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His plans all come to failure,
The boy who wishes this thing,
The “luck” that I believe in
--EBEN E. REXFORD
“Little by little,” said a thoughtful boy,
And do not you think that this simple plan
Till you are of sixteen years of age, act under the
guidance of your elders; Do not be self-willed at that age or it will go hard
At home do what your father and mother ask you
In school do as the teacher says and learn with
attention. Habits good or bad that are formed in infancy Last the whole life-time, and so form good habits. A tender plant can be easily bent as one wishes to
bend it, When once it is hard it cannot be bent, and thus
it is with man's mind. Waste not even a moment of the time that should
be spent in school, Attend school regularly and study more and more
books. ‘I will learn my lesson before others have done', This spirit of emulation is good, other show of vani
ty being improper. What new have I learned to-day', ask yourself this
question everyday; If you follow this practice, you will keep up your
respect as a student. Let not a day pass without adding something to
your knowledge, Acquire morals with great zeal and aspire to be a
man of letters.
* From Temperance Reciter.
On your way to school in company with thoughtless
boys Be not tempted to play, or else it will break your
The memory is sharp and grasps things easily in
The practical use of knowledge in manhood causessatisfaction.
FOUR OBJECTS OF A STUDENT'S LIFE.
Although on the world's wide wide stage, a man's whole life is a life of training and education, still the period during which he is at school or college is the one specially set apart for such a purpose. This period, being the earliest, when his mind is plastic and quick to learn, chiefly influences the whole life. Impressions made during this time, habits and manners then formed, last long and are not easily eradicable. It is therefore very necessary that every student in school and college should be careful at this stage of life, and have before his eyes. distinct objects, towards which he should bend his whole energy. He should rise from his bed with such objects, try to work them out in his daily life and to realize their importance.
These are four in number: 1. the development of the physical body, 2. the improvement of the moral nature, 3. the increase of the intellectual capacities, 4. and the attainment of a spiritual and devotional
life. With these four clearly in his head, he should begin his daily work.
• A Gujarati poet.
As for the first, he should always take some exercise, and be temperate in food and drink. For unless he is strong in body he cannot do much in life. This body is the chief instrument of our work in the physical world. As for the second, he should try to
practise among his class-fellows, friends and relatives, at school and at home, the well-known virtues of truthfulness, honesty, absence of hatred, jealousy and anger, love, compassion, gentleness in speech, energy in rightful actions, kindness and forgiveness in thought, and obedience to teachers and parents.
For the third, he should try to understand his lessons thoroughly, and go deeply into them. He should practise reading between the lines. He should not be led away by the too common desire to read many pages and finish many books. For the understanding should be developed, rather than the brain stuffed with many facts.
For the fourth, he should always keep in his mind the Supreme Lord, Îshvara, who is the Supreme Being in the Universe. He should daily worship Him, even though for five minutes only, and try to do those things which will please him. He should increase his love towards Him. He should read daily his praise and take delight in doing so. It matters not whether He is worshipped in the name of Râma, Krishna, Mabâdeva, God or Allâh : for he is one and the same, though variously named.*
Let the student, therefore, bear in mind, that sitting on a chair, leaning over a desk, poring over a book, cannot possibly be the way, to make his body grow.
• From The Central Hindu College Magazine.
*The blood can be made to flow, and the muscles to play freely, only by exercise ; and if that exercise is not taken, nature will not be mocked. Every young student ought to make a sacred rosolation to move about in the open air at least 2 hours everyday.
Many students do not at present feel any necessity of exercise. But it is not at their option whether they will take exercise or not; they must take exercise or they are lost to all their hopes and all their prospects. There are others who plead that they are pressed for time and therefore they cannot take exercise. These must be made aware that they miscalculate on one important point. If they will try the plan of taking regular vigo rous exercise everyday for a single term, they will find that they can perform the same duties and the same amount of study much easier than without the exercise. The difference will be astonishing to themselves. The time spent in thus invigorating the system will be made up, many times over, in the ease and comfort with which their mind takes hold of study."
HABITS WHICH ARE VERY DESIRABLE
TO THE STUDENT.
1. Have a plan laid beforehand for everyday.
suing the same study, and carrying out the same
plans from week to week).
• From The Elements of Hygiene, by Dr.Dhanakoti Raju.