Education: Purpose and more

Tamaso ma Jyotirgamaya: from Darkness to Light

Not just teach, but build souls

Ryan Baidya, Ph.D., and Anjali Kanojia, Ph.D.
Aizen Institute, Houston, TX, USA

Asato maa sad gamaya

Tamaso maa jyotir gamaya

Mrityor maa amritan gamaya

Aum shaanti shaanti shaanti

Lead us from falsehood to truth,

from the unreal to the Real,

from darkness to Light,

from death to Immortality.

Aum peace, peace, peace.

Brihdaranyaka Upanisada 1:3:27

Light is the Universal symbol of knowledge and understanding. Ancient literature often describes teachers as those whose role is to open minds to the vastness of myths and remove confusions which arise from myopia-ism, thus bringing clarity and light to difficult situations. The process of discrimination and enlightenment is also discussed in terms of removal of cobwebs of doubts and ushering in light in order to bring lucidity to the situation. The state of enlightenment too is often described as the state of full clarity and knowing, clear of all doubts.

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I have always liked Plato’s allegory of cave when it comes to education.