Vidya dadati vinayam,
Vinaya dadati paatrataam,
dhanaat dharmam tatatsukham.
Knowledge fosters humility, Humility fosters character, Wealth acquired through character is righteous which fosters bliss
All knowledge, accolades and degrees that does not foster character and humility is worthless and just superficial. Rajagopalachari once quoted that, “When intelligence matures and lodges securely in the mind, it becomes wisdom. When wisdom is integrated with life and issues out in action, it becomes bhakti (devotion). Knowledge, when it becomes fully mature is bhakti. If it does not get transformed into bhakti, such knowledge is useless tinsel. To believe that gynana and bhakthi, knowledge and devotion are different from each other is ignorance….”
Knowledge is best acquired when there is curiosity and a quest to obtain it. Curiosity is best fostered and cultivated on the foundation of self-control, non-impulsivity, understanding action-reaction; cause-effect; problem-solution processes, learning thought organization, and developing critical thinking skills along with mental-emotional maturity. Otherwise it only lends to chaos. Every curious moment can be a learning moment, and every learning moment can generate curiosity.
While we should not “kuppasya manduka” (frogs in a well, that revel in their ignorance and think there is nothing outside the perimeter of the well they live in) we should learn to develop our creativity by channeling our neurochemicals receptors in our brain to stream line it to think and act with a purpose. curiosity cultivated through aimless wandering of the mind is harmful to everyone. It is very important to learn mindfulness. Absent minded curiosity is very dangerous.
Above all curiosity has to be developed and taught non-egotistically, with humility (not the same as self-deprecation) and with the belief that the intelligence that drives our thoughts is a result of our inner indomitable spirit. Know that everything else being perishable, this spirit is eternal and will live long after we are gone from this world. The Guru or teacher that helps cultivate this quest for knowledge is considered akin to God since he is the true guiding light in the path of spiritual enlightenment and self-realization.
Guru Devo Maheshwaraha
Guru Saakshat Para Brahma
Tasmai Sree Gurave Namaha
Meaning:Guru is verily the representative of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. He creates, sustains knowledge and destroys the weeds of ignorance. I salute such a Guru.