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It is time to pay homage to our pedagogues

Guru Purnima on July 16 worldwide

Pranoti Gupta

Auckland 7, 2019

Guru is the representative of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva.

He creates, sustains knowledge and destroys the weeds of ignorance.

We have been chanting this Mantra for ages:

Gurur Brahma
Gurur Vishnu
Gurur Devo Maheshwara
Gurur Saakshaat Para-Brahma
Tasmai Shri Guruve Namah

The Guru Is Brahma (The God Of Creation)
The Guru Is Vishnu (The God Of Sustenance)
The Guru Is Shiva (The God Of Annihilation)
My Salutation To Such A Guru, Who Is Like The Supreme God

Guru in the Gurukul days was a guide, a mentor who formed an unseen bond with his students. The disciples were happy to get the education and blessings and offered their services to him.

Polluted pond of hatred

This is the picture of the Golden age we seem to have long crossed and jumped in the river of jealousy, hatred, crime and violence.

Today’s modern world shows an image of the commercialisation of the Education sector where the next generation is taught to get the best grades.

We are in competition with each other to reach the top and forget the real value in achieving victory over our vices of bullying, drinking, smoking, gambling and other ills.

I remember an Indian movie ‘3 Idiots,’ which conveys a strong message about the education system which trains us to be robots.

Some tough questions

What about humanity? How many of us trust our neighbours and know them well? How many of us help each other without expectations? How many of us care to make a difference or contribution? Are we giving the virtues or the vices to the future generation?

Guru is a trainer who learns from his students and it is a two-way process for him.

We are losing touch with the true beautiful self within which can be experienced by selfless principles like Seva, Sadhana and Satsang.

I believe that success is a journey and not destination.

Success and failure are man-made ideas.

If we change the lens of perception, the world looks different.

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Societal limitations

Our modern society puts limitations of culture, beliefs, gender on our dreams. Many goals we pursue today are a result of peer, spouse, friends and social pressures to fit in the society. How about an inner drive?

Only if we go on a quest of self- discovery and know the motivator, it can lead us to our highest potential, inspiring others to do the same. Challenges help in the inner spiritual growth which reflects in the outer world, helping us to make better decisions in life.

Somewhere, on our journey, our inner child was hurt by the Ego, pride, jealousy or comparisons and abuse.

Children are fearless warriors; however as we transformed into adults, we forget to bring play and fun into work.

A mentor or Guru brings us on track and helps us reach our goals teaching us to compete with ourselves rather than compare with others.

Pranoti Gupta is a Refugees’ teacher based in Auckland with more than 23 years of teaching experience in India and New Zealand. A mother of two teenagers, she has faced serious health challenges and adverse circumstances with courage and determination. (Picture from LinkedIn).

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