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Bhaavam

Now and then it so happens that some users (new or old) at times assume a mocking tone when asking their queries with regard to Azhagi. I humbly request them, prostrating at their feet, not to do so. I am here to help you out with all my heart and soul. So, kindly be humble enough to always "assume the bhaavam" (i.e. assume the internal posture/feeling) of a student. I know you might be a great Sanskrit scholar OR a reputed singer OR a programming geek OR a manager in a world renowned software company OR very elder to me OR anything of that kind. Whatever may be the case, I request you to kindly assume the "bhaavam" of a student at all times. Please note that I am only asking you to "assume the bhaavam" of a student. Otherwise, neither you are my student nor I am your teacher, of course. By assuming the "bhaavam" of a student, nothing is going to happen to your title of a Sanskrit scholar or singer or geek or manager or to your age. So, kindly please understand and cooperate. I am after all a NOTHING person. Not even Zero. Just NOTHING. So, even in that respect, assuming the "bhaavam" of a student does not hurt you at all. After all, you are assuming such a "bhaavam" towards NOTHING. So, at the end of the day, it is a WIN-WIN situation.

If you still do not get hold of what I am trying to say, then, please think of the school days and how a good, obedient student acts towards his teachers. He will always understand the extreme strains and struggles his teacher (a sincere teacher, I mean) undertakes, to provide the best knowledge for his students. So, keeping that in mind, whenever a tip taught (say, a by a mathematics teacher) does not seem to work, the student will not at once come to the conclusion that the teacher's tip is at fault and thus mockingly announce the same to the teacher. The student will take all possible steps to ensure that the tip indeed does not work and even then politely let know the same to the teacher in a very very unobtrusive way. For instamce, after the class hours, he might go to the teacher and say "Sir, when I tried the algebra sum you taught today in class, I got a different result than yours in this particular step. However much I tried I got a different result only in this step. Where am I going wrong, Sir? Kindly enlighten me". And when the teacher sees that step, EITHER he will teach the student in the best way possible as to where he went wrong so that the student imbibes the same to his heart and never forgets it OR the teacher will understand by himself that he has done a mistake in that step and will say "Sorry. The mistake is mine. You are correct. Thanks for pointing out the same. I shall announce it to the class tomorrow so that other students also get to know the same". This approach by the student helps both the student and the teacher. Instead, if the student points out the mistake in the class itself mockingly, is it of any value? By doing so, what is the message you are conveying to the teacher who is putting in his heart and soul to impart the best knowledge to his students, amidst his own extreme difficulties? Kindly ponder over this. Sometimes, it might so happen that the teacher might not realise his mistake in the first instance and say the student that he is right only and ask the student to recheck his understanding. Even then, the student should not mock at the teacher. He should strive his best again to approach the teacher and let him know politely that he had tried again and it seems the teacher possibly might be not right in his thinking and hence have a relook at the particular step. This is the way to go. Definitely the teacher will realise his mistake in the student's 2nd or 3rd approach and apologize and take corrective action.

Again, even if a student assumes a mocking posture, a good teacher should always strive## not to see it as a big issue, forgive that student, and not be irritated by that posture. But, at the same time, he shall politely make the student understand that there are better ways for the student to bring to notice a mistake done by him. Because, a mocking attitude is not conducive to the growth of the student and hence it becomes the duty of the teacher to help the student evolve. If we look at it deeply, actually the teacher is also learning. He is also constantly learning and growing along the with the student. That learning/growing evolves in a healthy manner in an encouraging/appreciative environment whereas in a mocking environment, the teacher might slowly move away from the student who repeatedly mocks. He might start focussing his attention on very many other sdudents who come forward with their genuine doubts. Because, a teacher has to divide his time for all the students and cannot be concentrating on just one student only. It is practically not possible.

(##) I strive to do the same. I might fail sometimes (sorry when those moments happen) but I always strive.

Note: After having read all of the above, please do not try to find out loopholes in the examples I have given. There might be but the idea of me giving the above examples is not for you to find loopholes in them but for you to understand the central idea I am driving at - i.e. Prostrating myself, I am requesting you to assume the "bhaavam" of a student so that it helps us both mutually. If that is understood wholly and clearly, then the examples I have given shall remain superfluous.