“It is a problem beyond the politicians and the jail”-Raviji
Photo : Raviji
Sanskars are impressions created in the brain of the child. It begins at conception in the womb and continues until age three and half to five years. It is fed through the senses of the mother during the foetus stage of development and continues after birth as the child imbibes through his senses the social environment.
Sanskar was the theme of a discourse delivered on Saturday June 10, 2018 by Raviji of the Hindu Prachaar Kendra at the Las Lomas No 1 Mandir. Also joining in the event were members of ISKCON. Prior to the lecture members of the Hare Krishna Society chanted the Maha Mantra “Hare Rama Hare Krishna” with the rhythmic beat of the drum.
The drum was played by a young lady and so skilled was her ability that Raviji singled her out her for special praise. Though small in frame, the female drummer was able to vary her beat to match the rising crescendo of the chanting.
Dressed in his insignia white kurta and pyjamas, Raviji stood before the microphone and apologised for the technical hitch that blocked the power point presentation. This did not deter him from starting his discourse during which the technical hiccup was finally rectified.
Sanskar was the theme of the 2018 Varsha Pratipada Sansad (Hindu Parliament). This Parliament is held annually to inaugurate the Hindu New Year. Raviji made reference to the last speaker speaking of a “Coming Home” and wondered why after dying one would be returning home. “Today coming home can be very scary. My daughter-in-law refuses to bring his grandchildren home because of the high crime and murder rate in the country.”
“Sanskar is more than the sixteen (16) rites of passage beginning with munda sanskar or the shaving of the head. It is a moment to moment event…a move to perfection. It is a readiness and the effort determines the outcome,” Raviji informed.
Looking at what is happening in the country Raviji remarked that politicians cannot change what is happening. “They come at the end of the fifth year and tell you that they are going to bring about changes. You have to be a fool to believe them,” he said. “This problem will not start with politicians or end with them…will not start in parliament or end in parliament. It is a human condition issue which politicians don’t deal with. It is a problem beyond the politicians and the jail.”
This project to develop sanskar in children and to educate the public is a thirty- year project. So far fifteen years have been completed. The main trust of the work has been the annual Bal Ramdila sponsored by the Hindu Prachar Kendra. ‘I have sacrificed public appearances to focus on this singular project. I don’t want to be caught scampering about outing fires. I am looking at the development of the child…at brain research and brain architecture,” said Raviji who has plans to go abroad to learn more on the subject of neurology.
Raviji shared an anecdote on sanskar while in his early teen. “I was among the first to go to college from Caparo. Listening to the pandit speaking about Abhimanyu who had learned of a military formation while in his mother’s womb, I felt the pandit was talking foolishness. I was now going to college and was learning science,” Raviji revealed.
“Now I learned that the foetus gets the impact through the five senses of the mother. Arjun, the father of Abhimanya, was discussing the military formation with his pregnant wife. It is this knowledge that was fed through the senses of the mother to the foetus in the womb. These impressions are critical to the development of the child,” said Raviji.
On screen was an image of the brain showing electro-magnetic pulses. These are the impressions that the child gets through the senses of the mother. These early years of the child shapes the child’s character. “If sanskars are not given in an early age, society would have to invest more at a later age,” said Raviji. “Brain architecture starts in the home and the environment. It is that early experience of the child that shapes the brain,” he informed.
Also present during the discourse was Pandit Ramdath Mahase, the resident pandit of the mandir. Pandit Mahase has been working with the devotees for more than two decades and has transformed the Las Lomas Mandir physically, culturally and spiritually. Today the mandir is a centre for worship for scores of devotees and their families.
Balkaran Ojah Maharaj was the main organiser of this lecture. He is the son of Pandit Karoo Ojah Maharaj who had donated the parcel of land for the mandir. Balkaran is also the President of the Chacachacare Sanjeevini Mandir, a member of the Varsha Pratipada Sansad.
During the discourse a few devotees walked out. May be they had another appointment and had to leave. It is my view that many of our devotees are not accustomed or trained to use their intellect. The lecture that was being delivered needed some effort on the part of devotees in order to follow. Their leaving did not deter Raviji who plodded on educating those that were eager to learn.
Later I discovered that those who had left earlier had not gone far but were seated in the dining hall partaking of the delicious meals prepared by devotees of the mandir.