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VI ii Educare

2. How is educare different from education?
What is the difference between ‘education’and ‘educare’? Education is  like insipid water, educare is like sugar. Merely adding sugar to water  does not make it sweet. It is only on stirring, does the sugar mix with the water making it sweet. The heart is the tumbler, divinity is the sugar, and secular education is tasteless water. With intelligence as the spoon and enquiry as the process of stirring, we experience the all-pervasive   divinity. That is true wisdom, which enables us to recognise the unity of all creation.
Sathya Sai Baba, 20 Nov 2001
 
How can you call yourselves educated if you do not understand what educare is? The word 'education' is derived from the Latin root 'educare'. While education refers to a collection of worldly facts, educare is to bring out from within. Education is for a living, while educare is for life. Education is for jeevana upadhi (livelihood). Educare is for jeevitha paramavadhi (the ultimate goal of life).
Sathya Sai Baba, 21 Nov 2001
 
Today’s education comprises only bookish knowledge. It is only superficial knowledge and it changes every moment. So we must add ‘Educare’ to this bookish knowledge. Educare is practical knowledge. There are a few steps between the superficial knowledge and practical knowledge. From superficial knowledge we must proceed to general knowledge. After analysing this general knowledge one gains discrimination knowledge and knows the difference between good and evil. From this discrimination knowledge we proceed to practical knowledge. This practical knowledge is changeless.
Sathya Sai Baba, 20 Nov 2001