GURU By Pavithra Rao from Bangalore Institute of Legal Studies
“प्रेरकः सूचकश्वैव वाचको दर्शकस्तथा । शिक्षको बोधकश्चैव षडेते गुरवः स्मृताः ॥-
A “Guru” is a person who does these six -Encourages, Directs, looks after, guides, teaches, and preaches.”
On the occasion of Guru Poornima lets remind ourselves of people who encouraged us when we were distraught, who stood by us when we lost hope; Those who cared for us and shaped our future when we could care less about it. Those are the people that we call ‘Guru’.
The term GURU is derived from Sanskrit. It is the combination of two Sanskrit words i.e., “Gu” and “Ru”. ‘Gu’ means the darkness and ‘Ru’is meant to be the remover of that darkness. Here darkness symbolises lack of knowledge. In the modern times, we see Guru in the form of a teacher. He serves the role of a guide and helps his disciples onto the path of righteousness and at the achievement of greatest good.
Lord Shiva became the first Guru when he began the transmission of yoga to the Saptarishi- the seven sages. Later on, in Ramayan we see two great sages Vasista and Vishwamitra as teachers to Rama and Laxman. Vyasa- the writer of Mahabharat is honoured as a guru too. And, how can one forget the most renowned teacher, a character of Mahabharat- Drona. Prophet Mohammad, Jesus Christ, Gautham Buddha, Mahavir Jain, Guru Nanak- all these people are world recognized teachers, who not only taught us a way of life but also shed light on various phenomenal topics of great importance.
In medieval times, if it weren’t for Socrates who took a boy as his pupil and shared with him all the knowledge that he had, world wouldn’t know of Plato. Who then would teach Aristotle who was the tutor of Alexander the Great. Isn’t it interesting that most profoundly known men in the history of world all shared one person as their teacher even though he wasn’t alive. That is the power of knowldge and this is the result of sharing knowldge. Plato is of the opinion that-“The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called ‘Truth’.”
We all are taught to respect our teachers at a very young age. Mother is the first and foremost in the life of a person. Father and other family members play a very major role teaching us at the formative years of our lives. And then, when we start going to school we come to know of those people who chose sharing of the knowledge they have acquired to others as their profession. From the moment that we step into the school campus to the moment that we graduate and leave the campus of professional colleges these teachers encourage us, guide us, teach us, help in like ways of a friend; and not to forget, annoy us and shout at us, just to make sure that we don’t astray from the path of righteousness. Yet we never really get to realise our gratitude towards them nor do we realise their importance in our lives till they are gone. Therefore, it is important that we appreciate those who teach us.
It is such a pity that, these days we are being exposed to scenarios where we are finding teachers who themselves have forgotten the difference between right and wrong. VIBGYOR Bangalore case is one of the most haunting cases,[i] wherein a little girls sexuality was compromised by school staff. Some of the reported cases relating to child sexual abuse by teachers would make any conscious individual’s blood boil[ii]. The evils of abuse of authority by teachers, instructors, guides is not just limited to school students, it extends and effects even PHD scholars and students in every area of learning.There is a need for stringent actions towards these kind of abusers.
To conclude, life in itself is a teacher. If one is keen to learn each moment is a moment of learning something new. Keep your senses on high alert and let your life and the nature surrounding you, be your teacher. Every person knows something which you don’t. So, keep an open mind with addition to a right conscience and strive hard to be your best version.
[ii] A.Ramalingam vs The Government Of Tamil Nadu
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