(Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru)
MIND POWER I: Pandit Power
I have been plowing through books - one or two lighter ones each week,
which is a lot for a slow reader like myself. I am also plodding
through other larger tomes. Some of both have astounding stories and
amazing information which will be used in writing projects on the
These tales may be beyond belief for people who
are bound to materialistic thinking and focus only our one-dimensional
APPEARING world. Part of life is about expanding our horizons -
physical, metaphorical and beyond. Since there are seven levels of
meaning to every symbol, that idea suggests seven planes of
consciousness available for our exploration and study. Coming
revolutions certainly will be more about consciousness than about
Thus, we begin a once-a-month series on
Mind Power with this particular article entitled Pandit Power. The word
pandit is fairly new to me. I have known of “pundit” for a long time, a
pundit being (for westerners) a critic, commentator, expert on a
The word “pundit” derives from the Sanskrit
word “pandit.” The title of Pandit originally was given to Brahmins who
dedicated themselves to memorizing substantial portions of the Indian
Vedas (scriptures) along with their melodies and rhythms. Former Indian
Prime Minister Nehru was often called Pandit Nehru apparently because
of his ancestry.
The following tells about the memorizing
abilities of the Pandit Vedanta Dasigacharya who demonstrated his
abilities before an interested group in Hyderabad, India, 14 September,
“The Acharya, having arranged ten of us in two lines, SIMULTANEOUSLY kept in mind and did the following eleven things:
I. Played a game of chess, without seeing the board.
II. Carried on a conversation upon various subjects.
III. Completed a Sanskrit sloka (verse) from the first line given.
IV. Multiplied five figures by a multiplier of four figures.
V. Added a sum of three columns each, of eight rows of figures.
Committed to memory a Sanskrit sloka of sixteen words -- the words
being give him out of their order, and at the option of the tester.
Completed a ‘magic square,’ in which the separate sums in the several
squares added up to a total named, whether tried horizontally or
VIII. Without seeing the chess-board, directed the
movements of a knight so that it should make the circuit of the board
within the outline of a horse traced on it, and enter no other squares
IX. Completed a second magic square with a different number from that in the above named.
X. Kept count of the strokes of a bell rung by a gentleman present.
Committed to memory two sentences in Spanish, given on the same system
as No. VI, and correctly repeated the same at the end.
H.S. Olcott, Bezonji Aderji, G. Raghoonath, M. Gaghunayekaloo, A.T.
Muthukistna, Darabji Dossabhoy, Hanumant Row, Bhimaj Raojee, and Iyaloo
Naidu.” (Henry Steel Olcott, Old Diary Leaves, Vol III, pp. 311-313,
I am reminded of chess masters who can play several
games of chess at one time with the boards and opposing players in
their sight. But, this fellow played the game without seeing the board
while doing ten other chores some of which sound even more difficult.
share this story with the thought that the REAL world is a whole lot
larger than we often imagine it to be.