Thursday, January 21, 2016

MUSCAT-ISS-Salalah-Interview 2015 Decmber 31


Imtiaz: I am Mast. Imtiazuddin Gazi and the person I am going to interview is none other than Dr. T P Sasikumar who has visited our school recently on the 7th and 8th of October, 2015 for a two-day workshop. I don’t have to introduce him to my fellow readers, as his words are enough to describe him.
Actually, it becomes very difficult to maintain discipline among the audience especially when they senior students. But while you were addressing us, there was complete discipline. We were all mesmerized by your extraordinary oratory skills.  Honestly speaking, I didn’t know anything about you before your workshop. But after the workshop, I went home and googled about you. I even read your bio data- with so many degrees, certificates, and professions. It was shocking to see that initially you were not good at studies, but slowly and steadily you started valuing education immensely, as it has made you what you are today. Is this true?
Dr. T P Sasikumar: Yes it’s true that I was not very studious. Because in those days in village school, with little intelligence or by just listening for a while in the class you can become first in the class. When I was in 8th class, I was sent to a meritorious school. There were only 27 seats in the 8th class for which 1000 people wrote a competitive exam. I managed to secure a seat and it showed that I was not that bad in studies. But that was the time when I was given an opportunity to travel outside my village. This distraction caused a little hamper in my studies. Studying in the 8th grade became a tough job. I was always the last ranked student. This was very humiliating. Then I was sent back to my old school with a TC but I was allowed to study in 9th grade. Then, in 9th and 10th grade, probably because of a shock, or the humiliation, I don’t know, or because of the other activities like looking after the cow, agriculture, etc, I again lost my concentration in my studies and I passed out with the second class, scoring only 52%. Then, for the pre university, that is todays plus 1 and plus 2, I was sent to another town. There, in the first year, I really lost all papers, except Malayalam, but in the second year I could manage a pass mark in all the subjects. Then I found that it was very difficult to get an admission in any college. After I got an admission, I changed my college 2 times because of the unsuitable atmosphere. Lastly I shifted to the same college where I had my pre university. There, I just wanted to show my teachers that I was going to be a good student. This was a self-made decision, and then finally I became successful in the graduation.
Imtiaz: For me, you are one of the best teachers I have ever met in my life. Could you describe your “best teacher” or the person that is responsible for your passion in teaching and counseling?
Dr. T P Sasikumar: I was fortunate enough to get many good teachers. We had a science teacher who used to teach through experiments. He was a good artist and a creative teacher. One day he used a convex lens to focus the sunlight on his cigarette to burn it and concluded that we don’t need a match-box to light a cigarette. I had a maths teacher who really loved his students. I remember meeting him after 10 years since I left him. When we met, he didn’t ask where I was studying, or about my job, all that was a material for him. He was evaluating somebody’s answer sheet and he just told me about the mistakes that I made when I wrote a similar exam. He was a teacher who remembered the mistakes, the style of answering, etc. of his students. When I was doing my PhD, I had a professor who was a strict disciplinarian, but he didn’t even take a lunch break. He used to take classes hours together. He even took classes when he was a vice chancellor. He used to go to the hostels and wake the students up and ask them to read. During most of my holidays I used to go to his house to learn and he used to consider me as a personal assistant for him. If some was to be filled up, he used to give that to me, so I had to know his details. I also had the privilege to have the greatest spiritual guru of Kerala as my teacher. I also had the world’s best meditation master alive that time, Swami Veda Bharati. If at all, I am slightly different and good in my ability in teaching, communicating and attracting my students, I owe this to all my teachers.
Imtiaz: Do you consider someone yet as your role model – the type of person you want to be like in the future?
Dr. T P Sasikumar: As a role model, I can’t identify one person as my role model. It may include Mahatma Gandhi as a leader or Tagore as a poet, or may be Amitabh Bachchan as a film hero. So what is my role model? It’s a big Sasikumar who has got a great dream, who is an embodiment or agglomeration of all those persons whom I know or from whom I learnt a little bit. It includes all those people who must have influenced me to make a model of a big me in me.
Imtiaz: It is said that behind every successful man there is a woman. Is there any woman’s role behind your success?
Dr. T P Sasikumar: I lost my father when I was 4 and a half years old. And I was with my mother till I got a job. I used to help her, work with her. Whatever I learnt from the class, it was my fun when I used to go behind her and explain to her what all was taught in the class. I was mischievous sometimes and that would end up in complains from others. But, I can’t remember a moment when my mother scolded me. When I become upset with my own misbehavior, I used to go back to my mother’s lap, and she used say, “don’t worry, you are going to be good tomorrow.” I think these words were a blessing from my mother that has made me what I am today.
As far as my own family is concerned, my wife is well versed in Sanskrit, where I never learned Sanskrit. So whenever I would get time, I would try to master Sanskrit which later helped me in the spiritual healing, astrology, astronomy, etc.
Imtiaz: Could you describe your village?
Dr. T P Sasikumar: I hail from Naduvil, Kannur, Kerala. It was and still is a remote village. The people, their culture and tradition are still the same. The only development that has taken place is that now there is electricity and TVs. The students there don’t have high aspirations. I was also in the same state. Luckily, I belong to a very rich and educated family, and we were the landlords in our area. I often go and spend much time in the 200 years old house, which is the oldest house in the village. But overall the situation has not changed. I have to travel about 30 km to get an English newspaper. I would consider living in a village is a disadvantage.
Imtiaz: You said that you belong to a rich and educated family and now you have founded a number of educational undertakings, organizations and projects like Jnaanam, Shiksha and DIAS. Could you tell the readers in brief about these?
Dr. T P Sasikumar: JNAANAM is a work shop that I undertake during the vacations, where you can have the personal learning interaction in an excellent learning environment. I conduct short term camps through which I teach life skills to students like communication skills, overcoming stage fears, cultural-socio-economic-traditions, etc. SHIKSHA is an organization which provides similar learning experiences to the students to let them face the multi-dimensional challenges in the modern world. DIAS, an abbreviation of Destination Inspire Aspire Success, is my dream project initiated in Kerala and is now spread across and beyond India. Here we create a learning spirit in students from the age of 12 years through 20 years. By then the students get the grip of learning everything. Students have the ability to grasp and can put large energy in acquiring and sharing knowledge. They can work fast, if put in demand. Destination IAS helps students by inculcating the spirit of taking each and every experience as an opportunity for learning new things, quenching their thirst for knowledge and enriching their academic interest.

Imtiaz: Now I would like to discuss a common problem that most of us face. When there is school, we remain busy in the academic studies. But during vacations, weekends or at the end of the term, when there is lesser academic pressure, boredom sets in. We want to do something to keep ourselves busy, but we don’t know what to do. Honestly speaking, at this time, I do a lot of stress eating and at the end of the vacation my weight increases by 10 kg. Could you suggest a solution to this problem?

Dr. T P Sasikumar: What I feel is that these vacations in various seasons is mainly for the teachers as they can’t take a leave during school days just like office workers, and for some students if they want to visit their native land and also for those who work very hard in the academics during the school days. Actually, vacation should not be enjoyed like vacation. A vacation can be used for learning, other than their academic books, like cinema, reading newspapers, general book reading, learning from peer groups, learning from traveling to different places. I have many students from the GCC countries, who visit me in my hometown during their vacation, and I have a small camp, making the right use of their vacation. Those who are the achievers of today are those who must have used their vacation time much more productive than their normal school time. If you are a good student, you will know how wisely your vacation can be spent.

Imtiaz: Lastly, what message would you like to give to our school on the occasion of The New Year?

Dr. T P Sasikumar: Actually there is no specialty for New Year except for administrative purposes. People often tell themselves that after a weekend or a holiday they will be different and start fresh. They might wear new dress or change their hairstyle and all. Similarly, a new resolution can be taken on the New Year day. But now the question is that how many times we have done it and how long we have carried the spirit of this resolution. I wish the students of your school, Indian School, Salalah and all the students in the world to take a resolution every morning that ‘I have got a life today and I am going to use it worthwhile’. If everyday such resolutions are being followed then life becomes more creative. Don’t live like a smoke without showing the fire inside you. Be active, creative, innovative and try to learn as much as you can so that you can teach as much as you can. Let this be the resolution for everyone in this New Year and I wish everyone of Indian School, Salalah, a right, peaceful, creative, productive, learning, sharing, caring 2016 from Shiksha, Jnaanam, Naduvil, Kerala. God bless you. Inshallah. We shall meet soon.
Imtiaz: We also hope that we will meet again.  On behalf of my class, I thank you for this interview and that you kindly answered my questions in between your busy schedule.
Dear readers, I am Imtiaz, signing out. Thank you and have a prosperous 2016!

Rashtra - Chethana INTERVIEW

How to develop will-Power and concentrate

I am Tarun (a graduate).I always find myself running away from tough situation and problems. Is my weak will power responsible for this? If so, kindly suggest me certain suggestions to improve it and to conquer my fear from defeat and death?

Dr T P Sasikumar : Fear from defeat and death is due to insecurity feeling. It is due to lack of self-confidence / Will-Power. Due to tension.

Life is a race. Started at the time of birth itself. At the time of conceiving millions of sperms get into the egg of the mother, and only one out of millions take birth. That is u and me. Thus life is a big chance, race, gift.

All  will die, it can happen at any moment. Equal chance for the rich / poor, qualified / not, wise / cruel. So no need to worry. It is not important that how long one live, it is how we live that counts. As the scripters says
nimisham jwalitham sreyam
nathu dhoomayithum chiram

Some time the death and lack of interest in life and hence the non-performance happens due to the feeling of lonely, no one to share, feeling of why and for whom we have to live etc. can be the reason.

Human being is a social animal. Human being is being human. It is interpersonal relationship and sharing. In this world one cant live without anyone’s help. And thus we too have to live for others. If this philosophy is followed, all of us will feel that we are not alone and the whole world is with us and we are for the whole world. Live with this feeling that is the spirit in living. No one is useless, thus we too are not useless. May be used less. But find your own paths to walk ahead.

If all the circumstances are favourable, any fool can be successful. It is only the brave and the cheerful person can do different and creative activity, when things are not favourable. The saying that ‘brave sailors are made by the rough sea’ is the right attitude one has to have in life. Strike, fight, strive – loose or win – don’t care. Life is to do challenges and to perform brave hits.

Failures are common. Success can’t be overnight. For reaching higher, one has to have many steps. As one climbs the visibility increases, the courage and strength is when one look behind and around to see the vastness that already covered. Not the height that is to be covered.
Look behind and see the path followed, that will give courage to march forward.

Concentration comes from interest. The major issue for many is lack of concentration. These people when goes for movie, they have full concentration. Two hours breath-less they follow the movie. When it comes to study / reading / job; they have no concentration.

Make activity thrilling. Reading must be thrilling. Enjoy each and every paragraph like the picnic spots that are being visited in a sight seeing trip. Be eager to know what is covered in the next page. Can you, I am sure you can. Keep the goal, motivation in action. Ask why I am?  What I got? How much I know? End of every half-an-hour ask self, how much more I gained? This is the best way to have the concentration.
Read my 30 points to students and 20 points to parents / teachers on blog -  

Lack of compassion in our society
How did we get to a point where we don't care about anyone else but our own immediate family anymore?

Dr T P Sasikumar : Being materialistic is the order of the day. Desire is the basis of life itself. Desire is not bad. Compassion, love and feelings are also the property of mind (manas). Whole development of this world itself depends on the desire.

For most of the people any desire including love ends in possessing and showing right. Selfishness is the result.  “I love flowers”, next feeling is to have the flower, or the plant itself in our home.

Blind love and desire makes them to own it. Desire is the act of mind (manas).  It is to be realized no material can be taken to the manas. Maximum it could touch the body. A few can be consumed to take inside the body. Can’t reach the mind (manas). Satisfaction, success, happiness are all in the mind level. Learning to enjoy when things are not being possessed is the greatest lesson.

This lesson will allow people to share and derive happiness when it is enjoyed by others. The self also can enjoy it.

What is Omkaar?
Why do we enchant Omkaar before any Mantra..

Dr T P Sasikumar : Aum is the sound of the universe. It is said that if you keep a funnel and listen to the space, you will hear Aum. The best bell that makes the ring will have the echo generated as Aum. The basic most powerful sound. The primitive, pranava manthra.

Manthras are the thread to stitch the soul with the god. The needle that manthra (thread) is being taken through is the sharp Aum chanting.

People do believe that the most difficult long manthras are the best. It is not true. The best is the shortest. There are five letter, two letter manthras. As small they are that sharp, beautiful and powerful they are. Aum is that one.

According to gita what we should follow heart or brain?
Most often people says always listen 2 ur heart it will never misguide u bt under certain situation if v listen 2 our heart it may cause harm 2 our close one's or it may affect their(who r colse 2 us) life.At dat time our brain will say dnt do such things which are affecting ur relatives only.In short if v r listening 2 our heart v r hurting relatives or some one close n if v r following our brain v r hurting our self. This situation occurs with me at times i.e. if i do something it will hurt close one n if i will nt do dat den it will hurt tell me according to gita i shd follow heart or brain?
Dr T P Sasikumar : Manas (Heart) has only desire. It all ways will ask, I want, I want. Never it knows to say Don’t and No.  It has no knowledge. No logic. No comparison, analysis, judgment etc. Mana is accidental, natural and thus could be casual and non-logical.

Budhi (Brain / intellect) has data, knowledge. It makes man human / social. Sophisticated / cultured / polished / modern / developed etc. These are artificial / calculated. Being so is not original. Thus manas always in upset on this.

Conflict is between manas and buddhi. All the time this happens. Indriyas are controlled by manas. Thus manas has control on all actions. Buddhi dictates manas to do or not to do.

I give example that seeing ice-cream, one feel like eating. This is due to the input (seeing) that the eye feeds to the manas. As the indriya gave input, manas get the desire to eat. Tongue starts watering; the other indriya is fed by manas. Smell / touch and feel the chill are also done some time. Hear the comments from others on the quality and thus the happiness on having the ice-cream increases in manas. So far so happy.

Now buddhi will intervene. Buddhi will say, don’t eat. As last time when some one ate, they had throat infection. Ice cream is not good. Another shop is good. It is costly. Water used for making is not good. So many thoughts keep pondering. This is the act of buddhi. It tries to say to manas. Don’t eat. Buddhi and manas starts the communication. In life maximum time is wasted / used on this. Some how may be on some reasoning of the buddhi manas surrenders. Some time manas will not listen to buddhi.

The person who is controlled by buddhi, we call them practical / intelligent. The other way, those who are acted upon manas is called emotional. Both are not good and are good too. It all depends on situational. When / who / how / where they do matters.

Assume the act is done / not done. Then the atma / chith / chaithanyam / life / brahma will tell the manas and budhi “Oh, you should / shouldn’t have done this”. It is like the judge saying after the act.  So what will happen, we feel upset for that. Many are unhappy like this. Inside of the person talks to him, it is neither manas nor buddhi. It is atma.

At times the unsatisfied desire makes the dream. At night, one will start watering the tongue, in the dream the ice-cream is eating. Most of the dreams are the result of unsatisfied desires. Being more practical at times will make others happy, but self will be unhappy internally. May be the word ‘scarifies’ and I have done it for others / I believe in service etc will make them pacify. 

One who doesn’t have the desire will not have these justifications. They will not feel they are doing the service / sacrifice. The feeling of ownership is the first step before giving / serving / scarifies. This is the feeling fed by the buddhi into the manas. Else manas have no feeling of ownership. Clean manas is the child’s manas. It will want and doesn’t have the logic / knowledge and buddhi is less. They enjoy while getting and will feel sad not having. Immediately forgets and stretch the hands for something else. This is what happens when buddhi is less and manas is more. Nelson Mandela says “it is difficult to have both buddhi and manas”. My poem “UN DIVIDED EARTH”, I wish for a life with less of buddhi and more of manas.

This atma is what is creating the second though based on the introspection. It is harmlessly does this, but everyone is happy / unhappy at some point and later reverse on this.

Gita says
athmaanamanamava saadhayeth
athmaivahyathmano bhandhu
athmaiva ripurathmanaha

Here, Krishna is asking to raise the manas from the lower usual level to the atma at the highest level. So that desires are minimum if not nil. When manas is in the atma level, the actions will be controlled by the Brahman and activity will be clean. No complaints on the action by the atma. At this level buddhi will have no conflict with manas.

It is not the stage of desireless life. As life can’t run without desire, the action will never be questioned by atma. Conflicts are reduced. It is not a forced action, natural / casual but will be logically right too. Manas and buddhi are balanced.

who / how God was created ???

According to Advaita Vedanta, Gos is the soul of Universe and Universe is as the body of God. God is the Supreme Being which created Universe and governs the Universe. But Swami Vevekananda states that Maharshi Kapila denies the existence of God as creator of Universe. Unchanging, eternal God cannot be the cause of Universe and Universe cannot be its effect - says the Atheistic Sankhya Philosophy. Because then question arises, if God created Universe, who created God ??

Dr T P Sasikumar : Matter and energy have these questions. The see-er, seen and the object have this question. Un answered by great rishi(s). What to say.

May be sound is the cause of the movement and movement is the cause of the sound. Where it is started? How ? when ? Unanswered.

Why planets are revolving around the sun? Why electrons are revolving around the nuclease? Many of these questions are unanswered.

Problem is with the man, who questions. Human is philosophical is making this life complex. Many questions are around and unable to get answer. He who didn’t get an answer is upset. Answer given by one when some one disproves; one feels happy and the other unhappy. The cycle is running from past to present and will continue. Most of the answers are logically / philosophically trying to explain. But may not have a conclusion.

As Ramana Maharshi says
hrudaya guhara madhye
kevalam brahma maathram

Understand the energy is god and the matter is the carrier. They can’t be separated. They come together. Like life and body. If life goes body decays. It is created together. The cell has consciousness else it is not cell. It had components. At that level too they are electrons and the energy within that. Thus at any stage the existence is with energy. Inseparable.

Please define Character
Define character and characterless nature

Dr T P Sasikumar : Character is unseen. Behaviour is the result of character. Behaviour is like the name of the river. At a place at a time it has a name. Character is the water. The basic element. Likewise, gold is the character and the ring / chain is the resultant of it. Character has no form.

Thus the constant behaviour at all times and places to all around – called the interpersonal behavior of an individual is measured and we call the person carry good / bad character. None is characterless, bad character is referred as characterless.

Character is the permanent state of affair. It is basic level. In a whole life one could hide the character and could act for the society entirely un-natural and artificial. We call them of good charactered person.

On the otherway a normally (almost all instances) a good behaved person at one instance makes a wrong, we call him characterless (bad character). Thus the character is seen as the dirt in clean water. Small dust / ink spot in a clean milk.

Character is not important; it is the resultant behaviour that is important. Many times the character will display at the situation. Situations are what create one to behave good and bad. All are good and bad. Controlling the situation / not setting oneself to such situations is the care to be taken to display the character.

Dr T P Sasikumar

  9502038875 (hyderabad) 9447437948 (kerala)