Summary of Jaihoon’s address at the Teacher’s Training program organized by Xaitoon Foundation at Darul Hidaya Higher Secondary School, Edappal – Malappuram – Kerala. May 02 2016
I was a revolutionary when I was young and all my prayer to God was: ‘Lord, give me the energy to change the world.’ “As I approached middle age and realized that half my life was gone without my changing a soul, I changed my prayer to: ‘Lord, give me the grace to change all those who came in contact with me. Just my family and friends, and I shall be content.’ “Now that I am an old man and my days are numbered, my one prayer is: ‘Lord, give me the grace to change myself.’ If I had prayed for this right from the start I should not have wasted my life.”
You may be surprised that the above quote from Bayazid Bustami, the celebrated Sufi master of medieval times, is not from a book of mystical science or devotional eulogy. The point of interest is that this quote appeared as the opening quote of a psychology text book taught in CBSE Indian schools.
1. Bayazid Bastami, the controversial sufi master, was born in 804 CE at Bastam, Iran. Neither in terms of time nor space do these words stand a chance of appearing in the XI-class textbook. Bastami did not live in the recent history to be quoted in the textbook of the modern science of mind. He was born in Iran and not on the Indian soil.
2. Most importantly he was not a psychologist. He was not the one who spoke through empirically proven facts. Why would he be chosen to risk the objective nature of this science?
3. Not to forget that this textbook is supervised by scholars who are in no way connected with belief system of the Sufi saint.
Education is undoubtedly a holistic process in both concept and execution. Neither the periodic table, nor the Newtonian laws of motion nor even the dictates of the creed can alone complete a human being. The child needs every subject in its right measure.
A teacher need to care for his or her students just as they would for their own child. Children are like clay in the compassionate hands of their teachers. Teaching is a divine mission of molding the mind of a child in the twin matrix of values and wisdom.
I am sure you would surely exceed my expectations with the little angels in your classroom.