Excerpts from the Mahaswamiji's Speeches on Education
"By education we realise Truth. There are many truths, History is one truth. Geography is one truth, Mathematics is one truth. The content of truth is the greatest in Mathematics. In others, there is an element of imagination. In Geography, we come across names Asia, Africa, Madras, Calcutta, etc. These names were given by us. By imagination, we have given names "plateau" "valley", etc. By a process of gradual elimination of all that is imaginary, when we arrive at truth, that Truth is found to be God. To think of Him with real devotion is the fruit of education."
"What is the use of education? Its first use is to develop humility (vinaya). In olden days, the disciple who went to a guru was called "vineyan" meaning a person of humility which is the hall-mark of Instruction he had from his guru, the fruit of education. Education without humility is no education. Education is the same today as it was before, but methods have changed. The medicine is the same but if the diet is changed, the medicine becomes poison. Education has today become merely the means of livelihood. For true education, the student should go to a guru and follow the guru-kula system."
"Right education should make us know that God is the Truth. Knowledge must fill one with good qualities, through which one can realise the Truth, that is God. Therefore, the goal of knowledge is the understanding of the Ultimate Truth. The first fruit of education must be humility and self control. "
Sri Jayendra Saraswathi Swamiji on Kanchipuram as a Seat of Learning
"Kanchi has the distinction of being called Nagareshu Kanchi. (best among cities). It is also said that the educational supremacy of Kanchi is unparalleled. There are evidences of existence of Universities here. The stone carvings of yore call this place Kadigasthanam. This place has been known for its pedagogic and philosophic attainments and has seen the propagation of innumerable good deeds from the days of Adi Sankara. The Math has been keen in the nurturing of Vedas, Sastras and our Culture. We are also particular that every student should be upright and virtuous, apart from being a scholar.