Teacher’s Day: Significance of a Teacher & History of this Day
A teacher or a ‘Guru’ is a person that is considered as a blessing of the divine in the life of a student. It is the teacher or Guru who imparts education that results in empowering a student to lead a meaningful life. A teacher plays a crucial role in laying an academic or skill-cetric foundation within a student thereby preparing the student for the upcoming phases of his/her life, especially career or profession.
Even from a worldly point of view, the role of a teacher is highly praiseworthy. However, in the Hindu culture, a teacher or Guru has a very high place. In fact, there is a verse from the holy scriptures that describes a Guru as:
गुरुर्ब्रह्मा गुरुर्विष्णु गुरुर्देवो महेश्वरः,
गुरु साक्षात परं ब्रह्म तस्मै श्रीगुरवे नमः
It means/says that “Guru is Brahma (the Creator), Guru is Vishnu (the Preserver), Guru is Shiva (the Destroyer) and Guru is the Ultimate Supreme Divine (the Para Brahma); therefore, I bow down to the Guru in obeisance.”
A great saint called Shri Kabirdas described the position of Guru in of his divine poetic compositions as:
गुरू गोविन्द दोऊ खड़े, काके लागूं पांय।
बलिहारी गुरू अपने गोविन्द दियो बताय।।
Here Shri Kabirdas says: “Guru and Govind (The Supreme Divine- Lord Shri Krishna) are both standing in front of me. Whose feet should I touch first? Oh my Guru, I will touch your feet first since it was your grace & teachings by which I have met & realized Govind.”
There have been many great teachers or Gurus in the past who as part of a ‘Leela’ or a Divine Play of Consciousness “imparted education” to many incarnations of the Supreme Divine such as Lord Rama and Lord Krishna.
Sage Vashishtha became the Guru of Lord Ram and Sage Sandipani became the Guru of Lord Krishna. Guru Drona or Dronacharya is another Guru from the Mahabharata times that is famous for making the princes of Hastinapur into great warriors. Arjuna who is considered as the greatest warrior of the Mahabharata war proudly called himself ‘Drona Shishya’ which means ‘Disciple of Drona’.
The holy scriptures mention & elaborate on the significance & importance of Guru in one’s life. This is simply because it is not possible to gain knowledge in a meaningful & systematic way without the help of a teacher or Guru.
The ‘Guru-Shishya Parampara’ or the teacher-student tradition has been blooming in the Bharatiya (Indic) society for thousands of years now. With the traditional Gurukul concept still prevalent at least in some shape or form despite the dominant western system of education.
However, whether it is the traditional/ancient educational setup or a modern day academic institution, a teacher or a Guru is well respected & highly regarded by the student community for the contribution that he/she essentially makes by imparting life-transforming education to a student.
History of Teacher’s Day
Teacher’s Day is celebrated every year on 5th September. This day marks the birthday of Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan who was the first Vice President and the second President of India. Dr. Radhakrishnan was born on 5th September 1888. He was a teacher himself and stressed on the importance of education all his life.
He was an excellent student and graciously fulfilled his professional duties in multiple roles as part of many prestigious academic institutions such as being the:
- Professor at “Oxford University”
- Vice Chancellor of “Andhra University”
- Professor at the “George V College, University of Calcutta”
- Chancellor of “Kashi Hindu University”
- Chancellor of the “University of Delhi”
Dr. Radhakrishnan was among the early recipients of the “Bharat Ratna”- India’s highest civilian honour. When he was sworn-in as the President of India in 1962, the students from the academic institution where he was holding an honorary post, proposed to celebrate his birthday as ‘Radhakrishnan Day’, he humbly refused and suggested instead that this day should be celebrated as ‘Teacher’s Day’ to honour all the teachers who make an invaluable contribution in positively shaping up a students life.
Contribution of Astrology in the Life of a Student
Astrology or Vedic Astrology is an occult science that provides highly useful information with respect to various domains of a person’s life including Education and Career by decoding the planetary positioning in the horoscope of that person.
Astrology reveals the most suited career field for a person so that the person in his/her student life could focus on the stream or subjects that would help him/her enter into that particular line of career. This is an extremely beneficial functionality that Astrology offers to students.
Therefore, get your Career Report from Indian Astrology that provides incredibly useful information which would help you in identifying the best career fields as per the most promising and positively placed planets in your horoscope.
Learn to Teach & Practice Astrology
Astrology is a subject that can be studied to become a professional astrologer as well as a teacher of Astrology. It offers a highly rewarding opportunity to carve a whole new career option for yourself.
Indian Astrology is an organization that offers well structured courses on Astrology as well as other occult sciences such as Numerology, Palmistry, Vastu and Tarot Card Reading. The teachers of Indian Astrology are highly experienced professional occult practitioners with an absolute command on all occult concepts.
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Become a Professional Astrologer or any other type of occult professional as per your area of interest or inclination and spread the divine knowledge that has been illuminating the lives of people all over the world for thousands of years now.
Wishing you a Very Happy & Illuminating Teacher’s Day 2023!