Words of Wisdom:


Moral Value

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Youth signifies and represents idealism and hope. Every generation of young persons charts out its
own course to realize its dreams and aspirations in life. Meanwhile it is the perpetual responsibility of
the elders to assist the youths in growing up and in becoming familiar with the eternal human values.
Further,   they need acquaintance with different   facets of   human quest   that   has led to generation,
creation, dissemination and evolution of knowledge resulting in better understanding of the forces of
nature, the world around us, and the way civilizations evolve and march ahead. They must prepare
themselves to chalk out their new goals of life they wish to pursue and the contributions they intend to
make to society. The youths are to be taught to paint the vast canvas of life with ideas and activities
that could help them visualize the future they are to create for themselves and their fellow men. They
need to strive to know what is real and what is unreal. They could also be guided to appreciate that
the search for truth is the ultimate goal that one realizes only after understanding the transitory nature
of all that is constantly changing around every moment. An acquaintance with the history and heritage
of India could give them a feeling of continuity and motivate them to assume responsibility to take the
lineage ahead. Above all, cultural moorings and scriptures may motivate and instil in them a sense of
possession of the sublime, goodness and beauty, which they need to assimilate and internalize.    

When Mahatma Gandhi wanted education ‘to draw out the best out of the body, mind and spirit’, he
possibly understood the lack of emphasis on skills and spiritual aspects in education. If he were to
witness the level of this neglect today, it would have appalled him! ‘My life is my message’ is one of the
most valued of his statements that presents a code of moral conduct before all of us and particularly
before the icons of   the young whom...


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