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VI i Essence of Spiritual Education

3. How is Knowledge and Spiritual Education related?
Different branches of knowledge are like rivers, while spiritual knowledge is the ocean. Even as the rivers merge in the ocean, all types of knowledge merge in spiritual knowledge.
Sathya Sai Baba, 29 Dec 1985
 
It is necessary to impart spiritual education along with secular education. General knowledge devoid of spiritual education is negative. General knowledge is like the bulb and spiritual knowledge is like the current flowing through it. Only when positive and negative meet is darkness dispelled. So, we must develop positive along with negative.
Sathya Sai Baba, 20 Nov 2001
 
It is only when an educated person looks inward that he will be able to realize the true meaning and philosophy underlying education. In contrast to this situation, people are applying their intelligence in worldly matters.
Sathya Sai Baba, 28 Oct 2003
 
Pursuit of scientific knowledge is, of course, necessary. But, today, we are understanding science in a perverted way. Science starts at a particular point and ends at a different point. It is not a full circle; whereas, spirituality is a full circle, ending at the point of origin.
Sathya Sai Baba, 20 Nov 2002
 
You may feel that spirituality is too abstract and not easily understandable. The Atma Tattwam cannot be understood and realized by merely developing material knowledge. In fact, Atma Tattwam is beyond the scope of material knowledge. It is transcendental. It is fundamental knowledge. It is at the base of all physical, material and secular knowledge.  The cotton is the fundamental object at forms the basis for the thread and the cloth. Unfortunately, today we are only recognizing the cloth, but not the fundamental object of cotton, the basis for the cloth. Therefore, what is of paramount importance today is to recognize the Atma Tattwam that is at the root of all knowledge. If one is able to realize this Atma Tattwam, he can easily realize every other aspect.
Sathya Sai Baba, 28 Oct 2003