The Futility of Pseudo Education

Verses of Vemana – 55

orpuleni bharya yunna phalamemi?
Budhileni bidda puttiyemi?
Sadgunambuleni chaduvadi yelara
Viswadhabhirama vinura vema

Commentary: Vemana’s comparisons are at once commonplace and striking. They are trenchant and illuminating.

In this verse, he speaks of the futility of an education that fails to inculcate good qualities. To hit this point home he asks of what consequence is a wife who lacks patience? Of what use is a son who is not endowed with intelligence? So, with an education that does not teach us to discriminate between good and bad, to assimilate the one and eschew the other.


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