Whenever she entered the classroom to teach us Marketing, my colleagues at IE School of Human Sciences and Technology (HST) used to hold their seats tight to accumulate every drop of learning she extended to us. We didn’t learn just marketing in her classes; we learnt life-skills, attitude, generosity and much more. Her energy, her statements, her acuteness is marvellous. I am privileged and blessed that I learnt from you, Professor Ana Rumschisky. Your contribution to my life is a grace, and I would never be able to pay this debt ever.
In India, there is a very popular adage in the Sanskrit language “Matha Pitha Guru Deivam”. The translated word for word, it is, “Mother Father Teacher God”. The meaning of this adage is the greatest truth, and the order in which one should offer reverence. The phrase is a fundamental tenet in existence from the time of the Vedas and beyond and represents the hierarchy in which one should respect these entities.
First comes the mother (Matha or Mata) who gives birth to the child, thereby bringing us as a child into this world. Next comes the father (Pitha or Pita), because it is the mother who knows the truth about the father and she points us to the father. The mother and father then take us to the teacher (Guru), and it is the guru, through his or her teachings, points us to God (Deivam or Devam). Here God represents the consciousness or self-awareness or our real self.
You have genuinely awakened the consciousness and self-awareness in us!
You accommodated a thousand failures of mine, and yet you foresee the other side of mine, which is about to realise. I believe your words as much as I believe in myself. Your everlasting impression on my life will reflect on my leadership tomorrow and forever. I am your lifetime student, and I am blessed of being one.
Your words are a flair of nectar that quenches even the dead morale. Your experiences are rare to learn and practice upon. I bet no one can ever forget your pieces of advice and thoughts. The passion and intention behind everything are crystal clear, and it makes a clear impact with a punto.
You are not just a distinguished and incredible teacher, you are an amazing human!
Long live, Prof Ana. We Love You All! 🙂