"വിദ്യാഭ്യാസം കൊണ്ട് സ്വതന്ത്രരാകുവിൻ"
Education is the stairway to Freedom.
A stepping stone on which one takes a giant leap to knowing. A tool for drilling through ignorance. Knowledge is the ultimate. Sree Narayana Guru doesn't use the word in the conventional sense. Knowledge is not the kind of stuff which can be imparted through teachers and classrooms. Neither is it transferable from a container to empty smaller vessels. Knowledge is about knowing oneself. Is it the same for all, the fundamentals of human character that make people happy? Is there a common denominator for deriving happiness? If you could find that through education, you’re brilliant! You realize that the difference between people does not really exist. You’re the same as the other. You start seeing everyone as your own reflection. You become bold. Fear has already been vanished.
|Leon K L, - embryonic - soft pastel on paper -2010|
Unfortunately, nobody is worried about the higher purpose of education and it has been reduced to a mere certification for bread-winning. One is uploaded with chunks of outdated knowledge to become job-worthy It gets you an address and nothing more! Peace and happiness are still out of bounds! If this is the case, where is the difference between educated and uneducated? Faced with a crisis, both are jittery. The information mugged up for exams doesn’t come for one’s rescue. One becomes desperate end up as an alcoholic or put a full-stop in suicide.
|Leon K L - Trans location - 2009|
When one uses education for attaining freedom, one starts processing knowledge on one’s own. The knowledge acquired from various sources – science, history, music, literature, visual arts, travel etc. – are processed to sift the chaff from the kernel. One gets a pretty good idea of what’s real and what’s not.
Such a person will have a smooth sail through life. Just no one can take his/her freedom away!
The ungraspable phantom of life has been tamed.
|Leon K L - Earthbound - 2010|