Monday September 4, 2017
A teacher, in our time of need…
The world celebrates Teacher’s Day to honor and express it’s gratitude towards teachers for their priceless contribution to each individual, as well as the community as a whole.
Yet, the importance of a real teacher or a Guru is unknown to many. Param Pujya Dadashri explains the importance of a guru using an example. He says if we do not know the way to the station, then it is a problem. However, if along the way, we encounter someone who knows the way, then we will reach the station quickly. We only realize the value of someone who knows the way i.e.: a teacher, in our time of need.
All we have to do is be grateful and respectful to our teachers. This is very important if we are to gain any knowledge from them because no knowledge of any kind can be attained without a Guru. Teachers are necessary for our personal growth and they are the ones who imbibe life values within us such as humility, generosity, and teamwork. With the help of a worldly teacher, we are able to solve our problems and walk on the right path.
If on the other hand, we wish to gain spiritual knowledge and Enlightenment we must work according to the guidance of a Gnani Purush (The Enlightened One). Under His guidance, we can fight our inner enemies - the mind, intellect and ego. This is only possible if we place our complete faith in Him. Only then can we receive the benefits of our devotion.
So how do you know if you have chosen the right guru? Param Pujya Dadashri says that, “A true Guru is one whose very sight makes our heads bow with respect”.