It has been a 18 year long journey of being a student and 1 year of working alongside you. In this journey with researchers, teachers and administrators I have established Ré. I have grown from within, matured and most of all, cherished every moment of my learning journey.
My letter to you is heartfelt and I hope this learning I have had so far, might be of relevance to your learning journey as well.
You brought me into this wonderful world through stories and songs. Not only did that make it fun, but also it made me think, create and produce a lot more. Like how you brought me in, I will take you back through a story.
King Janak was at his full glory and he was doing his job as a dutiful king to his citizens and a loved one to his family to the best of his ability. There was wealth, prosperity and happiness all throughout his kingdom. He ruled with a zeal and a strength that got his entire kingdom to worship and accept him. Everything was going great, when one ﬁne day, a minister came running to him, telling “O! King Janak, the enemy forces are at our doorstep. We have two options now. We ﬁght or we surrender O King! Please command us”. King Janak was a man, who never went down and he commanded “Prepare for Battle !” The battle was ﬁlled with rage and both troops fought. Unfortunately king Janak lost everything, he gave way and the troops fell. His family was murdered and he was sent out of this Kingdom. Running was all that he could remember of and as he was threading through the jungle he fell, “ARRRGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHH” King Janak woke up from his dream with a deep and loud shout.
He could not believe his senses for the dream was so true and he could feel every emotion in that dream. He looked around and everything was normal as well. Hearing his shout, his wife came running to him and asked, “What Happened, my husband, are you alright?” King Janak only said, “Is that the truth or is this the truth?” Ever since that dream, the king only kept repeating this every time someone spoke to him. No one could answer or even understand what their King was telling.
A wise sage heard that King Janak kept repeating “Is that the truth or is this the truth” for the past week. After deciding to call on him, the sage walked to the court room. As soon as the King saw the sage he said, “Is that the truth or is this the truth?”
The sage understood him and said “Neither that is the truth, nor this is the truth, but you are, the truth”
You, it is YOU, who is the truth. Remember that every person around you is ﬁghting in his or her own battle but, the war for everyone is the same. Everyone is in a different race, different kind of vehicle but the ﬁnish line is same for all. My friends and I always wondered why you treat some of us differently and most of us similarly. Sometimes, equal treatment has its payoffs but it is, constant motivation and support we expect, we do not expect you to hold our hands every time or tie us down when we make mistakes. Please realise that some of us needs wings and some of us needs ﬁns. Make us fail, but also make us understand that it is okay to fail and not okay to stay down. Teach us also how not to give up when the going gets tough.
And the ﬁnish line of the race we are in is death, both literally and ﬁguratively. It is time you as a teacher start shedding ego, selﬁshness and greed. That is when you, the truth from your heart, can shine in all of your glory. Without you, we will be struggling even more.
Please realise that there is no point in removing your ornaments and going on a search for gold. The reason why I said this is because, I have realised that one has absolutely no power in deciding what one must do or one must think. You also have no control of the past and of the future. You have no control of us, your children, you have no control of your family, you have no control of your friends. Don’t lose heart, you have absolute control of the present, full on manual control of the NOW. When you can do that, then you can inﬂuence, in the littlest of ways, the entire universe.
Teacher, we look upto you in every way. Most of our time we spend growing up, is with you. You are our parents and our role models. We see how you dress, how you respond to situations, how you carry yourself around others, how much dedication you put in and how much cheerfulness you bring in your work environment. Little that you know, some of my friends aspire to be like you!
What is in front of you is a weapon of mass creation; A book, a board and a class full of students. Have you ever realised that you, as an individual, hold such power? Please do not sleep with your eyes open. The future of our world depends on what you teach us and I can imagine how wonderful the world will be when I grow up. Every soul in your class, is a change maker and he or she could in future, be responsible for your grandchild’s life. Understand this and the realisation is far scarier that you can imagine.
Not merely by absconding from work can one attain freedom from reaction, nor by complete renunciation can one attain perfection – Bagavad Gita.
You taught us how to read and write. You taught us good and bad. What are you doing when the world is talking about hatred, war, rape, refugee crisis, theft, murder and corruption?
You taught the world to us, how to read and write and now, when the world is talking about hatred, war, rape, refugee crisis, theft, murder and corruption, what are you doing? How are you contributing in the building of the weapon of mass creation? This is a difﬁcult pursuit and I urge you not to have doubt on yourself. Because there are only two things you can do with what ever is in your control: You can choose love or you can choose hate. Choose love, the destination is paradise. It is a journey where absolute growth is guaranteed.
You are the one who can lead our leaders. The parents for the weapon of mass creation. With that being said, please realise that there are 7 billion+ people depending on you. You get to choose what you want to do with what you have.
I hope that this abundant universe gives you want you want. Control the present – choose love!