On hearing the word teacher, the image of a person standing in front of the blackboard in the classroom comes to mind. We’ve all been through that time. We’ve all been educated by someone.
Teacher’s Day which is celebrated on the 5th of September is the day when we all thank our respected teachers who gave us the gift of knowledge.
Dr. Sarvepalli RadhaKrishnan, who was the Indian Philosopher – when he was the Vice President of the country, his students urged to celebrate his birthday. So he told them that instead of celebrating his birthday, if they all celebrate this day as Teacher’s Day, then he’ll be happier. Since then, the students show respect to their teachers for their selfless efforts and for making the education system prosperous in the whole country. In honor of his birthday, this day came to be known as Teacher’s Day. Our teachers give us the right kind of knowledge so that we’ll choose the right path in our life.
Teachers – The Life Shapers
Teachers have a special role in our life. In a way, it is said that education separates man from animal. Through education, man learns many lessons from childhood to old age. Through education, one can also differentiate between right and wrong. Man is a social being, he cannot live without having any sort of human interaction and that is why education is needed more because, without it, decent or system exchange cannot be expected. If this teaching does not provide decency or systematically in the personal conduct of a person then it is evident that even after studying in school or college that person has not gained education for real. In such a situation, it is the duty of the teachers that along with bookish education, they should also provide basic and ethical conduct related education to the students.
Glorification Of Teachers In Bhagwat Gita
There is a beautiful verse in the Mangala Charan of Bhagavad Gita – which tells us about the place our teachers hold in our life.
om ajnana-timirandhasya jnananjana-salakaya caksur unmilitam yena tasmai sri-gurave namah
I was born in the darkest ignorance, and my spiritual master opened my eyes with the torch of knowledge. I offer my respectful obeisance unto him.
When there is darkness, we do not recognize ourselves and in darkness, we also lose our way. Just like that, a person without knowledge does not recognize themself and along with that person can never choose the right path for themselves. That’s why teachers bring the light of knowledge into our lives which removes all our ignorance.
Throughout our life’s journey, we encounter various gurus in our life to teach us a different lesson in our life. We need a guru to learn from no matter which field we go to. Teachers like our parents, our elder siblings, college teachers, sports teachers, and the most prominent one of all are our spiritual masters.
Gurukul By Iskcon
In earlier times, the process of teaching used to be done in Gurukul. Students used to go to their gurus to get an education. Gradually the system of Gurukul declined and the time of modern education came into being. Moral values are not taught in schools these days. There are very few schools in which this knowledge is given. That’s why there is ISKCON Society which is run by Gurukul. Here knowledge is given to small children. A large number of people are getting educated here, be it small children, girls, householders or the elderly. Every person is given the knowledge of Gita. And the credit of all this knowledge goes to Acharya Srila Prabhupada, the founder of ISKK who changed the whole world at the age of 70 years, toured the whole world 14 times, established 108 temples, replied to 7000 letters, 11 volumes of Shrimad Bhagavatam were made, wrote 147 books which were translated into 60 above languages of the world – such a big revolution. We should thank such a spiritual master for coming into our lives.
Even God tells us to worship the teacher before worshipping him. If you remember your Gurus and thank them prior to your prayers then you will achieve success but if you are not able to do this, then all of your work will be fruitless. We should always be thankful to the person from whom we have gained any kind of knowledge.