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Give them roots before you give them wings

 Give them roots before you give them wings

Words By Amitesh Gautam Images by Amitesh Gautam and Kanhav Boliwal  

The Guru-shishya tradition is a sacred one in India and its roots are deeply embedded in the history and culture of this country.  A Gurukul is a place where people, for a period of time, create an environment, share a vision, and live with discipline under the direction of the guru, which is specifically made to help one evolve spiritually and mentally.
It is disturbing when we hear that children are pressurised by their families, peers and teachers. And children in today’s times are not well equipped to handle emotional stress, competition and complexities of several kinds. They are not comfortable working in teams. Their physical activity has reduced to a mere charging of their smart phones. Their attention span has taken a nose dive. The reason is not just one but plenty.
Parents are giving far less time to their kids and they try and make up for this by instantly gratifying to the wants of their child, making the situation more grave because later in life when the kid will step into the real world and face real world problems there wouldn’t be an ‘instant’ solution to it. And the prognosis of this situation is gloomy.
Now imagine an institution like this in today’s day and age. Where “To catch them young and watch them grow” is not just a passing phrase but a mission statement. Where children are given ‘roots’ before ‘wings’. 
Such is Meenaa Mahaajjan’s Gurukul in Delhi. Her objective is to imbibe the virtues of strong belief and a strong value system in both pre-teens and teens. Along with her team she has developed a workshop cum module and has tried to bring back that balance in the lives of kids via simplistic ways. Her team has reworked upon the math and has come up with this ingenious approach which they call the ‘Four Quotients’ and in this encompasses all the vitalities needed for a young mind and body to blossom and flourish. 
First- The Physical Quotient
Second- The Emotional Quotient 
Third- The Spiritual Quotient
Forth- The Intellectual Quotient
All the above exercises with the kids are followed up with the parents. So when the kids return home they don’t go back to the same ecosystem rather they find a symbiotic culture medium at the place where they spend most of their time.
Adults need to set positive examples for the next generation. It is good to support character education, but it isn’t enough. Adults also need to provide positive role models for the next generation. Children are the future and it is the responsibility of adults to protect them and ensure that they get the best footing in life. And ‘Gurukul’ is a wonderful step forward.

More about Meenaa Mahaajjan
Meenaa’s journey began 23 years ago with a Bachelor in Botany, Master in Anthropology, Research in Forensic Astrology, Research and Study in Quantum and Metaphysical sciences, all got captured as a Spiritual Experience. Besides being a Humanitarian and Entrepreneur, she is a pioneer in establishing the Understanding and Application of Spirituality in the life of an individual.  The purpose is clear, to help people unleash the power within." YATHA PINDEY TATHA BRAHAMANDEY” Meenaa is being conferred the Doctor of Letters , Honorary Doctorate from Kings University, USA.
Meenaa is the founder of a unique program called SIDDHI. In the growing pace of life and race of exclusivity we have lost the essence of living our lives with joy and happiness. SIDDHI is the program of holistic wellness across all sections of society. 
SIDDHI works as:
GURUKUL: A module designed for children, teachers and parents. She believes its important to 'Give Children Roots before we give them Wings'. The activities and learnings in this program are handpicked from our scriptures that ensure a strong value system for our children. They learn to overcome fear, stress and negative emotions with ease. 
GITAA: A Guide to Inner Transformation with Awareness and Action. A module designed for the corporate world , institutions, groups to help build Conscious leadership, more productive lifestyles, reducing health hazards due to stress, anxiety and sedentary lifestyle. The modules also help in raising the happiness quotient and Bring Emotional freedom , financial freedom and experience immediate breakthroughs. 
In corporates this program has helped to bring back the old values of loyalty, integrity and sincerity. 
PARIVARTAN: A module designed for women development. The program helps women to unleash the power within themselves and lead a balanced and health life. From House Wife to a CEO- a woman is an integral part of the society. 
We also help create options of work for women who are homemakers. 
Women health and hygiene is the primary focus of PARIVARTAN. 
SIDDHI unique approach focusses on the inside out change and transformation. .. A CHANGE that is initiated within and sustained forever.
Meenaa has also been conferred with various Esteemed Awards and Recognitions for her contribution in the field of Spiritual Sciences as a Life and Transformation coach. 
MAKE IN INDIA AWARD, DIGITAL INDIA 2016
* WOMAN ENTREPRENEURSHIP AWARD 2017
* WOMAN NOF SUBSTANCE AWARD BY ALL INDIA ACHIEVERS     CONFERENCE
* GREAT NATIONALIST AWARD BY SHAHEED UDAM SINGH FOR SPIRITUALITY 
GLOBAL ACHIEVER AWARD FOR SPIRITUAL SCIENCES 2017
MAIN PANELIST FOR' ASTROLOGY IS A SCIENCE 'DISCUSSION IN ASIA LITERATURE FESTIVALS
She has been able to develop simple techniques to help people release stress and anxiety and live happy lives. She teaches "THE SCIENCE AND SPIRTUALITY OF MEDITATION' .. simple techniques to manifest abundance and self-healing through the power of subconscious mind. 
She has also worked on subjects like ASTROLOGY. She has successfully interpreted this science as a cosmic influence that helps makes choices based on strengths and weaknesses. This also help in optimising potential and create success happiness and harmony in all areas of our life.