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IV ii Teachers as Educators

2. What should the teachers teach their students?

Teachings of great and noble souls:  The teachers, for their part, should impart to the students knowledge and skills which will enable them to lead ideal lives. The teachings of great and noble souls should be taught to them.
Sathya Sai Baba, 19 Jul 1994
 
The students are not being taught the greatness of the culture and ideals of Bhaarath through suitable books and writings. Are we teaching to our students the exemplary lives of those who struggled for freedom and gave even their lives for the sake of the country? Are we imparting to our students inspiration from the lives of great leaders like Baala Gangaadhara Thilak, Laala Lajpat Rai, Bipin Chandhra Pal and Nethaaji Subhaash Bose who asserted the nation's right to freedom?  Are we teaching to out students the message of great men who proclaimed the supremacy of morality and character? We do not impart to our students the lessons of our great epics like the Raamaayana and the Mahaabhaaratha. Are we teaching to our students the story of Shri Raama, who sacrificed his all to fulfill the promises of his father? Are they told about the sacrifice of Dharmaja who went into exile and lived on roots and leaves to uphold Dharma? Do they learn about the devotion of Shravanakumar, who did not spare himself in the service of his parents? Are the students taught anything about Ekalavya, who was prepared to offer anything desired by the preceptor as the debt he owed to him? Are we teaching our students the story of Prahlaadha, who rejoiced in chanting the Lord's name and demonstrated the infinite power of the Divine in coming to the rescue of the devotee? Are we imparting to them the great message of the Bhagavath Geetha, which is relevant not only to Bhaarath but to the entire world.? Are they receiving the message of the Buddha, who proclaimed the truth that there is no greater virtue than refraining from harming others? Are they taught the significance of the compassion of Jesus? Are they told about the message of Proet Mohammed? Are they taught the hymns of Naanak which glorify the unity of all faiths? Do they learn about courage and sacrifices made by great heroines like Jhaansi Lakshmibai, Padhmini and others? It is because such examples of noble conducts are not being taught to our students that their sense of patriotism is on the wane. Love of the country is turning into indifference.
Sathya Sai Baba, 19 Jul 1994
 
Today, the noble, sublime and inspiring teachings of these high-souled sages should be imparted to our boys and girls.
Sathya Sai Baba, 21 Jul 1994
 
Discipline: Teachers should teach students discipline, observance of humility and respect, and instill in them the spirit of service to society and the sense of fellowship.
Sathya Sai Baba, 19 Jul 1994
 
Schools have to attach the stone of discipline and make them grow straight and true. The stone should not be too heavy, lest it snap the gourd in two! Avoid extremes, at all times, in all cases. Disciplinary rules have to be well thought out and adapted to the age-group they wish to correct. The atmosphere must be so charged that obedience to discipline comes automatically, with full heart. Such discipline will shape good leaders for the nation.
Sathya Sai Baba, 2 Mar 1970
 
It is in order to ensure that unlimited freedom is not given to children that the institution called school has come into existence. It is here that teachers should strike a balance between freedom and restriction in student’s life.
Sathya Sai Baba, 21 Nov 2001
 
Three Ps: Teach the children the three P's: Purity, Patience, and Perseverance. Armed with these three qualities, they can protect the nation better than any army or atom bombs.
Sathya Sai Baba, 19 Jul 1994
 
The pendulum will start to swing only when the clock is keyed up. Let them keep their desire under control; do not key them up. Elders, politicians, leaders, and teachers should not inflame their passions, and enslave them to anger and passion, as they are doing now, for every provocation and at every turn.
Sathya Sai Baba, 2 Mar 1970
 
Unity:  Teachers, promote the sense of human unity among all people, without regard to race, religion, or caste.
Sathya Sai Baba, 19 Jul 1994
 
You, who have come here at great expense, from long distances, should demonstrate your unity and divinity. Do not entertain any differences of race, religion and community. Foster the Caste of Humanity, the Religion of Love, and the Language of the Heart.
Sathya Sai Baba, 21 Jul 1994
 
Differences of caste and creed should be eradicated from the minds of students. They should feel the sense of human unity, with faith in God. All religions teach essentially the same truths. Hence no religion should be despised. Because of the Government's policies, a wrong attitude has been developed towards religion. The concept of a Secular State is bandied about. Secularism really means that you should have equal respect for all religions and beliefs. No one can be asked to renounce his faith in the name of secularism. There is only one caste, the caste of Humanity. There is only one religion, the religion of Love. There is only one language, the language of the Heart. Imagine how our students would be able to serve the nation in the future if these basic truths were taught to them.
Sathya Sai Baba, 19 Jul 1994
 
Spirituality:  Pay attention to pupils spiritual progress. The value of the teaching process lies in raising the level of consciousness of the learner, in heightening the sense of wonder and awe and in emphasizing the unity of one with all.
Sathya Sai Baba, 28 Dec 1986
 
Prayer is a good item to be included in the time-table. Silence is invaluable and pupils can be asked to practise it.
Sathya Sai Baba, 2 Mar 1970
 
The teacher  awakens  in children the Prajna (integrated awareness) which is subtle and hard to recognize.
Sathya Sai Baba, 21 Jul 1994
 
Teach your students that it is the same Aathma (Spirit) that dwells in all beings. You must emulate the example of the ancient rishis who were the preceptors in the Gurukulam.
Sathya Sai Baba, 21 Jul 1994
 
The primary need is for the development of self-control among students. They must be able to remain firm in their minds and unwavering in their outlook in any situation. This can be achieved only through spiritual discipline, which is also the means to real bliss.
Sathya Sai Baba, 15 Jun 1989
 
Education  implies development of control over the senses.
Sathya Sai Baba, 15 Jun 1989
 
If spirituality goes, Bhaarath will cease to exist. If Bhaarath goes, the whole world will go. Faith in God is the life-breath of Bhaarath. With this faith, Bhaarath can face any challenge.
Sathya Sai Baba, 19 Jul 1994
 
High Ideals: Teachers! You have to strive ceaselessly to impart to your students your sacred thoughts, your exemplary conduct, and your ideals.
Sathya Sai Baba, 21 Jul 1994
 
Teachers illumine the nation by promoting great ideals. They are responsible for the blossoming of ideals in the young.
Sathya Sai Baba, 21 Jul 1994
 
Teachers are beacon-lights in idealism. It is only when the light of the teacher shines effulgently that the light among students can-shine. The light from a teacher can light several lamps.
Sathya Sai Baba, 21 Jul 1994
 
The real teacher teaches others how to live: The ignorant and the blind declare that a man, who cannot earn a living otherwise, becomes a teacher. On the contrary, the teacher is really the one who teaches others how to live. Those good men and women, who teach children how to act righteously in the future, and promote the spirit of equality and affection, are alone real teachers.
Sathya Sai Baba, 21 Jul 1994
 
Teachers today confine their teaching to imparting knowledge and skills useful for earning a livelihood. But they do not teach anything about life itself, how it should be lived  and the basic goals of life. Learning to earn an income is not a great thing.  Learning how to live worthily as a human being is what is essential. Teachers should also concern themselves about the essential meaning of life and teach the students about the basic truths of life.
Sathya Sai Baba, 15 Jun 1989
 
Courage:  The teacher should Imbibe the children with confidence and courage.
Sathya Sai Baba, 19 Jul 1994
 
The teacher must advise students that they are born as humans and that they are neither 'wild animals' to strike terror in the hearts of people nor 'domestic animals' (docile persons) to be afraid of others. Students should have no cause to fear; nor should they cause fear in others.
Sathya Sai Baba, 21 Nov 2001