An Authentic Introduction to Authenticity

Passing on the value of AUTHENTICITY to children through a medium of stories
 
A conversation between a religious priest.. and his child
 
Child: Who is God?
 
Father: God is a superman..all knowing..he is everywhere…
 
Up in the sky….he is the one overseeing the world and all individuals …He is the one who punishes all the bad people in this world… So that justice prevails…Any problems you face…pray to him… he will rescue you…
 
Child: What is a prayer?
 
Father: I’ll teach you, son…close your eyes and chant…
 
“Tiki Taki Toe… Rickety Rackety Roe…Ho Ho Ho”…
 
Child: Ok, Dad Great… Thanks…
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After a few days…
 
Child: Today when coming back from school. I came through the woods…I saw a wild pup injured… I immediately prayed to God… but he never came… to rescue the pup…
 
Father: OMG … how dare you come along the woods… alone… are you nuts, boy??… that too in the evening… there are many witches and wild animals out there…dodon’t you ever repeat this again…
 
Child: But I was chanting the prayer you taught me…all the while…I did not feel scared one bit… But I still don’t know why did God not turn up to help the wild pup…
 
Father: scratching his head…OMG…pondering within… searching for an answer….
 
Well… maybe he was busy in some other location….
 
Child: But you mentioned that he is present everywhere….
 
Father: Well, you will come to know when you grow up… God is not so simple… He demands years of perseverance and sacrifice and abstinence… and knowledge… and one fine day.. when he is happy with your efforts… he will present himself to you….
 
Child: But that pup was very cute… It pained me a lot to see him in pain…Can you please ask God to attend to him now??
 
Father: Yes… I will ask God… Now go to sleep… It’s late now…
 
The child goes to sleep with implicit trust in his father’s words…
 
As all children are… He found the pup dead the next day on his way back from school… He did not make a mention of this to his dad…and wept silently in his room….
 
Would a conventional introduction to God, an introduction arising from the books…from intellectualism…from rituals and not from experience… be accepted any longer?? Would it be just??
 
Children are intuitive… They are closest to God…In fact, they are stepping out of “God” hood into “Man” hood with age… and tend to move further away as time progresses…
 
Something inauthentic … and they immediately know that something is not right… The child in this case… his fabric of trust…. His co-relation with God is stained… it can no longer be the same…Some sort of shading… misconceptions have been implanted…which may embed within his psyche…unconsciously…
 
Even if the child is forced to follow the parents’ mindset and orthodoxy…it is purely ritualistic.. traditionally hollow…He will break away at the earliest given opportunity…or if the obedient type… he will continue… with the childhood scars probably buried deep in his unconscious…
 
But such an individual has missed himself… and in turn, has missed God…
 
The 1st step in the journey is of utmost importance..is critical…is virgin..tender…and it needs authenticity…It demands the authenticity of the elders…the children already are authentic…
 
Now redrafting the story with this background…
 
A conversation between a religious priest.. and his child
 
Child: Who is God?
 
Father: Frankly son…I do not know.. I am on a journey to find him… Have not yet found him…but hope that one day I realize “HIM”…
 
Child: Can I find him
 
Father: Yes, that is the birthright of every individual born…
 
Child: Where can I find him
 
Father: He is everywhere…He is also in nature.. in trees, in the rivers and animals…in humans…But the onus is on us to be receptive enough…to his presence…
Rise, Morning, Fog, Sunbeam, Mystical
 
Child: But my friend told me that God is happy only when you pray…And I don’t know any prayer…
 
Father: Prayer is only a medium that takes you closer…towards being more receptive… It need not have any particular grammar associated with it… An act of kindness is also in itself a prayer…
 
Child: Ok, Dad Great… Thanks…
 
After a few days…
 
Child: Today when coming back from school… I came through the woods…I saw a wild pup injured… I immediately called out to God… but he never came… to rescue the pup…
 
Father: That does not matter…He may have been busy elsewhere…But the two of us together can check out the pup…
 
Child: Super Dad…cool…
 
That night…. the child experienced God through his Dad… The pup experienced God through them…
 
and their hunt for God continues 🙂

Author: Team Wellness

A dreamer, who from a window seat of a rail bogey, enjoys staring at the infinite plain lands, re-living images captured by the eyes, amused by a dogs yawn and its trot.. moved by a cows gaze and fascinated by the trail of army ants kissing each other to glory... I am not sure if slow n steady wins the race.. there is no race if you ask me....but certainly slow and steady has its own grace...

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