When the Student is Ready the Teacher Will Appear!
There is a famous adage that ‘when the student is ready the teacher will appear’. But come to think of it, are ‘teachers’ in one form or another not always all around us? Could it be that we just fail to notice them?
Everything and everyone can become a means to teach us something. But for this to work, we have to be in a state of student consciousness at all times. The problem is, we often have an attitude of wanting to show others how much we know! If we go about our life wanting to learn something, rather than teach something, then we will fare better in life; make more friends and live more happily!
The key is to always have an aim or purpose in life. If peace is my goal, I will research, explore, experiment, create, and implement ideas of peace. Even better still, I can learn from those ‘peaceless’ circumstances, and even begin to understand why I became peaceless in the first place!
Time is one of our greatest teachers, but let it be known, it is not the preferred teacher to have! Because ‘time’ here is very much like death knocking on our door, we cannot ask it to wait a second longer! So too, when it comes time to learn our lesson, we will have to learn it, there is no escape. The advantage of learning the lesson before time is that the lesson will be less painful. For example, if we have not understood and learnt that the vice of attachment is painful then the moment that object of attachment is taken away from us, we will suffer.
For some, health is their teacher. Some people will only change their old habits when the doctor diagnoses a terminal sickness. Surely it is better to practice prevention rather than cure? Drop your addictions before they drop you!
It would also benefit us to learn from recurring negative situations that don’t seem to want to leave us alone. If patterns are repeating in relationships, business or other areas of your life, look deeper, it means there is a lesson to learn. Something will only bother or irritate us for as long as we have not developed a loving relationship with it. Embracing it, accepting it is the answer. For as long as we avoid or evade, we are stunting our own growth.
Our small, still, inner voice can be one of our biggest teachers. But we need to listen very carefully as it can easily be drowned out by the ‘chattering monkey’ and waste thoughts. How many times was your intuition right, but because of doubt and low self-esteem, you sabotaged yourself and the situation? The more we meditate, the more we are able to listen to our pure inner voice.
Nature teaches us that when you see a blade of grass emerging out of concrete; learn the lesson to keep persevering no matter what! And when the weather turns for the worse, don’t allow your mood to turn with it. The sun is always shining, whether you can see it or not!
In short, we can learn every day, at every moment, in every situation. This school of life is the best of all; we are never too old, too clever or too academic to participate. The only qualifications that we need to benefit from this great university are humility, a love for life, and a desire to learn and grow.
The blue sky taught me to be kind
The pampering wind hymned me to work for a legacy behind
The serene mountain peak provoked me to be quiet
The twilight in horizon advised me to open for right
The sun taught me to be bright
The moon smiled to be polite
The ocean opined to upkeep the wisdom
And the rustling river enlightened me to run with freedom
The earth taught me the lessons of tolerance
The crusted rocks hinted me to be firm
To improve the skills to hone own performance
The spring with her sweet stream
Enchanted the heart to make me sing
The frenzied forest rejuvenated me
With her alms of greenery
I am a learner of Nature with her gifts of purity
®Translated from a Bengali poem Sabar Ami Chattra by Sri Sunirmal Basu©
It’s Time… to develop the humility and learn the lessons this university of life is teaching us. We do not simply want to pass, but leave with a ‘Masters’ degree!
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