I some how always manage to get the blessings of saints wherever I am. We at Kisumu are fortunate to welcome Shree Babaji Labh Singh Ji from Anandpur Sahib in Punjab.
He is 94 yrs old serving the community for a long time. It was a perfect day and occasion to have a small chat with him and share my books with him.
He was accompanied by Bhai Sahib Mohinder Singh Ji from Birmingham.
They are chairman of Guru Nanak Nishkam sewak Jatha, a religious and charitable organization dedicated to selfless service to humanity in the name of Guru Nanak Devji. The organization headquarter is based in UK with charitable branches in India, Kericho and Kenya.
It is quite understandable that many ladies question how our courses are going to help their kids if they learn it. I encountered this very important question while I was in Thika with a ladies group.
Let me give you an example of an indian CEO in modern technology world. E.g. Sunder Pichhai from Google. He hails from a very humbled background with the fully rooted indian values. Do you think there was nobody else as technically sound as him and also creative. But his values pushed him to this stage as he was to head the company world over. Even to climb the ladder of corporate world, we need to inculcate the indian values to our kids which gives them an upper hand above peers.
The world is surely competitive and we don’t have enough time to teach more to kids. But value based education helps you not only in jobs but also in personal life.
It is very rare that one gets blessed to find knowledge from two extreme worlds. Sixteen years back I started from mokshpuri Dwarka to find myself, where I come from and what am I doing here? Why we don’t choose our parents, community, region and religion. All those things are decided by a super natural force which we can’t see and feel in our world.
While I met the team of Turors at Oxford Center of Religious Studies in Oxford, my bug of questioning came alive.
It is true that everyone around the world has a right to learn our scriptures and practice also at the same time. Oxford Center for Hindu Studies is one of them. They have tried their best to bring the right point of view of scriptures and presented in the manner one can understand.
But my question is what about our own indian system? When are they going to start school, colleges and universities to teach scriptures and give degrees too. There is none at present which can claim of teaching scriptures in its original way apart from Ved Shala and few gurukuls.
One more question is who should be teaching them? Everyone claims to be the authority but I think it’s only traditional gurukul system should take initiative and modernize and present them.
It’s going to be a big battle ahead about taking a lead, delivering it and implementing the knowledge at the grass root level. Let’s see who does it successfully?
It is always very amusing to enjoy indian musical instruments by westerners who really try to put efforts to play those difficult strings together. Recently I attended such event in Nehru Center in London where three Europeans played very good sitar, ghunghru, Arabic drums etc.
They did a good justice to the instruments, taal, Soor and tempo of the melodies they created on stage. It is very difficult for me to appreciate any westerner attempting to play indian instruments as for us it is an attempt to connect with god and not just create random music.
I still appreciate their efforts and music they created and entertained relatively a good audience.