What is education? I am starting this article with a small story. Some 2300 years ago, a lotus flower blossomed without any season near a poor man hut in a Village. He thought I am lucky, I can sell it in the market. I will get good money for this. He left for the market early in the morning. On the way, he was surprised. All the reputed well-known people of the city were going outside the city in their chariots. The richest person in the city stopped his chariot and called the poor person. He said, how much money do you need for this flower. I will give you whatever price you ask. Give me this flower The talk was going on that the king's chariot came and stopped from behind, he said, don't sell flower, I will give you more amount for this flower, than what this rich person will give you. The poor man was surprised. It was beyond his imagination that he could get so much money for one flower! He asked the king what is the reason for paying so much money for this flower. The king wanted to offer 1000 gold coins for that flower. The poor man asked, what is the reason for paying so much money for this flower. The king said that Mahatma Buddha has arrived in the city. All these people and me are going to greeting him. I want to present this flower to them and they will surely be happy to see the unseasonal flower. That is why I want to present these flowers to them with my own hands. In addition, the king extended 1000 gold coins towards him. The poor man refused. The king thought that maybe the money was low. The king said, tell me how much you want, I am ready to pay the price. The poor said no, not this. I think that why should I not offer this flower myself at the feet of Buddha. The king was astonished to see so much strength of a poor man, to see so much courage. He could not buy the flower of that poor man, he gave a lot of greed, but The poor man did not agree and went to the Buddha to dedicate the flower. The king reached Buddha first. He told Buddha that today I have come after defeating from a poor man. I tried to give everything to him but he did not agree. When that poor man came and he placed that flower at the feet of Buddha, Buddha said to him, how crazy are you, when the king was ready to pay the price asked for, then why did he do this worthless misdeed by being a poor man. To give me flowers The poor's eyes filled with tears of joy. He said that when I could get more value than gold, the price of offering it at your feet, I did not agree to sell it for money. Buddha said to monks, look at an educated man. So a monk asked why are you calling it educated? Buddha said that those who have an understanding of higher values are educated. The one who has the understanding of higher values in life is educated. This poor man is a very educated person. He could leave the money for love. He could give up money for the sake of respect. It has shown a great deal of courage, which only an educated person can do. The goal of this short story is to tell what education is. Education is the knowledge of higher values in this life. There are many types of values in life, values of many levels. The one who is satisfied with the lowest prices is uneducated. He did not get any culture. His eyes did not lift up, it remained on the ground. He could not lift his eyes to the stars in the sky. There are many stairs in life, there are stairs below, and there are stairs to the far sky or to say that up to God. On which step the person stops, he is equally educated or uneducated in that sense. Perhaps money is the shortest step, and religion is the biggest step. But most of us stop on money. Today's education What we consider education today does not seem to lead to higher values of life. She is leading life towards the lowest values. Moreover, it appears that the days when humanity was uneducated and uncivilized were days of deeper and higher values than today. Surprisingly, as education goes up, the values should have gone up. On the one hand, education is increasing. Everyone will be educated today or tomorrow. However, the values of our life are going down. There is some fundamental mistake in this education perhaps that is why we are not able to organize humanity. There were two world wars in the last 100 years. Should not an educated society die of shame, who is organizing such a huge massacre to destroy humanity? Atom Bomb was dropped in Hiroshima Nagasaki. The man who dropped the atom bomb was an educated person. He had several university degrees. On the second day after the bomb fell, he was asked that you did not think that dropping your atom would be the cause of killing one lakh people. He replied that there is no reason to think, I was given the command and I did the work. If education had created higher values, this man would have refused. Somebody asked him that he slept well at night. He replied that he slept with great pleasure. Millions of people were burnt to ashes in the fire, and the person who dropped the bomb could sleep peacefully at night. Can you call this man a man? There is a childhood incident of a friend of mine. His mother suddenly slipped and fell on her head, suffered a severe head injury, started bleeding. His father sent him to call the doctor. As soon as he reached the doctor, the doctor had taken a cup of tea in his hand to drink tea. He said please hurry up my mother has fallen, she has a head injury, and her head is bleeding. The doctor said that I should drink tea first, otherwise it will become cold, and then I will come. He went back to the left and told his father that the doctor is drinking tea, if he drinks the whole tea, then come. His father said that the man is a doctor, but he is not a human. If his mother had fallen and her head was bleeding, and close to dying, would he have asked her to drink tea first? No, that man would be a good doctor but not a human. Humanity has certain values. Being a man is not complete by taking the form of a man.