Tribute to our Nation’s Greatest Teacher on Teachers Appreciation Day

Teacher and education- these two words are so much inextricably integrated with each other. They help us in shaping our future providing the best education. Through appropriate education our heart can be refined and purified and so is the soul. It enlightens our soul. It is to dispel ignorance and enlighten any individual.

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We assimilate value; gather ideas for man-making, character-forming, life-building. The most learned person is he who is able to utilize his education in practical life properly—like for social and national integration, maintaining harmony, contributing to human welfare and human values. I remember a Sanskrit saying here:

Swa gruhe poojyathe Pithara:
Swa graame poojyathe Prabhu
Swa deshe poojyathe Raja:
Vidhwan sarvathra poojyathe!

To this, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan is a perfect example. India has given birth to so many great heroes like Mahatma Gandhi, Swami Vivekananda, Rabindranath Tagore, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan et al. These great personalities have scaled soaring heights through their inimitable and worldwide achievements and have influenced many generations with their noble thoughts, ideals and actions. Without Radhakrishnan, we can’t imagine the modern India. In India, today, on 5th Sept, Teachers’ Day is celebrated on the birthday of Dr. Radhakrishnan since 1962. His contribution towards education is stupendous. He felt that education plays an important role in solving ills of the society. It has to give a second birth to help us realize what we have already in us. We need education of wholeness—which will empower our mental, physical, intellectual and spiritual side. We must not gather knowledge only for the sake of it. Until we use in practical sphere, our education is of no value. Education to children and youth of the country is for the natural development and prosperity, not for self-interest. His philosophy is based on the principles of universal love and humanity, mutual help and co-operation, self-sacrifice and self-abnegation. Although in today’s society acquisition of information, technical skills are of much importance to get a job, but the true end of education is far from that. We must have superior outlook—the outlook which goes beyond information and technical skills. It is not just about learning books, not memorizing facts and figures, not accumulating words or stuffing mind with countless information. In our battle of daily life we must have the capacity to fight without breaking, to look at things as they happen without any kind of inward disturbance of our being. I am sure each of us has born with certain innate tendencies and potentialities. These potentialities can only be manifested through education. Radhakrishnan, being the Chairman of the University of Education Commission, has done pioneering work in the field of education which laid great emphasis.

In a nutshell, Radhakrishnan’s concept of education is the harmonious blending of the positive points of both the eastern and the Western culture. He himself, by interpreting Indian thought in Western terms and showing that it was imbued with reason and logic, he gave Indians a new sense of esteem, who were overcome by inferiority complex by the imperial forces. He not only enlightened India but also the whole world by his outstanding personality and intellect. Though he is no more in this world, but the volumes of work done and left with us will inspire us forever. There are very few men who have so deeply influenced the mortals in every nook and corner of the world and have so immensely loved and respected universally. My gratitude, respect and admiration for our country’s greatest Teacher and his educational thoughts which will surely have lasting effects on us.

Happy Teachers Appreciation Day

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