Thursday September 3, 2020
Teachers are like Navigators who drive us onto the Right Path!
In India, 5th September is celebrated as a Teacher’s Day, to mark the birth anniversary of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishan, the first Vice President of India, who has been a great teacher indeed and a philosopher too. It is a day to pay tribute to all teachers, who play an extraordinary role in moulding people into good human beings.
Teachers impart knowledge that establishes in us the right understanding. They equip us with enormous strength to battle any kind of hardship in life. The presence of teachers or Gurus in our life is extremely important for our academic, social as well as spiritual progress.
However, to benefit to the fullest from this teacher-student relationship, it is imperative for the latter to maintain utter humility and complete sincerity towards their teachers.
Teachers Enlighten our Path to Progress!
History is laden with umpteen examples that demonstrate how a disciple reaches the pinnacle in his life, owing to his exceptional respect, humility, dedication and devotion towards his Guru (teacher). Chanakya and Chandragupta, Dronacharya and Arjun, Shivaji Maharaj and Ramdas Swami are some of the iconic examples of an ideal Guru-shishya relationship! These examples are famous not because of the achievements of the shishya as much as they are remembered for the divine virtuous bond that the shishya shared with his Guru!!
The Law of Nature is Such that when We Surrender to our Guru, We Attain His Energies!
To explain this, Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan cites an example of two water tanks joined by a pipe. No matter how much water is in one tank, the other tank quickly picks up the same level of water. That is the power of true samarpan (surrender) to Guru!!
But unfortunately, today, with the changing times, these virtues are seen to be taking a backseat. At many places, students tend to openly badmouth or criticize their teachers. No, this is not right! We must know there are grave dangers in doing so.
Must Never Criticize or Even See Faults of Teachers / Gurus
Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan emphatically says, “Once you have made someone your Guru, if you are going to criticize him, then this weakness will get in the way of your progress. Instead, it is better that you do not make him your Guru. Otherwise there is a terrible liability in doing so.”
By seeing faults in teachers / Guru or criticizing them, the disciple can ruin all his gains in no time. All the efforts and achievements of the disciple go to waste. Doing so, one not only binds heavy demerit karma but also hinders his progress in life.
Hence, on this Teacher’s Day, let us pledge to never again criticize or see faults of our teachers at all. We’ll respect them always! After all, our progress depends on them.