Unsung Heroes Of Our Lives
Gurur Brahma, Gurur Vishnu, Gurur Devo Maheshwara
Guru Sakshat Parabrahmah Tasmai Shree Guru Veh Namah
The above Sanskrit verse puts forth the message – A teacher is our God. They are the ones responsible for guiding and enlightening us. When we date back to the history, we have stories of the guru Dronacharya and his students Arjun and Eklavya. They simply portray one thought - Teachers are the unsung heroes of our lives.
"Ideal teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross, then having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create bridges of their own."
This quote by Nikos Kazantzakis sheds light on the impact a teacher can make. Teachers are the influencers in every individual’s life. They act as a catalyst and a role model. They are like the backend developers of a functioning website. They shape the future of our societies.They transform people into responsible citizens.
Closer home, Savitribai Phule’s struggle and Ramabai’s courage to impart education are tales of heroism.They were the ones who uplifted the minds of people through their teachings. It is their efforts that paid off to make a country like ours.
Dwelling on the above thought it would only be apt to appreciate and acknowledge these gurus. They make a difference in our lives. For someone rightly said, “A good teacher is like a candle: it consumes itself to light the way for others."
It need not necessarily be your school teacher. It is any person who inspires you. May be it is the guest lecturer who urged you to read something or a friend who guides you through. It is your parents who stand by you through thick and thin or an employer who motivates. It is anybody that fosters learning.
We have ignored the very foundations of our relationships. These days we need a reason to celebrate them, rather we look for one. On this occasion, one should take the liberty to take five minutes off. Write an appreciation letter or a thank you note to that one person who guides you to the path of wisdom.
Happy Teachers Day!