What was my father’s role in my life?

What was my father’s role in my life? Even before that, what was the role of my Grand Father in my father’s life?

Both were teachers and obsessed with providing good education to their kids and were quite harsh on them in the process (including me) and it occurred more often than not. They never relented and very conscious of what their kids were becoming. They placed a good emphasis on academic studies throughout the up-bring, but they were at their most strict ways, when it came to values, ethics, integrity, and social cognition……………….they never made even smallest compromise on this front. In fact, they never spared any student of theirs………….EVER.

But at the same time, they taught students, tuition-ed them for free most of the time. They were never relieved of their role. Whole of my life, I could not understand why they were like this. It’s only recent, I could make sense of ‘Why’ of being them like this…………….Because they were teachers…………………..When people sent their wards to them, they were always assured of ………………..assured of what? Assured of what their kids would need to learn, develop, and evolve………….and above all of the future of them. Parents just wanted their kids to be more in their company…………be around them…………they knew in the hindsight what a good parent needs would automatically be gained from a teacher.

This is probably the biggest role a TEACHER plays…………. even before a teacher gives shape to individual student’s future, he brings the biggest & calmest ASSURANCE to the society in which a teacher lives. This is such a vital point of the whole society, business, economics, & everything else……………that the WHOLE revolves around it………….a country, society, system, and complete civilization revolves and evolves around it.  A teacher is the pivotal point or axle of this giant wheel, you remove it and the whole would come to a grand standstill.  And that’s what we all sensing, though we run short of expressing it well.

Society or System is not the solution, because it ‘takes’ from a teacher and his education delivered, not vice-a-versa. It never was. It never occurred even from the times of Socrates.  It has always been temporal when a teacher or institution was granted patronage of the state or affluent.

Thus an individual ‘Teacher’ is the solution and the seeds sown by him make the future harvest that any society needs at any point in time.  When a large many individual teachers are painstakingly burning their candles for mushrooming the good crop on the basis of their own individual efforts, here and there, everywhere, even in remote………it will yield the fruits which any society craves for its own sustenance.

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Nalanda

Though sometimes I reflect upon the forgotten glorious academic history of India in the eras long gone by, when we had world-universities of Takshila, Nalanda, Vikramshila, Ujjain, Vallabhi,  etc.  I wonder what it was they were teaching in those times, what it was that attracted the world’s foremost scholars to their door-steps for centuries at least.  I imagine that they were teaching the world almost everything that mattered to the world.  Then I wish to take a higher flight of imagination to know that what subjects they were teaching, if there were individual subjects …………….

Takshashila

(A Supplementary Note: It is recorded that at one stage, Takshila had 10,500 students including those from Babylon, Greece, Syria, and China. Experienced masters taught the Vedas, languages, grammar, philosophy, medicine, surgery, archery, politics, warfare, astronomy, accounts, commerce, documentation, music, dance and other performing arts, futurology, the occult and mystical sciences, complex mathematical calculations, etc. )

…………… or If the knowledge delivery was extremely well-knitted in inter-disciplinary mechanics of subjects………..how such delivery was executed………what was the structure and scheduling………how the synthesis was achieved day in and day out………what was the governance model………how they managed to stay immune to the influences of the society or the state or any system that prevailed………… when and how the specialized knowledge was inculcated…………  how the accreditation were being accorded………..how the codes and criteria were established and maintained generations after generations…………..

Phew!  This line of thinking just makes me sit and be silent to my bones and my soul.  And I am left praying, “May God bless us with some ways of knowing answers to such questions.”

I may not know answers to these.  But I can perceive who they were and what skin (soul, I mean) they had and what were their pursuits for lives………….you know, Why?  Because, I know only one thing, i.e., There were teachers…….. and they were teachers, indeed.

With thanks,

Rajneesh Kumar
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