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Two moments with my kids: One funny and one thoughtful
« on: December 17, 2012, 02:12:02 AM »
Jai Sai Master, Babu garu..
Jai Sai Master, Sai Bandhus..

Just wanted to share two moments that happened this morning and yesterday with my kids.

1) My 4 year son was not eating Banana and so I took one banana and tried to coax him to eat it by competition. I told him several times "Santosh will be second, dad will win. Santosh will be second Dad will win". He thought about it for a moment and coolly and calmly said "yes, Dad will win."  :o Just to be sure I asked him "do you really want dad to be the first or you want to be first in eating Banana?". Without even a second thought he said "dad is first".  :-X

In a way, I guess dad is lost because son does not want to take up the challenge. Kids!!!

2) Yesterday, I took my kids to science museum and we were watching "weather in the solar system" in the dome theater. My 8 year old daughter asked me "is there life on Mars". I said, "no". She asked similar question for other planets and my answer was a single words 'no'. She thought about it and asked me "if there is no life on those planets, why did God create it?

Perhaps, my answer was really awful. After coming out, I then went on to explain later to the best of my ability. I said "currently" there is no life on Mars as studied by humans. Once upon a time Mars used to be like Earth and so there could have existed life. I also explained to her that God could have created Mars and yet there is no life there which would gives us a chance to study "un-livable" planets. It also gives us chance to thank and respect the Earth and its delicate nature which supports life. On top of that, God created rocks on Earth and infact Earth itself is a type of HUGE rock. Over a really long period of time, life could start or end as per the laws of the universe on any planet.

I know this got her thinking and also I know that the answer is not good enough but wanted to find out from Sai Bandhus, what other ways to introduce kids to astronomy in the right way?

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Re: Two moments with my kids: One funny and one thoughtful
« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2012, 07:12:32 AM »
Jai Sai Master, Babu garu..
Jai Sai Master, Sai Bandhus..

Just wanted to share two moments that happened this morning and yesterday with my kids.

1) My 4 year son was not eating Banana and so I took one banana and tried to coax him to eat it by competition. I told him several times "Santosh will be second, dad will win. Santosh will be second Dad will win". He thought about it for a moment and coolly and calmly said "yes, Dad will win."  :o Just to be sure I asked him "do you really want dad to be the first or you want to be first in eating Banana?". Without even a second thought he said "dad is first".  :-X

In a way, I guess dad is lost because son does not want to take up the challenge. Kids!!!


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Jai SaiMaster Dear Ananth garu,

One reason I cud guess why he said Dad is first coz he likes dad so much  ::). Kids keep comparing like my dad can do this, that, my dad has this etc

Regarding Mars wonderful question. What is the main purpose of any planet , is it to live on it ?
Not from living perspective, spiritually all the grahas has some functionality I guess, no  ???.

Scientifically I don't know what will happen if you just remove Mars from the solar system, will all the planets still will go on fine in their orbits.Hmm no clue  ???

Taken from - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Navagraha

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Mangala


Main article: Mangala
Mangala (Devanagari: मंगल) is the god of Mars, the red planet. Mars is also called Angaraka ('one who is red in colour') or Bhauma ('son of Bhumi') in Sanskrit. He is the god of war and is celibate. He is considered the son of Prithvi or Bhumi, the Earth Goddess. He is the owner of the Aries and Scorpio signs, and a teacher of the occult sciences (Ruchaka Mahapurusha Yoga). He is of Tamas Guna in nature and represents Energetic action, confidence and ego. He is painted red or flame colour, four-armed, carrying a trident, club, lotus and a spear. His Vahana (mount) is a ram. He presides over 'Mangal-var' or Tuesday.[10] There is a famous pilgrim place Mangalnath (in Ujjain,Madhya Pradesh, India). People who suffer from troubles related to Mangal Graha in their horoscope visit there on Tuesday. By worshiping & satisfying Mangal Graha, devotees get blessings & mercy of Mangal Devta. Only two temple of Mangal devata in india among those one which is in Amalner(Maharashtra).


I was in a similar situation few days back with my son, when I was telling the story where Goddess Parvathi closes the eyes of Siva for few seconds (or even less !). I said entire world was in darkness for thousands of years. Then he asked as Siva is in Himalayas, as Kailasam is there, then is it that both of them Parvathi and Siva were also in darkness ?, Is Kailasam really in Himalayas ?

Recently in his lessons, he got Natural resources.He asked that 'there are some natural resources without which we can not live like water, trees/forests etc so we going after them is fine.But petrol is also a natural resource, but can't we live without petrol, let the petrol stay burried in earth'.

Sorry Ananth garu, instead of answering your questions I added more to the list

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« Last Edit: December 17, 2012, 07:28:37 AM by swayam »
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Whatever we practice,becomes the swabhAvA.If control is practiced persistently that will become the swabhAvA.

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Re: Two moments with my kids: One funny and one thoughtful
« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2012, 10:25:25 AM »
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Swayam garu, Jai Sai Master!

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Scientifically I don't know what will happen if you just remove Mars from the solar system, will all the planets still will go on fine in their orbits.Hmm no clue 

As far as I know (correct me Sai Bandhus if I am wrong), currently, every single planet is exactly at a distance that is conducive for Earth to sustain life. One planet that goes out of revolution around the Sun, in my view, will displace or atleast make other planets out of whack. Since each has gravitational forces both among themselves, the planets near them and also the Sun, definitely, the orbits will change. Orbital change could then change a lot of other things.

Yesterday, it was so amazing to know that in one of the Moons of Saturn, there is a constant tornado with methane gas that first forms vertically, and then around couple of miles into the higher atmosphere, the tornado then takes horizontal shape because of peculiar air. So, the tornado actually looks like a 7 shape when seen from a distance.

Things like these will definitely change. Amazing! ISn't it?  The more we know, the more questions we will end up with. That is for sure.

Don't worry about adding more questions Swayam garu. Like I mentioned, no matter what, we will only end up with more questions. Atleast if we can ask the questions and also keep trying to find an optimal answer that can push our kids in the right direction for their lives, that is what we should keep trying for.

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Re: Two moments with my kids: One funny and one thoughtful
« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2012, 01:42:36 PM »
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haha.. ananthgaru, the first one cracked me up.. the son does not see dad as competition haha..

You should have first told him bakasura and bheema story, then played a while as if santosh is bheema and you are bakasura.. then competition between bheema and bakasura.. after a few months of that, then dad and son starts to click. :)

Regarding the second one, i think you missed an opportunity to encourage some attitude along with info. Not any particular one, but you could have used that to create sacredness towards earth, or the attitude of the place (miniscule) of humans on earth and the still more miniscule place of their problems in the grand cosmic theme.
For instance, I would say, "Do you have long hair on your nose?" The answer would be "no." Then I would say "Then why do we have a nose if there is no long hair on it?" 
"Because it is useful to breathe." 
"Similarly, other planets might not have life or humans on them, but they have their own functions. (and cleverly escaping the question "what function?") The universe is huge. In it, earth is but a speck. And on it, humans are still more tiny specks. Look at all of us humans! We are so small and yet we have worries and wants, and want this or that.. We think only of our selves and forget the whole grand cosmic creation. Because people forget how big and vast and wonderful the universe is, they get lost in thinking about their own little troubles - like not having a chocolate. God created this whole universe. There are millions and millions of stars and still more planets, some of whome might have life on them. But God created all of that! And we do not even remember or think about how wonderful it all is! And you know what, the universe, and everything in it, is created for a reason.. what do you think it is?"
"I dont know.. what is it?" The kid will ask.
"It is for you to find out! Finding out all of that is the fun of life. Once we find that we become Maharshis. There are so many people, great people who tried to know that and found the answer. They are the Mahatmas and Maharshis. Still a lot of people are trying to do that. One has to study science, and other subjects, and think about all this and find out about all this. That is why we are born, and that is the fun of life. When we are thinking of that stuff, we are not afraid or sad or anything like that! If every one thinks like that, there will be no sorrow in the world. You should also do that. I know that you are quite intelligent and you can find the answer out. Do not hurry. Think about it every day till you find out. It might take years, but only those who persist become great. And you can become great too! And you can be happy, without sadness or anything, while you do it!! Do you know how to think about it?"
"No.."
"Well, start by studying what scientists are telling and what Mahatmas are telling. Then, while you learn one thing, think about it. See if you understand it or not. If you have doubts, ask others. Then you will understand. Newton thought about why objects fall, and he thought and thought about it and found out about gravity. Like that you should think. Will you try?"
"Yes!"
"Well, thats it! You will become great if you do that. Always remember how big and vast and wonderful the whole universe is. And how tiny, yet wonderful the earth is! Remember all that. By the way, do you know how old the universe is?"
"How old is it?"
"Well, scientists say its millions of years old.. and lots of stars form grow and have planets, and later on they too die and explode and new stars are formed... It has been happening for so long! How old are you?"
"8"
"See how much older the universe is! Earth itself is about 6 Million years old (or what ever the number.. hehe).. And lots of changes are happening since then. ...."
And the conversation goes on like that till enough enthu is built up (we must stop before the kid gets bored of the topic, and pick it up some other day).

The attitude that such a conversation develops is something very worthwhile. And we can even take it towards explaining "Jaganmaata" or "Brahma" or 'Chaitanyam' or 'karma siddhantam' (cause and effect and so many causes creating so many effects, like ripples in a pond each clashing with others creating newer and ever fresh patterns) and so on.
Swayamgaru,
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I was in a similar situation few days back with my son, when I was telling the story where Goddess Parvathi closes the eyes of Siva for few seconds (or even less !). I said entire world was in darkness for thousands of years. Then he asked as Siva is in Himalayas, as Kailasam is there, then is it that both of them Parvathi and Siva were also in darkness ?, Is Kailasam really in Himalayas ?
Awesome question! I wonder what your reply was.. Kids are tough little beings to answer.. haha..

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Re: Two moments with my kids: One funny and one thoughtful
« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2012, 09:18:51 PM »
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1) My 4 year son was not eating Banana and so I took one banana and tried to coax him to eat it by competition. I told him several times "Santosh will be second, dad will win. Santosh will be second Dad will win". He thought about it for a moment and coolly and calmly said "yes, Dad will win."  :o Just to be sure I asked him "do you really want dad to be the first or you want to be first in eating Banana?". Without even a second thought he said "dad is first". 
In a way, I guess dad is lost because son does not want to take up the challenge. Kids!!!
ఇది ఒక మంచి లక్షణము.  సుగుణము. ఆ సుగుణాన్ని అలానే ఉండనీయాలి. దానిని మార్పు చేసే చర్య ఏది మనంతర మనము చేయ కూడదు.
Om Sai Master! Nenu forum loki vacchindi nerchukotaaniki kaadu. Master gaari vadda nerchukunnadi chaalu. Ikkada itarula abhipraayaalu telusukovadaaniki mariyu naa abhipraayaalu velladinchadaaniki maatrame. Saranaagata vatsaludu Pujya Master gaari pavitra paadamulaku 
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Re: Two moments with my kids: One funny and one thoughtful
« Reply #5 on: December 17, 2012, 10:09:55 PM »
Jai Sai Master, Babu garu..
Jai Sai Master, Sai Bandhus..

Dearest Babu garu, thank you for your pointers. I will definitely try in the future. One of the main reasons that our conversation was off the rails was I myself was like a "kid in the candy store". I felt in awe about Nature and on top of that I was in a state-of-the-art digital Dome with huge 360 degree view of sky. I was trying to soak it in and that's when I got this question.

Regarding my son, I will definitely try Bheema Bakaasura. First of all I have to tell him that story. I am almost sure he will love it.

Satyam garu, Jai Sai Master! adi manchi lakshaname aithe definite gaa pillala swabhaavalu maarchakkarledu. kaani adi manchi lakshanamo kaado manaki elaa telustundi? Especially in this situation, pilla vaadu arati pandu tinakudadu ane nepam tho ilaa cheppi unda vacchu kada? For example, pillalu parayana cheste manchi lakshanamu. sharing swabhaavam unte manchidi. questions aduguthe manchidi. annitikee eduste manchidi kaadu and manamu cheppaali. sariggaa tinakapothe, manamu forice cheyyakunda edo oka rakhanga vaallaki naccha cheppi vallanthata vaalle tinettu cheyyaali. Infact, it is amazing, when the kids are interested in something while eating, they have the capcity to eat 4 bananas at a time and yet burn it in one hour. pillalu mana laagaa kaadu. If they are truly stomach-full, vaallaki entha try chesina tinaru. at that time vaallani force cheste vaallu vaantulu kuda chestaaru. that's how sensitive yet powerful their bodies are.

In my case yesterday, my son was taking too long and keeping every banana piece for a long time. So, I was looking for a way to speed up the process by getting him excited, which was an unsuccessful trial on my part.

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