Even if you are a king, you are a student in the school!


Compiled by London swaminathan

Post No.2265

Date: 22 October 2015

Time uploaded in London: 16-40

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“Vidya Vinaya Samapanne – Panditah sama darsinah”

‘The wise look with the same eye on a Brahmin endowed with learning and humility, a cow, an elephant, dog and an outcaste too’ – Bhagavad Gita 5-18


Great learning brings great humility. Inside the school all students are equal. Whether you are the son/daughter of a rich man or poor man, king or popper, the most famous leader or a notorious killer, a students is a student. They receive the same education and treatment. The first lesson they learn is humility. Forgetting all their social status, they brush shoulder with shoulder. There is a Tamil proverb which says,

“Even if you are the king of Delhi, you are a student in the school”

(Dillikku Rajaavaanaalum, Pallikku Pillay—in Tamil)

Here is an anecdote from a 100 year old book to illustrate this point:–

Dr.Richard Busby (1606-1695), the most famous of English school masters, was appointed Head-master of Westminster School (London) in 1640 and he discharged the duties of his office until death. He is the type of pedagogues alike for learning, assiduity and the application of the birch. As a most successful teacher for over half a century, he bred up the greatest number of learned scholars that ever adorned any age or nation.

Once when the Sovereign of the land paid a visit to his school, Dr Busby took His Majesty over the class rooms with his hat on, and when he was asked how he had dared to neglect that politeness which was due to kings, he replied that he was the monarch of his realm and within the four corners of his little kingdom, his pupils should not know that there was a greater man than he.



Woodrow Wilson on Honorary Degrees!

When Woodrow Wilson was President of Princeton University, he deplored the promiscuous giving of honorary degrees

“Our universities have learned of late,” he said, “to distribute honorary degrees judiciously. But in the past, well, in the past I met an uncouth person at a dinner, and, being told by an acquaintance that he had three degrees, I asked why it was.

“Well”, said my friend, “ the third was given because he had two,the second because he had one and  the first because he had none.”


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