I discussed earlier that you can overcome procrastination by transiting from Comfort zone to Responsibility zone. This Responsibility zone is called kartavya buddhi in Sanskrit and it receives repeated emphasis in our Vedic literature. In fact, the Vedic System of education groomed students, from infancy, to overcome maladies such as procrastination by developing certain spiritual ideals in life.
Many times, students and teachers, find it uncomfortable to learn about the Vedic sciences. In fact, to appreciate Responsibility zone one must understand the scope and authenticity of Vedic Education Model. Vedic Education’s primary objective was to develop a youth’s total potential. This was achieved by training them in character and occupational skills under the guidance of a qualified teacher (guru) at the guru’s home (guru-kula).
Students cultivated mind & sense control, acquired spiritual wisdom, and practiced devotion to God. The whole education was based on the ancient sacred literature – Vedas – which literally means “knowledge”. These Vedic literatures consist of the whole gamut of scriptures with topics like Statecraft, Military science, Astronomy, Astrology, Geography, Medicine (Ayurveda), Mathematics (Ganita Sastra), Economics (Artha Sastra), Management, Food, Relationships, Leadership, Culture & Fine arts, Music & Dance, Health & Yoga (Yoga Sastra), etc. Indeed, it won’t be an exaggeration to call Vedas the manuals for human life.
The Vedas give holistic knowledge of both material and spiritual life. It is not surprising to find some of us were sceptical about such claims about the Vedas, especially when the modern education is imperceptibly destroying people’s faith in God and spirit of service. But the Vedas are indeed reasonable and verifiable and one only has to read them with an open mind to see how they are so perfect. Actually, the validity of Vedic wisdom is established beyond any doubts, as it has been utilized and publicized, by the best thinkers of the present day like Mahatma Gandhi, Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton etc. American writer Henry David Thoreau states: “In the morning I bathe my intellect in the stupendous and universal philosophy of the Bhagavad-Gita, in comparison with which our modern world and its literature seem puny and trivial.”
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