Education – Introduction

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It has been my desire for some time to collect the sayings of Swami Vivekananda on Education. The present Satyagraha movement and incarceration in the Trichy Jail gave me the necessary time for it. The Swami was a great and forceful personality and his sayings on Education are as inspiring as the rest. Some of the sayings may seem to be bearing more on religion than on education. They have been included as it was the opinion of the Swami that a pure and religious life is the foundation of all education and culture.

I am deeply grateful to my revered Reader Sri. C. Rajagopalachariar for his very valuable suggestions and also to Sri K. Ramakotiswark Rao, Editor, ‘ Triveni and Sri K. Arunachalam;’ my brother-worker in the Vidyalaya, for their kind help. We are grateful to Swami Pavitrananda, the President of the Advaita Ashrama, Mayavati, Himalayas, the publishers of The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda for kindly giving us permission to publish this book.

INTRODUCTION TO THE FIFTH EDITION

We are glad that four editions of this book have come out and the fifth edition will shortly be going to print. It has been translated in many of the Indian languages. Swami Vivekananda came as a dynamic force in the rise of a New India. His words and works continue to be a force even after half a century of his passing away and will continue to be so till the end of time, for all seekers of Truth.

This book was first compiled when I was imprisoned during the 1942 freedom movement. Since then independence has been won and we are involved in the grand task of building a glorious India, which the great Swami foresaw and dreamt of. When a large reconstruction work is going on throughout the country, these words of the Swami have a great value in inspiring the thousands of men and women, who are engaged in it.

In this edition some of the chapters have been rewritten. Some new chapters, namely, Development of personality, The end and the means, What is duty, and Work like a master, have been added. We hope and pray that the revised edition will carry the message of the Master to the thousands of teachers, students and others who are engaged in tne great task of education and other nation-building activities.

– 1957 TS AVINASHALINGAM

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