Sub : MESSAGE TO STUDENTS-14 : -
Sri Swami Chidananda
(Lecture delivered by Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj at the 1st Zonal Orissa Divine Life Conference at Khurda Road on 1st December 1974)
Ref : PRESENT VIOLENT CAMPUS POLITICS IN BHARATHAM : -
Respected family members of this great holy Nation.
*REQUEST ALL STUDENTS, PARENTS AND TEACHERS MUST READ THIS TOPIC
**IT IS URGENT IMPORTANCE IN THE PRESENT SITUATION OF THE NATION
14. What is Brahmacharya? -Continued
If the Brahmacharya Ashrama is properly lived he will become an ideal Grihasthi, he will become an ideal Vanaprastha, and he will become an ideal Sannyasi.
If in the Brahmacharya Ashrama you don’t live properly, if you have no character, no conduct—then what happens?
You cannot become an ideal householder. Your children will be unhealthy.
If you have no self-control and your actions are not based upon virtue, your life will be full of wrong deeds, and in Vanaprastha Ashrama you will become a miserable person, and your whole life will become a failure.
Success or failure in life depend upon how you have lived the first quarter of your life, and in this connection they have laid down three great duties. What are the duties for the youth and the Vidyarthi (student) in the Brahmacharya Ashrama?
One important duty is self-evident.
The student’s first concern is to attain knowledge—acquire knowledge.
But in your ancient culture knowledge was not merely confined to history, science, mathematics, civics.
It also meant knowledge of a profession and knowledge of life; how to live an ideal life.
Why have you come here?
To know your real nature!
It meant Naitika Vidya (moral science), Naitika Shikshana or Dharmic Vidya.
It also meant Adhyatma Vidya (Self knowledge).
You have to learn Bhautika Vidya (material knowledge) in order to have Udyoga (business) and be independent, earning income and be able to support your wife and children when you enter the second Ashram, the Grihastha Ashrama.
But if you want to live a noble life and get a good name in society, you must know what Dharma is, what Niti (ethics) is. So study Manu Dharmashastra, Yajnavalkya Smriti, the science of right conduct.
You must also learn Naitika Shiksha (moral education).
Thank you for reading
To be continued...