Abhigya, the young crusader

Boy, what do you write about this kid? All of 11, he is bestowed with an uncanny ability to talk on anything under the sun. When he talks, he talks with diction. The teen sensation of Namma Mysuru, Abhigya Anand, is making news for all the good reasons. Abhigya’s understanding of things is amazing. A fast learner, he has answer for every question that you throw at him. Be it theosophy or philosophy or evils that are bothering the society, Abhigya has an answer. At times, he might sound a bit enigmatic, but when you ponder for a while, he is extraordinary.    

A crusader against people consuming junk food, Abhigya can talk for hours untiringly. At the end of the talk, you know what he talks is what he means. “Practicality is definitely the foremost question that always comes in people’s minds due to the fast-paced lifestyle. The only answer to that is it is more impractical to just stay in a long queue to visit a doctor and keep suffering on and off considering this to be just part and parcel of life. The key to good health lies in saying no to any junk food.  Consuming refined oil will make people homicidal, suicidal and cause cancer. So, it is only practical to find a local cold pressed oil machine and get freshly made oil from coconut/sesame/ groundnut instead of suffering later. Consuming refined salt will make us suffer from water retention, high blood pressure and various other skin disorders. So, it is actually more practical to buy a 10kg Saindhava salt in rock form and crush it into powder as and when you require lasting for about 6 to 7 months easily for a family of 6 people. A1 milk from Jersey cows or packaged and processed milk from milk dairies causes multiple sclerosis, allergies, asthma and arthritis. But getting the A2 protein from indigenous cows which are so rare in our cities these days is surely a point of concern. Since I know, how much poison is hidden in each product on all supermarket shelves, it is highly impossible for me to even think of touching that crap anywhere close to my lips. And that is why it becomes easy for me to eat what my mother cooks fresh at home.”

In a diversified country like India, which is dominated by many castes and religions,  Abhigya says there are only two castes/two religions and they are wise and ignorant/good and evil.  “I advocate people to be wise and good, then sanity will prevail. And I always greet Muslims with assalaamwaleykum and Christians with Praise the Lord and Hindus with Jai shree Krishna/Om Namahshivai/Hariom. Water has many names but water is water, pure in its form. Gita should be read by every Hindu and Quran by every Muslim and Bible by every Christian. Atheism will lead people into unending problems, and belief in Lord is the only thing I can advocate. Respecting all religions is the answer to all unwanted chaos around.”

When you ask him what it takes to be a good human being, his answer is to the point. “To be a good human being, all it takes is the awareness that being bad will only land them in trouble sooner or later. It is a natural tendency of every human to be good but the food people eat makes them behave bad as the food these days is adulterated with chemicals and loaded with toxins. Good old saying, ‘We are what we eat’ holds good always. According to scriptural injunctions of almost all faiths, to be a good human being, it takes courage to stand in the face of evil and still be strong enough to speak the Truth. And that courage comes from having faith in the Lord and consuming the right food.  “Aahaara Shuddhe Sattva Shuddhihi“, meaning,   “Purity of food results in purity of the inner self.”

Son of Anu and Anand Ramasubramanian,  Abhigya knows Venkateshwara Subrabatha by heart. He has read many Vedas, Bhagawad Gita and also knows lot shlokas. He knows lot many other things about the good, the bad and the ugly. Though early to say what is in store, Abhigya is definitely different compared to children of his age. What do we call him: A prodigy or a wonder kid?  One thing is definite. A few years down the line, Abhigya looks destined to carve a niche nationally and globally.

You seem to be different compared to other children of your age, what do you relate it to?

I am just like any other 11 yr old kid who loves to play and explore. But I guess the difference in kids these days and me seems to be enormous as I can see. The reason for this is a bombardment of modern eccentricities through media, internet, such as consumerism, video games, cartoon shows and mind controlling movies that are exploiting the sub-conscious minds of children. At my home, there is a TV, but no cable connection and so we watch informative documentaries and selective animation movies for 10/20 min a week. I am never allowed internet access and so I am away from exposure to obscenity and wasteful distraction. And other kids go through a grilling day at school every single day of their lives except Sundays and vacations, where their thought process and imagination, all come to a stand-still and they are inevitably succumbing to peer pressure. Our text books are designed to train young minds to just “copy and paste” and the education system is so crippled that there is no room for any child to think out of the box. Parents rush their kids to dumping yards called “schools” and wait for a nice individual to appear after 20 years.  They abuse themselves and their kids by consuming wrong food. In any sane man’s dictionary the definition of wrong food would be… junk food/processed/packaged, pesticide-laden GM food stale food, incompatible food. Wrong food intake results in ill-health and also goes to the extent of genetic damage which is the root cause of behavioural issues in children and adults alike. By God’s grace, at my home, my parents make sure they give the right food at the right time and compulsorily put us to bed at 7:30 pm to ensure ample sleep. Other school going kids have a very tiring day and they lack sleep as they watch TV, do their school work at night which the schools call it “home work”. This makes them extremely cranky in the morning and sets the stage for a dumb and frustrating experience from there on like a domino effect. Lastly and most importantly, love for the Supreme is not being inculcated in kids which leaves them perplexed and helpless at every crucial stage in their lives. Faith in God will surely reveal the Truth to all eyes seeking it. I personally feel and believe that God (Super Consciousness) is all around us.

What is the kind of guidance you get from your parents ?

My parents always find the answers to whatever questions I have through internet. My mother prints the details for me and I read them and understand. My father lets me explore whatever area I get interested in. My mother tells me to be like a sponge and soak up when it comes to implement good habits / good thoughts but be like a lotus flower when I come across bad thoughts/ bad habits. My father is very brave and encourages me to be fearless at all times and only be with the Truth. They both let me know the pros and cons of any activity I would like to indulge in and then leave me with the decision to go with it or abandon it.

Abhigya Anand with his sister Abhidheya Anand
Abhigya Anand with his sister Abhidheya Anand

What according to you is the difference between private schools and government schools?

Frankly, they both have their own flaws but are nothing less than the statement “As Jails are for prisoners “. Government schools are free and private schools charge you a heavy fee to imprison your kids. The text books are having the same content but a bit more polished in private schools than in government schools. Government schools are relaxed about rules which let children breathe a bit more than in private schools. For example, I am opposed to wearing socks and shoes on our feet. According to Ayurveda, feet are meant to breathe and be free, walking on mud and fresh grass, feeling the water when you wash are certain things that make your brain work better as the excess heat that is accumulated in the feet through the day rushes to the head and hinders brain function. My government school does not impose anyone to wear socks and shoes, they just let the kids free, but I am terrified of private schools which force kids to follow crazy rules and they never let the kids attend nature’s call which can have dangerous health implication.  Kids in government schools are allowed to play longer than private schools. I only study for 2-3 hours a day, I play the rest of the time. Private schools govern kids even in the choice of game kids want to play, I just like to climb trees and may be play football or cricket with some kids and teenagers at a local park, this freedom of choice exist in government schools which I enjoy a lot. Bad language exists in both places just that private schools use English to vent their frustration and government schools use the local languages. I have seen most children exhibit humility and emotions in government schools and arrogance and insensitivity in private schools. I enjoy visiting my government school once or twice a week just to play kabbadi with my friends and learn Kannada, rest of the week I prefer being home studying whatever I like. The common myth in every Indian parents’ mind is that government schools do not teach kids to make them competent enough and private schools excel in that area. But I am sure, most parents are struggling to get their kids to study by sending them to extra tutions even after school hours despite enrolling them in private schools. Only way to get real education is to not get stuck in the rigged system.

Any particular incident that has remained etched in your mind ?

There are many incidents in my life which I feel I can learn from always but nothing remains so very etched in my mind as I am a growing child and I tend to move on to the next incident. One very nice recent incident was that of my school friends who slid down into the dried up kaveri river channel going alongside our school road and I had joined them to play in the dirty area and I was reminded of a movie clip from (Katti) which my parents showed me long back in which Tamil actor Vijay gets into the water channel along with many villagers as a protest to not allow water to be used by MNCs which rightfully belonged to the villagers suffering from drought.

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You seem to be totally against people consuming junk food, practically speaking, don’t you think it is tough?

Yes, I am very much against the consumption of junk food. Practicality is definitely the foremost question that always comes in people’s minds due to the fast-paced lifestyle that most of us lead today. The only answer to that is it is more impractical to just stay in a long queue to visit a doctor and keep suffering on and off considering this to be just part and parcel of life. Whereas the key to good health lies in saying NO to any junk food and taking an hour every day to cook home food.  Consuming refined oil will make people homicidal, suicidal and cause cancer. So, it is only practical to find a local cold pressed oil machine and get freshly made oil from coconut/sesame/ groundnut instead of suffering later. Consuming refined salt will make us suffer from water retention, high blood pressure and various other skin disorders. So, it is actually more practical to buy a 10kg Saindhava salt in rock form and crush it into powder as and when you require lasting for about 6 to 7 months easily for a family of 6 people. A1 milk from Jersey cows or packaged and processed milk from milk dairies causes multiple sclerosis, allergies, asthma and arthritis. But getting the A2 protein from indigenous cows which are so rare in our cities these days is surely a point of concern. The practical solution for that is two families (like-minded  neighbours ) can purchase a desi cow ( naada hasu ) and hand it over to a nearby milk man and ask him to take care of the cow and provide milk to the 2 families exclusively from that cow and they can pay for the milk which will be an income to the milk man without investing the cow and the families can certainly ensure nutrition in their families.

We do not use the refrigerator to store food nor even microwave to reheat/ cook any food as 90% phenolic compounds in the food are destroyed when we use the microwave which in turn produce free radicals in our bodies and cause cancer.

Since I know, how much poison is hidden in each product on all supermarket shelves, it is highly impossible for me to even think of touching that crap anywhere close to my lips. And that is why it becomes easy for me to eat what my mother cooks fresh at home. So, awareness is the key to overcoming the temptation of falling prey to fake food ads.

My mother cooks in mud pots every single morning and carries food for us wherever we go, even to my presentations. And if we are travelling out of town, we carry carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, make our own on the spot bhel with home madesev and khakda. My naana and naani make many home made traditional snacks for me. My sister and I also cook occasionally and we love the pizza we make including the base and the sauce.

In a country that is totally dominated by many castes and religions, what do you advocate ?

According to me, there are only 2 castes/ 2 religions and they are wise & ignorant/ good & evil. So, obviously, I advocate people to be wise and good, then sanity will prevail. And I always greet Muslims with assalaamwaleykum and Christians with Praise the Lord and Hindus with Jai shree Krishna/Om Namahshivai/Hariom. Water has many names but water is water, pure in its form. Gita should be read by every Hindu and Quran by every Muslim and Bible by every Christian.

Atheism will lead people into unending problems, and belief in Lord is the only thing I can advocate. Respecting all religions is the answer to all unwanted chaos around.

Who is the one person who has influenced in your life?

Sri Rajiv Dixit who gave his life in the path of Truth and was so fearless in revealing the truth to all. His lectures are all uploaded on Youtube. His only mission was to empower people with awareness.

Awards won by you.

By God’s grace, I definitely feel honoured by all the awards mentioned below, but I would consider myself getting a true reward when I see change in at least one child or one family after my 3 hr presentation of swacchashareera.

State award 2015 from the governor and State minister for women and child development  on Children’s Day.

Award of excellence from Lion’s  Club Bangalore.

Cash Award of Rs. 21000/- and a certificate from Shrngeri Math for being the youngest to chant entire 700 slokasout of memory with perfect pronunciations. Nov, 2013.

Mysore district award by Women and Child Welfare Department of Karnataka. 2016

Shining  star of south India 2014 given by Sindhi  Federation of South India ( SFOSI) was given for exceptional memory.

Second time Shining star of South India 2016 given by Sindhi Federation of South India (SFOSI) for excelling in Post-graduation in Ayurvedic Microbiology.

Bhagavad Gita award by International Society for Bhagavad Gita 2015.

Sloka Praveena Award from Manjushree Arts 2016.

Spandanashree award from Spandana trust 2016.

Child Prodigy Award from Rotary 2016.

Junk Food crusader award from Vyasa International, Bangalore 2016.

To be a good human being, what does it take?

According to my limited knowledge, to be a good human being, all it takes is the awareness that being bad will only land them in trouble sooner or later (law of Karma). It is a natural tendency of every human to be good but the food people eat makes them behave bad as the food these days is adulterated with chemicals and loaded with toxins. The good old saying “We are what we eat” holds good always.

According to scriptural injunctions of almost all faiths, to be a good human being it takes courage to stand in the face of evil and still be strong enough to speak the Truth. And that courage comes from having faith in the Lord and consuming the right food. “ Aahaara Shuddhe Sattva Shuddhihi “ meaning “  Purity of food results in purity of the inner self “.

 

Murali R

A senior journalist in the business, R Murali started his career with The Times of India as a reporter in sports. He has covered a lot of local, national, international events in cricket, hockey, volley ball, motor sports and table tennis. Over the years he has done a lot of special stories including general stories. Before Joining City Today, he worked in Deccan Chronicle and DNA. At City Today, he is an integral part of the team handling national, sports edit and op-ed pages. He also actively contributes to City Sunday features.

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