Love this quote 🙂

“I do not teach children, I give them Joy” ~ Isadora Duncan

A Bounty of Joy!


About dilipnaidu

An open mind! Love to share my thoughts and a keenness to learn. An engineer and a MBA I had a wonderful innings in the Army and later moved to consultancy and teaching. My current interests are music and growing culinary herbs. Love to play golf and do yoga regularly. I am serious on "Living life less seriously". A warm welcome to you be well and be cheerful always.

23 responses »

  1. RobynG says:

    Wonderful quote!


  2. girish says:

    A thing of beauty is a joy forever is a well known saying. Needless to mention you are one of the most beautiful teacher in every aspect of life who gve us lots of joy in our life.

    Girish kohli


  3. suhas says:

    Quality of a good GURU is to take a student along the road to knowledge. Bhagwad Gita says,

    “Swadhya Dnyana yadnashch
    Yataya sanshita vrata ”
    Self study and teach others is the greatest sacrifice.

    Looking at our background some NDA instructor said,” We get boys and make them men.”


  4. ridafatima says:

    in learning process,without joy one can not learn properly…. what i think is…


  5. pdhillon says:

    This is simply adorable.


  6. I love that quotation, thank you for it. That’s what I tried to give the children in my classes over the years.


  7. Sriram says:

    the word joy means – the source of happiness & happiness is the ‘satiated state of mind’.

    How then does a teacher become a giver of joy?

    happiness as a state is associated with contentment, an existence without irritants or unfulfilled expectations.

    irritation & expectations arise from ignorance.

    so the teacher (gu-ru – dispeller of ignorance) removes ignorance and therefore gives joy.

    but joy to be felt by the student, he must ‘take’ it as well!! so it is an active relationship of give and take between the teacher and the student.

    joy is not to be confused with the mirth associated with temporary removal of ignorance. joy here is ananda – the supreme bliss from where there is no return to ignorance.

    So how does one become a giver of joy?

    one can give only what one already possesses, be it tangible or intangible. the only difference is if it is tangible a give & a take is a lose win situation whereas in intangibles it is a win win situation.

    so the giving of joy is a win-win intangibles transaction where the giver gives ‘joy’ and remains joyous & the receiver realises joy and remains in that state.

    So when Vedant (One who has gone beyond the Vedas – from theory to practice – and is an exemplar of vedic practices) says it should be followed (coming from a 9 yr old this is pristine wisdom) – what is meant is this quote must be put to practice and not remain as a quote alone….

    a deeper significance of ‘following’ this quote is that teachers are then givers of joy & students are capable receptacles ready to receive joy!

    thats where the scriptures are very clear – you can’t give when there is no taker – and say that teachers will appear the moment the students are ready – putting a lot of responsibility on the students & the required level of preparedness to qualify as a student.

    So where are the TAKERS???



    • Dilip says:

      Dear Sri,

      You really can go into the spiritual depth of some seemingly simple words in this case – JOY. Your response is indeed perfect in the ultimate sense but at the surface level i.e., at the day to day level I guess it can mean being in a state of lightheartedness. Even that is not as easy as it may sound. So the deeper level explained by you can exist in a person who is in a state of परमानंदा whereas the latter can be simply आनंद

      Yes you are right the scriptures say “you can’t give when there is no taker” is quite relevant here – unless the other is in receive mind there is no point of even making an attempt to impart or give.

      Ha Ha and how well you have highlighted little 9 year old’s innocent expression in the context of this post – and that is ‘practice what you preach’!

      Thanks aplenty buddy for a lovely response!


  8. amira says:

    That’s a lovely image and an inspiring quote 🙂


  9. As an educator, I’ll bet you DO bring joy to your grown students (which in a sense are all your children) my friend. Lovely quote and capture. Margie


    • Dilip says:

      So gracious of you Margie! I am indeed fortunate to be with these lovely people –

      n the love and joy which they give back makes me feel as young as them 🙂


  10. Shri says:

    hi sir,

    Right sir every teacher should follow this, then only there will be a positive outcome from studies
    Sir your also do same thing, that is why we enjoyed a lot in your classes.




    • Dilip says:

      Ha ha Shri thanks for the your kind words of encouragement. Yes I would love to follow – even young Vedant says so 🙂 Fond regards and best wishes always!


  11. Vedant says:

    yes it should be followed


  12. Lubna says:

    Yes, it is a beautiful quote.


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