Once upon a time, I must have been eleven years or so and we had gone to our grandparents’ home in the hills for our summer vacations. As was customary then, aunts and uncles would sometimes give money in envelopes when a gifting idea eluded them.
Somebody got generous one day and gave us three eager siblings a big amount. Off we ran to the nearby book store and bought our first encyclopaedia ‘History of the World’.
The beautiful illustrations of magnificent monuments, people and events opened a new world for me and my affair with history started. I still remember, quite vividly, the images of Cleopatra, Stonehenge, the Silk Route and Christopher Columbus.
My favourite subjects in school were History and English Literature. We had the ICSE Board and I remember that I had actually memorized the entire text book which started with the Indus Valley Civilization and ended with India’s Independence. Difficult to believe now, but I also knew how many foot soldiers, elephants and cavalry were a part of various armies. This used to be a family joke of sorts.
How I eventually got into commerce and management is another story.
But over the years, my love for history and fascination with our past never really dimmed. My hand still reaches for books on mythology and history whenever I happen to be in a bookstore.
Then something happened in March 2018.
The Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts organized a conference on the Study of All Existence, Interdisciplinarity and Big History. I was attracted like a magnet; History and that too Big, was too much of a pull.
So what’s Big History?
Described as ‘social studies course that spans 13.8 billion years. It weaves insights from many disciplines to form a single story that helps us better understand people, civilizations and how we are connected to everything around us.”
So Big History starts from the Big Bang and moves to the now and makes us think about our future as humanity. The project is funded by Bill Gates and is being taught round the world in select colleges, SSLA being one of the pioneering ones in India. The basic course is also available, online for those who might be interested.
The two days spent at SSLA were magical. Specially inspiring was listening to students of the college who presented papers on topics like interpreting the ten avatars of Vishnu or the origins of Carnatic Music. When youngsters talk about such profound topics with so much conviction, confidence and ease, it is indeed a moment of pride.
But unfortunately, many people tend to think of history as merely a resurrection of a dead past. How does it matter and how will it help in crafting a future are some common thoughts associated with anything historical.
Strange, because come to think of it, you and me are live history projects in ourselves. The language we speak, the clothes we wear, the attitude which shapes our thinking all come from our unique historical backgrounds. Well that you might say is history.
Now for Big history with its grand scale might seem too esoteric for many. How will knowing about the Universe help?
Consider this then - We are all made of stardust.
Research shows that the building blocks of life (CHNOPS) carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, phosphorus and sulphur have originated in and are found in stars. All of these elements were created when a huge star died and exploded. The remnants were then carried or showered upon earth beginning life .Knowing this opens a new way of looking at ourselves and others. If you and I are stardust, we carry light within. We not just merely flesh bones and thoughts. There’s something mysterious and magical about us. An enriching perspective on who we might be takes us to amazing experiences and opens us to adventures of a different kind.
The Schumann Resonance.
In simple words, the earth has an electromagnetic field. We live not only on the earth but inside a cavity between the Earth’s surface and the Ionosphere. Visualize that we live in virtually a sea of pulsating energy. This chamber is like our planets heart and the heart beat creates the harmonizing pulse for all life on earth. This has helped shape our brain wave frequencies and has also attuned our heart beat and pulse rate. We and all organisms on earth are in sync with the earth’s heart beats and resonate with the frequency.
A lot of manmade radiation can come in the way of this fragile synchronicity and can cause major health issues both mental and physical.
And so, the earth is not only a watery, fiery, gaseous planet but a kind of an organism with her own intelligence and communication. We not only live off it but in it. We plunder and damage the earth; we plunder and damage our own selves.
Also, the Moon is not just a damaged rock that gives us light at night.
According to Quantum Physics, everything in the Universe from the stars to the satellites, emit a frequency which impacts us on earth in various ways. The moons frequencies impact our mind, not only the conscious but also the deepest parts of our subconscious. During full moon days, quite a bit of the subconscious mind is stirred and thought spring up to be sorted out.
The subconscious mind whose workings we are not normally aware of controls 90% of our thoughts and hence lives. If we are aware and awake to this influence, so much of our mental confusion and deep and dark agonies can be taken care of.
So the next time, we look up at the star lit sky, or walk barefoot on green grass or sit under the kind shade of a tree, or gaze at the beautiful full moon or the elegant crescent – we might have a big experience.
That’s Big History. It tells you your story.
Here’s the most beautiful poem ever written which was lovingly read out to us by my mentor and life coach Diana Cooper and it’s an honour to share it.
Read on and get hitched to something bigger!
My Law – Tieme Tanapiri
The sun may be clouded, yet ever the sun Will sweep on its course 'till the Cycle is run. And when into chaos the system is hurled Again shall the Builder reshape a new world. Your path may be clouded, uncertain your goal: Move on - for your orbit is fixed to your soul. And though it may lead into darkness of night, The torch of the Builder shall give it new light.
You were. You will be! Know this while you are: Your spirit has travelled both long and afar. It came from the Source, to the Source it returns - The Spark which was lighted eternally burns. It slept in a jewel. It leapt in a wave. It roamed in the forest. It rose from the grave. It took on strange garbs for long aeons of years, And now in the soul of yourself It appears.
From body to body your spirit speeds on, It seeks a new form when the old one has gone. And the form that it finds is the fabric you wrought On the loom of the Mind from the fibre of Thought. As dew is drawn upwards, in rain to descend, Your thoughts drift away and in Destiny blend. You cannot escape them, for petty or great, Or evil or noble, they fashion your Fate.
Somewhere on some planet, sometime and somehow, Your life will reflect your thoughts of your Now. My Law in unerring, no blood can atone - The structure you built you will live in - alone. From Cycle to Cycle, through time and through space, Your lives with your longings will ever keep pace, And all that you ask for, and all you desire, Must come at your bidding, as flame out of fire. Once list' to that Voice and all tumult is done - Your life is the life of the Infinite One. In the hurrying race you are conscious of pause, With love for the purpose, and love for the Cause. You are your own Devil, you are your own God, You fashioned the paths your footsteps have trod. And no one can save you from Error or Sin Until you have hark'd to the Spirit within.
(Attributed to a Maori)