When the student is ready, the teacher appears.
Festivals come once in a year but festivities are round the year.
Teachers Day comes once a year but teachers are with you, throughout the year.
Is learning the essence of life?
Not to everyone.
There are some who believe, and rightly so, that action is all that matters. Learning is the fuel, action is what puts it into motion.
There are others who have a cordial relationship with learning. They open their doors to learning once in a while- to let in some guests who are otherwise unwelcome generally.
And there are others who consider learning as an intruder and keep their senses on full alert to thwart any attempts from this unwanted intrusion in their zone of comfort.
To each his own. And we can rarely find fault with the different approaches. After all each of us has a right to decide how we wish to lead our lives, our priorities, our interests, grow, or evolve.
Gautam Buddha too was living in a blissful state of ignorance, in the lap of luxury, till he decided to explore and discover himself. This reveals two things – one, you can change course in life at any time, and two, it’s never too late.
Is learning self-realisation? Is it education? Is it discovery?
Does learning happen, or is it delivered by a teacher?
Can one learn without a teacher?
What role does a teacher have?
Teachers are not labelled. They may not necessarily be human. They may not be physically present. You can learn from a story, an anecdote, an observation, a thought.
You can stay untouched though surrounded by teachers, and you can learn despite the absence of teachers. The essence of learning is not what is being taught, but what is being learnt. And for that it is not the teacher in front of you, but the learner in you that seeks the teacher.
For those who seek teachers, they keep looking. For those who seek learning – teachers are everywhere.