That night after going to bed:
Krishna: Papa, tell me a story.
Siva: I don’t have any in my mind.
Krishna: Tell me something else then.
Krishna: Tell me History, or anything you feel like….
Siva (after a pause): Ok. I will tell you the History of History then.
Krishna was very excited!
Siva: I don’t know if it is true or not. Is it OK to tell?
Siva: Thousands of years ago, I heard there used to be a beautiful planet in our solar system somewhere between Mars and Jupiter. It was called Maldek.
Keertana (exclaiming): I know there is an asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter!!
Siva: Yes, that asteroid belt is all that is left of that beautiful and green planet called Maldek, which was destroyed by the people living there.
Children (stunned): Why did they do that?
Siva: It seems the people there were so technologically advanced, had everything they needed to live happily and then they were possessed by the greatest disease…
Children : What is that?
Siva: Greed. Some of them wanted to have more of everything than others, they wanted to have control over others and the planet’s resources too. Some protested and many were lazy, so there were two groups fighting. They pursued science vigorously, and used it to create great technologies and weapons and finally arrived at the ultimate weapon….
Children: Atomic bomb!
Siva: Yes, and in a flash of light they blew up the entire planet into pieces.
There was silence……
After a pause, I continued.
Siva: The law in nature is, you have to face consequences for every action you do. Everything you do will return to you in some form.
Krishna: If you beat someone, they will beat us back?
Siva: Nature gives them a fair opportunity to return the beating to us. Even if we kill someone, he gets an opportunity to take revenge in some other ways at some other time and in some other forms on Earth. If he takes revenge, we will go through the pain this time, and we will get an opportunity to take revenge again. And this cycle goes on….
Children were thinking…
Siva: Now one group of people of Maldek initiated nuclear warfare and killed everyone including the protesting group, the lazy bones as well as themselves. Now the protesting group of people have to get an opportunity to take revenge. But the problem is the planet is gone too! All those species became formless and were in some other dimension. They were still having their feelings and emotions and were going through great pain. Both needed to have a planet to take a form and face the consequences. Only then they can be relieved of the pain.
Keertana: So, they were born on our Earth?
Siva: Yes. Our planet Earth was so kind to accept these formless species and give them a form, despite knowing that some of them were very cruel and had destroyed a beautiful planet.
Krishna: What about the people already living on Earth?
Siva: They were kind too and helped these new people as much as they could and moved on. After hundreds of years, a great civilization prospered on Earth with these species from Maldek. It was called Lemuria. And finally the disease struck them again!
Siva: Yes, again one group of human beings wanted to have control over all others and also the planet’s resources, and another group protested and many lazy bones watched them fighting. They all pursued science vigorously and finally attained to ….
Children: Atomic bomb!
Siva: And there was a nuclear warfare again and the Lemurian civilization came to an End. The greedy ones, the protesting ones and the lazy bones were all gone. The planet survived though…
Children were relieved…
Siva: Hundreds of years passed and Earth became normal again, teeming with life. And those species took form again. Another great civilization formed, this was called Atlantis. And then…
Children: Again they fought!
Siva: Yes, now the opportunity came to one group to take revenge and they took it. And Atlantis civilization was gone in another nuclear warfare.
Keertana: Papa, I heard Atlantis was drowned in the Ocean.
Siva: Maybe true. I read in some books about a great flood ending mankind on Earth. Maybe the Nature wanted to end this civilization without nuclear warfare to save the planet. Or maybe it was the next civilization after Atlantis that vanished through flood.
Siva: After hundreds of years, finally another civilization rose, which are us. Greed is still very much there.
Keertana: Atomic bombs are there too!
Siva: Yes. I keep reading our (post-Atlantis) history and came across incidents where some people tried to completely erase a section of people. The story or the history repeats in cycles. The root of all these cycles is…
Siva: Yes, I think if there is no greed, there is no history worth learning and people would simply live happily in the present. You would probably read one subject less in your school too!
Keertana: Oh yes! If the British were not greedy to occupy India, we would not have had to read about Mahatma Gandhi!
Krishna: Oh yes! If Duryodhana was not greedy, there would not have been Mahabharat story! (children are fresh from Mahabharat!)
Keertana: Oh yes! If Kaikeyi was not greedy, there would not have been Ramayana story either!
Siva (completely stunned): Wow! You got the point.
After several moments of silence….
Keertana: Papa, did we also come from Maldek?
Siva: I don’t know, but if yes, tell me which group do you think we belong to now. The Greedy ones or Protesting ones or the Lazy ones?
Keertana: The lazy ones?
Krishna: The protesting ones?
Siva: I don’t know. But this time I want to be aware and want to exit the cycle of revenges.
Siva: When nature gives us an opportunity and strength to take revenge, and we choose to forgive, we attain to great knowledge and exit this cycle.
And the conversation continued till both children fell asleep:-)
Source: The nine freedoms by George King.