Saturday 28 September 2019

Of Teachers and the Taught - Dance Matters: Column by Ashish Mohan Khokar

September 5th is celebrated in India as Teacher's Day, so celebrated since scholar-President Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan when asked how he wanted his birthday celebrated (falling on 5th September) said, “I am what I am because of my teachers. Honour them.”

Today teachers have come a long way, long way down actually in society, on the totem pole of professions. That's because a corrupt society hardly values for higher goal. Gone are the days when teachers were:
Acharya parama dharma
Acharya parama tapa
Acharya parama gyana
Acharya kim na sadhate?

Loosely translated, it means: Teachers show the righteous path; our teachers are full of penance; our teachers have knowledge, what can a teacher not solve or know?

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  1. It's a very heartwarming article about teacher pupils relationship.made me think with gratitude of my great teachers who chisled me to whatever I am today.

  2. The article took me through my own journey of learning from so many teachers,academics,music and dance.Gurus with Art and HeArt.!!

  3. Shrabana Chakraborty29 September 2019 at 18:20

    A deeply inspiring read that stirred my conscience about the duties of a teacher and made me extremely grateful for all the teachers who have shown me the path. The article brings out the essential role of education in culturing our character through our heart. Many thanks.

  4. Murali Mohan Kalvakalva1 October 2019 at 13:02

    Agree that a Guru is one who makes us and I owe to my Guruji Late Shri Dharamshi Bhai Shah, disciple of my Dada Guru Sundarlal Ganganiji from Baroda. And little did I know sooooo much about you as well. Thanks for all the tidbits.

  5. Article that took me back to all the days of hardships during learning time and indebted to all the Guru forever.

    As Thyagaraja says 'Guruleka etuvanti guniki teliyakabodu'

    Dr. Vasanth Kiran, Bangalore