5th September is celebrated as the TEACHER’S DAY in India. A day dedicated to the Guru or Teacher to show respect towards them.
In Hindu mythology, Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh or Shiva are called Tridev, The Trinity God. Brahma is known to be the creator of the world; Vishnu is the preserver or operator of the world and Shiva is called the destroyer or transformer of the world. In this following hymn or shloka, Guru (Teacher) is said to be the Trinity God i.e Three Gods in one person.
Roman transcription of the above hymn is :
“GururBrahma GururVishnu Gururdevo Maheswarah
Guruh Saakshaat ParaBrahma Tasmai Sri Gurve Namah”
And the english translation of this goes like this:
The Teacher is the Lord Brahma because he creates the knowledge inside us. The Teacher is the Lord Vishnu because he preserves and operates the knowledge in our mind on to the right path. The Teacher is the Lord Mahesh or Shiva because he destroys the wrong thoughts and transforms us with the right kind of knowledge. Thus, The Teacher or The Guru is the live supreme God and we salute and bow to our teacher.
- Dedicated to all my teachers who taught me all kinds of lessons of life and helped me become who I am.