Updated: Dec 4, 2020
Definition for Newton’s law of motion is easier than defining the word GURU. It’s because the perception of GURU varies with individuals. But if we have to characterize a guru, we can exemplify Guru as a person who has a lot of knowledge and experience in a particular or varied field. Many will agree/disagree/come up with varied explanations for the same.
Dronacharya award- a prestigious award for sports trainers given in India. We have heard about Dronacharya through movies, dramas, and stories. He was the guru for Pandavas and Gauvravas. When we look back and try to understand the role of guru’s, starting from Hindu mythology we come across many interesting individuals who have played a vital role as a
Guru / Teacher.
Guru played an important role, and they were given greater respect in Hindu Mythology. The role of the Guru was not only to impart knowledge; he/she has the responsibility to imbibe the moral values, to direct the individual towards the liberation of the mind and psychological growth of the individual.
The Guru — Pupil relationship is always different and exceptional.
GURU’s in Mythology
Lord Murugan taught the meaning of the Pranava mantram to his father Lord Shiva when he was a kid. Vyasar a Guru for all Guru’s was also the Guru of Dattareyar who is regarded as an aspect of the divine trinity. Parusuramar- the Guru of Bishmar, Dronacharyar, Arjunar, and Karnar. They were some of the most powerful characters in the great epic Mahabaratha. Similarly, Vasistar was the Guru for Lord Rama and his brothers, and Valmiki the Guru of Lava and Kusa in the great epic Ramayana.
GREAT GUIDE’s in Great Empires
Great rulers were also in need of expert advice in various fields. Guru Karuvur Thevar played a vital role in Raja Raja Cholan’s kingdom. Samrath Ramdas advisor of the great Marathi King Shivaji. Chanakya jurist and royal advisor under the reign of Chandra Gupta Maurya.
Educationalist – Reformer – Teacher - Philosopher
Swami Vivekananda taught us about the importance of self-discipline and believe in our inner strength. Rabindranath Tagore’s different perspective of education brought a reformation to the education system. Savitri Phule a lady teacher played a vital role in women’s education and was a role model for many girls. Dr.Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan and Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam most inspirational teachers we have come across.
Having discussed many teachers / Gurus from mythology, epics, great empires, etc we respect our Gurus even in today’s context. When we celebrate Teachers Day every 5th September irrespective of their busy schedule many doctors, engineers, economist, government officials, and many more send their respect and wishes to their teachers without fail.