Ramayana — Guru’s final message
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Pay attention to Guru’s message at 2:21 sec .
“On this occasion of leave taking… I initiate you into the final wisdom. True knowledge liberates. That is real learning is that which frees you. Now I free you — from all the percepts I gave you. Now the mantra to traverse the path of life is —Atma deepo Bhava – express yourself in the way that lights your soul. That is, you need not take my percepts with blind faith. Use your knowledge (knowledge that you gained) and discriminating intellect to decide your own duty and the path you choose in life.”
The guru in his final message defined the true purpose of education. You learn from the Guru till you can’t learn anymore, and use that knowledge and discriminating intellect to decide YOUR OWN DUTY and path in life. I would also like to add that not only did he define the true purpose of education but defined the nature of education. You study till you can’t study anymore and then you question everything till you arrive at answers again. Now, Guru has taught me what the words Guru means.
Now I know why they compare Guru to Brahma, vishnu and masheshwara in the prayer our duty to or learning is equivalent to just that prayer.
Gurur Brahma Gurur Vishnu Gurur devo masheswara
gurusakhat tasmai guruve namaha.