Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Teacher Vs. Guru

Below is something I received through email recently. It's too beautiful not to be shared. Hope you'll enjoy it too.

A teacher takes responsibility of your growth;
A guru makes you responsible for your growth.

A teacher gives you things you do not have and require;
A guru takes away things you have and do not require.

A teacher answers your questions;
A guru questions your answers.

A teacher helps you get out of the maze;
A guru destroys the maze.

A teacher requires obedience and discipline from the pupil;
A guru requires trust and humility from the pupil.

A teacher clothes  you and prepare you for the outer journey;
A guru strips you naked and prepares you for the inner journey.

A teacher is a guide on the path;
A guru is a pointer to the way.

A teacher sends  you on the road to success;
A guru sends you on the road to freedom.

A teacher explains the world and its nature to you;
A guru explains yourself and your nature to you.

A teacher makes you understand how to move about in the world;
A guru shows you where you stand in relation to the world.

A teacher gives you knowledge and boosts your ego;
A guru takes away your knowledge and punctures you ego.

A teacher instructs you;
A guru constructs you.

A teacher sharpens your mind;
A guru opens your mind.

A teachers shows you the way to prosperity;
A guru shows the way to serenity.

A teacher reaches your mind;
A guru touches your soul.

A teacher gives you knowledge;
A guru makes you wise.

A teacher gives you maturity;
A guru returns you to innocence.

A teacher instructs you on how to solve problems;
A guru shows you how to resolve issues.

A teacher is a systematic thinker;
A guru is a lateral thinker.

A teacher will punish you with a stick;
A guru will punish you with compassion.

A teacher is to pupil what a father is to a son;
A guru is to pupil what a mother is to her child.

One can always find a teacher;
But a guru has to find and accept you.

A teacher leads you by the hand;
A guru leads you by example.

When a teacher finishes with you, you graduate;
When a guru finishes with you, you celebrate.

When the course is over, you are thankful to the teacher;
When the discourse is over, you are grateful to the guru.

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