Ramesh, a school kid was very much tensed before his mid term exam about Darwin’s theory of Evolution. He went to Ganesh temple for taking blessings before giving examination. Ram, a typical software engineer who reads a lot of non technical stuff says Ramayan is only allegorical and never had happened. One simple auto driver is confused over a famous south India politician’s remarks on non-existence of lord Rama. Latha, communication skills teaching faculty at famous teaching institute says Darwin’s theory is already known to Indians long before and it is Described in Dasavatara Song by a famous poet Jayadeva Goswami. Like these Student, Techie, Auto driver and Teacher, everyone has his own idea about Spirituality. Why does Ramesh go to temple to take blessing of God to write about nonexistence of God ? Why do Ram, auto driver and Latha put forward different conclusions and are confused ? Everyone thinks real education about God, Spirituality, is not that much important and can be learnt from Grandmother or from any book from road side bookstores. But,this real education has its own pre requisities.
It is wrong notion that spiritual education is taught by grandmothers and it is recommended for less competent people. Similar to authorities like IITs, NITs etc in modern education, the spiritual education also has its own authorized schools where it is systematically taught. There are four authorized schools as Brahma Sampradaya, Rudra Sampradaya, Kumara Sampradaya and Sri Sampradaya where unlike modern education student’s qualifications, the character and service are integral part of studies. There is verse in Bhagavad Gita (4.34), which clarifies the pre requisites of spiritual education.
tad viddhi praṇipātena
upadekṣyanti te jñānaḿ
Just try to learn the truth by approaching a spiritual master. Inquire from him submissively and render service unto him. The self-realized souls can impart knowledge unto you because they have seen the truth.
According to BG 4.34, knowledge is imparted by self realized people, but not by dry mental speculators. The genuine effort to find self realized person who is acharya, Service and submissive inquiries are the pre-requisites of real education.