On Guru Purnima, I tweeted “Confused Hindus think…. Guru Poornima….is teachers day..”
Confused Hindus think…. Guru Poornima….Is teachers day..
— No Conversion (@noconversion) July 5, 2020
Many people responded what is the difference, So here is my view .
गुरु और अध्यापक में क्या अंतर है
As I understand from Vedic traditions
An Adhyapk (अध्यापक) could be equated with “Teacher” or a ” शिक्षक” Shiksak
After that we have several levels of expertise, but teacher is being the start
Upadhya उपाध्याय – Next Level of teacher with deep subject knowledge
Pandit पंडित – Expert in one subject or multiple subjects
Acharya आचार्य – More based on Skill of trade. For example Trade, Weaponry, Medicine and thousands of more are all skill based professions.
Mother / Father are also considered at the level of a “Teacher”.
“गुं रौतितिः गुरु:” : अर्थात गुरु वह है जो गुं (अज्ञान) का नाश करके प्रकाश प्रदान करे
‘Gu’ simply means ‘darkness’ in Sanskrit and ‘Ru’ simple means ‘dispel’ or remove.
So the word ‘guru’ speaks to one who dispels the darkness and brings more understanding and light.
Guru takes away darkness of Ignorance and provides you Gyan.
Guru is considered more important than God, as only a Guru does the cleansing work and only then God gives grace (Kripa)