Teachers, “heroes of deliverance”

"Teachers", selfless trees of learning,
Once, under whom we were frail saplings.
Nurtured, protected, disciplined playful minds,
Yet received menial wages, for the draining grind.
They led us from empty darkness to knowing light,
"Gurus!",Showed us true path of enlightening right.
But, Forgotten and Neglected,
are these "Architects of society",

We the "fruits of their labor",
boastful in our proprietary.

Today, the least to be done is remembrance,
Respect and Salute to "heroes of deliverance".


Kabir Das

गुरु गोविंद दोऊ खड़े
, काके लागूँ पाँय ।
बलिहारी गुरु अपने, गोविंद दियो मिलाय ॥

Guru Govind dau khade, kake lagun payen
Balihari Guru apne, Govind diyo milay.

Meaning in English

In this Doha Kabir says that a Guru ( Teacher)
and the God are standing infront of you , then
whose feet you will touch and give honour?
Then he says that Guru deserves the first right to get the honour
as he  affectionately teaches to know God by giving knowledge .
Therefore the importance of Guru is more than the God.

Note:  Our Hindi high school (8th,9th,10th grade) teacher, Mr Sudhakara Rao, taught us this poem and also many more great poems and literary works in hindi.  Special thanks to our guru 🙏🙏🙏
My interest in poetry and literature stems from those “good days” of my life.

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