Last evening, I gave an enlightened parenting talk on the topic of grounding children of this era from spiritual knowledge of Vedic tradition. There were about 23 parents and 19 teachers who attended this sharing, many of them received so many clicks about parenting especially from Questions & Answers session. Since millions of parents out there in the world had missed this session, so I decided that perhaps sharing it in writing would be another way to give access to this knowledge for humanity.
First fundamental truth – children represent intense life energy, that is why it is such a joy being with them. The role of parents is to hold a space for their children to harness this energy and channel it to creativity and positive life-affirmative experiences such that it leads them to self-discovery of their passion and life purpose. When a child discovers his or her passion, so much enthusiasm and creativity will simply flow out of their being.
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Last Saturday, on 5th October was the 41st International Vegetarian Union World VegFest and the 6th Asian Vegetarian Conference at Kuala Lumpur celebrating the 105th year of the International Vegetarian Union. Vegetarianism is definitely catching on in the mainstream society as compared to 10 years ago because more and more people are becoming aware of the health benefits of vegetarian diet.
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I didn’t know how much Vedic lifestyle had changed my life till I spent 8 days in Japan last week on a family vacation.
Before living a Vedic lifestyle, I used to love many things Japanese – the delicate food, colourful art & crafts, the plethora of consumer products and technologies. After a lapse of more than 12 years since I last had a vacation in Japan, this time I could no longer relate with many things Japanese which I once enjoyed. First, the Japanese food is either non-vegetarian or highly processed which is not unhealthy for my yogic body. Second, the modern entertainment which occupies the psyche of the Japanese culture is something I couldn’t relate with. For example, we tried a ride called “Space Fantasy” at the Universal Studio theme park upon my spouse’s suggestion; it was similar to a roller coaster ride except that we went into a dark tunnel filled with special effects of electronic light source to simulate the wonders of the Universe. The abrupt tossing and turning during the ride only stressed my nervous system and churned my stomach. I found that the so-called excitement from the man-made entertainment tried so hard to over-stimulate our 5 senses and making them tired and dull at the end of day. The Universe I saw in my meditative state is far more exhilarating than the poor substitute of the man-made creation!
This trip in Japan made me appreciate the beauty of Vedic lifestyle. I noticed that many religions start with dos and don’ts which become popular because many politicians and religious leaders use these rules as the moral code to control and manipulate the masses. Unfortunately, do’s and don’ts only create intense guilt and suffering in one’s inner space which keeps one in a slavery mentality.
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