Śāstra – शास्त्र is Sanskrit for "rules" in a general sense. The word is generally used as a suffix in the context of technical or specialized knowledge in a defined area of practice in modern ne Shastrahas a similar meaning to English -logy, e.g. ecology, psychology, meaning scientific and basic knowledge on particular subject.
My conscience is clear
Yet, whom do I fear?
Now I take the floor
Outside hardens the core
As I start to grow
I see the long way to go.
So I have just one wish for you – the good luck to be somewhere where you are free to maintain the kind of integrity I have described, and where you do not feel forced by a need to maintain your position in the organization, or financial support, or so on, to lose your integrity. May you have that freedom.
(1974 commencement address to Cal Tech)
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