What Am I Teaching?
Before a teacher begins teaching his lesson, he must decide
what he wishes his students to learn. That goal is termed an educational
objective. To proceed in teaching without clearly knowing one's objective is
inefficient, ineffective, and, as Srila Prabhupada says - foolish.
Karandhara:They want to become minus.
Srila Prabhupada: But he is plus always. No, if you have no
goal . . . There is example: "Man without any aim is a ship without any
rudder." So suppose if the airplane is going with an aim to land in some
country, but if he goes on simply without any aim, then there will be disaster.
Karandhara: Well, they have an aim.
Srila Prabhupada: That you say they have got; he does not
say. You say.
Karandhara: No, but I mean philosophically considering, they
have an aim, but it's very obscure. The substance and the significance of that
aim is without form or conception.
Srila Prabhupada: So without aim, what is the use of practice?
Prthu Putra: He says he likes the practice without goal, and
he doesn't give any value to the practice because there is goal.
Srila Prabhupada: That is foolishness. Without goal,
practicing something, it is foolishness.
Conversations, Vol. 10, Paris, June 13, 1974