Friday, April 1, 2011


EINSTEIN’S THEORY OF RELATIVITY The Internet has been abuzz today with the story of Jacob Barnett.  Jacob has an IQ of 170, which is higher than Albert Einstein. As a matter of fact, he is currently working through “errors” in Einstein’s famous theory of relativity. This would be impressive for any student of electromagnetic physics at Indiana University. Jacob, however, is only twelve.  His classmates compare him to Doogie Howser. His mother makes the hourly trek to Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis twice daily in order to ensure he gets to his classes on time. He even has, of course, a spoof Twitter account in his honor.  At eighteen months, Jacob began exhibiting some abilities. He could recite the alphabet backwards and could calculate the volume of cereal boxes off of the top of his head.

However, he then began to withdraw into himself and was soon diagnosed with autism and later Asperger’s syndrome.  “We were so afraid Jake would be withdrawn from us forever, and so we set out to find out what was the spark that could light him up,” Kristine Barnett recalls.  That spark turned out to be astronomy.  At three, Jacob discovered planets and the rest was, well, quantum history. By age eight he had advanced to college level mathematics and science.  According to his mother, he taught himself all pertinent high school math courses in under a week. “I’m thankful that Jake has become the person he is and feel that, for all children with autism, we need to find the place where there is a little spark inside them,” Barnett says.

Jacob Barnett, the boy genius, likes to spend hours pondering the reality of life and the creation of the universe.  His journey from an autistic childhood to college classes at age 12 is amazing.  He was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome at an early age.  At age three, he was solving 5,000-piece jigsaw puzzles.  When we have a child at home - it does not matter if he or she is a “astrophysics prodigy” or not - it is always a good opportunity to help him understand the universality of the Vedic principles and accept the spiritual practices as sensible, reasoned and universal ways of achieving the goal of life.

When we find a child who is not only attracted to Krishna consciousness and inquisitive about it but also beyond ritualistic principles, we know that this is a soul who has already understood the goal of religion.  But this symptom of children with divine consciousness is probably the most difficult to understand and encourage.  Why? Because we adults may ourselves think in terms of ritual and religion. ... If we present spiritual life in this way, our children will probably reject it. ... When parents or teachers realize they have a prodigy to train - in music or mathematics, perhaps - they generally spare no trouble or expense to give the child the best opportunity to develop his or her talents.  How much more we should do for the spiritual prodigy - the child fortunate to live in a Krishna conscious home.

Śrīmati Urmila devi dasi :
“Divine Consciousness Of a Previous Life”
“Above the Rituals” -

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