Friday, August 21, 2015

A Lesson in Ego-less-ness: A Beautiful Experience of the divine within....

A Lesson in Ego-less-ness: A Beautiful Experience of the divine within....
One can call it a simple coincidence yet I consider it a divine intervention that on the "Guru Purnima Day" I was invited to speak on "Innovative Teaching Methodologies"at a National Seminar for Technical Teachers (Engineering Professor) at Belagavi (Karnataka).
My topic was based on inspirations drawn from the Ancient Wisdom of Gurukul system. In the first half, I was sharing Top 7 Traits of a Perfect 10 teacher (established based on my research during my academic engagements). As I was presenting my research findings, conducting some experiential activities and blending everything with my thoughts on teaching; I paused and asked if anyone had any question. A senior professor, much more experienced than me raised his hand. He wanted to come to the stage and say a few words. I was happy to have a water break after my first 60 minute session as he went close to the mike to speak and then choked...
I offered him water, and he said no. Then with a gentle smile he said, "I am not crying; I am just in deep state of emotions. Mr. Arun's words have touched me very deep inside, he has connected with my soul". And what he did next gave everyone a lesson in humility and exemplified that if you know how to listen you will find teacher in everything - He turned towards me and as he was telling that I have touched his heart and and soul and invoked new thoughts in him; he said on this Guru Purnima, he wanted to touch my feet....
I didn't know how to react or respond... yet the divine within me knew that he is not doing it to my physical body but to the divine spark he at that time saw in me. Speechless, emotionless, thoughtless - I also bent and touched his feet... The divine in me had inspired him to stand in front of 200 of his colleagues (three forth of them much younger than him) and do something that brought me to a total state of Ego-less-ness.... I could only utter - "Idum-na-mum"....
We both hugged each other and felt connected for life...
Such experiences and such people make this world a better place to live; and this life worth living.....
My salutation to all my Gurus on this Guru Purnima.... It is because of all of them - I am what I am.... Their wisdom and virtues live in me... Keep showering your blessings !!!

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