Abstract Thinking ► 34 ► [34.05] - Anupreksha Of Self-Discipline - Education and Emotional Development

Posted: 23.09.2007

In the communist system, great stress was laid on the control of the individual. But man was not transformed. Unless our attention is concentrated on the control of passions and self-discipline, the question of bringing about a social revolution does not arise. In the communist educational system it is recognized that knowledge is meant for knowing, for reconstructing a new world and for changing the social order. But the education there has failed to accomplish all these. It means that there is some deficiency in the system of education. And the deficiency lies in this that the question of emotional development has been relegated to the background.

Today we need to ensue that intellectual and emotional development duly accompanies physical development. An individual does not function only on the level of the body, senses and intellect alone. He functions on the level of feeling. Whatever action an individual performs is being conducted from within. Arjun said to Krishna, "O Lord! A man commits a sin. What makes him do it?" Krishna answered, "Lust and anger lure a man into sin." Both lust and anger are negative emotions.

We want to resolve a problem on the intellectual level, which is irrational. Philosophy is charged with being a process of knowing, not of bringing about a change. This is not true. In Jain literature is mentioned a system of education which frequently uses the following two phrases - "Academic education" and "Practical education.“ Acquire learning and make use of it. Practice is intimated connected with theory. Today, practice has been abandoned. The talk of keeping one's emotions under control has been relegated to the background; instead, greater stress is laid on mere intellectual development.

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