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What Makes A Genius: Acquired Or Inherent Talent?

Every now and then we come across creative or scholarly abilities in certain children whom we acknowledge as child prodigies. They are geniuses at one skill or another. A 4-year old child skillfully plays long notes on the 𝗽𝗶𝗮𝗻𝗼, a 7-year old writes complex software 𝗰𝗼𝗱𝗲 while another recites 𝘀𝗵𝗹𝗼𝗸𝗮𝘀 from the scriptures at age 5. When and from whom did they learn these surprises, especially when nobody in their family is inclined or trained in the same. Likewise, renowned artists, musicians, engineers, and sportsmen often 𝐝𝐢𝐬𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐲 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐢𝐫 𝐭𝐚𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐚𝐭 𝐚 𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐠𝐞 and most of them do not inherit it from their parents or family.

➥ 𝗦𝗽𝗶𝗿𝗶𝘁𝘂𝗮𝗹 𝘄𝗶𝘀𝗱𝗼𝗺 teaches us that every action done by an individual upon taking a physical body is registered in the 𝘀𝗼𝘂𝗹 as a "sanskaar" or say "impression/habit". Our sanskars are a sum total of our nature, talents and inclinations. These sanskars are then carried birth after birth... and are brought into action in many births. Applying this understanding, the talent in a genius was 𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐧𝐞𝐝, 𝐧𝐮𝐫𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞𝐝 & 𝐦𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐝 in his previous birth. Being registered on the soul, the talent is carried forward. The soul 𝐫𝐞𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐲𝐬 𝐨𝐫 𝐫𝐞𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐞𝐬 the 𝐯𝐢𝐫𝐭𝐮𝐞𝐬/𝐬𝐚𝐧𝐬𝐤𝐚𝐚𝐫/𝐭𝐚𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐭 in this birth, in some cases in childhood itself.

➥ Briefly speaking, 𝐠𝐞𝐧𝐢𝐮𝐬 𝐢𝐬 𝐚𝐧 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞. We think it is a gift or talent but it is a fruit of deep and long experience over many lifetimes. Some of us are older souls than others because we have been on the world stage for a longer duration and hence covered a journey of more number of births. Such souls carry forward experiences that are far 𝐝𝐞𝐞𝐩𝐞𝐫 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐨𝐧𝐠𝐞𝐫 than others. This understanding helps parents to encourage innate talent in children instead of expecting them to be the way they want them to be.

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