Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu conveyed his gratitude and indebtedness to ‘Gurus’ including BJP Veteran LK Advani who shaped his perspectives and life at the various stages of his long journey.
In a Facebook post on the occasion of Guru Purnima, the Vice President recalled the mentoring and counselling that he received from his 57 ‘Gurus’ who influenced him during his school, college and university days. Vice President Naidu, who lost his mother when he was fifteen months old, described his grandparents as his first ‘Gurus’.
Highlighting the significance of Guru Purnima he said, “Guru Purnima epitomizes the importance given from time immemorial to Gurus, who continue to enrich the lives of people with knowledge and wisdom, generations after generations.” He said that this day gives an opportunity to acknowledge the contributions of a Guru in our lives and to express our sincere gratitude.
The Vice President called upon teachers to act as role models and focus on the holistic development of the students in the true ‘Guru-Sishya’ parampara. He said that as values are best taught through example, therefore, teachers must lead by exemplifying the value system.
Highlighting the role of Guru, he said that a Guru is someone who shares wisdom, imparts knowledge and guides disciples to sail through ups and downs in life. “He is someone who shapes character, preserves innocence and transforms our future. He shows us the righteous path,” he added.
Vice President said that teachers are the most important mentors in guiding and shaping the lives of millions of children and youngsters. He said: “They have an onerous responsibility towards nation-building. They have to not only impart knowledge to students, but also teach ethics and inculcate the qualities of sincerity, selflessness, empathy, compassion, commitment, hard work and discipline.”
The Vice President noted that even though online classes were the only option amid the pandemic-induced lockdowns, yet there was a need to provide a personal touch to make learning much more interesting. He further said that teachers need to be actively involved in guiding students in this crucial time and ensure that their students learning process does not get hindered.
He said that even in the ubiquitous presence of technology, there was no substitute to a Guru. He said; “Internet may provide you with a world of information, but a teacher alone can instil the power of analyzing and synthesizing, of evaluating, prioritizing and pursuing higher-order skills needed for the changing world of work. These life skills help the learners to navigate through difficult times. ”
Guru Purnima is celebrated on the occasion of the first full moon of the month of ‘Ashada’. It is an important occasion to pay reverence to the Gurus. Veda Vyas, Lord Buddha and the 24th Jain Tirthankara were born on this day. Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon on this day in Sarnath.