‘Mataji, mataji’… a girl maybe in the sixth standard came running behind me.
‘Yes, I said as I patted her back, her face glowed. It often amazes me how a small gesture encourages children and makes them happy.
‘How many times should I say, “Om” before I begin my studies’, She asked.
‘As many times you feel the need’, I said. She looked at me confused. I continued, ‘Ideally three times but if you are more disturbed you can say ten times’, I said.
She smiled, mumbled a thank you and ran away.
I love working with children. The love and dedication that they show is seldom to be seen in adults.
I love the way they make you theirs. Last week for example, it was raining heavily. The auto driver took me as far as possible amidst the school compound. But when I got down balancing my sari with my bag and wallet, some coins fell. Immediately two boys came running forward saying a good morning to rescue my coins.
As I sit on the podium I can feel their curiosity, ‘What is she going to tell today’, and their excitement rubs off on me. And we begin a new session.
The shloka which I am reminded of by their curiosity
ascarya-vad vadati tathaiva canyah
ascarya-vac cainam anyah srnoti
srutvapy enam veda na caiva kascit