Education during Mahabharata Era
Hi friends we will see the teaching learning process happened in the Mahabharata era how they choose the disciples and how the disciples choose the teachers, The attitude of the students and teachers methodology of teaching in the period of Mahabharata. Let’s listen and get benefited…
Therapist: where did he go?
Client: to the palace
T: palace means
T: what is your father’s job?
C: he is a consultant like ministers to Bhishma and Vidhura.
T: was your father Learnt… What is his name?
T: what’s your age? is Karna elder to you?
C 3 or 4 … Karna is elder.. he was one or two years older than me… after some period he went to gurukulam..
Then me and afreen are there…
T: how is the life going on then?
C: it’s going on nice
T: can you feel the style of life on those days… Generally..
C: generally was good but occasionally there are some quarrels and fights regarding giving and taking… The king scold occasionally to condemn the incidents..
T: what do you know about your king… Dridrashtra.
C: he is partiality towards his citizens.. even between the sons of ministers.. I am also a son of minister. Bhishma is not like that.
T: how did bhishma look like when you are a child?
C: not so older but strong..
T: move ahead in time just go to the significant moment on that period?
C: my mother died when I am getting ready to go to gurukulam.. Father have completed all the rituals in a day and we left to gurukulam. They are strict on the days. i need to go to gurukulam.
T: whether you are going alone or with anybody else?
C: Karna left long back.. we are going now I am going with afreen.
T: where did karna went?
C: Karna went to the gurukulam of balarama we are going to the gurukulam of vyasa.
T: who is choosing the gurukulam?
C: we are choosing the gurukulams. We are guided to meditate and choose..
There were lots of gurukulams there. whenever they are offering the education (Dhana) freely they will announce and we will choose by meditating.
Some saints are meditating so so when they are free and come out of meditation they will call to give education. Give the list of gurukulams like nowadays the schools are giving the vacant places.. they are offering it freely so when we came to know about this offerings we will choose by meditating over that.
T: Do you have ability to meditate? Just observe your ability to choose the deserved one. Just observe your heart… Just go to the time where you do do the prayer to choose the gurukulam. Just observe the skill.. what are the techniques you are using to identify your need…
C: We are relaxing deeply.. then taking two or three names of the saints and focusing on their names from our heart… then we can feel one saint is suitable for us… Like that we have chose the gurukulam and we are going to towards that.
T: do you feel it is possible in this (present) life also..
T: absorb all the skill and knowledge from that life…. Okay.. your moving to gurukulam… Look what is happening there… Slowly take your own time..
C: we are there… the latecomers are sent back. We Are 5,6 members.
T: how is Vyasa looking like
C: all are aged and older.. thin figures.. skinny, but strong.. having the ability… I am 5 to 6 years on that time. They are instructing the importance of timings and how to behave in aashram.
And that night we are practicing in meditation how to focus more deeply..
We have to wake up early without being aroused by anybody… If you are not obeying that they will send back us… So we are getting ready early by bathing in the river.. changing our dresses.. they are giving some book like material made up of wood tied with strong ropes. Face writing in that with fruit and leaf extracts… Like we are writing assignments nowadays… Slokas and other things we have to memorise and to retell on the next day… We have to answer.
T: can you understand everything?
C at first it was difficult afterwards it was very easy…
T: any other training given other than reading?
C: writing.. as we’re going to gurukulam first you know… We didn’t know writing… Marching in army, war skills, to defend, to attack to know about chakraviyuga, how to use weapons and equipments, how to behave in war field, we are using larger barks of the trees by polishing them and writing with fruits and leaf extracts…
T: whether Vyasa is teaching everything…. Or does he had any assistants…
C: his disciples are there… To assist him..
T: how is the life in gurukul going?
C: at first it was so tough then it becomes used up and normal.
T: what are the life routine on the period…
C: we are studying well… whatever skill they are having more they are practicing them more and more…
T: what’s skills you are posessing more. What sort of practices given to you more and more..
C: I am having the skill in defence and attack.. so that I was trained in that line…. Regading weapons I am using sword..
T: other than war strategy what you are learning..
C: training regarding how to control anger, how to calm your mind!!
T: what are the techniques pure using to control the mind?
C: like I am reading gita now they are teaching us what to do what not to do.. they are writing in the wooden board.. we’re following that… they became a routine… Following… First time he woke up all of us on the next day we just wake up our own…
T: how did the skill come to you?
T: how to develop sensitivity?
C: by keeping our mind calm and peace..
T; how is it possible
C: through meditation..
T: did they teach in early age?
C: my father taught us… he already learnt how to meditate and was a minister also.. as karna’s father was poor my father taught all of us how to meditate and other things… When he was free…
T: go ahead in time..relax… After you have grown boy.. what are the arts you are taught and what else you have mastered..
C: I was trained in defending and attacking..
T: did they taught only warfares..
C… No they have taught all the morals regarding general etiquettes, how to behave in the palace etc…. How to use medicines…
T: what medicines?
C: if anybody injured in war field?!.. we can do and manage the injuries and normal cough fever like that…
T: can you identify the herbs
C: the herb used to cure injuries like this size…
T: can you identify the name of the leaf? You can do that….. just feel it…. You are in the dimension where there is no limit of time body and distance….
C: panjakkai with turmeric… Little water we crush the leaves in our Palm and make juice and apply it on the wounds…. it will burn and hurt like anything… But it will be healed very quickly…
T: do you have a literature in your studies?
C: everything is included in Sanskrit studies…..
T: go ahead in time…. What’s your age now?
C: 20, 21
T: for long period you are in gurukulam?
C: Mmm… 15-16 years.
T: Are you leaving from gurukulam..
C: he was also my father’s guru.. before leaving we are praising them and they are saying something to us….. He gives us individual weapons.. for what we are specialising in..
they make our weapons….
T: do you are provided training in asthras
C: targeting the arrows with Thought power… Right… He gives us training in the field, where we are shining.. and concentrating… As we will be appointed in the fortress so that our guru will traine us for that only..
T: you are in defence and attacking ok….
After returning from gurukulam where are you going?
C: to bhishma
T: how he is looking?
C: he is too old now…. eyes became small…. very older… he is looking like a Chinese… Externally he is weak but internal strong…
T what he is saying?
C ayushman bhava.. we are seeking blessings by lying down on the feet also from Vidhura and father… Then from the king… Before our arrival the Princes from both sides returned from the gurukul.
Thank you friends.. from this episode we can learn about the the teaching and learning skills from Mahabharata era the respect and reverence towards the guru,
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