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.”
- Do your duty; learn and teach.
- Speak truth; learn and teach.
- Meditate; learn and teach.
- Control sense; learn and teach.
- Control mind; learn and teach.
- Kindle fire; learn and teach.
- Feed fire; learn and teach.
- Be hospitable; learn and teach.
- Be humane; learn and teach.
- Serve the family; learn and teach.
- Procreate; learn and teach.
- 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.