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DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A TEACHER AND A GURU
A teacher takes responsibility of your growth
A Guru makes you responsible for your growth.
A teacher gives you things you do not have and require
A Guru takes away things you have and do not require.
A teacher answers your questions
A Guru questions your answer
A teacher helps you get out of the maze
A Guru destroys your maze
A teacher requires obedience and discipline from the pupil
A Guru requires trust and humility from the pupil
A teacher clothes you and prepares you for the outer journey
A Guru strips you naked and prepares you for the inner journey
A teacher is a guide on the path
A Guru is the pointer to the way
A teacher sends you on the road to success
A Guru sends you on the road to freedom
When the course is over you are thankful to the teacher
When the discourse is over you are grateful to the Guru
A teacher explains the world and its nature to you
A Guru explains yourself and your nature to you
A teacher makes you understand how to move about in the world
A Guru shows you where you stand in relation to the world
A teacher gives you knowledge and boosts your ego
A Guru takes away your knowledge and punctures your ego
A teacher instructs you
A Guru constructs you
A teacher sharpens your mind
A Guru opens your mind
A teacher shows you the way to prosperity
A Guru shows the way to serenity
A teacher reaches your mind
A Guru touches your soul
A teacher gives you knowledge
A Guru makes you wise
A teacher gives you maturity
A Guru returns you to innocence
A teacher instructs you on how to solve problems
A Guru shows you how to resolve issues
A teacher is a systematic thinker
A Guru is a lateral thinker
A teacher will punish you with a stick
A guru will punish you with compassion
A teacher is a pupil what a father is to son
A Guru is to pupil what mother is to her child
One can always find a teacher
But Guru has to find and accept you
A teacher leads you by the hand
A Guru leads you by example
When a teacher finishes with you, you graduate
When a Guru finishes with you, you celebrate
TODAY SEPTEMBER 5, 2012 IS TEACHERS DAY IN INDIA.
In Honor of the Late Sir Dr. S. Radhakrishnan we learn together.
Biography in whose memory we celebrate this day. It is a very
special day for all students no matter what their fields of learning are.
DR. SARVEPALLI RADHAKRISHNAN - THE PHILOSOPHER PRESIDENT
Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was born on September 5, 1888, in a middle class
family in the pilgrim town of Tirutani. His father did not want his son to learn
English, instead wanted him to become a priest. However, the talents of the boy
were so outstanding that he was sent to school at Thirupati and then Vellore.
Later, he joined the Christian College, Madras and studied philosophy.
Radhakrishnan by his confidence, concentration and strong convictions went on to
become a great philosopher.
Philosophy and Life - His first book, "The Ethics of the Vedanta and Its Material
Presupposition"', being his thesis for the M.A. degree examination of the Madras
University, published in 1908, at once established his fame as a great philosopher
of undoubted ability. All his later works are landmarks in their respective
fields. Expressing abstract and abstruse philosophical thoughts in intelligible
language is considered very difficult. But Dr. Radhakrishnan was one of the few
who could accomplish this with ease and simplicity. To him, philosophy was a way
of understanding life and his study of Indian philosophy served as a cultural
therapy. By interpreting Indian thought in western terms and showing that it was
imbued with reason and logic he was able to give Indians a new sense of esteem,
who were overcome by inferiority complex by imperial forces. But he also made
clear to them that their long and rich tradition had been arrested and required
further evolution and he exhorted Indians to cast off much that was corrupt and
His thoughts on HOMOEOPATHY too were quite astounding for his times and He
respected this medical system for its ease of availability and administration and
the curative property that the drugs of Homoeopathy hold.
Social Commitment - Dr. Radhakrishnan moved beyond being a mere academic and
sought to engage his philosophical and religious studies in the political and
social developments of the contemporary context. He believed that in India, the
philosopher's duty was to keep in touch with the past while stretching out to the
future. This commitment to society, the crusading urgent tone in his scholarly
writings, the modern note in his interpretations of even classical texts and his
intellectual resistance to the deforming pressures of colonialism gave Dr.
Radhakrishnan a distinct public image. He was a coin minted differently from the
usual run of politicians and academicians.
Evocative Teacher - Far from being a stern and severe intellectual remote from the
world, Dr. Radhakrishnan was a very humane person. Exceedingly popular among his
students right from his early days as a professor at Presidency College, Madras he
was an evocative teacher. He was offered the professorship in Calcutta University
when he was less than 30 years old. He served as Vice-Chancellor of Andhra
University from 1931 to 1936. In 1939, he was appointed the Vice Chancellor of
Banaras Hindu University. 2 years later, he took over the Sir Sayaji Rao Chair of
Indian Culture and Civilization in Banaras.
Recognition of his scholarship came again in 1936, when he was invited to fill the
Chair of Spalding Professor of Eastern Religions and Ethics at Oxford which he
retained for 16 years. His mastery on his subject and his clarity of thought and
expression made him a much sought after teacher. But what made him even more
popular was his warmheartedness and his ability to draw out people. This aspect of
his personality continued to win him countless admirers throughout his long and
illustrious public life.
In the last decades of British rule, his was the most sophisticated and exalted
analysis of Gandhi's work and thought and in free India he provided the
ideological armour for Nehru's foreign policy.
His commitment to high principles and unfailing dignity lent nobility and moral
authority to all the offices which he held. If in India Dr. Radhakrishnan was a
highly respected figure, abroad he became one of the best-liked public figures of
his time. He earned very early international recognition as a philospher. In 1952,
the Library of Living Philosophers, an institute of world-wide repute, brought out
a massive volume on 'the philosophy of Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan' devoted wholly to
a critical appreciation of his philosophical doctrines.
After Independence, this philosophical luminary, who personified the essence of
India yet had a universal vision, became an ideal ambassador to the Soviet Union,
for the nascent nation poised to establish itself in the international arena.
Leading the Nation
In 1952, Dr. Radhakrishnan was chosen to be the Vice President of the Republic of
India and in 1962, he was made the Head of the State for five years. It was the
glory of Indian democracy that an educationist aloof from politics but with an
international acclaim as a profound scholar was placed in the position of the
President. And it was an advantage for a young country like India to have him to
interpret its domestic and foreign policies abroad to expound its outlook and
aspirations emphatically and in the rightway which was much needed in a world of
uncertainity and disbelief among nations.
His appointment as President was hailed by Bertrand Russel who said "It is an
honour to philosophy that Dr.Radhakrishnan should be President of India and I, as
a philosopher, take special pleasure in this. Plato aspired for philosophers to
become kings and it is a tribute to India that she should make a philosopher her
History reserved for Radhakrishnan's term of office as President much suspense
and surprise. Within months of his ascendancy in 1962 there was the Chinese
invasion. The nation's morale was dealt a blow but RadhakrishnanÕs voice, firm and
resolute came on the air to reassure a shaken nation:
"Owing to the difficult terrain and numerical superiority of the Chinese, we
suffered military reverses. These have opened our eyes to the realities of the
situation. We are now aware of our inadequacies and are alive to the needs of the
present and the demands of the future. The country has developed a new purpose, a
In 1965, Pakistan violated our Western frontiers. Dr Radhakrishnan in his
broadcast to the nation on September 25, 1965 said,"Pakistan assumed that India
was too weak or too afraid or too proud to fight. India, though naturally
disinclined to take to arms felt the necessity to defend herself when attacked.
Pakistan also assumed that communal disturbances would occur in the country and in
the resulting chaos she could have her way. Her miscalculations must have come to
her as a rude shock."
Dr.Radhakrishnan had great faith in Indian democracy. In his farewell
broadcast to the Nation on May 12, 1967, he said that despite occasional
forebodings to the contrary, the Indian Constitution had worked successfully so
far. But democracy, he warned, was more than a system of the Government. "It was a
way of life and a regime of civilized conduct of human affairs. We should be the
architects of peaceful changes and the advocates of radical reform", he said.
It was in 1962 when Dr. Radhakrishnan became the President of India that his
birthday in September came to be observed as 'Teachers' Day'. It was a tribute to
Dr.Radhakrishnan's close association with the cause of teachers. Whatever position
he held whether as President or Vice President or even as Ambassador,
Dr.Radhakrishnan essentially remained a teacher all his life. The teaching
profession was his first love and those who studied under him still remember with
gratitude his great qualities as a teacher.
Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, who was one of his closest friends throughout, said about
Dr.Radhakrishnan: "He has served his country in many capacities. But above all, he
is a great Teacher from whom all of us have learnt much and will continue to
learn. It is IndiaÕs peculiar privilege to have a great philosopher, a great
educationist and a great humanist as her President. That in itself shows the kind
of men we honour and respect."
Bharat Ratna, the highest award of the nation, was conferred on him in 1954 in
recognition of his meritorious service to mankind.
September 5th, 2012, the birthday of Dr. Radhskrishnan, is observed as Teacher's Day.
1. Dear Dr. Why are Viral epidemics occurring so frequently nowadays? Mr. Alfonso
(Alencon, Orne, France)
2. Dear Doctors Aadil and Debby, How are you. I congratulate you both on doing an
excellent job in the spread and awareness of Homoeopathy. I am basically from
Pakistan and now practice homoeopathic medicine at the city of Adana in Turkey. I
have a patient aged 17 years. She is a case of Juvenile Diabetes Mellitus (IDDM)
and is on Subcutaneous Insulin since past 7 years. She has also started
homoeopathy since 3 months. Sir, can we stop her Insulin now? If not, is inhaled
Insulin better than subcutaneous insulin administration? Kindly give details about
insulin inhalational therapy? Dr. Firoz (Adana, Turkey)
3.Why is Serum Creatinine the gold standard to assess renal function? Dr. Neeta
4.I have listened to one of your shows at the blog talk radio. I am quite
impressed. Although I am not qualified in the system of Homoeopathy, yet I have
been reading the books of homoeopathy since a long time. I have also read and keep
on reading the Repertory of Dr. Kent of America. As you too must be aware, in the
Repertory of Dr. Kent, there is a rubric “Conscious of Womb.” In which conditions
does one have that sort of sensation? Ms. Chiyoko (Nara, Japan)
5. Sir, a male patient aged 2months has been diagnosed to have “Epidermatolysis
Bullosa” since 25 days. The parents say that it started after DPT vaccination. The
Pediatrician does not agree. Kindly reply if we can help this patient in any way?
Dr. Prema (Bhopal)
6.As Homoeopaths, can we allow the use of Antipyretics (allopathic) in cases of
fever? Dr Sanjay Chandrakar (Raipur)
7.Is it essential to consider the miasmatic background in every case during
treatment? If not then please explain in which cases it is necessary. Dr. Alpesh
Shah (San Deigo)
8. In your hospital which medicine is given for Uterine Inertia and Cervical
Dystocia? Dr. Abhishek Bharadwaj (Jabalpur)
9.Pratik Shelar asks what is IgA immunity problems?
Dr Kasim, I salute you on your respect for the great teacher that Dr Radhakrishnan, who attained the high position of president of India and your reverence for your teachers. I have similar respect for my teachers from my education in Calcutta.