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On Physical and Intellectual Development of Students (Dec 1, 2008)

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    ... Ram Ram 1st December, 2008, Monday Maagshirsh Shukla Chaturthi, Vikram Samvat 2065, Somvar Question: What should the student do for development - both
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      : Shree Hari :
      Ram Ram

      1st December, 2008, Monday
      Maagshirsh Shukla Chaturthi, Vikram Samvat 2065, Somvar

      Question: What should the student do for development - both
      intellectual and physical?

      Swamiji: Meditation on the Supreme develops the intellect.
      Therefore every student whether he wants to attain the mundane or
      the spiritual aim should meditate on the Supreme. We have noticed
      that those who worship God, recite God's name, meditate on God and
      perform such other spiritual activities never fail in examinations.
      The reason is that these activities develop the mode of goodness
      that develops the intellect. So even if a student devotes less time
      to studies, it proves to be much more fruitful. Dependence on God
      specifically develops intellect. The reason is that he that depends
      on God follows the right path. So every kind of thing or person or
      object or circumstance becomes favorable and helpful to him. Thus
      he spontaneously attains his aim. There are impediments in a
      person's life only so long as he does not decide the aim of his
      life. But when the destination is decided, there are no impediments
      at all.

      When a student observes celibacy and leads a self-controlled life,
      he gains knowledge of several subjects even without study and
      effort. He grasps every subject very quickly. Self-control is
      automatically conducive to good health. Physical strength that is
      gained by practicing self-control and by eating Sattvik (pure) food
      is not gained by leading an unrestrained life and by eating rajasik
      and tamasik food in order to relish it. Self-control, celibacy,
      meditation on God and service of elders provide sattvik strength to
      the body, mind and heart. By this Sattvika strength, evils such as
      lust, anger, greed, delusion, pride and jealousy automatically
      subside and virtues such as patience, equanimity, quietude and
      happiness etc., are naturally cultivated. These virtues have a good
      effect on the gross body and a student possessing them naturally
      becomes free of diseases. If he suffers from a disease as the fruit
      of his past evil actions, it does not affect his mental

      A student should practice yoga postures and breathing (pranayama)
      exercises. They help him in studies because by removing heaviness
      and laziness they make the body light and active. Thus he remains
      energetic and enthusiastic. And even a difficult task becomes easy
      for him. However, he that lacks enthusiasm loses heart and for him
      even easy work becomes difficult.

      From: "Be Good" pg 136-140 in English by Swami Ramsukhdasji

      Ram Ram

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