Akhanda-MandalakaramSalutations to the Guru
Vyaptam Yena Characharam
Tatpadam Darshitam Yena
Tasmai Shri Gurave Namah
who revealed the power of timeless, infinite truth to me and which transcends the Universe
India celebrates Teachers’ Day every year on September 5, to commemorate the birth anniversary of Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, a great scholar, an exemplary teacher, who dedicated his life towards education. A statement from him to his students, “Instead of celebrating my birthday, it would be my proud privilege if September 5th is observed as Teachers’ Day” led to his birthday being declared as Teachers’ Day and being celebrated Since 1962, this year marks 58th-year celebrations.
Teachers’ Day is a day when students express their gratitude to the teachers. It is a day when students become teachers and teachers become students. Dressed up imitating their teachers, students take classes to junior students. Festivity, celebrations all mark the day. The teachers come together and participate in cultural programs exbhiting their talents beyond their teaching skills.
In the journey of learning in life one come across many teachers. In the early years of growth mother, father, siblings, then teachers enter one’s life when formal learning starts. The journey of learning continues, one comes across very dedicated and committed teachers, who do that extra bit and travel that extra mile to make you learn. For those who are lucky, some of the teachers remain mentors for a lifetime. Each of us when look back, many teachers would come to your mind and recall their contributions. The best way to pay tribute to the teachers is to live the principles they taught. In a world becoming more materialistic and student-teacher relation being limited to the four walls of the classroom, celebrating Teachers day is a reminder, that Teachers role goes beyond scholastic learning.
Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the worldNelson Mandela
The idea of celebrating Teachers’ Day dates to the 19th century, many countries celebrate the day to commemorate a local educator or an important milestone in education. This is the reason why the teacher’s day is celebrated on different dates. UNESCO In 1994, established 5 October as Teachers’ Day and many countries adopted the same.
Dr Radhakrishnan was the first Vice President of India and later served as the President of India. He was born in the erstwhile Madras Presidency near the Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu border. Interestingly all his education happened in small towns like Thiruttani, Tirupati and Walajapet and depended on scholarships to complete his education. After completing his MA in Philosophy in 1908, Dr Radhakrishnan taught at Madras Presidency College, went on to serve as Vice-Chancellor of Andhra University, Banaras Hindu University (BHU). He was also invited to Oxford to impart knowledge on Eastern Religions and Ethics in 1936, was held a position at that University for 16 long years. He was knighted in 1931 and was awarded the Bharat Ratna in 1954. He was made an honorary member of the British Royal Order of Merit in 1963. One of the less Known contributions of Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan is him being one of the founders of HelpAge India, an NGO for elderly underprivileged in India. Dr Radhakrishnan followed Buddhist philosopher Nagarjuna.
Teaching is the noblest profession and the rest does not matter
India is the land of the Guru Shishya Parampara a tradition that leads to an inseparable bond between the teacher and the taught. Guru Purnima (Poornima) is the day when tributes are paid to all the spiritual and academic Gurus. India was lucky to have Gurus like Gautam Buddha, Chanakya (Kautilya), Swami Vivekananda, Rabindranath Tagore, Swami Dayanand Saraswati, Savitribai Phule, Abdul Kalam, to name few. Swami Vivekananda propagated the Gurukul system in the country. Rabindranath Tagore established a school and reinvented the concept of ‘Gurukul’, the institute evolved into well-reputed Vishwa Bharati.
While talking about the recently adopted National Education Policy, PM Modi said that he was confident that it would usher in massive reforms and teachers would play a vital part in bringing the benefit of the new policy to the students.
Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them,Bill Gates
the teacher is the most important
What Bill Gates said about the tole of technology and teaching becomes significant, when the world is battling to cope up with COVID pandemic and figuring out how to reinvent learning.
Guru Brahma, Gurur Vishnu, Gurur Devo MaheshwarahSalutations to the Guru, Who is the Brahma (the creator), the Vishnu (the creator) and Shiva (the destroyer).I bow before the Guru, who is the personification of the Trinity
Guru Sakshat Para Brahma, Tasmai Shri Gurave Namaha
Our scriptures highlighted the importance of the teacher and in celebrating “Teachers Day” let us pay tribute to all those selfless, committed and dedicated souls who gave everything they have to nurture and mentor to make each realise their potential and make their dreams a reality.