Swami Ramanand Teerth (1903-1972)
"That religion goes from heart to heart", is an important adage. This is more true in regard to education. It is only the heart that can pour out true education. Unless the inner chords of the human heart are touched, the personality of the student cannot evolve. This in its turn requires a developed heart, a pure heart, a heart that receives all the throbs of the student's life. Oneness with the students, sympathy and love for them, making yourself a part and parcel of their being, a friend and a colleague, not one placed in an exalted position, nor for being something superior and separate. This is the type of the teacher who can impart 'good-education’. I began to Question myself in this manner. Could I love the students as my own self? Shall I forgive their lapses as I forgive myself? Shall I share their joys and sorrows? Shall I reduce myself to a state of complete oneness with them, in all aspects of life?
I felt that I could. And I accepted the job in a spirit of dedication.
Swami Ramanand Teerth