O my revered teacher,
A lot time has passed.
I have grown old and
You too have grown older.
Yet the memories are fresh, like yesterday,
Etched in my mind forever:
For the language I speak today,
The words were given by you.
For every jargon I use today,
The foundation lies in your teachings.
For every thought I express today,
I owe the basis of it to you.
I am managing to walk proudly in this world today,
Because your perseverant efforts tried to make me a better person.
You tried to teach me so many things with all your heart,
But I could catch only a few of them, with my wandering all over.
I might have resisted too,
The changes you were trying to in me, for good.
But, over the years I have realized,
That may be that’s the way in every one’s childhood.
Now, when I hold the hand of my own children and
Try to guide them through the unchartered territories,
Now, when I try to inculcate the virtues of discipline,
Moral values, ethics and fundamental of life in my offspring.
I can only empathise and relate, with all that you have done for me.
I can relate with, every frown and every smile on your face,
Every disappointment and every satisfaction in your heart,
When you were trying to educate me.
Going by my own yardstick,
I have achieved more than what I had yearned for-
Be it materialistically, professionally or socially
And I have always remembered your pivotal role,
In every milestone that I have crossed.
Now I have been trying to focus on,
Some of my personal goals,
I often dig in to the treasure cove of my memory,
In to your teachings, for guiding me through.
I cannot tell you- how indebted I am to you,
For every thing that you have done for me.
But at least I know, that I can never repay,
What you have given me.
The only way I can think of repaying it
Is by trying to give others,
Those known and unknown,
Connected or unconnected.
The best of mine, from the depth of my heart,
Without any consideration or expectation
And not bothered about the consequences and to continue giving,
Till the body permits and the wisdom supports.
I am truly grateful to you for what you have done
And also realize that I should have done much better,
For the efforts put by you in me.
But I hope I have not let you down
And disappointed you totally.