Today I had a radio interview. But not how it normally is but for an internet radio. They called from America and I talked for about an hour with them. They recorded it all and will broadcast it soon. Maybe we will be able to put it on our website then, too.
As I was talking about differences between India and the west yesterday, something else came into my mind today which caught my attention. I was talking about respect in the last days, too, and there is a huge difference between the respect for teachers that is shown here in India and that is shown in the west. When I am travelling in the west I can see that actually there is very often not much respect for the teacher at all. The idea there is that you pay for the teacher so he has to be there and do his job. You pay for a course of 20 hours and that he has to fulfill, that is all. The respect is not really there but it is also the teacher's attitude that contributes to this. If the teacher thinks, "okay, I got 15 students who will pay me for the next course, that is it" then he will not put his love and effort into bringing knowledge to his students.
I know a lot of teachers there, too, who don't want to be teacher anymore because they do not have the feeling that they are respected for what they want to pass on. And I heard from a lot of young people who only become teacher because they do not know what else to do. That is also not right. There has to be the wish to teach, to help passing on knowledge. And then teachers are more respected. Here in India, if I see one of my teachers now on the street, I will go and greet him with respect. You know in earlier times this was a very divine relation between the teacher and the students. And still now you can see each morning in Ashram, after Sanskrit class every student greets the Sanskrit teacher respectfully and they feel honoured that they can learn from him.