The Eternal Wisdom

The final chapter of Hari Prasad Shastri’s imaginative portrayal of the life and teachings of the sages of ancient India.

Human life is subject to certain laws which must be obeyed. The purpose of law is the welfare of the details, if that is commensurate with the welfare of the whole. The individual exists for himself only so as to make himself fit to help the evolution of the whole. Whenever there is a conflict between the detail and the whole, the whole must have precedence.

The ancients organized human life on a basis of law which was absolute. Up to the age of twenty-four, one had to be a gatherer of knowledge, skilled in action, proficient in forming the right judgement and generally prepared for a life of beauty. An ancient philosopher has said that the object of education and training of the mind is to make the world look beautiful.

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This article is from the Spring 2016 issue of Self-Knowledge Journal.