Today is Day Five of the Write Tribe Festival of Words. I am participating in the Write Tribe Festival of Words 1st-7th September 2013 (http://writetribe.com)Today, I choose to write on the seven lessons learned from my teachers on the occasion of Teachers’ Day.
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Today, September 5, we celebrate Teachers’ Day. It is a day when we reflect and remember fondly the life lessons beautifully taught by our teachers’ in class. A good teacher can change our perceptions about life and evoke the spiritual side in us. I have been fortunate to have such wonderful teachers that I call my spiritual parents who not only changed my beliefs but re-affirmed my faith in life. Today’s Seven is a humble attempt to pay a tribute to my wonderful teachers.
1. Always take a stand in life
I was a student of Philosophy during my graduation at Fergusson College in Pune and was lucky to have Lobo Sir as the most brilliant teacher. Sir always encouraged discussions on various topics such as ethics, sexuality and religion. We were always urged to take a stand and he encouraged us to never stay passive in life. I was a shy and quiet student but Sir’s teachings shaped my beliefs on the need to speak out on issues. This is what I do on blogs and never stay silent on discrimination and unfair practices. Always speak out.
2. Question beliefs and the self
We are the product of beliefs designed in society. We need to not only question beliefs and the self if we want to grow and breath free in the society that we live. After all, what is the basis of living as a unique entity if we are not able to question self-imposed beliefs by a fellow human being who not only has strengths but also weaknesses? I believe that for the mind to be free of prejudices, we need to assert ourselves by questioning beliefs and also, the SELF.
3. Give Selflessly
A good teacher is selfless and never abandon his or her weak students. I am witnessed it on Teachers’ Day in 2005 when I went to wish my Economics teacher, Bhalerao ma’am and took her blessings. She was touched by my gesture and told me, “I am not taking your class this year but. if you have any problem, come to the department and I will help you.” She helped me clear my KT/backlog in Economic papers with flying colors. I was visibly moved by her words of wisdom and selfless teachings that rises above the rest. I also learned a lesson in humility that day.
4. Be Honest
Always be honest and true to yourself. My teachers, in particular Philosophy teacher , always offered us this advice through the class lecture and interactions. The bottom of the line is: Never Try To Be Someone Else and Don’t Go Over the Top or Impress Hard coz you are a unique specie.
5. Learning is an Art
I hate it when some teachers make learning sound like rocket science or the toughest thing to do in the world. I speak from experience since I had the worse Maths teacher who screwed my love for the subject and turned me into a dumb student. Megha ma’am was my Psychology teacher for three months and she taught us the brilliant subject by doing jigs in class, moving and stretching her body. Learning is an art form.
The secret to learning is discipline and it’s one of the reasons I admire the army people a lot. They have achieved so much in life through discipline and by following a rigid pattern of life such as waking up early to attend one’s chores. My teachers taught me the essence of discipline by following a neat pattern in course work by properly underlining the topics I am working on and do my work in a timely fashion. It’s another thing that I am yet to follow strict pattern of sleeping in time and not postponing my stuffs. That’s why I am still a student:)
I fondly remember my primary school teacher, Miss Soobratty, who is such a kind lady and who doted on me like her own son. She was full of compassion and wisdom. Often, Mom would drop me at her place and she would take me to school by holding my hands, There cannot be a better teacher than the one who is kind and humble to his or her students and luckily, I found the same qualities in my teachers in college. Speaking of wisdom, I think the small snippets shared by Amitabh Bachchan about life on Kaun Banega Crorepati makes for great teaching in life.
What are the lessons you have learned from your spiritual parents? I am keen to know and let’s share i during the festival words. I shall leave you with one of my favorite songs which I dedicate for my teachers. It’s from Mahesh Bhatt’s Sir and beautifully sung by Kumar Shanu. Enjoy and Happy Teachers’ Day.