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Guru Saakshaat ParamBrahma Tasmai Sri Gurave Namah
On behalf of all the students, I wish our wonderful teachers 'A Happy Teacher's Day'.
Honorable Principal (Headmaster / Headmistress), esteemed teachers and my beloved friends
On this special day that is dedicated to teachers, I feel honored to speak few words of appreciation for them and our gratitude towards them for their selfless services. We celebrate Teacher's Day on Sept 5 to mark the birth anniversary of Late Dr.Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan who was the 2nd President of the Independent India. He was a great teacher and an outstanding scholar who became the 1st Vice President of Independent India.
Since ancient times, teacher or guru is considered as equal to God as it is the teacher who dedicates itself in molding the lives of its shishyas (disciples). In the olden days, shishyas were sent to gurukul which is almost like the present day boarding / residential schools. The disciples used to spend much of their time in the gurukul and gaining knowledge and other required skills.
In the present society, teacher lays foundation for creating the future citizens of our country. We spend much of our time in the school in association with our teachers. Our lives are much influenced by the teachers who not only teach us but facilitate us in our learning process. A teacher is our best friend, an efficient mentor to us who guides us the right path.
Let's pay our tributes to the teachers for their valuable contributions to the society who impart knowledge, build up the character and shape the career of the students with their selfless efforts. We cannot even count the contributions of our teachers who make our lives. They inspire us, guide us, correct us, mould us, motivate us, love us, encourage us and their contributions cannot be described by words. They are immeasurable. In fact they are the nation builders.
I bow to Thee in reverence O Teachers! for your valuable contributions in making the society.
The greatness of a teacher is well described in Sant Kabir's Doha:
Guru Govind dono khade kaake lagai paayen
Balihaare Guru aapne, Govind diyo batai
It is the teacher who shows the path to reach God-realization. The greatness of a teacher is explained in simple words in the couplet (doha).
Finally, I would like to conclude my speech with the words: a teacher plants the seeds of knowledge in the students that grows into fruitful tree.
Thank you teachers for your valuable services. And thank you all for giving me this wonderful opportunity.
Acharya Gurudevo Bhava!