What is the real education? What is the goal of life?


Jayapataka Swami: Real education is the education that we are not this body but the spirit soul that is the eternal servant of Krsna. I was in one printing house in Krishnanagar, the headquarters of the Nadia district. Here the printer was printing exam papers. So they had a question, ‘What is your identity?’ So I asked the teacher who was there to pickup the exam paper what is the correct answer to that question. She said they write , ‘I’m a Bengali, I’m an Indian.’ So then I asked, “What if they write ‘I’m the spirit soul’?” The teacher told that she will fail them. So this is the educational system in India, that to get pass mark we have to answer in a materialistic way. So that is why the gurukul education has vanished. Anyway there is the body, mind and soul and this question can be answered in any level: body identity, mind identity or identity of the spirit soul.

HH Jayapataka Swami
Hyderabad, November 2009