—M N Raju

We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.

To have Faith in
To Have Faith in Mankind

A few parents cherish something special from their children, but not a usual way of getting a good rank / grade. ‘There are a few parents’, - really a few making all the difference. Such parents are really guiding their children, as men and women for leading the society, creating history and to become the epitomes in their respective fields.

They build bridges, not fences to make the mankind as the lovers of mankind and to have a universe of peace.

A parent, who wishes his/her child to be a lover of mankind, naturally himself/herself loves the mankind. The parent/teacher who wishes the child to be in a ‘higher’ status of mind should be in the ‘highest’ status of mind. Generally the parents do not allow their children to grow independently. They always over-shadow them and over-influence them with their thoughts and actions. They make the children think with their minds. However a few parents have a different concept. They teach:

You can have more of you.
You can build a better of you.
You can yield a greater of you.
To teach them, ‘Have more’, ‘Build more’ and ‘Yield greater’, the parent should be the ‘Greatest’.

So, to shape your children
Do shape yourself first.

Hence, to teach a child is not so easy without having perfection in one-self. This is also a sacred duty of the teachers and parents. Unfortunately, this tendency of improving themselves, (parents and teachers) is lacking now-a-days. Hence, the teachings are only superficial and are only confined to obtaining marks or grades but do not help in ‘Man Making’. Swamy Vivekananda said,
If you look at the waves, it is like ‘Looking at the Moon light’. If you look at the ocean, it is like ‘Realizing yourself that the Moon light is the Sunlight’.

The ‘Sunlight’ is the eternal source and the ‘power’ behind everything.
The petrol is stored in the underground container. Then refilled to reach the destination. Similarly the parent / teacher has to fill the needed power in his own container and ‘refill’ the children to reach their destination. The parents must improve themselves and then guide the children. They have to follow these steps.
• Generate fresh power in you.
• Be ambitious and enthusiastic.
• Keep yourself happy.
• Keep your inner man peaceful.
• Build confidence.
• Be positive.
• Keep good relations.
• Be spiritual.
• Be disciplined.
• Think Universally
• Do the things what others do but do them differently.
• Do not imitate.
• Don’t compete with others but compete with your previous life.

The teacher’s part is still bigger and crucial in moulding a child. A teacher affects a student’s soul better than anything either for good or bad. He can create a hell or a heaven out of his student. The student is like a ball in the hands of a teacher. If used properly, reaches goal; if not it breaks the window glass of the neighbour.

The Teacher turns to be a ‘guru’ if he takes the following steps:
• He has to respect and love his profession.
• The student should be his target, not the programme.
• He has to filter his teachings suitable for the period.
• He has to make his students superior.
• His test must test creativity not memorization.
• His approach must be ‘man-making’ not ‘marks-minting’.
• He has to reward great achievers and average one must be turned to be a great achiever.
• His approach must be psychological and spiritual.
• He has to plant spiritual discipline.
• His approach must be positive.
• He has to be the best leader.
• He has to be the best motivator.
• He has to be the source of IQ, PQ, MQ, and EQ of his students.

About the Author
Shri M N Raju, the Chairman of MNR Group of Institutions, is a prolific writer and critic. He has published several articles in literary magazines across the world. His book Two Billion Heartbeats that talks about his philosophy and his life, has been published by Jaico Books and is widely read and acclaimed by authors and critics alike. He has won several national and international awards for his contribution to Indian education and healthcare sectors.

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