Wednesday, November 19, 2014

[gita-talk] Heaven, Hell or Earth ? How to Explain to a Child ?


Often children have been told :   Do good unto others,  then you will attain the heavens.   If you do bad to others, then you will go to hell.   Children understand that where they are currently living,  is called the earth is  (abode of death).   It is not called heaven or hell.   Children also understand the geography of this earth.  Earth is in the solar system,  that too they are familiar with.   
When some child asks :   Where is this heaven and hell ?   How can we go there i.e. by doing what spiritual practice ?   then the answer to be given is not such that a child can understand.   How is the child to be explained this ?   

Please clarify



अकसर बच्चोंको कहा जाता है : दूसरोंका भला करोगे तो स्वर्ग मिलेगा। दूसरोंका बुरा करोगे तो नरक मिलेगा। 
बच्चे यह तो समझते हैं कि वे जहाँ रह रहे हैं, उसे पृथ्वी (मनुष्य लोक / मृत्यु लोक) कहा जाता है, उसे स्वर्ग या 
नरक नहीं कहा जाता। पृथ्वीका भूगोल भी बच्चे समझते हैं। सौर-मण्डलमें पृथ्वी ग्रह की स्थितिसे भी वे अपरिचित नहीं हैं।  
जब कोई बच्चा पूछता है : यह स्वर्ग, नरक कहाँ है? वहाँ कैसे (किस साधनसे) जाया जाता है?  
तो ऐसा उत्तर देते नहीं बनता जो उसकी (बच्चेकी) समझमें आ जाय। उसे (बच्चेको) कैसे बताया जाय? 
कृपया समाधान कीजिये। 


Dear Sadaks,
Children love stories. Get videos of Prahalad, Durva, etc etc and they will pick up good and bad from characters in them.
B.Sathyanarayan- Chennai 


Heaven and Hell are with us. When you help or render service to a fellow being, a serene feeling is imprinted on your Mana or Chitta. As ?chitta is mana in recollecting mode, this imprint of service is recalled and that makes one feel better and better. In that situation you are in Heaven or Svarga. If, you rcollect the harm or disservice you rendered to your neighbor, the guilt will haunt yourv chitta, whose recollection  tortures you - then you  are in Hell - Naraka. What is hidden or stored or kept GUPTA in Chitta elates you or punishes you. Hence Chitta is Chttahgupta or Chitrgupta. Yaama is instant of time. accordingly Yama is used for twins (see Amara Kosa). Mind or Mana is born with you. hence, Mana is Yama. Yama is born with you hence Mana is your Yama. What punishes you of your guilt is this Yama or Mana. 
This is for mature adults. But for children this will be too difficult. It is better to inculcate in them the right thing to do and compassion to fellow beings rather than scare them with cock and bull stories of imaginary places like Hell; and Heaven. 
In Indian context, Bhoomi is that place from which things are born and sustain. It need not mean the planet earth of our solar system. Ancient sages of yore have anticipated at least 27 such systems which may have earth-like life supporting planets.

Krishna Samudrala


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