Today, its September 5. Its special. Its “Teacher’s Day”. Teachers are those who are licensed to directly influence our thinking.
Its so funny, sometimes, students might not like some teachers while they were at school. But, after they pass out, the same students who disliked their teacher become the most dearest to them.
When we started initially, we had a single teacher who lead the entire class. A single teacher took all the subjects. As we moved further, there used to different teacher for Core subjects, languages.
By the way, this is first thing, our parents taught us.
ಗುರುರ್ಬ್ರಹ್ಮ ಗುರುರ್ವಿಷ್ಣುಃ ಗುರುರ್ದೇವೋ ಮಹೇಶ್ವರಃ |
ಗುರುಃಸಾಕ್ಷಾತ್ ಪರಬ್ರಹ್ಮ ತಸ್ಮೈ ಶ್ರೀಗುರವೇ ನಮಃ ||
“Guru (= Learned, Teacher) is Brahma, Guru is Vishnu, Guru is Maheshwara, Guru is above all gods. I salute that Guru”.
* Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara are three Gods.
Usually, Parents teach their children this poem when their babies start faltering. ಮುದ್ದುಮುದ್ದಾದ ತೊದಲು ಮಾತು ಮೊದಲಾದಾಗಲೇ ಈ ಪದ್ಯ ಕಲಿಸುತ್ತಾರೆ. So, when we join school, already we would have been “educated” to respect our teachers.
In school, I was taught another poem which is as follows.
ತ್ವಮೇವ ಮಾತಾಚ ಪಿತಾ ತ್ವಮೇವ – You are my father, you are my mother
ತ್ವಮೇವ ಬಂಧುಶ್ಚ ಸಖಾ ತ್ವಮೇವ – You are my relative, you are my friend
ತ್ವಮೇವ ವಿದ್ಯಾದ್ರವಿಣಂ ತ್ಮಮೇವ – You are my knowledge, you are my wealth
ತ್ವಮೇವ ಸರ್ವಂ ಮಮ ದೇವ ದೇವ – Oh Lord ! Oh Lord ! You are eveything to me.
While at school, i was fortunate to learn to so many good prayers.
One of them was Rabindranath Tagore’s —
“Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high”.
“ಸ್ವಾಮಿ ದೇವನೆ ಲೋಕ ಪಾಲನೆ”.
“ದೇವಿ ಭುನ ಮನಮೋಹಿನೀ”.
“ಯಂ ಬ್ರಹ್ಮ ವರುಣೇಂದ್ರ ರುದ್ರ ಮರುತಃ”
ಮುಂದೆ ಗುರಿಯರಲು, ಹಿಂದೆ ಗುರುವಿರಲು, ನಡೆ ಮುಂದೆ ನಡೆ ಮುಂದೆ, ನುಗ್ಗಿ ನಡೆ ಮುಂದೆ. ಹಿಗ್ಗದೆಯೆ ಕುಗ್ಗದೆಯೆ ನುಗ್ಗಿ ನಡೆ ಮುಂದೆ.