This shloka dates back to the Vedic texts of Hinduism. It literally translates to “Salute to the guru, who is Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh and himself an Eternal Truth”.
Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh are considered the Trimurti in Indian mythology as they assume the role of the creator, maintainer, and destructor of the world.
This shloka essentially tells us that gurus, or teachers, are equivalent to the Trimurti for a student. Teachers assume the responsibilities of imparting knowledge (Creator), providing solutions (Maintainer) and removing darkness in the life of students (Destroyer).
However, in modern-day education, we tend to take our teachers for granted, assuming the worst of them. While we are taught that teachers should be respected face front, we tend to miss out on the important reasons of why they do what they do.
Had I been given the realisation back in the day, I would have appreciated my teachers much more than I did back in school.
I particularly remember one teacher of mine who wanted me to take part in a poem writing contest. While I was thrilled with the idea of competing on the inside, the cool kid in me didn’t want to go for a nerdy competition. And my teacher took me to her cabin, looked me in the eye, and said “Shreya, this is going to be something you’ll love. Trust me and give it a shot!”
And the rest is history!
I bagged the first position in that competition and I couldn’t thank my teacher enough for showing that kind of confidence in me, something I never thought I needed.
But you see what I mean when I say we take them for granted.
We think they are there to conduct their classes and call it a day. Because that’s their job and that’s what they are supposed to do.
But in all actuality, teachers see you. While you study academics, your teachers study you. Every surprise test they plan, every time you’re asked to answer a question in the middle of the class, it’s all for you.
Coming back to the one day that should ideally be dedicated to them solely, Teacher’s day’s importance is mostly limited to the opportunity to wear good casual home clothes apart from the usual school uniform for students.
We tend to miss out on its essence and why teacher’s day is celebrated, the importance of teachers, why the day actually should hold importance in each student’s life, kids and adults alike.
Speaking from experience, Teacher’s day was never considered that big of a deal in my school. The maximum celebratory memento were roses from students to a few teachers. A shame really!
That being said, it always felt more like an important day for students than it ever did for teachers. Do you not agree?
And it’s a shame really! Despite the nobility of this profession, it does not garner the respect it deserves.
Teachers have an everlasting impact on the lives of their students. Due to this, the teaching profession has always been considered prestigious.
Teachers prepare learners for life as they understand each student and serve as the true icon of wisdom, awareness-building, and literacy for them.
Behind each student’s achievement lies the efforts of a very hard-working educator.
Now that the education mechanism has been completely transformed within the COVID space, we tend to miss what schools and tuitions offered and felt like. While most of the missing part includes friends, sports classes, free periods and live exams, teachers are also missed very dearly. We’ve all understood well what importance teachers also have in our life.
On this teacher’s day, we would like for you to remember
Why you must be grateful to your teachers;
Why you must remember all the teachers who taught you at different points in your life;
And most importantly, why you must celebrate this day.
Cut to the time when teachers were considered equivalent to God. Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was one such teacher. He spent his entire life working towards the betterment of the educational field in India during his presidency of the nation. He realised the importance of quality teaching and wanted to incorporate that into the education system of India.
About Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was a great philosopher, politician, second president, and first vice president of independent India. He was an eminent scholar and educator. He has since been one of the most celebrated leaders of independent India.
There is no doubt that his achievements and works have and continue to inspire many young people in India. His lessons, views and teachings, remembered even today, have been the grounds for establishing many sound educational institutions.
Radhakrishnan spoke extensively about the importance of education and the role of teachers in it. He was a true advocate for building a strong knowledge base for students. At the same time, he also stressed how vital quality teachers can be for the country.
And it truly makes sense when you come to think of it. If one incompetent teacher were to teach a class of 30 students, that would mean 30 incompetent citizens of the country. Therefore, teachers truly hold the life of a student in their hands.
Why do we celebrate Teacher’s Day?
As such, he was a highly respected and loved teacher by all of his students dearly. During the first year of his tenure as the president of India, a lot of his ex-students expressed their thoughts of celebrating his birthday, that is September 5th.
However, Dr Radhakrishnan told his students that he would be happier if the day was celebrated as Teacher’s Day every year to commemorate the importance of all teachers in our lives. Ever since September 5th is celebrated as teacher’s day to honour the services of all teachers for the efforts they put in to shape the future of tomorrow.
As they say, the nation’s future lies in the hands of children and indirectly in the hands of teachers. That’s because teachers don’t just teach academic lessons, but also ways of life.
Importance of Teacher’s Day
Gurus have always had a very influential, respected and dynamic role in ancient India. A guru assumed the responsibilities of a counsellor and a mentor. A guru was also a provider of values and a teacher of life. Over the years, as education systems evolved, the involvement of teachers did not change, and the essence of teachers stayed the same.
The education guidelines adhered to strict academic standards surrounding uniform academic material to streamline an entire country’s way of learning. Nonetheless, the role of teachers or gurus stayed just as influential and integral through the years.
In modern times, education continues to be an integral part of every student’s life. However, the pillars of such a gigantic learning ecosystem are still our teachers who do not prepare students for academic exams but prepare students for the tests of life.
Teachers work towards shaping every student to the best of their abilities and pushing them to reach their best selves.
All said and done, we tend to take our teachers for granted, generations past generations. We do not admire the work they do, the value they offer, and the impacts they have on our lives.
So which teachers are you going to thank for shaping you into the person you are or are becoming?
Takshila Learning, with utmost pride for our teachers, wishes all our readers a very Happy Teacher’s Day!