“We become what we think about most of the time”
I recently got the opportunity to meet and interview a senior educator- Mr. Neeraj Malhotra. Director Academics- Vivekananda School, Anand Vihar. Presently, I am working on my next book in the area of ‘Education Reforms’ and this meeting was arranged to take his inputs.
Bharamar Keet Nyaya
He drew a very apt analogy from the Vedas to explain the concept of education and the role of a teacher. The mind becomes that on which it meditates in accordance with the analogy of the wasp and the insect (keet). The Bhramara or the wasp is said to sting the insects or the Kitas which it brings to its hive and through stinging them and poisoning them makes them feel its presence alone everywhere, at all times. The insects, so to say, meditate on the presence of the wasp, at all times, and in turn become wasps themselves thereby.
Make your students one with your knowledge
In an ideal education system, a teacher (guru) also brings children of other people into a class room and then gives them wisdom and knowledge so that they become one with that knowledge and wisdom. While the insects becomes a wasp due to the fear of the sting, the child should acquire the knowledge without any fear and through the power of focus. The light of the teacher should be so strong that the student finds it difficult to get distracted.
True Knowledge has got the power to modify and override genetic make-up.
When you are inspired the Universe conspires.
Mr. Malhotra also loves to interact with the young minds of his school. Despite his busy role as Director Academics, he ensures that he conducts some lectures on values and morals for the students.
Once during a session one of his students asked him, if it is possible to achieve every dream if we are focused. Mr. Malhotra then gave the example of Sudhir Kumar Gautham, who widely recognised for attending every home match the Indian team has played since 2003. He is usually seen with his body painted in the tri-colors, waving the national flag in the live telecast of the matches
He had no money and resources but just one dream that he wants to watch every cricket match that team India and Sachin Tendulkar plays. To save money, he sometimes braves ticketless travel in trains to reach venues. When attending cricket matches, he paints his body with the tri-colour, the colours of India flag, and he usually paints the name of Tendulkar on his chest. He carries a conch with him and blows the conch to announce the arrival of the India cricket team. He paints his body on the previous day of a match and skips sleep that night to preserve the paint on his body. He cycled for 21 days from Muzaffarpur, Bihar to Mumbai to watch Sachin play for India against Australia on 28 October 2003 and this was the first tri-series match where he started supporting India by waving Indian tri-colour.
BCCI now sponsors his tickets and Tendulkar allowed Sudhir to hold the World Cup along with him and Sudhir celebrated the occasion by posing for photographs. Sudhir chanted “India” as he lifted the world cup.
If you want something badly and work with single minded determination, then you will surely get it.
Mr. Neeraj Malhota, in conversation with Author Siddhartha Sharma.