I will rely exclusively on the Words of the Mother because there is no way this very important message can be paraphrased or explained by me. (That is why I am also tagging this post as part of my regular series – Satyam Shivam Sundaram. And since these words also serve as a great reminder for my ongoing journey in personal growth and learning, I am also tagging it under Reminders to self)
To be young is to live in the future.To be young is to be always ready to give up what we are in order to become what we must be. To be young is never to accept the irreparable. (28 March 1967)***It is not the number of years you have lived that makes you grow old. You become old when you stop progressing. As soon as you feel you have done what you had to do, as soon as you think you know what you ought to know, as soon as you want to sit and enjoy the results of your effort, with the feeling you have worked enough in life, then at once you become old and begin to decline. When, on the contrary, you are convinced that what you know is nothing compared to all which remains to be known, when you feel that what you have done is just the starting-point of what remains to be done, when you see the future like an attractive sun shining with the innumerable possibilities yet to be achieved, then you are young, however many are the years you have passed upon earth, young and rich with all the realisations of tomorrow. And if you do not want your body to fail you, avoid wasting your energies in useless agitation. Whatever you do, do it in a quiet and composed poise. In peace and silence is the greatest strength. (21 February 1968)***For a happy and effective life, the essentials are sincerity, humility, perseverance and an insatiable thirst for progress. Above all, one must be convinced of a limitless possibility of progress. Progress is youth; at a hundred years of age one can be young. (14 January 1972)
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