Do you know the difference between a Teacher and a Guru? Watch this presentation and see what you think?
Is there really a difference? Or is it a matter of perspective – an AND rather than an OR?
Consider James 3:1-2
'Not many of you should become teachers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body.'
Quite a burden, no?
Alexander the Great is an excellent example to use here for the Teacher – Guru conundrum. History tells us that his father King Phillip sought the best teacher he could find for the adolescent Alexander, no less a legend than Aristotle himself. Incidentally, rumor has it that when Steve Jobs was asked if he could go back in time to meet anyone, he said he wanted to meet Aristotle! So, Alexander must have been a very happy student. All his achievements (he wasn't known as 'the Great' for nothing, you know) was probably seeded and germinated during his time with Aristotle, or were they? Another interesting character in Alexander's short life was Diogenes. The two anecdotes that have survived of his encounter throw interesting light on both the character of Alexander and Diogenes. Read them here. They had a profound impact on Alexander, so much so that Alexander said, if he wasn't Alexander, he wanted to be Diogenes – to which the eloquent Diogenes remarked, 'If I wasn't Diogenes, I'd still want to be Diogenes.' What audacity!
So, perhaps Aristotle was Alexander's teacher and Diogenes his Guru? Isn't that what Gurus do?
For those of you who are keen to explore this conundrum – here are some apps and links to resources to help you explore…
1. IBM Think
2. Minds of Modern Mathematics
3. Choice of Kung Fu
4. Book – The Man Who Planted Trees by Jean Giono
5. Book – Character by Samuel Smiles
6. Book – 5 Minds for the Future by Dr Howard Gardner
7. Book – Imitation of Christ by Thomas Kempis
8. Book – God's Debris by Scott Adams (yes, that Scott Adams)
Hope you find these resources useful. I'll end the post with another gem of a quote from one of the greatest thinkers of our time…