Importance of Love & Sacrifice for a Teacher

Chandana Madam is proud of her students. She has seen them grow from the age of 5. Two of them – Abhishek and Swati – are her real favourites. Abhishek, when he was 5 years of age, came to school shabbily dressed with a running nose. His skin was cracked everywhere. Chandana kept sending out feelers to his parents to make sure that he was presentable when he came to school. Swati, on the other hand, was well taken care of by her parents from a young age and she was brilliant in her studies and extracurricular activities.

 

Today Abhishek is in Class 12th. He has grown tall, speaks English really well and the attitude with which he carries himself is amazing. He is also the School Captain and is popular among children.  He is like an elder brother to many younger kids. Swati is also the School Captain and is doing very well in her studies.

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It’s the last day of school and the 10th standard students have arranged a send-off for their 12th standard seniors. Earlier, Chandana Madam used to feel bad that she would miss the children thereafter.  But she is very stable now as she has seen 6 batches of 12th standards going out in her leadership. She is proud of her students and they are also equally responsive. She is very sentimental as far as her students are concerned but not so much as she was with her first batch.  She has learned to manage her emotions from then on.

 

She is thankful to her first batch of children for teaching her lessons such as ’emotions are inversely proportional to the intellect’. She had a real affection towards the first batch of students who were so emotional and promised to keep visiting her, but unfortunately got caught up in their daily routine and forgot to inquire about her, and hardly responded even when she called to invite them for important school functions. She even remembers her own college days when she was giving very less time to her parents.

 

This is what life is about. As the bird gets its feathers strong and wants to have new experiences of life, love and affection take a back seat. This is an inbuilt mechanism in all animals which nature has adopted. Emotions lag when intelligence matures. With this outgoing batch she is balanced and one can see that her intellect and emotions are running in parallel. She looks more elegant and pleasant. Her smile and her speech contain a new energy. Children even behave more realistically with her now.  No too much of emotions and at the same time love and affection flow fluently. 

 

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To Chandana Madam’s surprise, whatever she spoke that day and whatever children promised that they would do for the school after their exit, they are doing it.  She is wondering if this is a miracle! Now there is an Alumni Association formed with due efforts from former students and little effort of her own. She realizes that it is her approach to life and her balancing of emotions and intellect that has changed the perception of the children. She is now giving more quality time in listening to them and helping them resolve personal and academic issues. Attachment has now matured into devotional love. With this devotional love, children are able to relate to her better. It is true after all that love & sacrifice make a good teacher.

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The Author Shri Ravi Prakash

Sh. Ravi Prakash, currently working as Administrator in SSRVM Trust, is a native of Shimoga. A graduate in Electronics and Communication, he has worked as a Scientific Officer Engineer in Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) for more than 10 years, having contributed to nuclear energy projects in various parts of India like Baroda, Surat, Kota, Tutikorin, Tarapur, Kalpakka etc. He worked as a Control Systems Engineer in various parts of the world with companies like Reliance, Emerson, ABB, Honywell, L&T etc. After returning back to India in 2001, he started working as a volunteer for a small SSRVM school in Malleshwaram, which has now grown to one of the flagship SSRVM schools under his guidance with 1800 students and popular as SSRVM Bangalore North (Vidyaranyapura). As an Art of Living Teacher, he has taught Art of Living Techniques to thousands and also participated in Gurudev Sri Sri Ravishankar's KDP(Karnataka Development Program) travelling different parts of Karnataka to conduct courses and spread Gurudev's knowledge. An excellent singer and artist, Sh. Ravi Prakash continues to serve & guide SSRVM schools in providing value-based holistic education.