“Children are forms of God living with us. They trusted you and chose you for their journey. Keep them like flowers“
~ Paramahamsa Nithyananda
I always knew that my son was a divine child because the very first day when he arrived on planet earth, he really looked like a little Tibetan Lama in a meditative state. I could remember clearly I was shown his innate intelligence during my first breastfeeding moment. I was shocked to see he could lift up his head to breathe when his nose was covered by the breast.
At 6-month old, he already knew how to come down from the bed by himself. I didn’t believe it at first when his nanny told me until I saw it with my own eyes. He would flip his body over and then wriggled his body like a worm till he reached the edge of the bed. Then he held on to the comforter and glided himself down for his feet to touch the floor. That was the moment you saw his jubilant smile as he jumped in joy. For a child to develop such an advanced motor skill, it means his brain must be very developed. He could play Hide-and-Seek with his nanny by 8th month. His nanny would be hiding behind a sofa, that little boy would be crawling and then surprised her when she least expected it. His sensing of the people who he could relate with was already developed.
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How would you handle a child who has low self-esteem and fear?
Do you let the child escape and be stuck with the pattern?
Last week I happened to be travelling in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for a business trip. During one of my free days, I decided to organize a Nithyananda Weekend Gurukul (NWG) session at a center in Selayang. We had a total of 15 kids and 10 parents who attended this special session where it was taught by 4 visiting teachers. It was also a reunion for me and some of the children who attended a program called Nithyananda for NewGen in June with a living Avatar, Paramahamsa Nithyananda (fondly known as Swamiji).
During the 4-hr session, we experienced various segments of creative, fun and amazing experiences of
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Have you noticed that kids are getting very violent these days?
Has your child been bullied in school?
How you do handle violence in your children?
I am seeing a worrying trend in children – that is – an increase in violent behaviors amongst children in school. When my son was in Primary school, he had been bullied a lot by his peers who couldn’t tolerate his bubbly joyful demeanor. He shared with me that his classmates would kick and punch him in different parts of the body. During that period, every night before sleep, I would spend time listening to his daily experience in school and helped him bring completion within him. I also taught him the right context of violence and self-defense as a form of protection. The same bullying continued after he entered into Secondary school, but the only difference was Kai is now capable of protecting himself and he responds from the space of completion. When I came back from India this January after a 3-month spiritual program, I was called to his school by the discipline master and his form teachers regarding an incident which involved my son being bullied in Mandarin class and he retaliated out of self-defense. In that meeting, it was very clear to me that his school has no clue how to handle violence in students effectively at its root and they can only request parental assistance and the so-called student counselling dictated by the Ministry of Education (MOE). In that session, I questioned the system and gave them solutions from spiritual understanding.
How do children develop such aggressive and violent tendency at a very young age?
See, by their nature children are not born violent, this pattern is a learned behavior – meaning they pick up from society in the process of growing up. In the first few years after birth, they live in a pure awareness space called Space of a Child where there is no mind only deep listening and awareness. However, many factors, layers of conditioning from society and incidents started to shape their cognitions about themselves, life and world which are the root cause of a violent pattern. These influences include
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