Tuesday, October 23, 2012

What are we ignoring while educating our children?

Jai Sai Master!

Techno schools, IITs, NITs, IIMs or any other- aim of any of these or intent of any of these is to help in becoming a HUMAN, by understanding of various facets of life, imbibing values and ensuring knowledge transfer happens seamlessly from generation to generation. 

However, today, one look at our education system will a rude shock to anyone who is looking at few years hence. With more specializations, lack of time in understanding the concepts, focusing only on materialistic gains which carry short term, prone to health issues etc.. More stress is on the external rather than internal. It is not difficult to understand how cruel certain methods could be, for any parent. However, they become mute spectators infront of the only thought that flashes in their mind - KIDS BRIGHT FUTURE. However, no parent can say today that their kids are better off than themselves when it comes to feeling contentment or satisfaction that they escaped all these modern "troubles". Science has progressed a lot bringing with it changes in the way we see or talk or eat or even sleep. But hardly they are used for betterment of life. Instead, humans are getting more and more frustrated with their lives and seeking more and more, with no focus. This is only helping bringing down the family structures which are the building blocks of a good society.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Amma...Mother...Thaaye...Nature--- different names for the same energy!

Jai Sai Master!

Everyday, from a new born to the grown-ups, we use one word so much - AMMA. Be in any language, be any form you call, this is one word that you feel close to. You feel so close that you share everything. The place given to this word, is second to none, which shows the importance the role is playing in everyone's lives.

Fortunately, in India, or eastern countries, the emotional bonding is spoken very high of and with west being pervaded with such influences, the taste of mother has been passed on to, mostly less emotional countries. For us, we do not know why we need to celebrate Mother's day, but go through the motions following some western culture. Because, we never felt separated from Mother, never felt the need not to be thankful to her explicitly every moment and every day. Mother is what we inter-twined our lives so much. Even in wife, many would like to see the mother and hence the dependency comes so much. Mother is love, mother is compassion and with mother, we get our comfort.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Bridge between two generations....!

Jai Sai Master!

Three generations earlier, when any story was told to children, it always ended up with the common sentence, "they lived happily ever after". However, today, there are neither stories nor such happy endings. What is the difference? Technology has gone up, speed has gone up, ability to search and find has gone up, every system has increased by many folds. Then where did those happy endings disappeared? Under all those technological developments. 

We are not happy or contended. Those who say, "I am happy now and living peacefully", is only ascertaining many a time during the day, otherwise, they are not going to function as normal people. We have more comforts, but those comforts have taken away our peace. Instead of being a bridge between the past generation and our next generation, we are trying to be destroyers of the relationships. Everyone thinks of "those good old days". Why not good times now? Where is the root cause? 

It is within us. We have no clue what we want and are being washed away in the technological tsunami. Every moment, we have something or other to think of, without which we will go crazy. Once a land of peace, a beacon for the spirituality, is being pulled down by those who do not understand the difference between the spirituality and blind beliefs under the guise of religion. We live so mechanically, in such ignorance, that we do not want to promote openness even within our families. There are no more homes, but just houses with lots of wishes. If our kid gets fever, we worry so much and rush them to a multi-speciality. Our older generations never did that. They never reacted, but acted very responsibly. They never took their kids to parties or exposed them to pubs or parties. The elders in the house protected them and imparted enough knowledge. Today, we shun it with various names. 

It is time to re-write our books to impart the right knowledge which need not be imported, but exists very much in India, the land known for its knowledge base which it exported to the world. Let us start looking at ourselves with confidence, let us look back at our own previous generations, love them and learn from them to pass on to the next generation, so that the knowledge lying dormant, comes up to light up the whole world. Let us re-focus and re-orient ourselves and be HUMANS.

Jai Sai Master!!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Is it possible to live as my grandparents lived now?

Jai Sai Master!
  • My grand father was so healthy that he used to eat ghee every day. Today, if I eat ghee every day, I will get cholesterol  What a life!!
  • My grandma used to cook for 40 to 50 people everyday. Today, I can't even cook for 4 of my family. What a life!!
  • My kid has serious constipation issue. I never had all those and my mother had all those recipes for quick relief and sometimes permanent cure. We used to eat home made powder from spices for mouth ulcers. Today I am forced to take B-complex tablets because I do not know how to make it and when to eat it.
  • Papaya, they say should not be taken all the time. But my father told me that it is one of the best fruits, and he used to feed us regularly. 
  • Today, the fruits and greens we buy in the market, do not have any thing in them. My house in my village used to have all these in our back yard. Today, we do not have any place around my house to grow any of these. What a bad luck?
  • I just can not get time in a day. My grandpa used to do so many things every day without complaining of knee pain or back pain. Probably because, the place we lived was small and not much of work pressure then. What a life?
I hope many of us will agree with atleast one of the above. If yes, then this place is for you. For those who are yearning to live a healthy life, whereever we are now, even on mars, we can turn it around with little effort. What we need is - Zeal to learn and go back to our roots for solutions which are not connected to money or economics, but pure love and care. Let us start our journey on various topics touching protecting health to growing vegetables in our own window sill to making simple home made medicines from our kitchen cabinet. 

Let us touch the hearts of our grandparents and grandest parents and most of all, our AMMA, for those simple recipes. 

Jai Sai Master!!