Every year on 5th September India observes Teacher’s Day. This is a day marked with some remarkably enthusiastic celebrations at various educational institutions. But this has been now replaced by ideally sulking at home. Days when a class used to buzz of screaming & wailing children and the rest is history. The traditional classroom teaching has now been replaced by online classes. This pandemic has caused a total 180-degree split in everybody’s life.
You must remember days when your class used to be compared to a fish market, right? A class without a teacher is like an earthquake hit. This followed a drop-dead silence in the class plus some students kneeling in the corridor. This is a day to convey a humble tribute to the teachers nationwide for dealing with their students & guiding them the correct path to soar high. According to Hindu culture, a teacher is considered to have a niche equal to that of the Gods. Thus on this occasion, I’ll like to quote this :
GuruDevo Maheshwarah |
Guru Sakshat ParaBrahma
Tasmai Shri Gurave Namah ||
Meaning: Guru-the spiritual guide- is Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesh. Guru is Parabrahma (Supreme God or the absolute truth). With this knowledge, I offer my obeisance to the Guru.
This is an ancient Sanskrit shloka composed by the great Hindu mystic, Adi Shankaracharya.
On this occasion let’s recall some of the most famous teachers from Indian mythology :
Dronacharya is probably the most popular mythological teacher. He was the ‘guru’ of Pandavas and Kauravas. He is also known for his widely known association with his brilliant student Eklavya.
He is generally known for writing the Ramayana. But he was also the teacher of Lord Rama’s & Sita’s sons, Luv & Kush. He taught the twins shastras & the art of using weapons.
He is an avatar of Lord Vishnu who also served as a mentor to Bhishma & Dronacharya.
A teacher is someone who helps students to gain knowledge and competence as well as impart ethics. As it is rightly said, “A teacher is like a candle that consumes itself to light the way for others.” This saying has been credited to the Italian poet Giovanni Ruffini and the Turkish statesman Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.
Lastly, how can we probably forget the greatest mentors of all times who, have contributed to the development of the nation? Let’s get some insight into these great personalities :
1] Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was born on September 5, 1888. His birthday is celebrated as the Teachers’ Day in the country. He served as the first Vice President and second President of Independent India. Before joining politics, he taught at Madras Presidency College.
2] Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam
Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam was born on October 15, 1931. He has served the country as the 11th President of India & has also taught at various colleges such as IIT, IIM, BHU, etc.
3] Swami Vivekananda
Swami Vivekananda was born on January 12, 1863. He was an Indian Hindu monk who was behind Ramakrishna Mission. He propagated the Gurukul system in the country, where teachers and students lived together.
4] Savitribai Phule
Savitribai Phule was born on January 3, 1831. She was an Indian social reformer & educationalist. She is the first female teacher of India who played a vital role in improving women’s rights in India.
So let’s all extend heartfelt gratitude to all the teachers who have been tirelessly working even through this hardship of the pandemic to prevent disruptions to students. Aware of the current situation, the online classes aren’t doing any justice compared to traditional classes. But we can do is stand united in these times of difficulty & hope for a better tomorrow.