RESEARCH ARTICLE WRITTEN by London swaminathan


Date: 18 JULY 2018

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Post No. 5231


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We come across child prodigies around the world. Science could not explain the phenomenon satisfactorily.


Is it because the parents were brilliant and the children inherited it?

Is it because they are brought up in such an environment which made them geniuses?

inherited or Acquired?

Does Nature play a role or Nurture is the cause?

Heredity or Environment?

All these questions are debated very often and no explanation satisfies the inquisitive mind. Intelligent people are born even in remote villages where there is no formal education is available. Great people are born in illiterate families.

Adi Shanakara was a genius at the age of 16

Jnana Sambanda composed poems at the age of 3.

Bharati and Vivekananda attained fame by the age of 39!


Several Hindu geniuses became great when they were very young.

Hindu approach to this child prodigy is different. They belive whatever you have learnt in your previous births is deciding your intelligence at birth; Then you can continue improving it and go higher and higher. Lord Krishna made it very clear in the sixth chapter of Bhagavad Gita (BG. 43 t0 46)


Hindu scriptures Bhagavad Gita, Tamil Veda Tirukkural, Manu Smrti and Kalidasa’s Raghuvamsam are some of the books where we come across references to SEVEN BIRTHS and carrying and improving the knowledge from birth to birth.

Jnana Sambadar, The Wonder Boy of Tamil Nadu


Of all the books mentioned above, Tamil Poet’s Tamil Veda Tirukkural spoke about it in at least six places.

Let me quote them:

1.No evil will befall a man in all the seven births he may have if he begets children of irreproachable character- Kural 62


2.The noble minded will remember for all the seven births the friendship of those who saved them from affliction 107


3.If a man learns to control his five senses in one birth as the tortoise, that power will stand by him in his seven births- 126

4.The heritage of culture acquired in one birth lasts to the seventh – 398

5.Devote yourself to what the wise commend as worthy, else you will not find joy in all seven births – 538

6.A fool does so much sinful deeds in one birth that he suffers infernal  misery in all seven births- Kural 835

Tamil Saint Poet Tiruvalluvar

Manu says

If any one of these (Rig, Yajur, Sama Veda Scholars) fed and honoured at a ceremony for the dead, the hosts’ ancestors going back to seven generations will be perpetually satisfied- 3- 146 of Manu Smrti


This is another translation

3-146. If one of these three dines, duly honoured, at a funeral sacrifice, the ancestors of him who gives the feast, as far as the seventh person, will be satisfied for a very long time.


Seven generations may also mean several generations.

In one of the commentaries of Tirukkural seven different types of births are also mentioned: Devas, Human beings, Demons, Birds, Animals, Reptiles and Water creatures

All these show that there are seven births of a person or seven generations or seven different levels (from Devas to fish)


Kalidasa in his Raghuvamsam is clear like Tiruvalluvar: In chapter 1-20 he says,

“Dilipa’s actions were known only when their benefits are felt. it was kept like a secret like one knows the previous births by the results obtained in the current birth. The message is clear that one gets whatever one deserves depending upon the good things one has done in previous births 1-20.


In another sloka (18-50), Kalidasa says King Sudarsan did not need any help from the teacher as everything he learnt in his previous births came very handy. He remembered everything he learnt already.

Hindu saint/poet Tiruvalluvar from old book

This is echoed by Tamil Poet Valluvar when he said that what one learns in one birth will be helpful in seven births.


Lord Krishna, Manu, Kalidasa and Tiru Valluvar agree on one point: What you do in one birth will have its effect in seven births.

Lord Krishna in Bhagavad Gita says that one can even improve his learning in the next birth/s

“There he comes to be united with the knowledge acquired in his previous birth and strives more than before for perfection “– BG 6-43


This explains the amazing knowledge of child prodigies. Hindus believe that it is neither genetics nor environment that makes a person. Even if we consider these two are the factors, believers can still argue that is also given to one due to the Karma (action) in one’s previous birth.




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  1. This is a very important post, with tremendous practical implications.
    The value of ‘education’ is widely recognised, but modern society has forgotten what is true education. After the rise of the Age of Enlightenment, worldly knowledge ie ideas and information about the external world has occupied centre space. But the external world is not permanent, and hence knowledge about it, however deep or extensive, cannot have permanent value. Today so called education is only a means for getting employment,- what Sri Ramakrishna called bread-winning education- and it it not fully effective even in that! It is reported that over 60% of our graduates and even 94% of our IT graduates are not ’employable:.
    So, education to have permanent value must relate to permanent things! And the only permanent thing [ ie changeless] is the spiritual aspect of life. Hence our elders placed absolute importance on spiritual knowledge and called it ‘para vidya’- Supreme Knowledge. In the Upanishads, we see Sanatkumara telling Narada that all that he had learned was merely apara vidya- sound and fury, names and letters!
    There is a tricky point here.We can divide knowledge relating to any field into three categories:
    -theoretical knowledge
    -practical experience., leading to intuition.
    These too may relate to the lower or higher form. While the so called knowledge of the external world [ which is no more than a bundle of information and theories there on] definitely belongs to the lower category ( not that it is valueless, but it is limited ), even the so called higher fields like religion and philosophy do not automatically qualify as higher knowledge. Most of what goes in the name of religion is theology, and most of philosophy is empty speculation.
    There is something beyond these. That is the real knowledge to be sought. That relates to practical ways and means of establishing contact with our inner self- which is unchanging. And this knowledge consists of what is called “Sadhana”, and not mere theoretical understanding. It is this which connects to the soul or Atma, and continues from birth to birth! It is clear that SRi Krishna refers to this in the context given above. In the modern age, Sri Ramakrishna and SRi Ramana Maharshi always spoke of the need for sadhana, and not theoretical knowledge as education.
    Indian tradition calls this Jnana or Wisdom. It is an aspect of the Atma, which is recovered, and not newly acquired. This is what Arjuna too claims in the end [ nashto moha: smritir labda] To gain this state is the object of real education, not mere acquisition of information. And it is this state of Jnana which continues with us through many births! Knowing this, we know a method to control or influence the course of our own future evolution!
    Some modern masters did recognise the uselessness of so called modern education. T,S.Eliot wrote tellingly: [1934]
    O world of spring and autumn, birth and dying
    The endless cycle of idea and action,
    Endless invention, endless experiment,
    Brings knowledge of motion, but not of stillness;
    Knowledge of speech, but not of silence;
    Knowledge of words, and ignorance of the Word.
    All our knowledge brings us nearer to our ignorance,
    All our ignorance brings us nearer to death,
    But nearness to death no nearer to GOD.
    Where is the Life we have lost in living?
    Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
    Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?
    The cycles of Heaven in twenty centuries
    Bring us farther from GOD and nearer to the Dust.

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