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Auto-didacticism shows the way to being your own guru
Many wise persons advocate the precept of being one's own guru. The Buddha had urged his disciples to be their own gurus. He often quoted to have said, "Atmdipo Bhav - Be your own lamp". Modern learning theory of 'auto-didacticism' also subscribe for the view that education of few years must lead students to become autonomous learners or independent learns.

Auto-didacticism or self-education is education without the guidance of teachers and masters or institutions. It is the way to become self-taught and self-made.

 Often, an autodidact is a self-taught individual who chooses her or his subject of study as well study material to read. He or she self-reflects and analyses the read material to teach himself or herself.  It is more of reading-to-learn skill that is self-actualised leading to analysis

Some of the prominently cited autodidacts had been Leonardo da Vinci, Goethe, Charles Darwin, Thomas Edison, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, Steven Spielberg and Srinivasa Ramanujan, etc.

Here is a French pattern poetry 'cinquain' that describes an autodidact: Autodidact /  Autonomous learning; self-determined learning / Choosing one's area of learning; accessing and making sense of gathered knowledge; codifying the analysed knowledge. / Autodidact is self-actualised learner who is centre and source of his or her own learning. / Self-directed learning.

In the present times, learning and life cannot be separated. For continuous learning and enhancement of personal knowledge, now books and library access is available beside the free internet access. It is being said that the digital age provides immense possibilities and opportunities to become self-educated.

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