It was the morning of the last day of the three-day National Teachers’ Conference. Delegates were delving deep into the finer aspects of imparting value education with the help of expert talks, presentations, group discussions, and also interactive sessions on various topics. The morning had two guest speakers who elaborated more on the subject.
The first speaker was a Doctorate in Theoretical Physics, Swami Atmapriyananda, a monk of the Ramakrishna Order and also the Vice-Chancellor of Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University, who spoke on the topic of values in education and how teachers should be able to assert their conviction when they teach such values to children.
He started with enunciating the difference between ‘price’ and ‘value’, and spoke about the validity of words like ‘Sat,’ ‘Chit,’ and ‘Ananda.’ He related Hriynagarbha to the Cosmic Server, which an individual could connect to, and have access to infinite power, information, data, and energy. His talk was replete with ancient Slokas from the spiritual texts, scientific methodologies of research and discovery, stories from across the world, and interesting quips that he made so effortlessly. With a calm demeanor, he regaled the audience with his witty but effective talk, and drove home the message that as teachers, the delegates have to stand up for their beliefs in values.
It was a truly a talk filled with experience and practical tips that even the most complex of ideas and phenomenon were described in a simple way.
The next speaker was Sri B N Satish, a motivational speaker in technology and management, having 30 years of corporate experience. He meticulously talked about the meaning of definitions of every word that the Conference was focused on and established a new definition of ‘Value Education.’
He said that if one contemplates deeper into the real meaning of the words, the real meaning of ‘Moral Education’ would be: Education that Sows the seeds of Learning and Practice based on a Well-done system of Collective Windom of people Who Derived Pure Joy in the Pursuit of Knowledge, thereby making the community strong.
He very systematically cleared doubts and notions about the concepts that trouble teachers and students alike, and ended with the societal responsibilities of both teachers and parents towards students. He said that the Indian school of thought was always about making ‘good human beings’ rather than rearing children to become millionaires and caring little about their surroundings.
With these two enlightened talks, the morning session came to an end, and the delegates proceeded for lunch taking with them a lot of thought-food to digest.
The valedictory function of the National Teachers’ Conference 2018 had arrived. The eagerness of the delegates to listen to the, guest speakers and above all Bhagawan was exemplary potential beginning of a revolution, with a capacity to transform young children.
Mrs. Purnima from Vishakapatnam, a delegate attendee, presented the summary of the day, giving a synopsis of the talks and activities.
The next speaker was Mr. Ajay Kumar Sharma, who travelled from Rajasthan to attend the Conference—he recited a poem inspired by Swami Himself in Hindi. He also mentioned that inspired by the Annapoorna Breakfast Seva, the Govt. of Rajasthan has started distributing milk to children of all the government-run schools across the State.
Shiva Prasad Bhat, a student from the Alike campus studying in the Center for Human Excellence, Muddenahalli. He spoke in Kannada, expressing his gratitude to Swami and shared his journey as a student in Swami’s institutions.
An award presentation to four teachers followed who were given to answer fifteen problematic situations incorporating in best possible manner.
A special award was given to Prof Raghavacharya, who has worked in Swami’s Institution for 12 years, teaching Chemistry. He expressed his gratitude and also shared how Swami saved his life when he had to undergo a difficult surgery.
The Honourable Secretary of Education, Govt. of India, Sri Anil Swaroop addressed the gathering next. He said that good work should be applauded and appreciated and also recited a poem where he questioned God why the goodness is not winning. He gave examples from his own bureaucratic career where he had to face difficult people but survived and came out as a winner because of his conviction in goodness.
The next speaker was Sadhvi Bhagwati Saraswatiji of the Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh. She spoke in English and Hindi and delighted everybody with her heartfelt talk. She mentioned that education is necessary but values are also very necessary. She quoted from stories and expounded the meaning of ‘Make in India’ where teachers bring up a generation of students who are touched, loved and served. She concluded her talk by driving the message that ‘Love is the Miracle.’
Her spiritual master, Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji could not come to attend the programme but had sent a cardamom garland as his message of love and this was offered to Swami by the trustee of the Ashram Sri D P Garg and Sadhvi Ji.
Swami Atmapriyananda spoke next on the need of goodness being strong in order to counter wickedness, extensively quoting from Swami Vivekananda’s letters and writings.
Thereafter, Bhagawan delivered the divine discourse.
At the end, Swami conveyed His blessings to everybody who attended the Conference.
Thus, the three-day National Teachers’ Conference, 2018 came to an end with the Sarva Dharma Prayer.