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DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A TEACHER AND A GURU

A teacher takes responsibility of your growth

A Guru makes you responsible for your growth.

A teacher gives you things you do not have and require

A Guru takes away things you have and do not require.

A teacher answers your questions

A Guru questions your answer

A teacher helps you get out of the maze

A Guru destroys your maze

A teacher requires obedience and discipline from the pupil

A Guru requires trust and humility from the pupil

A teacher clothes you and prepares you for the outer journey

A Guru strips you naked and prepares you for the inner journey

A teacher is a guide on the path

A Guru is the pointer to the way

A teacher sends you on the road to success

A Guru sends you on the road to freedom

When the course is over you are thankful to the teacher

When the discourse is over you are grateful to the Guru

A teacher explains the world and its nature to you

A Guru explains yourself and your nature to you

A teacher makes you understand how to move about in the world

A Guru shows you where you stand in relation to the world

A teacher gives you knowledge and boosts your ego

A Guru takes away your knowledge and punctures your ego

A teacher instructs you

A Guru constructs you

A teacher sharpens your mind

A Guru opens your mind

A teacher shows you the way to prosperity

A Guru shows the way to serenity

A teacher reaches your mind

A Guru touches your soul

A teacher gives you knowledge

A Guru makes you wise

A teacher gives you maturity

A Guru returns you to innocence

A teacher instructs you on how to solve problems

A Guru shows you how to resolve issues

A teacher is a systematic thinker

A Guru is a lateral thinker

A teacher will punish you with a stick

A guru will punish you with compassion

A teacher is a pupil what a father is to son

A Guru is to pupil what mother is to her child

One can always find a teacher

But Guru has to find and accept you

A teacher leads you by the hand

A Guru leads you by example

When a teacher finishes with you, you graduate

When a Guru finishes with you, you celebrate


TODAY SEPTEMBER 5, 2012 IS TEACHERS DAY IN INDIA.

In Honor of the Late Sir Dr. S. Radhakrishnan we learn together.

Biography in whose memory we celebrate this day. It is a very 

special day for all students no matter what their fields of learning are.

DR. SARVEPALLI RADHAKRISHNAN - THE PHILOSOPHER PRESIDENT

Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was born on September 5, 1888, in a middle class 

family in the pilgrim town of Tirutani. His father did not want his son to learn 

English, instead wanted him to become a priest. However, the talents of the boy 

were so outstanding that he was sent to school at Thirupati and then Vellore. 

Later, he joined the Christian College, Madras and studied philosophy. 

Radhakrishnan by his confidence, concentration and strong convictions went on to 

become a great philosopher. 

Philosophy and Life - His first book, "The Ethics of the Vedanta and Its Material 

Presupposition"', being his thesis for the M.A. degree examination of the Madras 

University, published in 1908, at once established his fame as a great philosopher 

of undoubted ability. All his later works are landmarks in their respective 

fields. Expressing abstract and abstruse philosophical thoughts in intelligible 

language is considered very difficult. But Dr. Radhakrishnan was one of the few 

who could accomplish this with ease and simplicity. To him, philosophy was a way 

of understanding life and his study of Indian philosophy served as a cultural 

therapy. By interpreting Indian thought in western terms and showing that it was 

imbued with reason and logic he was able to give Indians a new sense of esteem, 

who were overcome by inferiority complex by imperial forces. But he also made 

clear to them that their long and rich tradition had been arrested and required 

further evolution and he exhorted Indians to cast off much that was corrupt and 

abhorrent. 

His thoughts on HOMOEOPATHY too were quite astounding for his times and He 

respected this medical system for its ease of availability and administration and 

the curative property that the drugs of Homoeopathy hold. 

Social Commitment - Dr. Radhakrishnan moved beyond being a mere academic and 

sought to engage his philosophical and religious studies in the political and 

social developments of the contemporary context. He believed that in India, the 

philosopher's duty was to keep in touch with the past while stretching out to the 

future. This commitment to society, the crusading urgent tone in his scholarly 

writings, the modern note in his interpretations of even classical texts and his 

intellectual resistance to the deforming pressures of colonialism gave Dr. 

Radhakrishnan a distinct public image. He was a coin minted differently from the 

usual run of politicians and academicians. 

Evocative Teacher - Far from being a stern and severe intellectual remote from the 

world, Dr. Radhakrishnan was a very humane person. Exceedingly popular among his 

students right from his early days as a professor at Presidency College, Madras he 

was an evocative teacher. He was offered the professorship in Calcutta University 

when he was less than 30 years old. He served as Vice-Chancellor of Andhra 

University from 1931 to 1936. In 1939, he was appointed the Vice Chancellor of 

Banaras Hindu University. 2 years later, he took over the Sir Sayaji Rao Chair of 

Indian Culture and Civilization in Banaras.

Recognition of his scholarship came again in 1936, when he was invited to fill the 

Chair of Spalding Professor of Eastern Religions and Ethics at Oxford which he 

retained for 16 years. His mastery on his subject and his clarity of thought and 

expression made him a much sought after teacher. But what made him even more 

popular was his warmheartedness and his ability to draw out people. This aspect of 

his personality continued to win him countless admirers throughout his long and 

illustrious public life.

In the last decades of British rule, his was the most sophisticated and exalted 

analysis of Gandhi's work and thought and in free India he provided the 

ideological armour for Nehru's foreign policy. 

International Acclaim

His commitment to high principles and unfailing dignity lent nobility and moral 

authority to all the offices which he held. If in India Dr. Radhakrishnan was a 

highly respected figure, abroad he became one of the best-liked public figures of 

his time. He earned very early international recognition as a philospher. In 1952, 

the Library of Living Philosophers, an institute of world-wide repute, brought out 

a massive volume on 'the philosophy of Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan' devoted wholly to 

a critical appreciation of his philosophical doctrines.

After Independence, this philosophical luminary, who personified the essence of 

India yet had a universal vision, became an ideal ambassador to the Soviet Union, 

for the nascent nation poised to establish itself in the international arena. 

Leading the Nation

In 1952, Dr. Radhakrishnan was chosen to be the Vice President of the Republic of 

India and in 1962, he was made the Head of the State for five years. It was the 

glory of Indian democracy that an educationist aloof from politics but with an 

international acclaim as a profound scholar was placed in the position of the 

President. And it was an advantage for a young country like India to have him to 

interpret its domestic and foreign policies abroad to expound its outlook and 

aspirations emphatically and in the rightway which was much needed in a world of 

uncertainity and disbelief among nations.

His appointment as President was hailed by Bertrand Russel who said "It is an 

honour to philosophy that Dr.Radhakrishnan should be President of India and I, as 

a philosopher, take special pleasure in this. Plato aspired for philosophers to 

become kings and it is a tribute to India that she should make a philosopher her 

President".

History reserved for Radhakrishnan's term of office as President much suspense 

and surprise. Within months of his ascendancy in 1962 there was the Chinese 

invasion. The nation's morale was dealt a blow but RadhakrishnanÕs voice, firm and 

resolute came on the air to reassure a shaken nation:

"Owing to the difficult terrain and numerical superiority of the Chinese, we 

suffered military reverses. These have opened our eyes to the realities of the 

situation. We are now aware of our inadequacies and are alive to the needs of the 

present and the demands of the future. The country has developed a new purpose, a 

new will".

In 1965, Pakistan violated our Western frontiers. Dr Radhakrishnan in his 

broadcast to the nation on September 25, 1965 said,"Pakistan assumed that India 

was too weak or too afraid or too proud to fight. India, though naturally 

disinclined to take to arms felt the necessity to defend herself when attacked. 

Pakistan also assumed that communal disturbances would occur in the country and in 

the resulting chaos she could have her way. Her miscalculations must have come to 

her as a rude shock."

Dr.Radhakrishnan had great faith in Indian democracy. In his farewell 

broadcast to the Nation on May 12, 1967, he said that despite occasional 

forebodings to the contrary, the Indian Constitution had worked successfully so 

far. But democracy, he warned, was more than a system of the Government. "It was a 

way of life and a regime of civilized conduct of human affairs. We should be the 

architects of peaceful changes and the advocates of radical reform", he said. 

Great Teacher

It was in 1962 when Dr. Radhakrishnan became the President of India that his 

birthday in September came to be observed as 'Teachers' Day'. It was a tribute to 

Dr.Radhakrishnan's close association with the cause of teachers. Whatever position 

he held whether as President or Vice President or even as Ambassador, 

Dr.Radhakrishnan essentially remained a teacher all his life. The teaching 

profession was his first love and those who studied under him still remember with 

gratitude his great qualities as a teacher.

Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, who was one of his closest friends throughout, said about 

Dr.Radhakrishnan: "He has served his country in many capacities. But above all, he 

is a great Teacher from whom all of us have learnt much and will continue to 

learn. It is IndiaÕs peculiar privilege to have a great philosopher, a great 

educationist and a great humanist as her President. That in itself shows the kind 

of men we honour and respect."

Bharat Ratna, the highest award of the nation, was conferred on him in 1954 in 

recognition of his meritorious service to mankind. 

September 5th, 2012, the birthday of Dr. Radhskrishnan, is observed as Teacher's Day. 

QUESTIONS

1. Dear Dr. Why are Viral epidemics occurring so frequently nowadays? Mr. Alfonso 

(Alencon, Orne, France)

2. Dear Doctors Aadil and Debby, How are you. I congratulate you both on doing an 

excellent job in the spread and awareness of Homoeopathy. I am basically from 

Pakistan and now practice homoeopathic medicine at the city of Adana in Turkey. I 

have a patient aged 17 years. She is a case of Juvenile Diabetes Mellitus (IDDM) 

and is on Subcutaneous Insulin since past 7 years. She has also started 

homoeopathy since 3 months. Sir, can we stop her Insulin now? If not, is inhaled 

Insulin better than subcutaneous insulin administration? Kindly give details about 

insulin inhalational therapy? Dr. Firoz (Adana, Turkey)

3.Why is Serum Creatinine the gold standard to assess renal function? Dr. Neeta 

Manwani (Durg)

4.I have listened to one of your shows at the blog talk radio. I am quite 

impressed. Although I am not qualified in the system of Homoeopathy, yet I have 

been reading the books of homoeopathy since a long time. I have also read and keep 

on reading the Repertory of Dr. Kent of America. As you too must be aware, in the 

Repertory of Dr. Kent, there is a rubric “Conscious of Womb.” In which conditions 

does one have that sort of sensation? Ms. Chiyoko (Nara, Japan)

5. Sir, a male patient aged 2months has been diagnosed to have “Epidermatolysis 

Bullosa” since 25 days. The parents say that it started after DPT vaccination. The 

Pediatrician does not agree. Kindly reply if we can help this patient in any way? 

Dr. Prema (Bhopal)

6.As Homoeopaths, can we allow the use of Antipyretics (allopathic) in cases of 

fever? Dr Sanjay Chandrakar (Raipur)

7.Is it essential to consider the miasmatic background in every case during 

treatment? If not then please explain in which cases it is necessary. Dr. Alpesh 

Shah (San Deigo)

8. In your hospital which medicine is given for Uterine Inertia and Cervical 

Dystocia? Dr. Abhishek Bharadwaj (Jabalpur)

9.Pratik Shelar asks what is IgA immunity problems?

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Dr Kasim, I salute you on your respect for the great teacher that Dr Radhakrishnan, who attained the high position of president of India and your reverence for your teachers. I have similar respect for my teachers from my education in Calcutta.

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