Unconditional Love

Shri Mataji with KalpanaWhen a child is born, the first thing that it responds to is the Spirit of its mother. At the moment of his birth he is not aware of his body or that of this mother, but he is aware of the Spirit. The moment he comes out of the womb he suffers a shock, and his first reaction is to get back to the womb. At this stage his mind, conditionings and ego aspects are not developed. He is pure Spirit, and it is this pure Spirit that finds comfort in the Spirit of this mother and through that comfort, sustenance in the new alien environment. This response is true love or unconditional love; it is not a conditioned response, but the sheer joy of the fusion of two Spirits.

In the picture: Shri Mataji with Her daughter Kalpana

Determination

In 1883, a creative engineer named John Roebling was inspired by an idea to build a spectacular bridge connecting New York with the Long Island. However bridge building experts throughout the world thought that this was an impossible feat and told Roebling to forget the idea. It just could not be done. It was not practical. It had never been done before.

Roebling could not ignore the vision he had in his mind of this bridge. He thought about it all the time and he knew deep in his heart that it could be done. He just had to share the dream with someone else. After much discussion and persuasion he managed to convince his son Washington, an up and coming engineer, that the bridge in fact could be built.

Working together for the first time, the father and son developed concepts of how it could be accomplished and how the obstacles could be overcome. With great excitement and inspiration, and the headiness of a wild challenge before them, they hired their crew and began to build their dream bridge. Continue reading “Determination”

A Story from Gandhiji’s Life

In South Africa Gandhiji set up an ashram at Phoenix, where he started a school for children. Gandhiji had his own ideas about how children should be taught. He disliked the examination system. In his school he wanted to teach the boys true knowledge—knowledge that would improve both their minds and their hearts.

Gandhiji had his own way of judging students. All the students in the class were asked the same question. But often Gandhiji praised the boy with low marks and scolded the one who had high marks. This puzzled the children.

When questioned on this unusual practice, Gandhiji one day explained, “I am not trying to show that Shyam is cleverer than Ram. So I don’t give marks on that basis. I want to see how far each boy has progressed, how much he has learnt. If a clever student competes with a stupid one and begins to think no end of himself, he is likely to grow dull. Sure of his own cleverness, he’ll stop working. The boy who does his best and works hard will always do well and so I praise him.”

Gandhiji kept a close watch on the boys who did well. Were they still working hard? What would they learn if their high marks filled them with conceit? Gandhiji continually stressed this to his students. If a boy who was not very clever worked hard and did well, Gandhiji was full of praise for him.

by Uma Shankar Joshi

In the picture: Gandhi in South Africa, 1895 

You can read more on Gandhi here

Who is the Doer?

Jesus Once Jesus was traveling on a donkey. Along his way there were many people who felicitated him. The donkey also got his share of felicitation as there was a garland of flowers hanging on his neck. And that made him think that it was actually he who was praised so much. As the donkey’s ego bloated so much, he considered himself a very important figure.

Jesus stopped on his way and was resting while the donkey thought he was now indispensable as it was he was doing the main part of work. After his rest, Jesus took another waiting donkey and left that place…

So, the moral of the story is that it is God Who chooses His instruments for the work to be fulfilled. And the humbler we are, the purer we are, the more developed we are, the more Divine work can be done through us.

A Toy and a “Teacher”

Little children like stuffed animals. An idea with a little elephant (like Shri Ganesha)  is – it could be a mascot. The little elephant could express perfectness. To show the children how to behave or in some cases how not to behave (if we have a casualty of a child who is doing something else than expected). We could react to the elephant: “Oh, no, little elephant what are you doing? You have to sit with hands open….

Like Shri Mataji suggested once to do it with a doll. So, the child will not feel offended in the group.

It is not necessary that the toy-elephant should be bought. It actually wouldn’t take that long and could be done by almost any age (a sewing machine would help).