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12. TRAINING AND LEARNING

 

Training can impart discipline to those who are suitable mater­ial,  not to those who are not.

 

Learning disciplines those,  whose intellects have the desire to  learn,  capacity to  listen attentively,  power to grasp what is taught,  to retain it in memory, discriminate between the im­portant and the  unimportant, draw inferences, deliberate and imbibe the truth and  not others.

 

 A young intellect  is  apt to consider whatever is told  as the  teaching of scientific  knowledge, just as a fresh, raw object  absorbs whatever material it is brought in contact  with.

 

Teaching wrong things is a great crime.

 

Discipline and self-control are acquired by learning the various  sciences under the authoritative control of concerned teachers.

 

That learning is called learning, from which result righteous­ness  and wealth.

 

Persons standing out on account of their learning, intellect, valour,  noble lineage and good deeds are venerated.

 

Thus this science has been propounded  citing stratagems and  devices for the acquisition and protection of this world and the other.

 

(This science) creates and preserves righteousness, wealth and  physical pleasures.

 

It destroys unrighteousness, poverty and hatred.

 

It is from learning that the intellect is formed, through the intellect  skill in action (yoga) and from yoga self-control follows.