I was visiting a temple in South India. A few elephants were at the side. I stopped by to admire them for a while. That’s when I felt something was wrong.
The creatures were Huge & Strong. But were held only by a small rope tied to their front leg. No chains, No cages.
Obviously, the elephants could break free very easily. The bonds were very weak. I am terrified of the damage elephants were capable of causing.
I saw a trainer nearby & asked why these animals just stood there & made no attempt to get away.
“Well,” trainer said, “when they are very young & much smaller we use the same size rope to tie them.”
I didn’t understand why the trainer was talking about the childhood of elephants. Now the elephants were adults. It’s the now that mattered.
The trainer continued, “At that age, the rope is enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.”
I was flabbergasted!
I understood the power of belief. I had heard that ‘Unseen bonds can be much stronger than visible ones.’
If the bond of belief is strong enough to hold even such huge animals. What can they do for humans?
India got is independence more than 60 years ago. We have had a rich culture. Our country was the golden bird. It had treasures that influenced British to find a sea route to India the long way around the earth.
Facing all the odds.
Moving around the earth in absence of maps.
Against the terror of falling down the end (flat earth theory was popular in those times in Europe.)
Columbus ended up discovering Americas while trying to find India. Vasco da Gama had to be escorted to India because the sailors were afraid of entering open oceans.
Take a look at this video to get some understanding of the great things Indians were able to attain.
Then haven’t we regained that status in these 60 years?
I feel there are 2 problems. 1st being:
I believe Innovation & creativity are spurred by the boredom of perfection with past achievements.
Our schooling makes us learn stuff in a foreign language. Most of us spent much more time trying to learn the language.
By the time we got a hold on it & be bored by that perfection, we have already lost the strength of trying something new.
How many students end up like that elephant beside temple? How many persist in being innovative after a few initial attempts that lead to failure?
How many of us just stop original creative thinking & end up as muggers under pressure to perform?
Most of those who are reading this may argue against this point. I am talking about the majority that doesn’t even have access to my blog.
The 2nd problem in my opinion is:
What we learn at home remains disconnected with what we are supposed to learn at school. I feel home is where most of the education must happen.
Our schools just break that bond suppressing most of it in the name of blind belief.
It reminds me of a saying “Don’t let your schooling interfere with your education”.
I hope to solve this second problem with my programs – CADiMate + 4&by driven by the FOURCE & Pure Philosophy.
Our 2 programs take inspiration from Gyana Yoga & Sakalamata Siddhanta. We believe that every tradition in every culture has a truth attached with it.
We must realize the purpose for our beliefs & try to reinstate it in our lives with changes necessary to suit the modern era.
We hope that our efforts will take the best from the past & implement it in our present to regain the future status of the golden bird.
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