Author Topic: Ramana Maharshi Says Pride Of Learning Is Condemned And Not Learning Itself  (Read 1413 times)


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1st October, 1936

Talk 253.

Mr. F. G. Pearce, Principal, Scindia School, Gwalior: Bhagavan has stated [in Sad Vidya Anubandham (Supplement) sloka 36]: “The illiterates are certainly better off than the literates whose egos are not destroyed by the quest of the self.” This being so, could Bhagavan advise a school master (who feels this to be true) how to carry on education in such a way that the desire for literacy and intellectual knowledge may not obscure the more important search for the Self? Are the two incompatible? If they are not, then from what age, and by what means, can young people best be stimulated towards the search for the Real Truth within?

M.: Pride of learning and desire for appreciation are condemned and not learning itself. Learning leading to search for Truth and humility is good.


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They say it is Vidyahankaaram and this only is bad.  Further,
Bhagavan Ramana also says in Who am I? in reply to the question
No. 23 of M. Sivaprakasam Pillai:

Pillai:  Is it any use, reading books for those who long for

Bhagavan:  All the texts say that in order to gain release, one should
render the mind quiescent.  Therefore, their conclusive teaching is that the mind should be rendered quiescent.  Once this has been understood, there is no need for endless reading.  In order to quieten
the mind one has only to inquire within oneself what one's Self is.
How could this search be done in books?  One should know one's
Self with one's own eye of wisdom.  The Self is within the five sheaths, but books are outside them.  Since the Self has to be inquired into by discarding the five sheaths, it is futile to search
for it in books?  There will come a time, when one will have to forget all that one has learned.

(Courtesy:  Osborne's Translation in Collected Works.)

Arunachala Siva.