The Vedas glorify the Teacher in many ways.
AcArya devo bhava!
Teacher is God.
athadhi vidyam! Acaryah pUrva rUpam ! antevAsuttara rUpam!
vidYA sandhih ! pracvacanam sandhAnam ! ityadhi vidyam !
Now regarding Learning.
Teacher represents the prior form.
Student represents the posterior form.
Learning is the intermediate form.
Instruction is the connection.
One shall meditate upon Learning as aforesaid.
AcAryAya priyam dhanamAhritya prajA tantum mA vyavachetsIh!
The Student shall offer the fees desired by the Teacher (guru dakshiNA) and shall not cut the thread of his (Student's) lineage.