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Ten Commandments for Students from Taittiriya Upanishad – Part 8

Dear All,


Sixth of the Ten Commandments:


6)   Swadhyaya Pravachandaabhyam na pramaditavyam - ( Hold on to self study and teaching)


 These days one speaks of ‘Knowledge Workers’. It is interesting to note how the Upanishads, in the remote past of world history, gave so much importance to cultivation of love of knowledge and spread of knowledge to others. Self-study means always keeping ourself abreast of what is happening not only in our field of work or interest but also studying the motives and developing the habit of self-introspection. How many evils owe their existence to our being unaware of them! If only we are aware of our motives and the ideas directing or affecting our action, living a right life will become a rewarding experience. Self-Study therefore includes self- introspection Not only should we acquire knowledge through reading books or articles or a judicious use of Internet, we should be willing to share our knowledge with others. This ‘Teaching’ of what we know ultimately helps us to clarify our ideas and make them grow. As some one said once ‘If I have a dollar and you have a dollar and we both exchange, we both still have one dollar each. But if I have an idea and you have an idea and if we exchange, we both exchange our ideas, we both will have two ideas each’. Swami Vivekanada’s words can be recalled here: ‘Doing is good but that comes from thinking. Fill your self therefore with good thoughts’. This is possible only when one practices self-study and shares ones knowledge with others. 

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Regards & Chant the Mahamantra Nama kirtan:
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare


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