Friday September 3, 2021
Happy Teachers Day 2021!
When asked about our fondest memories in life, most of us remember their childhood days - those carefree days of fun, food and friends and what else makes our childhood memories so pleasant and interesting even today? School, friends and of course, our teachers! Remember, how our days used to start with a chorus of Goood Moooorrrnnniiiggg Maaaa’m?!
Those days can never come back but our teacher’s influence and impact has still stayed with us even after so many years. That is the reason a special day has been dedicated to express our sincere gratitude to our teachers. 5th September marks the birth anniversary of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan and is celebrated as the Teachers Day every year.
In India, the Guru-Shishya parampara is held in very high esteem as Teachers play an important role in shaping our personalities and making us civilized citizens. Just as teachers fulfill their duties with dedication, it is our duty too to respect them and earn their grace. Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan says, “A student cannot do anything by himself. With the grace of a Guru (teacher), one can progress.” Such is the importance of a teacher!
Imagine a situation when you are standing at a junction of seven roads. Which road will you select to reach your destination and how will you do that? Obviously, you’ll take the help of a passerby. So in this situation, the passerby has become our Guru as he guided us on the right path. This means the guidance of a Guru is necessary everywhere, at every step.
As students, we may have taken pride in making fun of our teachers or playing pranks on them. But do you know although we might have felt a sense of achievement in those moments then, we actually incurred a great loss unknowingly. Highlighting the importance of a Guru, the Spiritual Master, Param Pujya Dadashri says, “Whomever you surrender to, you will acquire the strength they possess. Once you have surrendered, you will acquire all that he has.” And if we disrespect our teachers, then obviously we will not be able to gain anything from them. Going ahead, Param Pujya Dadashri also gives us a very important life lesson, “No matter how the Guru behaves, the disciple should remain obedient. If the disciple follows Guru’s instructions; then his work will be done!”
Times will keep changing - Classroom teaching might get replaced by online education; but the importance of teachers in our life will never change.
Hence, on this Teachers Day celebration, let us remember all our teachers and recollect those instances when we have disrespected them or made fun of them and then in our mind, ask for their forgiveness and resolve never to do it again ever.