Five lessons for students to guaranteed success.

I read a very amazing sanskrit verse once, which spokes about the 5 qualities of student must have. In fact each one of us is a student in our life, and this is why we should possess and cultivate this five qualities.


VIDYA  means knowledge and ARTHI means a person who desires knowledge. So VIDYARTHI, one who desires knowledge, all of us should posses PANCHLAKSHNAM. These five characteristics features and qualities. 

The first one is KAK CHESTA,
KAK means crow and CHESTA  means efforts. so KAK CHESTA means the efforts of  the crow. 

All of us in our childhood read the  story of a crow, who was extremely thirsty and was flying around looking for some water. A crow found a pitcher. As the crow landed itself on the rim of a pitcher  and looked inside at the contents, he found there is a water but the water was at the bottom of the pitcher and there is no way the crow could drink the water by  putting is beak inside the pitcher. Then the crow started thinking what should be done and it came across a brilliant idea. It started looking around and started picking up tiny pebbles and outing them inside the pithcher. Pebble by pebble by pebble. The crow working hard until the the level of water rose way up to the rim of the pitcher and the crow quenched it's thirst.

KAK CHESTA refers to patience, hardwork and effort of the crow.

If we have to work on our lives if we have to truly bring out  what is within outside we have to go through some painful sharpening of kakchesta, hardwork, and don't they say that the only place where success comes Before work is in dictionary, that's because "S" comes before "W".

The second quality of vidyarthi is BAKO DHYANAM, means the intense focus of Crane. 
When one looks at the Crane standing on one leg completely focused into the water. The Crane with one pointed attention is looking at the waters. As the fishes swimming inside the water the Crane will allow the tiny, small fish to swim around and not satisfied with them. It allow the small fishes to go around and swim around. The Crane focus and wait for big fish to come. If Crane settled with small fish it will lose the big fish and if Crane wants to big fish then it allows the small fish to pass by and go around. 

Similarly in life, when you want to focus what is important, we should allow the small things to pass by. We shouldn't be distracted by small things, sometimes there will be interpersonal issue and conflicts, sometimes there will be health crisis, sometimes there might bi financial crisis, so many things happening in life. Let the small thing pass by and focus on what is important.

The third quality of a student or vidyarthi is SHWANNIDRA 

SHWAN means Dog and NIDRA means sleep so SHWANNIDRA means the Sleep of Dog or to be more precise the alertness of dog. 
All of us have seen actually the dog is sleeping, although the eyes are closed, the dog is very alert surrounding around it. Even if it is the little sound or someone walks very very slowly the dog will immediately open his eyes.
All those who wants knowledge in their lives and want to pursue that is meaningfull in life have to practice the quality of alertness. Although me have eyes closed, doing not literally but doing what we are doing in our lives we shouldn't miss out to be alert to the world around us. There is lot to learn  in this world from people, from objects, from situations, from surrounding, we will only learn when we are alert. 

The fourth quality of vidyarthi must possess is ALPAHARI

AHAR in sanskrit means food and ALPA means less.
So literally ALPAHARI means that a student or vidyarthi, one seeking knowledge eat less. Now this is not what is implied by the word though.

We have varieties of ahar, like for example, for our toung t we have a food, that's the ahar. For our ears, we have sound, that's the ahar. For our eyes, sights people, beautiful panoramic scenery is ahar. So for each of our senses there is a ahar.

 And when this verse says that the vidyarthi should be alpahari, it means we should be very careful of what input what we give to our senses because whatever input we give to our senses actually go and make a very indelible impression on our psyche on our inner systems. In a sanskrit that is called sanskar.
Sanskar means that the indelible impression that sensory input live on our minds.

 We give so many inputs through our senses and they live very indelible mark, sometimes unreadable mark on our consciousness and our mind. Therefore when we talk about alpahari it means we should be very careful to choose those sensory inputs which are of value and those things that we want our mind space to be filled with. Do not subject yourself to unwanted thing in the world around us, which will go and occupies your precious mind space, which should not taken by unwanted less valuable and less priority things. Your mind space is meant and reserved for the most important and valuable things.

The fifth quality that student must possess GRIHTYAGI.

GRIH means home and TYAGI means to give up, leave.
In the ancient 
Eastern world of india, student who leave their home at an early age  and go to study under their Teachers.

Grihtyagi means leaving home, to go in pursuit of knowledge. In its real implied sense, grihtyagi dosent means living home, it means leaving our comfort zone. If we living in our comfort zone, there is no question of pursuing that which is of true value. So grihtyagi refers to living out our comfort zone. Which is what no pain no gains means and thus these 5 Qualities are painful but 
No pains no gains.

So the 5 lessons for students are 

1) Put effort like a crow
2) Focus on your goal like a Crane 
3) Stay alert like Dog
4) Always give right inputs to our brain.
5) leave your comfort zone.

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