#63: The History of History

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.
Siva: What?
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?
Krishna: Yes.
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!
Children: Greed!
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.
Keertana nodded.
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…
Children: Greed
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.
Children: How?
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.

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#62: CYCLES OF TIME: From HOURS to YUGAS

It was the Telugu language class. We were discussing about the Lunar eclipse we all watched the other day.

Siva: My dears, you know how a Lunar eclipse occurs, right?
Children: Yes
Siva: I heard there were times when some people knew why it occurs and some people didn’t. Those people with the Astronomical data were able to trick those who didn’t have.
Children were surprised.
Siva: For example, I heard there were kings in some parts of the world, who kept the Astronomical data a secret, and used to announce to their citizens that “tomorrow night from 9 pm to 10 pm I will be blocking the Moon!!”. And when the eclipse occurred, the citizens were in a deep shock and were always in the awe of the King.
There was a huge uproar…
Siva: This means, if you are away from scientific truths, you are closer to…..
Children: cheating…
Siva: Let’s put it as “beliefs”. If we simply believe something without any scientific truths…
Children: No good
Siva: Right.

And the class started. We had a lesson about the Wheel of Time (Kaala Chakra). We learnt time can be shown in 5 cyclic/repeating ways like:
1) 24 Hours repeat everyday as shown by the dial of a clock/watch (when the Earth rotates around itself once)
2) 7 days of the week repeat from Sunday to Saturday
3) 28 days of a month repeat, each day having a name in Indian calendar (when the Moon revolves around the Earth once)
4) 12 months of the year repeating (when the Earth revolves around the Sun once)
5) Then in Telugu calendar there are names for Years too, 60 in number. It’s a 60 year cycle.

Then came the unexpected question.

Children: Why only 5 ways? How about cycles of Decades or Centuries?

I took a pause and started talking again.
Siva: You are right. Actually I heard our entire Solar system rotates around another big star, which we can call as SUPER SUN in our galaxy and it takes 25920 years to finish one revolution (link below). This time is divided into 4 parts called Yugas named Sat, Treta, Dwapara and Kali Yugas. This revolution is in an elliptical orbit and this SUPER SUN is located away from the center. Therefore there is time when our Solar system goes closer to him, it is Sat Yuga. In this time, human beings (our Solar system) receive tremendous energy from the SUPER SUN and their capability levels are very high. And there is time when our Solar system is far away from SUPER SUN, it is Kali Yuga. In this time, our Energy levels are very low as also our capabilities. Seems currently we are about to finish Dwapara and will enter Thretha Yuga in the year 2082 (64 years from now).
Children (stunned): How can you prove that?
Siva: That’s a good question. I cannot. Once a person is enlightened (realizes himself), I heard the Nature reveals to him/her a lot of data about this universe. It seems our current science is not yet capable of measuring this 25920 year cycle of time. In fact, our current science only recently (a few hundred years ago) found that the Earth is round in shape and Earth revolves around Sun, not vice-versa.
Children: Do you believe these Yugas and SUPER SUN are real?
Siva: I don’t. But I don’t disbelieve either. If we are interested to know, we have two options to find out, one is to wait till science develops further and finds out using advanced telescopes. And the other way is….
Children: Enlightenment!
Siva: Yes

Link of Yugas and SUPER SUN concept. I showed this Sadhguru’s video “Yugas: Tides of Time” to my children and they were simply glued to the screen for full one hour!

#61: The Juice of Life

This is a lengthy one, so I am posting here the video of the conversation instead. Watch this video together with children (7years and above).

This one is about:
– How children can do the everyday activities like bathing, eating etc in the most enjoyable way
– How children can handle their studies/homeworks if they drink the Juice of Life (its about a certain energy available on the planet before the sunrise everyday, keep it a secret from children till they watch the video)

Overall, this conversation is about technologies to make every aspect of life meditative. I explained it using numbers and children seem to have understood it right away!

 

#60: Your Mom is like River Ganga. If only we are like Lord Shiva

I always wondered how Deepika, my wife, manages to do so many things at home (where she is both the queen and the maid) as well as outside and yet remains pleasant most of the time. There is only one thing I have always pointed out to her that she needs to work on: Discipline. I always wished she were as “disciplined” and “efficient” as I am! I used to bug her to do things in the perfect way (read as “my way”). Finally Nature revealed the truth to me: Deepika is Devi. And, Devi does not need to have discipline (Thanks to Raam Vithala for the hint). Devi has abundant Energy and she is always willing to give her Energy indiscriminately. If we are disciplined enough to make the necessary adjustments and build our life around her, we are never short of Energy and life becomes effortless.

It was breakfast time that day. Children were under fire from Mom (of course for showing indiscipline , they are now 10 and 9 years old).

Siva: My dears, do you know about Ganges?
Children: Yes, the river in India.
Keertana: It is called Ganga Devi (goddess Ganga)…
Siva: Right. Have you heard the story that Ganga burst forth into the Earth from heavens and Lord Shiva had to hold that great force of Ganga with his hair locks?
Children: Yes
Siva: Do you think that story makes sense?
Children were wondering…
Siva: I feel Ganga is an Energy first, then a river.
Children are surprised.
Siva: I heard, during the time Lord Shiva was born, people of planet Earth were struggling with deep ignorance, completely down in energy, doing all sorts of nasty things and suffering. Nature opened up a Great source of Energy for Shiva, which he could use for the benefit of mankind. I think that source of Energy is Ganga.
Children were listening carefully.
Siva: Suppose there are big mountains nearby and we have a huge river flowing down from the mountains into our area, and if we don’t handle it properly, what could happen?
Children: It will flood and drown us!
Siva: Right, what should we do to ensure the same river nourishes all of us instead of drowning us.
Keertana: Setup dams!
Siva: Right, we need to setup dams, canals, banks etc. Same with the Energy source called Ganga. It is like a huge river. Once Ganga flows in, if we are not prepared, it could finish us off. But if we learn to handle the Energy appropriately, it can do wonders for us.
Children were thinking…
Siva: My dears, here is the secret. Your Mother is like Ganga, the source of Energy for our family. To handle her Energy to our benefit, we have to be like….
Children: Lord Shiva!
Siva: Right, then we can have great fun. If we don’t handle her Energy properly….
Keertana: No good
Siva: Yes, we will be under her flood (or fire) and it is no good for any of us.
Krishna: What if Keertana is flooding?
Siva: Then You and me need to handle (her Energy) properly!
Mom brings in breakfast for all of us. I sensed Krishna does not like that dish much
Siva: My dears, Your Mom is Devi, Whatever food She Gives us is Prasad (divine offering). Have it with respect. Have as much as you can, but not too little.
Children finished their breakfast quietly and went to school.

#59: My Experience of Meeting the Mystic – Sadhguru

Meeting_the_Mystic This is an impromptu conversation I had with the children of our Telugu school in Tokyo after my visit to Sadhguru.

Siva: My dears, I want to tell you that I went to Hongkong last week to meet a great Master, Sadhguru.
Children: Who is Sadhguru?
Siva: Before I tell about him, I want to ask you a simple question. What do you think is the foremost purpose for any human being on this planet?
Child: To have self-control?
Siva: Animals have great self-control. Suppose I am a tiger and my stomach is full. Even if you sit beside me, I will not touch you. I will simply have a nice conversation with you. Such a great self-control! (children were laughing). Suppose I became hungry….
Children: You will eat us!!
Siva: Yes! Tell me what is our foremost purpose….
Child: To be silent and meditate?
Siva: We will be silent forever once we are dead! (children were roaring with laughter)
Child: To live?
Siva: That’s what plants are also doing! (laughs)
Child: To realize ourselves!
Siva: Right. We know very little about our own selves. Our eyes can only look outside, never inside. Do you think we can rotate our eyeballs inside and see what is there? (attempting to rotate my eyeballs inside)
Children: NOOO (laughs)
Siva: Yes, that is why our focus right from our birth is always towards outside (showing my palm to children to indicate “outside”). Only when a person somehow turns his vision inside (rotating my palm towards my face) can know about himself. He is called the Enlightened one. Sadhguru is the Enlightened one, the one who arrived home. He is helping millions of people to realize themselves.
Children were astonished.
Child: How do we know we realized ourselves?
Siva: Suppose you want to go to Calcutta, the most difficult part is how you go there. Once you reach there, somehow you will know. Maybe you will find people speaking Bengali, maybe you will find the boards on which it is written “Calcutta”, or you can ask someone on the road…. (laughs)
Child (wondering): Uncle, how to go to a place about which we have no idea about?
Siva (clapping): This is a beautiful question. Do you know a GPS?
Children: Global Position System.
Siva: Yes, it helps us to go anywhere in the outside world. Similarly there is a GPS for us to go within the inside world.
Children (surprised): What is it??
Siva: This GPS is called Guru Position System. A Guru is the guide for us to go IN. (The journey inside us is mysterious, that’s why the one who arrived is called a Mystic)
There was pin drop silence.
Siva: You should have asked the question “How do we know if Sadhguru realized himself or not?”
Children: YESS (that’s the question!)
Siva: We can somehow know if we realize ourselves. How can we ever know if the other person realized himself and can be our Guru?
Child: By feeling?
Siva: Heart has feelings, Mind has thoughts and doubts. Both the Heart and Mind need to be convinced fully to accept anyone as our Guru. A real Guru will be ready to spend all his life to answer your questions and doubts.
Children (surprised): Did you ask Sadhguru all the questions you have?
Siva: I have been following his videos and books for several years. So many people have already asked him all the many questions I had. My mind was convinced that Sadhguru realized himself.
Child: If we realize something inside our body, that should come out of our body, right?
Siva (stunned, recovered): A doctor can cut our body open and find what is inside, blood and bones…. (laughs). But yes, there is much more than blood and bones inside us. That cannot be expressed in words. It is like a light and it radiates from that person. That is exactly what I felt when I saw Sadhguru. His eyes and his presence are so deep that I could feel he has arrived home. That’s how my Heart was convinced too.
Child (stunned): Did Sadhguru help you realize yourself?
Siva: He gave me a tool to realize myself.
Children: Tool?
Siva: Suppose you want to open a screw that is so tight. Can you open it with your hands and nails?
Children: No
Siva: Right, we might lose all our nails, but the screw would not come out. But if someone gives us a screw driver, does it help?
Children: YES
Siva: Same with our journey inside. A Guru cannot take us IN. But he can give us Tools that we can use and go IN by ourselves.
Child: An iPhone?
Siva (ouch!): This tool is not visible to our eyes. The journey inside needs tremendous amount of Energy. Sadhguru gave me, and over 2500 other people too, a Tool called Shambhavi that rises our energy levels so high. It is energy that matters. Suppose I am high in Energy, I hug Keertana and say all the nice things. If I am down in energy, I can be very nasty with her…(I made a fake shouting at Keertana and children laughed a lot).
Child: Is Sadhguru Extraordinary?
Siva: Yes. He is Extra-ordinary. That means he is more ordinary than any ordinary human being……
Children were looking surprised…
Siva: Sadhguru said one thing about himself. He said he can simply sit wherever he is for 24 hours without getting bored or distracted (in fact he said he can simply sit “till he drops dead”). Is it not very very ordinary? Can you stay silent for 24 hours without getting bored or distracted?
Children: YES
Siva: Let’s try being silent for 5 minutes…..
Child: Can we sleep?
Siva: NO! Keep your eyes open, heads down, do not get distracted or bored. Simple BE.
We all tried and found it tough to stay silent without getting distracted or bored for 5 minutes.
Siva: Now you know! A person who can be silent for 24 hours without getting bored or distracted is either enlightened or dead.
Children were laughing loud….
Siva: Silence with awareness is Enlightenment. Silence without awareness is….
Children: Death! (or deep sleep)
Siva: Right. Which way do you think I want you to be silent?
Children (shouting): The Enlightened way!
Siva: Right. And the secret is, greatest of the creations happen through us only when we are silent and aware. If we are not creative, do you think the world would remember us long after we leave this planet?
Children: NO!
Siva: Right. There was one man who got enlightened 2500 years ago and the world still remembers him. Who is he?
Children: Buddha!!
Siva: Right! And there was one man who got enlightened 2000 years ago and the world still remembers him. Who is he?
Children: Jesus Christ!
Siva: Right.
Child: But, Uncle, I heard Christ was a messenger of God.
Siva: Do you think he was a postman?
Children were laughing…..
Siva: Hundreds of Enlightened ones have walked on this planet since ages. Many chose to remain unknown too. But everyone of them left this planet a bit more beautiful than it was before they were born. After you grow up, you will find your Guru. Make sure you ask him all the questions till your Mind and Heart are convinced. Take your own time to decide he or she is indeed your Guru. Do you think it is enough if we are convinced 90%?
Children: No.
Siva: Right, it is not enough.
Child: 99.99%?
Siva: No. Nothing less than 100% (conviction) will do. Also, once you are convinced, you should use your Tool 100% as described by the Guru. That is the way to Enlightenment. It is my wish that everyone of you becomes enlightened. That’s all for today!

This was the most satisfying conversation for me till date. The enthusiasm and the glow I observed in children’s faces during this conversation was unbelievable and unforgettable.

#58: The other point of view

Two conversations given below. Here goes the first one, the shortest, yet the most effective.

Children came to me complaining against each other.

Keertana (exclaiming): Papa, I want Krishna to accompany me in going to the shop. I need his help, but he is not willing to come…
Krishna (exclaiming): Papa, I don’t want to go there now. She is pushing me….
Siva (expression-less): This is a matter of your relationship with each other. I don’t want to interfere.
Children were stunned, went back, discussed between themselves and sorted out the matter. Krishna accompanied Keertana as per her wish:-)

Here goes the second one. It was breakfast time. Mom made Upma (a delicious dish made of broken rice or wheat and vegetables, easy to cook during busy times).

Keertana (disappointed): Again!! Mom made Upma today also!!
Siva: Again?
Keertana: Yes Papa, Mom made the same Upma yesterday also!
Siva: Your Mind says “Same Upma”. That is called “Mental reality”. But the Physical reality (actual reality) is different, it is not the Same Upma because the ingredients used are different.
Keertana: What?
Siva: Yes, Mom made Upma with broken rice yesterday, but she made it with broken wheat today. Also the kind of vegetables used are different too. Just because we call it Upma, our Mind thinks it is the same Upma. Mental reality is a false reality many a time.
Keertana: What if Mom makes Upma with the same ingredients, say she uses broken rice and the same kind of vegetables for several days continuously? Can you eat it (without getting bored)?
Siva: If that is the case, I think our Body would thank us a lot!
Keertana (surprised): What?
Siva: I heard, if we eat the same kind of the (healthy) food everyday, our body develops the technology to digest that food very easily with less effort. And that saves our energy and we would be more active all the day!

There was complete silence. Children finished their breakfast and went to school:-)

Children are not looking for answers to their questions, they are looking for better clarity (of the situations).
Every action has got an equal and opposite reaction (total outcome is always zero). We just need to point that other side out for children. They will attain to clarity themselves and their questions would simply dissolve.

This is what my Master does for me when I ask him questions:-)

#57: Family-Body

Keertana was down with fever that day. She was concerned as children got their first trip to their cousins in USA scheduled that week.

Keertana: Papa, do you think I will recover from this fever in time?
Siva: Yes. Your Mom, Krishna and Me will give 25% of our energy to you. You should be OK by tomorrow morning.
Keertana was surprised.
Siva: We are ONE family. A family is like ONE body. Everyone of us is like a part of our family-body. Say Krishna is our hands, I am the legs, Mom is the stomach.
Keertana: What about face?
Siva: Ok, you are like the face.
Keertana seemed happy.
Siva: Every part is important. If one part is not in good shape, other parts feel it too. Now you are sick, therefore automatically the Energy from the other 3 of us will flow to you.
Keertana was silent. She went to bed that night skipping her dinner. As usual we did not use any medicine, we used cold pack on her head. She got up in the morning, still looking down, yet she wanted to go to school.
Siva: Take bath first, then we will see.
Keertana took bath and she was looking OK. We found her Temperature was normal too! We were jubilant.
Keertana (pondering): Papa, are you OK?
Siva: Yes, why?
Keertana: You lost 25% of your Energy, right?
Siva: Probably.
Keertana: How will you get back your Energy?
Siva: No problem. I meditated more last night and must have got my Energy back.
Keertana was looking happy. She went to school normally and had a perfect day.

Right on the day of their trip to USA, Krishna was down with fever. Keertana was stunned on realizing this, and was overheard saying that we got to meditate more that day. This time around, we used fever medicine for Krishna and they had a smooth sailing.

If we think someone is part of our family, Energy transmission takes place automatically whenever needed, however far we live. We can call it Love.

Later I would expand this family-body concept from 4 of us to include relations, friends, school, workplace, community and so on till we include entire world. We came to this planet to expand our family through Love. Expansion is happiness. Expansion is Wisdom.

There are two kinds of people among us and accordingly there are two ways available for us to expand.
1) Some of us (usually Women) are kind at heart, therefore Love is natural for them. The more they include people in their family, the more they expand (and also become meditative).
2) Some of us (usually Men) are extremely smart. Meditation is the natural way for them. Meditation leads them to Love. And Love leads to expansion.