(6 Jul '05)
Amma’s message send from Dallas, USA for the launch of Amrita-ISRO VRC network launch.
Amma bows down to everyone, who are the embodiments of pure Love and the Supreme Self.
Amma is pleased to learn that the inauguration of the AMRITA ISRO Village Resource Center is being conducted in the esteemed presence of the Honourable President of India. It makes Amma’s heart full just to think that today, the villages of India are on the path of development.
India’s growth lies in the growth of her villages. Yet, when we work with the intent of improving our villages, it is essential to realize that we should not spoil their pristine beauty. This beauty is inherent in the innocence and simplicity of the villagers and the customs and traditions they have been following for generations. Just as it is our responsibility to modernize our villages, we should also see it as our duty to carefully preserve the charm that our culture lends them.
Education is not just to increase our brainpower. It should also have the capacity to touch and awaken our hearts.
Amma has heard a story about computers in the future. In the future, there will be this computer that runs 24 hours a day, and it will be operated by a man and a dog. The man’s job will be to feed the dog and the dog’s job will be to stop the man from touching the computer!
Though this is just a humorous anecdote, it contains a hidden warning, too. Although any kind of knowledge first begins as a means to benefit humanity, as time goes on, man’s selfishness gradually brings it to its destruction.
When we accomplish immense leaps in computer education and Internet experimentation, we should not forget the truth that it is spirituality that teaches us how to use knowledge with discrimination. Only man has the power to turn good into evil and evil into good.
In this age, when computers and the Internet are becoming more and more prominent on the education scene, we should give our students the capacity and discrimination to distinguish between good and evil.
Amma prays to the Paramatman, Supreme Being that the program organized here today may become successful in achieving this goal.