New Delhi, July 4, 2020: On the occasion of Guru Purnima tomorrow, the Vice President of India M.Venkaiah Naidu conveyed gratitude and indebtedness to ‘Gurus’ including L.K.Advani who shaped his per-spectives and life at various stages of his long journey.
Writing on Facebook, Naidu recalled the mentoring and counseling received from 58 ‘Gurus’ including late Tenneti Viswanatham, a freedom fighter and a leading politician during his early political life and Advani later.
Naidu, who lost his mother when he was fifteen months old, described his grandparents as his first ‘Gurus’ and recalled by name another 56 teachers who influenced him during school, college and university days.
Playing glowing tributes to the role of ‘Guru’ in the holistic devel-opment of ‘shishyas’ including char-acter building in the Indian tradition of ‘Guru-Shishya Parampara’, Naidu urged the teachers to impart education with a personal touch in the present era of technology.
He stressed that teachers have an important role in nation building through moulding of well rounded individuals imbibed with right kind of values and perspectives.
The Vice President underlined that the Internet can never be a substitute to the ‘Guru’.
He said, “Internet may provide you with a world of information, but a teacher alone can instill the power of analyzing and evaluating skills which are deemed as higher order skills, which help in navigating through difficult times. Only the Guru can inculcate values, humane thinking, compassion and discipline among the disciples and shows the right path”.
Naidu recalled with reverence the inspiring saga of Guru-Shishya rela-tionship between Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and Swami Vivekananda, who had different per-spectives to begin with and how in due course Vivekananda came to attribute every bit of his being to the Guru.
Guru Purnima, celebrated on the occasion of the first full moon of the month of ‘Ashada’, is an important occasion to pay reverence to the Gurus. Veda Vyas, Lord Buddha and the 24th Jain Tirthankara were born this day. Buddha delivered his first sermon this day in Sarnath.
Venkaiah Naidu urged all to recall the contributions of Gurus at vari-ous stages of their lives and express gratitude for the same on the occa-sion of ‘Guru Purnima’ tomorrow.