Friday, September 25, 2015

Practical Learning

Vinoba Bhave(A great saint and spiritual Guru of Mahatma Gandhi) has written:

"We should learn while living the life. Now a days the situation has become such that people waste their most valuable time (early years of life) in school and then suddenly they are dropped in the struggle of life.
Lord Krishna gave the lesson of Gita to Arjuna on the field of war, not gave lesson first in classroom and then went on war!"

This tells a lot about current days' situation. We learn all subjects in school and college: Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, History, Geography, English, Hindi, Sanskrit. But if think honestly, it comes to know that we do not learn any skill to live our life. Only one exam to be eligible to give another exam. Not even a simple formula from math comes in my daily use. No lesson from Physics seems to be useful in my daily life. No chemical formula is useful enough which can tell me which medicine should I take or not. Biology did not throw light upon the value of life of animals in my environment. History never gave a non-prejudicial view of past. It never inspired us to research into the past and to question about common perceptions such as when life started on earth. Geography never connects with economics of the places, it never connect with history of that locality, never connects with the trade which happens between two communities. Subjects on different languages like English, Hindi, Sanskrit never told us that language is only a medium to express ourselves. There should not be any compulsion to learn any particular language. Mother tongue should be the medium of learning and in future learner can learn a language if  he is ready.

Every day we deal with food. It is necessary to live. We want to eat healthy and nutritious. We want to know how much we should eat to avoid digestion problems. But in school curriculum, this things do not get any place, and if get, in very theoretical form.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Art and Daily Work in older days

There is a sense in me which tells me that world has not evolved in greater technology and life style but it is degraded in lifestyle and technology. Now a days every body tells that now technology is much developed, we can reach to others fast, we can talk to anybody sitting in any corner of world.
But Why? Why do we need to talk to persons sitting in other corner, why not sitting besides me or living besides me? Our lifestyle has become so low and unsatisfied that we are unable to entertain ourselves. We are bored very often. We have TV, Computers, Internet etc. still we are bored. So we come to conclusion that these things can not entertain us for long time.

Now I want to go a little back.  I have seen my mother and grandmother in my childhood, they were never bored, always busy in something, and even then got some leisure time. My statement may look contradictory, but if we try to understand it makes sense.

There was some form of art involved in every daily work of their life. For 3 times they would cook food, 2 times they would prayer to God, cleaning home once in morning. This is daily routine. Other than this there are many works which are not in daily routine, but these works collectively cover all the days. And these works used to be done in groups of ladies from neighborhood. There were usually different songs for each of these works. The sound of collective singing would always be so sweet to hearing glands.  Following is a list of these different kind of works:

1. Making pickle of different fruits like raw mango, lemon, Amla. And these would be made in their respective seasons. e.g. raw mango comes in April, May and it is cheap also that time. They would use a tool called Sarota for cutting raw mango in small peaces. And then recipe itself is very specific, you can not miss even one ingredient, otherwise pickle will become inedible soon.

2. Making Laddoos of different source material like Til, Cholai, Besan (gram flour),  Wheat flour etc. These also are according to seasons. E.g. Til is hot by nature, so Til Laddoos are made only in winter time. Especially on Makar Sakranti (14 January).

3. In our home we never bought flour from market. We would bring wheat in our home, clean it, wash it and dry it. Then we would take it to some grinding machine (In Uttarakhand we have gharats, which use the power of water) and will bring wheat flour back. Thus A very less amount of nutrition wastes.
(I am sure that in older days, people had hand grinding machine in their houses, so that they would make the flour in house only, it would also improve their health and no nutrition would be wasted).

4. In older days, we used to make our beds (charpai) also at home. We would bring a wooden frame of charpai from a carpenter and buy some rope (made from Jute) or Taat ( i dont have its english name), and would weave out charpai ourself.

5. On Festivals, mothers used to prepare edible things, things for Pooja, and other things much before the festival day. E.g. on Holi, My mother used to prepare Chaat, Pani Puri, Gujiya, and many other things 4-5 days ahead. (I am sure, people used to make colors for Holi also at home, not in our home)

On Diwali, we would prepare many decorative things like bandanvaar, Gralands etc. days ahead of diwali.

6. Some people would also do gardening , and grow some basic vegetables and fruits. We had a big Guava tree, in our garden. My mother and grandmother used to grow tomatoes, Chili, Lady Finger, Mooli, etc.

7.  At special occasions like marriage ladies from neighborhood and relation will gather and will celebrate with dance, music, songs and many things.

These all things require a great work of Art. Thus art was  a inseparable part of life at that time. We are losing this art and searching art in other things, we go to museums, concerts and many other places. I am not saying that we should not go to these places, as they are also a form of art, but after loosing it from our daily life searching it anywhere else is not wise.

Monday, September 14, 2015

A list of my unlearnings


1. Schools are not the way for learning and education. We limit the learning place only to a small room and wihtout practical knowledge. There is whole world to learn.
2. We should learn things in parallel living daily life
3. People who shout and speak more, are most afraid people on earth
4. people, who try to be masters of others, have no knowledge
5. Children can learn faster than elders, if they are let free in their experiments
6. Parents try to enforce their failures on their children
7. Solitude and inner introspection can solve almost all problems
8. Physical work must be honored more than any other type of work
9. happines is not having facilities
10. we are now a days busy in useless things (Job, TV, shopping), so we are going far away from Art, music, and inner happiness
11. we can make all the things of daily use ourselves, but we have become so lazy that we depends on others for almost all the things
12. Money is nothing, we can live in communities without money, and still be happy
13. World has not developed with time, it has gone down spiritually, technologically, and physically.
14. if we are not happy every moment, we are slaves of something or someone
15. humility and fearlessness are most important traits of a quality person
16. we should not judge people, but try to serve them and lift them up spiritually
17. we are being persuaded to buy things and not create them
18. All works are important, now a days people doing important jobs like cleaning, farming, etc. are not getting recognition
19. Education should be in our mother tongue, later on we can learn other languages according to need
20. All Bhartiya languages are far better than English
21. Volunteerism results better than doing something for money
22. Service (Seva) without any expectations leads to happiness
23.  we shoulf live life with attention, attention towards our food, thoughts, environment, words, and work.
24. Writing and some physical work should be part of our daily life
25. Fast way of living is not good, Slowly we can understand the secrets of life. This fast way has been created by some selfish people to make people slaves
26. day by day we are going towards anger, frustration and laziness
27. karm with bhakti, gyan, prem in order works well even for common man.
28. Until meaning appears in our words, we should not speak.
29. we have lost the importance of punctuality and our words.