Author: S M Rakhe
Publisher: Sri Satguru Publications
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8170303125
The present book is a collection of three monographs viz. education in the Atharva Veda, Education in the Vishnu Purana and Svadhyaya in the Vedic and Post-Vedic literature. The education system of India is first adumbrated in the Atharva-Veda. Of all the Vedas, the complex Atharva-Veda appears to be the most important source for the quest of educational information about very early ages.
The Puranas are full of episodes having educational implications enlightening us on such vital points of education as teacher-student relationship, the true spirit of education etc. Svadhyaya has received perrenial importance since the inception of educational system anywhere in the world. Indian system considers studentship as a debt to Rishis or to culture and so the person who perpetually continues his Svadhyaya is designated as Rishi : treasure Warden.
The central theme of study in Vishnu Purana is educational practice based on the particular educational philosophy. The bases according to Dr Rakhe are not religious but moral. The moral norms as accepted by the then society determined the course of educating children and the youth of times. The book contains passages from the scriptures.