गुरुस्साक्षात्परं ब्रह्म तस्मै श्री गुरवे नमः

गुरुर्ब्रह्मा गुरुर्विष्णुः गुरुर्देवो महेश्वरः।
गुरुस्साक्षात्परं ब्रह्म तस्मै श्री गुरवे नमः ॥१॥

अज्ञानतिमिरान्धस्य ज्ञानाञ्जनशलाकया।
चक्षुरुन्मीलितं येन तस्मै श्री गुरवे नमः॥२॥

अखण्डमण्डलाकारं व्याप्तं येन चराचरं।
तत्पदं दर्शितं येन तस्मै श्री गुरवे नमः ॥३॥

अनेकजन्मसंप्राप्तकर्मबन्धविदाहिने
आत्मज्ञानप्रदानेन तस्मै श्री गुरवे नमः ॥४॥

मन्नाथः श्रीजगन्नाथो मद्गुरुः श्रीजगद्गुरुः।
ममात्मासर्वभूतात्मा तस्मै श्री गुरवे नमः ॥५॥

बर्ह्मानन्दं परमसुखदं केवलं ज्ञानमूर्तिम्
द्वन्द्वातीतं गगनसदृशं तत्त्वमस्यादिलक्ष्यम् ।
एकं नित्यं विमलमचलं सर्वधीसाक्षिभूतं
भावातीतं त्रिगुणरहितं सद्गुरुं तं नमामि ॥६॥

गुरु का स्थान माता-पिता से भी ऊपर माना गया है | गुरु का अर्थ होता है अन्धकार से मुक्त कर उजाले की ओर ले जाने वाला | सौभाग्यशाली होते हैं वे गुरु जो अपने दायित्व को निभा पाने में सफल होते हैं | सामान्यतः गुरु बहुत ही कम लोग बन पाते हैं | अधिकांश तो सरकारी नौकर बनकर रह जाते हैं या फिर ट्यूटर जो केवल आजीविका के लिए शिक्षण, अध्यापन का क्षेत्र चुनते हैं | उनके लिए शिक्षण कार्य केवल खानापूर्ति होती है, सिलेबस रटा देना भर उनका दायित्व होता है और महीने के अंत में अपनी सेलेरी उठा लेना, बस हो गये शिक्षक |

गुरु और शिक्षक में अंतर होता है | शिक्षक जब किताबी ज्ञान से ऊपर उठकर व्यावहारिक ज्ञान देने लग जाये, जब शिष्यों पर कुछ थोपने की बजाये, उन्हीं के भीतर छिपे गुणों को उजागर कर शिष्यों को आत्मज्ञान करवाए, तब वह गुरु कहलाने योग्य होता है | जब तक वह पाठ्यक्रमों को थोपता है, रटाता है तब तक वह शिक्षक है, अध्यापक है | लेकिन जब वह शिष्यों के लिए प्रेरणा बन जाए, जब वह शिष्यों के लिए आदर्श बन जाए, जब वह शिष्यों के दिलों में समा जाए तब वह गुरु है |

ऐसा ही एक शिक्षक जो गुरु बन गया उनसे सम्बंधित के समाचार प्रकाश में आया | तमिलनाडु के वेल्लियागारम सरकारी स्कूल का एक 28 वर्षीय शिक्षक भगवान् बच्चों को इतना प्रिय हो गया, कि जब उनके स्थानान्तरण का आदेश आया तो बच्चों ने उत्पात मचा दिया | बच्चे शिक्षक से लिपट गये कि मत जाओ हमें छोड़कर | कुछ उनके पैर पड़ने लगे कि मत जाओ | रोना धोना मच गया स्कूल में | बात इतनी बढ़ गयी कि बच्चों के परिजन भी पहुँच गये और उन्हें भी जब पता चला कि शिक्षक का स्थानान्तरण हो गया है, तो वे भी रोना धोना शुरू कर दिए | अंत में स्कूल के प्रिसिपल को ट्रांसफर रुकवाने के अपील भेजनी पड़ी |

बच्चों का कहना था कि पुरे स्कूल में वही एक शिक्षक थे जो बच्चों के लिए हर समय उपलब्ध रहते थे | बच्चे यदि रात में भी कोई प्रश्न या उलझन लेकर पहुँचते तो वे नाराज नहीं होते थे, बल्कि प्रेम से समझाते थे | बच्चे उनसे किसी भी विषय में प्रश्न कर सकते थे और कभी भी….यानि वे चौबीस घंटे उनके लिए उपलब्ध थे | वे किसी सरकारी बाबू की तरह नौ से पांच की ड्यूटी नहीं कर रहे थे, वे वास्तव में उनके लिए सरकारी शिक्षक से गुरु हो चुके थे |

सौभाग्यशाली हैं वे बच्चे जिन्हें भगवान् जैसा गुरु मिला | काश हर सरकारी स्कूल के बच्चों को ऐसा ही गुरु मिले यही प्रार्थना है ईश्वर से |

~विशुद्ध चैतन्य


 ‘To Sir, with Love’, A heartwarming incident in Tamil Nadu

 

Most of us would have read a very famous Novel, ‘To Sir, With Love’, an autobiography by E. R. Braithwaite. The novel was based on true incidents of his life where Braithwaite takes a job of a teacher and how he transforms the most stubborn students in his class to a well mannered civilized people. Although the novel takes a different turn later, here is a partly similar story from Tamil Nadu which has shown the deep affection and respect towards a teacher from his students.

For these innocent students, their teacher Bhagwan is their inspiration and motivation. This young 28-year-old teacher was getting ready to walk out of the gates of government high school in Velliagaram, Tamil Nadu. But he was stopped with hundreds of children who hugged him and pleaded him not to leave the school. These young kids started crying, weeping and pleading him not to go out. All this happened because of a transfer order was given to teacher Bhagwan.

Bhagwan who was teaching English from Class 6 to 10th was favourite to all his students. According to the students, he took keen interest to teach his students and was very supportive in all aspects. He was always there to clear doubts and encouraged them in every way.

“Many of us were not comfortable with English but with his encouragement, we were able to improve. He was always available to clear doubts at any time of the day and we could call him even late in the evenings after the special classes,” said Tamilarasan, a student. 

“We don’t want him to be transferred. He has been one of the most supportive staff members and has been like a brother to many of us,” said Nithya, a student. Not every teacher can boast of such love from students. “But then, not all teachers are Bhagawan Sir,” say his students. In a matter of four years, the teacher has formed long-lasting friendships with his students, comforting the teens as brother, ally and guide (Times Report).
 
Bhagwan not just taught what was in the syllabus, but he took interest to teach us GK, social service, developing skills and prepare for competitive exams and focused on employment-oriented education. He helped us to visit museums and learn new things which we had never seen before said another student.
 
Looking at the plight of students, the parents also joined the chorus and requested the education department to cancel his transfer order. The children even protested by not attending the classes for a day and demanded the teacher be brought back.

Principal A Aravind said that he had submitted a representation to officials of the education department based on the requests by parents and students. “We have requested the department if there is a possibility of retaining the teacher. He is one of the best teachers we have, completely involving himself in teaching students. During special classes that would go beyond school hours, he would help in arranging food for students and had been overall very friendly,” he said. (Times Report).

The teacher Bhagwan said, the children were hugging me and crying, they even started falling on my feet, refusing to let me go, watching this, even I broke down and took them to a hall and consoled them that I would return after few days.

courtesy: postcard.news

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