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The Greatness of a Teacher

The Greatness of a Teacher

 

Since time immemorial our culture has produced many great teachers and equally praiseworthy disciples. From the likes of Sri Krishna and Arjuna in Mahabharata to the teachers and students in a school, we get to witness this subtle love in every fields of life.

 

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The sanskrit sloka, “GururBrahma GururVishnu GururDevo Maheshwaraha Guru Saakshaat ParaBrahma Tasmai Sri Gurave Namaha,” points out that a teacher is on par with the great God himself. Guru is praised as the absolute master of his/her disciple. Oftentimes a teacher is considered greater than our own parents.

 

Our parents may have given us life but a teacher gives us the knowledge to live. A teacher shapes our future, makes us competent, and gives us the tools to succeed. A mentor is like the mythological touchstone which turns a metal to gold. A mentor is like a cook who prepares a tasty dish out of raw vegetables. A guru is like a killer who hunts down his disciple’s limitations.  A gurudev is like the Sun who burns himself to dispel darkness with his light. A mentor is like the Noah’s ark which makes you cross oceans in times of great deluge.

 

 

 

 

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In the words of Shri Adi Shankaracharya, a teacher is far superior to touchstone because it only turns metal to gold, but a teacher creates other teachers. Alexandra K.Trenfor once said “The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don't tell you what to see.” Like the god, the best teachers work in mysterious ways to make his disciples competent.

 

Just like the God, a teacher’s greatness cannot be summarized in a few words. A teacher is not limited only in the academia but we come across them in our day to day life. A baby, bubbling in bliss, teaches us to be happy. Isn’t the baby a worthy teacher? There’s a teacher in all of us and everywhere around us, after all, knowledge is not given rather taken.

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On Teachers Day, Here are 5 Interesting Facts about Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

On Teacher’s Day, Here are 5 Interesting Facts about Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

 

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In India we celebrate teacher’s day on 5th September - the birth anniversary of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. His works and achievements have inspired many youths of India and has popularly become the nation’s teacher. Being the first vise president and the second president of India, his teachings and accomplishments cannot be summarized in one blog; however, we have narrowed it down to 5 facts to appreciate his achievements.

 

Here are the 5 Interesting facts about Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

 

?       He was a great philosopher who introduced western philosophies into indian thought. He mastered the hindu classical philosophies such as the Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads, Brahmasutra. He was also familiar with Buddhist philosophies, Jain philosophies and western philosophies of Plato, Plotinus, Bradley, and Bergson. British philosopher Bertrand Russell said that Radhakrishnan being appointed as the President of India is the greatest honor to philosophy.

 

?       With his lecture in the Oxford University, he took Indian philosophies to global scale and also made a platform for facilitate India’s freedom movement.

 

?       In 1931 he received the knighthood from the then emperor King George V for his excellence in teaching. He was even honored with the ‘Order of Merit.’ For his contribution in the field of education he has received India’s highest civilian award the Bharat Ratna. In 1975, he was awarded with ‘Templeton Prize’ by the Templeton Foundation.

 

?       On one occasion, when Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was moving to Calcutta, his students transported him in a flower carriage pulled by the students all the way to the railway station.

 

?       It is believed that In an answer against racism he once commented that the God baked a piece of bread more than needed and they were called the dark skinned once. When God baked undercooked, they were called Europeans and the perfectly baked were called Indians.

 

He has been a great teacher and successfully leaded India in tough times. During his tenure as the president, India fought wars with China and Pakistan. He was the vice chancellor of Andhra University and Benaras Hindu University. He was the ambassador to UNESCO and received the Bharat Ratna in 1954.

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5 Indian Teachers Who Have Shaped our History and our Youth

5 Indian Teachers Who Have Shaped our History and our Youth

 

We are fortunate to have so many great teachers who have shaped our history and our youth. They have left their mark with their knowledge and guide us with their teachings. Their words still act like a beacon that reveal us the right path to success. Although mother India a produced many great teachers, we have considered only 5 in this blog. So without further ado, here are the top 5 Indian teachers who have shaped our history and our youth.

 

Gautam Buddha

 

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Born as a prince and later lived as an ascetic, Gautam Buddha has laid the foundation of mass teaching. After receiving enlightenment, he travelled across the India to preach his teachings to common mass including people from royal families, holy men and criminals.

 

Gautam Buddha Quotes:

 

?       Three things cannot be hidden: the sun, the moon and the truth.

 

?       You will not be punished for your anger; you will be punished by your anger.

 

?       If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.

 

?       There is no path to happiness, happiness is the path.

 

?       When you like a flower, you just pluck it. But when you love a flower, you water it daily.

 

 

Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam

 

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The missile man of India is dear to the hearts of many Indian youths. He served as the 11th president of India and popularly known as the People’s President. He received Bharat Ratna for his contribution in space and nuclear programme. He was a leading scientist at DRDO and was the project director of India’s first satellite launch vehicle (SLV-III).

 

Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam Quotes

 

?       It is very easy to defeat someone, but it is very hard to win someone.

 

?       All birds find shelter during a rain. But the eagle avoids rain by flying above the clouds. Problems are common, but attitude makes the difference!

 

?       It Is Very Easy To Defeat Someone, But It Is Very Hard To Win Someone.

 

?       Don’t read success stories, you will only get a message. Read failure stories, you will get some ideas to get success.

 

?       Difficulties in your life do not come to destroy you, but to help you realize your hidden potential and power. Let difficulties know that you too are Difficult.

 

 

Rabindranath Tagore

 

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Rabindranath Tagore was a great poet, and writer of him time. His writings still influences today's youth engaged in literary works. His early writing were in bengali which became widely popular after its translation in english. He was the first Non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913.

 

Rabindranath Tagore Quotes

 

?       You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.

 

?       By plucking her petals, you do not gather the beauty of the flower.

 

?       It is very simple to be happy, but it is very difficult to be simple.

 

?       Death is not extinguishing the light; it is putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.

 

?       Age considers; youth ventures.

 

 

Swami Vivekananda

 

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Swami Vivekananda had a profound impact on Indian youth with his soul piercing writing and strong discipline. He was a disciple of the great saint Sri Ramakrishna, and later established the Ramakrishna math to propagate his mentor’s teaching to the world. Soon after his teacher’s demise he lived a recluse life living only on alm received from devotees. He has written a few book which still widely popular among youths as it encourages its readers to be strong and have strong discipline. His teaching to our youth is unforgettable.

 

Swami Vivekananda Quotes

 

?       Be free; hope for nothing from anyone. I am sure if you look back upon your lives you will find that you were always vainly trying to get help from others which never came.

 

?       Cowards only sin, brave men never, no, not even in mind.

 

?       Where can we go to find God if we cannot see Him in our own hearts and in every living being.

 

?       The world is the great gymnasium where we come to make ourselves strong.

 

?       Like me or Hate me, both are in my favor, If you like me I am in your Heart, If you hate me I am in your mind.

 

 

Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

 

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In India we celebrate teacher’s day on 5th September - the birth anniversary of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. His works and achievements have inspired many youths of India and has popularly become the nation’s teacher. During his tenure as the president, India fought wars with China and Pakistan. He was the vice chancellor of Andhra University and Benaras Hindu University. He was the ambassador to UNESCO and received the Bharat Ratna in 1954.

 

Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Quotes

 

?       A literary genius, it is said, resembles all, though no one resembles him.

 

?       Books are the means by which we build bridges between cultures.

 

?       To look upon life as an evil and treat the world as delusion is sheer ingratitude.

 

?       The idea of Plato that philosophers must be the rulers and directors of society is practiced in India.

 

The prophets of spirit make history just by standing outside history.

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Posthumous Bharat Ratna Awardees of India Part 1

Posthumous Bharat Ratna Awardees of India - Part 1

 

Bharat Ratna is the most prestigious and the highest civilian award of India, awarded to great performers of any field, although it was originally limited to achievements in the field of art, literature, science and public services. Bharat Ratna is recommended by the Prime minister to the President of India. The medal itself is in the shape of a sacred fig leaf with ‘Bharat Ratna’ printed on it in devnagari script. Nelson Mandela and Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan are the only to non-Indian personalities to have received the Bharat Ratna award. It was only given to living personalities and later in 1966 the criterion was changed to be given posthumously.

 

Here are the Five first posthumous receivers of Bharat Ratna award:

 

Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri (1904–1966)

 

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He received the Bharat Ratna posthumously in 1966. He was the second prime minister of India who popularized the slogan ‘Jai Jawan Jai Kisan.’ He believed that self-sustenance and self-reliance are the foundation of a strong nation.

 

Mr.K.Kamaraj (1903–1975)

 

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Kumaraswamy Kamraj was great politician who played an important role in both pre and post Independence. He was the chief minister of Madras, under whose administration Madras flourished in the fields of education and industrialization. For his contribution to nation he received the highest civilian award, posthumously in 1976.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Acharya Vinoba Bhave (1895–1982)

 

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Acharya Vinoba Bhave was a nonviolence activist and an avid follower of Mahatma Gandhi. He started the ‘Bhoodan Movement’ and was the recipient of the Ramon Magsaysay award in 1958. He once said "All revolutions are spiritual at the source. All my activities have the sole purpose of achieving a union of hearts." He received the Bharat Ratna posthumously in 1983.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr.M.G.Ramachandran (1917–1987)

 

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Marudhur Gopalan Ramchandran was a film actor who later became a famous politician and philanthropist. He was popularly known as MGR and was the chief minister of Tamil Nadu.  He was the first popular film actor to be the chief minister of a state in India. He received the Bharat Ratna posthumously in 1988.

 

Dr.B.R.Ambedkar (1891–1956)

 

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Also known as father of Indian Constitution, Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar was a jurist, politician and social reformer. He has known to fight against untouchability and caste system. He was posthumously awarded Bharat Ratna in 1990.

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Top 3 Leadership Quotes and Our Thoughts on Them

The Art of War - Sun Tzu

 

Quote: “Treat your men as you would your own beloved sons. And they will follow you into the deepest valley.”

 

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Have you watched the movie-The Last Samurai? How could someone like a character of Captain Nathan Algren (Tom Cruise), hired by ‘Imperial Japanese Army’ to gun down the traditional samurai, turn in favour of the later? The answer is simple: His previous superiors didn’t show as much love and compassion as his new leader Katsumoto did. Although defeated, Nathan Algren was spared for his courage and was treated as one of the samurai. He was shown their culture and way of life and got something to fight for.

 

A company's success primarily depends on the people they work with: the employees, firms, other agencies, investors, and others.  A leader must show the love and compassion, which are scanty in most companies. A leader must learn to let go of his/her subject’s mistakes and show them the right way to do it. There has to be an exchange of trust to keep the system intact. After all, in a competitive market, where surviving is a war, the leaders must not let fragility grown within the company.

 

 

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't - James C. Collins

 

Quote: “A company should limit its growth based on its ability to attract enough of the right people.”

 

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In the same movie, the samurai did make an impact because they had the right people with right skill and similar vision. The imperial soldiers won, because they employed Japanese people with the right skill and similar vision. In the end the Emperor Meiji made a confident decision because he got in communion with just one man with the right skill and similar vision.

 

The adage “Like begets like” cannot be truer. The company’s success depends primarily upon the people they hire. When they have the right skill and a similar vision, sky is the limit. Companies must focus more on hiring not the most eligible people, but the right people.

 

Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard - Chip and Dan Heath

 

Quote: “Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Relevant, and Timely

 

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This is one of our favorite! Irrespective of large funds, workforce and market needs, most startups and companies fail because they don’t take measurable and relevant steps. When the stakes are high, you cannot leave any stone unturned and the above mentioned quotes include some majorly important stones. In the movie “The Last Samurai”, the inexperienced Nathan learned to wield a Samurai sword in a short time because he was trained for specific moves and in a timely, disciplined manner.

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Forgotten Legends of India You Should be Proud Of (For Gen Y)

What if you are told to name 3 legends of India that you are proud of; who would they be? Your favorite personalities are likely to be Mahatma Gandhi (freedom fighter), A. P. J. Abdul Kalam (scientist), Dhirubhai Ambani (business man). Sure, they contributed everything they can and even more and their name will be remembered indefinitely. But, India has put forth many other great personalities, whose names have relatively blurred out among modern generations. This blog is an attempt to turn back time and read out the pages of history and revive their names whose contribution and impact was too great to be forgotten.


Jhansi Ki Rani Lakshmibai (1835 - 1858)


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Originally named as Manikarnika, she was a legendary figure in the Indian Rebellion of 1857. Lakshmibai was the name given after her marriage to Gangadhar Rao, the Raja of Jhansi. Soon after the death of Raja in 1853, The East India Company under Governor-General Lord Dalhousie, installed the Doctrine of Lapse, which put her under his protection. She was asked to leave the palace at the Jhansi fort.


Lakshmibai, determined not to give up Jhansi, assembled an army of volunteer soldiers and began the rebellion against the British by joining The Sepoy Mutiny of India in Meerut. The Indian Mutiny was the first war of independence. She was accompanied by many warriors including Moti Bai, Kashi Bai, Khuda Baksh, Gulam Gaus Khan and many others. She died on 18 June, 1858, a day after acquiring the Fort of Gwalior along with Tatya Tope.


She is called the “Joan of Arc” of Indian Independence. For her courage, leadership and calm persona, the General Sir Hugh Rose commented on the report of battle of Gwalior that she was remarkable for her cleverness and beauty, but was the most dangerous of all rebel leaders.


Jagadish Chandra Bose (1858 - 1937)


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Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose was born in Munshiganj – present day Bangladesh. He started his education in a vernacular school (Bengali) which ignited his interest in the study of nature, as stated by him in a conference at Bikrampur. Despite the poverty, his father Bhagawan Chandra Bose encouraged him to become a scholar.


He is considered a leader and a legend in the field of wireless telecommunication. He invented a coherer which could detect radio waves. With pressure from his friends he was forced to patent it on 1904. He became the first Indian to have a US patent.


He publicly demonstrated the first ever wireless radio transmission in 1895, which was ignored at the time; however Guglielmo Marconi made the demonstration in 1897 and come into limelight. Today, modern scientists consider J.C. Bose to be a true pioneer in wireless radio technology.


Above all, J.C. Bose invented the Crescograph, using which he was able to demonstrate that plants too have feelings. Ahead of its time, the Crescograph could magnify up to 10,000X. He brought into light that plants do react to pain and affection.


Today, there is a small crater with a radius of 91 kilometers on the Moon named after him.


Govindram Seksaria (1888 – 1946)


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Born in Nawalgarh in the present-day Rajasthan, Govindram Seksaria is world famous Indian Businessman who started his career during the British Raj, when survival and growth of Indian firm was risky and unsupportive. He started as an operator at the Bombay Cotton Exchange and later became a board member. He was one of the original members of East India Cotton Association. He was the founding member of the Indian Stock Exchange. Later he got into bullion, and commodities market. In 1934, he became a member of the New York Cotton Exchange till his death. He was also the member of the Liverpool Cotton Exchange. Later he got into sugar, copper and wheat exchanges of various American and British cities.


He is known as the Cotton Kind of India. On his death the bullion exchange, cotton exchange and stock exchange were shut down for a day as a tribute to Govindram Seksaria.



They are not the only ones! Mother India has produced many such great sons and daughters over time. We will surely keep updating and posting blogs with the contribution of number such personalities. For now, it is time to contemplate on their impact and still learn what we can.

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Success and Achievements of Gitanjali Awards

As a result of in-depth research by the professional at the Gitanjali Awards, it has been revealed that the trophies and mementos manufactured in India and overseas are quite similar. And this has greatly affected the process of recognition and appreciation. None can argue with the fact that the advent of new and innovative technology had improved the quality of these awards to a great extent but still they lack creativity and inventiveness. As a result of this, quite often it has been witnessed that the winner of an IT competition and the winner of the dance competition are awarded trophies that are quite similar to one another due to lack of choice. And this is the most significant reason behind the success of Gitanjali Awards. Their vast and diverse range comprises of tailor-made mementos and trophies made specifically for distinctive occasions that make them stand out among the rest. It seemed like the faces of the token of appreciation in this ever evolving world especially in India had seemed to become stagnant. The Gitanjali Awards strives on the basic concept that they need to discriminate between these token of appreciation and that’s the reason Gitanjali Awards comprises of the vast collection of trophies and mementos which discriminate the winners are achievers of one field from the other. Different popular and infamous media companies, power companies, Agricultural Industries, Hospitals, Oil Companies, Cultural Association, Government Organization, and Schools and Colleges use the services of Gitanjali Awards to recognize and appreciate the achievements of their working personnel. None can undermine the value of appreciation as it helps the companies and the individual in bringing out the best portrait of themselves, which ultimately helps the company and also the individual in achieving success in different aspects of their life in the near future. Appreciation is the best form of motivation, the knowing of the fact that the efforts of an individual are recognized in an organization rejuvenates their motivation and help them to achieve their goals and reach the level of success they always dreamt of.

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Recognition and Praise are the Biggest Motivators in the world!

Recognition is always treasured! Remember your first cup, your first certificate! Your name being called-up to the stage, then a roaring sound of applause, the crowd looking up to you, the priceless feeling of holding that bright golden cup in your hand. Feels great right! This story goes roughly the same for everyone, these little memories still light-up our day. But, it doesn’t have to be a medal or a certificate to make you feel great. A cup is a tangible expression of something subtle - ‘recognition’, which could also be expressed with a simple gesture such as a hug, a ‘Thank You’ note, or... just a smile! That being said, an award certainly motivates when you preserve and showcase these symbols on your office desk or in your study. In the words of Alan Alda - “Awards can give you a tremendous amount of encouragement to keep getting better, no matter how young or old you are.” Call it science or human emotion... recognition just works! It makes you believe on your efforts and gives a feeling of exaltation which is rooted deep since the cave-man time. This impetus or appreciation has pushed great minds to give more effort, to be better, and bring forth ‘breakthroughs’ to shape our civilization. From the first games at Olympia to the first giant leap by mankind, their success was the result of recognition and appreciation. Just like the treasures are stowed in the depth of earth, recognitions are stored in the depth of heart ... only … it’s inexhaustible! So, is it wrong to say “Recognition is always treasured” ? What is your take on awards and recognition? Share with us on comments! Some say that money is a better motivator than a cup, we disagree it with all our guts....

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