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Great Indian Teaching System

Discussion in 'Snippets of Life (Non-Fiction)' started by Anusowmyan, Sep 5, 2018.

  1. jayasala42

    jayasala42 Finest Post Winner

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    Sorry for the second intervention.For any child mother and father are prime Gurus.While thinking about great gurus and great sishyas normally we don't think about the lesser educated, less cultured ,unemployed, hooligans and a few others who indulge in theft and burglary as a mode of living.We hate them very often for their bad conduct.You may wonder why I chose to talk about the less ethical people while talking about the great Gurus.

    Noticing that his father is growing old,the son of a burglar asked his father to teach him the art of stealing so that he could continue the family tradition after his father.
    The father knew that if one wanted to learn swimming, he had to jump into the water.
    Ok, said the father and he took his son when he intended burglary in a house.
    Once inside, he opened a closet and asked his son to find out what was inside. No sooner had the lad stepped in then the father slammed the door shut and bolted it making such a noise in the process that the whole house was awakened. Then he himself slipped quietly away. Inside the closet the boy was terrified, angry and puzzled as to how he was going to make his escape. Then an idea came to him. He began to make a noise like a cat; whereupon a servant lit a candle and opened the closet to let the cat out. The boy jumped out as soon as the closet door opened and everyone gave chase. Observing a well beside the road he threw a large stone into it and hid in the shadows; then stole away while his pursuers peered into the depths hoping to see the burglar drown.
    Back home again the boy forgot his anger in his eagerness to tell his story. But his father said. "Why tell me the tale? You are here. That is enough. You have learnt the trade.
    May be the case relates to a thief.Yet he was particular that the son should be in the field, struggle and suffer if he wants to become an expert.The field chosen may be wrong. But the method adopted by him was quite correct.He allowed his son to experience the fear, anxiety and the risk involved in this profession too.
    This story needs to be interpreted that theoretical knowledge is no good.One can
    understand better only if you have a direct experience.The profession is unethical ,yet there is an approach to learn it.

    .Everything is an art and it has to be learnt using common sense.Escaping without being noticed is really an art, though not ethical.I am reminded of a saying in Tamil'Kalavum katru mara.' (one should learn the art of stealing also and forget the same'.)
    The story teaches us two things.
    1.The son does not want his father to suffer in his old age and he wants to support the family.
    2.The father wanted to teach the struggles involved, though it may result in his son being caught.

    Jayasala 42
     
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  2. Thyagarajan

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    This post is splendid indeed. There are so many seemingly inert yet they too are gurus besides those visible in our vicinity.
    I really thoroughly enjoyed reading slowly this feed back .
    Yet again a crowning glory to original post by madam sister.
    THANKS AND REGARDS.
     
  3. Amulet

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    Yes... we never know where teachers lurk....
    எப்பொருள் யார்யார்வாய் கேட்பினும் அப்பொருள்
    மெய்ப்பொருள் காண்ப தறிவு.

    Here is another one I love; the lesson transcends language.
     
  4. Thyagarajan

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    :hello:Super teaching indeed. I am going to go with my boy out next New moon
    !
    THANKS.
    Regards.
     

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