Role of the teacher – Part 1: Example and precept
You are dealing with tender children, as their teachers, guides and examples. You have to equip yourselves for those roles by living the values that distinguish man. Establish the values in yourselves, practise them and derive great joy therefrom.
“As the King, so the subjects”, says the proverb. Live the ideals and lead the children along. Let the urges for truth, right conduct, peace, love and non-violence blossom in their hearts. These spiritual treasures alone can ensure happiness and joy.
These authentic human values cannot be learnt from books or from lessons given by teachers or gifted by elders. They can be acquired only by experience and example.
You must be the examples that the children have to experience. When all actions are right, peace reigns and one’s mind is free from traces of violence. Love is the sustenance of the other four.
Love as thought is Truth
Love as action is Right Conduct
Love as feeling is Peace
Love as understanding is Non-Violence
When these four fundamental values are practised and propagated by you in school after school, village after village, only then will man be raised to his divine nature. Among all professions, the teaching profession carries the greatest responsibility. Teachers have to mould the young of today, so that they will grow up into worthy citizens of tomorrow.
If a pupil has a vice, he alone suffers from it. But, if a teacher has a vice, thousands are polluted. Therefore, it is considered that only a great teacher can mould a great student.