What separates ‘that’ teacher from others?

by Heena Modi on September 25, 2014

There are so many types teachers and we access their teachings in a variety of different ways. They may be alive. We may be taught by them in person; it may be online or it may be through a book. Teachers are everywhere and there are so many lessons to learn!

Who are these teachers?

  • Paid professionals who teach children and adults within an institution
  • Private tutors
  • Parents and guardians
  • Babysitters
  • Friends
  • Other family members
  • Printed books, articles etc
  • Audio books
  • Courses
  • The internet
  • Through the TV
  • By watching others
  • Through experience

The perfect something!

Imagine putting loads of time, effort, resources and determination into making something happen. Imagine creating a template for the PERFECT CV which would get you ANY job you wanted. What if you found a way to speak with others so that they engage in, believe in, and want WHATEVER you’re selling? The investor’s dream, would be to find a formula to earn over 20% EVERY time he/she made an investment. What about finding a way to manage your time which keeps EVERYONE happy? How about the perfect teacher. Wouldn’t it be amazing if we found a way to teach, so that the student grasped the concept and even better; they EXCELLED in EVERY single lesson.

I’m sure there are many people who would love to do one, or some, of the above.
Reality check – I don’t think they exist at the moment!

But what if…

What if we managed to create just one of them?
I doubt that we would want to share this ‘super creation’ with others, and if we did; we would want a lot of money for it.

Those who teach us to find peace

A self realised teacher wouldn’t think about earning money. They wouldn’t have a plan to get as many followers as possible. They wouldn’t be after any form of status. They wouldn’t want anything from us at all!

YET, he or she would have put SO much effort and time, into becoming self realised. How can it be that all they want to do is share what they have learned, so that we can achieve the same? Maybe it’s not something that we’ll really understand until we achieve it. But until then…isn’t it amazing that they are so selfless, generous and compassionate?

I have used the metaphor of a train crash to share something that occurred to me recently.
Better late than never!

Are you the type of person who uses the pieces of the jigsaw to see the big picture, before you’ve made even half of the puzzle?

Do you look out for the pictures showing some sort of catastrophe and try and prevent them?

Do you see the train crashing before it actually happens? 

Do you, naturally, want to stop it from crashing?

Take a moment.
A step back.

Will it help?
‘But of course it will!’ I hear you say.
‘I’ll save people!!!’

What if we cheat the driver of a valuable lesson.
What if we got a few of the pieces wrong and we foresaw something which wasn’t going to happen.
What if our actions interfered with something that could have been fruitful. Successful!
What if we only delayed something from happening, and worse, made them forgo the ‘right’ time for that lesson to be learned.

Are there times when we cannot learn through others?
Sometimes, is it better to sit back and let things take their natural course?

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