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EKALAVYA

Introduction

A student's distinction lies in his devout pursuit of knowledge, and not merely in his heritage. This manifests in a splendid manner in Ekalavya's life. He worshipped an idol of his 'Guru', learnt his lessons in archery in the Master's absence, and mastered the art. When his master desired the thumb of Ekalavya's right hand as a fee, which might cripple him, Ekalavya smilingly sacrificed it. A boy who had grown up in the forest thus developed into a great personality - a fine example for others to emulate.

Author - Nagamani S.Rao


Ekalavya

'Gurur-brahma gurur-vishnuh

Gurur-devo maheswarah

Guruh-sakshat parabrahma

Tasmai sri gurave namah'

In our land the teacher who imparts training is held in very high esteem. The teacher is respected like a father. As the above saying describes, the teacher is considered as the 'trimurtis'- Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva - all rolled into one.

In olden times, children who sought learning had to live with their teacher faithfully attend to the chores assigned to them and pursue their studies with concentration as he taught them. Such stay of the pupil with his teacher was known as 'Gurukulavasa' (‘staying and learning at the abode of the master').

The teacher was not merely teaching his pupil some subjects in a parrotlike manner. He would actually shape the boy's character and personality too by instilling in him an awareness of the world around him, and how to lead a life useful to the society and face various problems one comes across in life. Thus the tutor, who trains young boys to face life in future with success, came to be accorded a revered place in our culture.

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Ekalavya - He worshipped an idol of his 'Guru' and mastered archery and presented his thumb as fee to him.
About Ekalavya
You are Here! Introduction
The Brave Jungle-Boy
Lover Of Animals
Who Will Be The Guru?
Dronacharya
'He Alone Is My Guru'
"You Too Are My Disciple"
Before The Guru's Image
Who Is This Expert Archer?

Two Disciples

The Guru's Promise
'Do Not Insult My Guru'
The Next Course
Here Comes My Guru
The Guru's Agony And Ecstasy
Guru-Dakshina
'Please Accept My Fee'
The End
Ideal Pupil
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