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Best piece of advice I have ever received.

Principles of Learning & Teaching-Vedic Culture:

Section-9 of Sheeksha Valli, the first part of Taittiriya Upanishad imparts invaluable wisdom on leading a balanced and virtuous life. It encourages individuals to fulfil their duties, seek knowledge, practice virtues, and contribute positively to their families and society. The teachings emphasize that truthfulness, austerity, and the pursuit of knowledge are essential aspects of a meaningful and spiritually fulfilling life.

In this section, the Upanishad conveys: “The Integral Principles of Vedic Education and Propagation.”

  1. Do your duty; learn and teach.
  2. Speak truth; learn and teach.
  3. Meditate; learn and teach.
  4. Control sense; learn and teach.
  5. Control mind; learn and teach.
  6. Kindle fire; learn and teach.
  7. Feed fire; learn and teach.
  8. Be hospitable; learn and teach.
  9. Be humane; learn and teach.
  10. Serve the family; learn and teach.
  11. Procreate; learn and teach.
  12. Educate your children; learn and teach.

Essence of the lines: 1 to 5 is for: ” Brahmacharya Ashrama”(Students).

Essence of the lines: 6 to 9 is for: ” Grihastha Ashrama” (House Holders).

Essence of the lines: 10 to 12 is for: ” Vanaprastha Ashrama” (who are nearing retirement).

Learning and instructing are fundamental to each of the aforementioned 12 duties. The practitioner of any of the above is obligated to learn about it and pass on it with others. He should learn as much as possible to help him achieve his goal of liberation, and he should teach others so that this knowledge will remain in the public domain forever.

Note to the Readers:

Studying and propagating knowledge stand as the bedrock of our mission. Through dedicated study, we empower ourselves with wisdom, enabling us to serve society with greater insight and purpose. Propagation extends this knowledge, reaching wider circles and benefiting the collective. Together, these principles fortify our mission’s commitment to illuminate minds and contribute positively to society’s growth and well-being.

26 thoughts on “Best piece of advice I have ever received.”

  1. Yes, our aim should be to live up to these 12 duties.
    As young people grow up there should be others who teach these principles. The older people that live by these principles and accept that they have these duties, can always teach the younger people. It seems to me all societies would do well to adopt these Principles of Learning & Teaching-Vedic Culture:

    1. Thank you so much, Madam Uta, for your reply. You are absolutely right. Studying and propagating knowledge stand as the bedrock of our mission. Through dedicated study, we empower ourselves with wisdom, enabling us to serve society with greater insight and purpose. Propagation extends this knowledge, reaching wider circles and benefiting the collective. Together, these principles fortify our mission’s commitment to illuminate minds and contribute positively to society’s growth and well-being.
      I hope you are doing well. After a long time, I see you here.
      Regards.
      Arun.πŸ™πŸ€β€οΈπŸ˜Š

      1. Dear Arun Sir, I love your dedication to contribute positively to society’s growth and well-being. Thank you for your great response!
        Sorry, Arun, I often run out of time. Even some studying I can only do very, very slowly. Do I do well? I think, considering my age and circumstances I am still doing rather well. A few days ago I turned 89! πŸ™‚

        1. Good evening Uta Madam!
          I am very sorry for replying late.
          I understand that you are well and doing very well. Doing very good. I wish you to live happily. Cross 100 years without any difficulties. Live long.
          Read and understand the 18th chapter of The Bhagvad Gita which your husband presented you in German version.
          I am happy that you are quite good in 89. My mom is about 86 yrs . I always encourage her. Call twice each day and gives her confidence to stay happy with whatever is going on in the surroundings.
          Please eat well in time. Sleep well. Move with cautions. Don’t get hurry anytime. Relax and enjoy. Read and write. Take help of others when you find tough.

          I love my mom. I love you too.
          Please take care.
          Thank you so much for your kind words which gives me enormous strength.
          Regards.
          Areun

          1. Dear Arun Sir, I am touched by your wonderful dedication and understanding about what old people need. Thank you so very much for your excellent advice.

            πŸ₯° ❀ πŸ€—

            Uta

  2. This passage highlights the profound teachings from the Taittiriya Upanishad regarding the principles of learning and teaching in the context of Vedic culture. It emphasizes the importance of fulfilling one’s duties, seeking knowledge, practicing virtues, and contributing positively to society. These teachings are structured for different stages of life, reinforcing the idea that learning and teaching are essential components of spiritual growth and societal well-being. In essence, it promotes the idea that knowledge should be acquired and shared, ensuring its perpetuity for the benefit of all.

    1. Thank you so much, Shanky, for your detailed reply and sharing the essence of the text. I hope esteemed readers will like this piece of work. Best wishes to you. take care. πŸ™πŸ˜Šβ€οΈπŸ€

  3. Thank you for this distillation of wisdom, Arun.
    The advice is good. when they fall on fertile soil. Since these tips were so good, it means you were ready to accept them.
    Let them reach people exactly at the time when they are ready for it. Then there would be the most beautiful world on earth.

    Have a wonderful Friday!
    Olga

    1. Well said, Olga.
      Thank you so much for the valuable comments you have given on the topic. Fertile should also be ready for getting the seeds to grow as you said, very true.

      I believe that “as I sow, so I reap” is a very accurate and crucial principle. However, I also think that sowing is equally important, even though the fertility of the soil may not be uniform across certain areas. I must work to increase the area of fertile land. I must also ensure that my seeds are well-prepared. When both the seeds and fertile soil come together, the resulting product will be of high quality. This principle applies not only to literal farming but also to various aspects of my life, including personal development, relationships, and professional endeavors. It underscores the importance of dedicating time and effort to both preparation and execution in order to achieve the best possible outcomes. I truly believe in this approach.

      Thanks again for reading and commenting.
      Stay blessed always.
      Have blissful afternoon.
      Regards.πŸ™

      1. very good comparison, Arun. 😊
        I’m currently deep into learning about agronomy, caring for and growing plants. As it turned out, in this matter the soil decides everything. If you want your plants to grow well and not get sick, then take care of the soil and then everything will be fine with the plants and crops. It turns out that everything else is secondary, although it is also important – in sowing and caring for plants, you also need to do everything correctly. but no matter how much you do in sowing and tending, if the soil is not suitable, then the result will always be unimpressive. in agriculture it is the same.
        πŸ€πŸŒ²πŸŒ·
        Best regards, Olga πŸ™‹β€β™€οΈ

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