Child prodigies

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“From an altogether restricted, external and limited point of view, I shall now speak to you of certain things which don’t belong to my own experience but which I have heard about; for instance, that there is a greater number of what are called “child prodigies”. I haven’t met any, so I can’t tell you what is truly prodigious about these children, but still, according to the stories that are related, there are obviously some kind of new types which seem astonishing to the ordinary human consciousness. It is examples of this kind, I believe, that we would like to know in order to understand what is happening.... But it is possible, in fact, that things are happening now which we are not used to watching. But it is a question of interpretation. The only thing I am sure of is what I have just told you, that the quality, the number and the nature of the possible combinations in the universe are suddenly going to change so considerably that it will probably be quite bewildering for all those who do research.”[1]

“I think these children have a much greater inner sensitiveness – much greater. There are little ones like that... (about that age, two, three, four). One came with his parents, they brought him; I didn’t particularly pay attention to him (I found the little one sweet, that’s all). Afterwards, when he left, he said, “I’m not leaving this place. I want to see Mother, I’m not leaving here.” And he asked, he said, “I want to see Mother every day”!... He came back and sat down (all the family members came, received flowers, left and so on), but he remained quietly seated at my feet. He didn’t move, he was quite satisfied. And strangely, it’s not because I pay special attention to them, not at all. Not at all.
         One child, the other day, brought me flowers. I gave him a rose, and then he went to the other family members: he wanted to take their bouquets to give them to me.... He came back, sat down, looked at his rose for a long time, and then he came and gave it to me as if it were … it was so clearly, “This is the best I have, so I’m giving it to you!” (Mother laughs)
         I gave it back to him.
         They have something more, already.”[2]

“Nowadays they bring me all the children born in Auroville, and I see … I see surprising things. With some (not many, one or two), it’s like a very small animal, it’s nothing – it’s very sweet: a very small animal. But with almost all of them, it’s a conscious being. And the parents are absolutely stupid in their behavior with them, because they don’t know, they don’t understand.
         I saw one today again (tiny gesture): he is three or four days old, five days – this big – and I saw the consciousness there is inside: it’s admirable!
         But then, they treat him like a small animal – he has no means of defense. ”[3]

“Sujata wanted to ask you: when you look at people that way, what do you see?

I think I see ... the most exact thing to say is their condition, the state they’re in. And then, of course, there are those who are closed, so to say, who, for me, don’t see, who are totally in the outer consciousness; and there are those who are open – there are some ... certain children are remarkable, it’s as if they were wide open (gesture like a flower to the sun) and ready to absorb. It’s especially people’s receptivity that I see, the condition they’re in: those who come with aspiration, those who come with curiosity, those who come out of ... a kind of obligation, and then those who are thirsty for light – there aren’t too many, but there are several children. Today I saw one, he was so sweet!... His father lives at the lake, he bought some property at the lake; he lives there with his wife and children, and it was the birthday of one of the children – oh! (Mother opens her eyes wide) wonderful!
         And I see only that. Not what they think or say (all that seems superficial and uninteresting): only the state of receptivity they are in. That’s what I see above all.


I really think that those who can begin the new race are among children. Men are ... crusted over.”[4]

  1. Questions and Answers 1956, p.314
  2. Agenda, 28 March 1970
  3. Agenda, 14 November 1971
  4. Agenda, 3 March 1971

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