India celebrates Teacher’s Day on September 5 every year on the birthday of Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. Dr Radhakrishnan was one of the most influential scholars in the field of philosophy and religion during 20th century. He was the first Vice President and second President of India. We,the Amrita Vidyalayam staff and students celebrated Teacher’s Day with great pleasure. Sri Anil Kovilakam, the high school teacher, Kottakkal inaugurated the function. Our most beloved Amma’s divine message was also read. Amma says in the Gurukulas of the ancient time, where the disciples lived with a master. The master opened the door of his heart to his disciples. A flower doesn’t need instructions on how to bloom. No music teacher taught nightingale to sing. It is spontaneous. It happens naturally. Similarly in the presence of great master the closed bud of our heart open up. He doesn’t teach anything. We learn everything without being taught. His presence, his very life is the greatest teaching of all.
But in the modern class room even if the students have doubts and questions they hesitate to ask anything because of the lack of love and closeness between them and their teachers. Both teacher and student tend to be arrogant. Their relationships with their teachers were similarly lacking. On this occasion Amma says us true giving and receiving takes place where love is present. Real listening is possible only where there is love, the pure consciousness otherwise the listener will be closed. If you are closed you will be easily dominated by anger and resentment and nothing can enter into you.
As a token of love and respect towards teachers, the students tied teacher’s bands on their hands. On that occasion teachers distributed vegetable seeds to all staff and students.