In the Indian context, this image bears the traditional embodiment of a “Guru” who leads the pupils on the enlightened path of profound knowledge. A teacher is widely accepted as a pedagogue who peregrinates within the boundaries of the subject matter and proves as an effective transmitter of the subject matter to the taught. A teacher is also considered as a mentor who is capable of honing the skills of students, a counsellor and guide, who can save situations and one who is an embodiment of impeccable values. These days, especially during the COVID19 pandemic crisis, a teacher is expected to be highly efficient in digital technology. A teacher’s accomplishments require continual upgradation in alignment with the demands of the times. A teacher is a performer whose performance is open for scrutiny, criticism, judgement, and evaluation. Thus, it is evident that the teacher’s task is a noble profession.

However, societies which gauge its advancement on material grounds do not find teaching a lucrative profession and tend to undermine the status of teachers, especially the primary school teachers. Ask any child about their career dreams, only a few vouch spontaneously to become a teacher in the future. The peculiar paradox of a necessary subject often bereft of societal status and material bonanza does affect the psychology of teachers. This discourse is avoided as teachers are supposedly considered as demi-Divine beings. On the contrary, the truth of existential vagaries must be accepted widely. Teachers are men and women of the world who have trials and tribulations, happiness, and joy, idiosyncrasies, and whims. Maria Montessori, one of the most sensitive of teachers had pointed out that human beings have “certain tendencies which are not good; these are capable of growing like weeds in a field (original sin)”. She has also cautioned that sins do not operate in separation. One thing leads to another and creates a mesh of confusion and chaos in the mind and its effects are manifested through an action: for example, a teacher resorting to become a dictator, a ruthless avenger bent on imposing punishments either mental or physical. To restrain it, check points have been developed by the society which Montessori terms as a “social corrective”. However, more than the societal checks, she asserts that total surrender to Divinity, acknowledging our shortcomings is the surest way to clear the fog of chaos and anarchy of the mind. A teacher’s mind which exerts influence on several minds, must constantly analyze one’s inner spirit and try to minimize the “ peccati mortali”, such as pride, avarice, anger, sloth etc. A teacher has to persevere to become a “happy teacher” according to the inborn teacher and writer Dr. Sulagna Mohanty. And happiness can radiate from the feeling of complete surrender to the beautiful divinity of God. The eternal truth of  “Shraddhavan Labhate Jnanam” (he who is humble can attain enlightened knowledge) from the Bhagavad Gita has been taken as the motto of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham university to spread this feeling of radiant joyfulness in the minds of all teachers and the taught.  When the workings of the inner spirit go well, the problems of the outer world can be solved and managed well. Hence, a successful teacher is one who is guided by self-realization in all his actions.