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I 8. What is the hallmark of education and of an educated person?

How can student be regarded as a success, if at the end of a course, he knocks at the door of every office, exhibiting the diploma he has secured, and clamouring like a beggar asking for jobs? Education has conferred on him this disgraceful role. Can it claim that it has done its duty? No. The educated person must serve people through sweat and toil. Education has to inspire youth to offer service, to sacrifice and to help. It must not inspire youth to amass money as its goal, and to travel farther and farther to earn more and more of it.
Sathya Sai Baba, 1 Mar 1981
 
Mere bookish knowledge does not constitute education. Nor does it mean the ability to juggle with  words.
Sathya Sai Baba, 15 Jun 1989
 
Education must result in the development of viveka (wisdom) and vinaya (humility). The educated man must be able to distinguish between the momentary and the momentous, the lasting and the effervescent. He must not run after glitter and glamour but he must seek instead the good and golden. He must know how to keep the body in good trim, the senses under strict control, the mind well within check, the intellect sharp and clear, unhampered by prejudices and hatreds, and the feelings untouched by egoism. He must know the Aathma too, for that is his very core; that is the effulgence which illumines his inner and outer selves. This knowledge will ensure joy and peace and courage for him throughout life.
Sathya Sai Baba, 25 Jul 1958