Akira Kurusawa’s film “The Seven Samurai” shows a sequence of shots
where a group of peasants are trying to protect their village from the attacks
of a gang of bandits with the help of seven samurais (Japanese warriors).
The bandits have conventional weapons but have recently acquired a few
muskets, this is proving to be a big problem as the samurais only have swords.
One samurai sits down in the night and meditates, after which he goes very
calmly to the enemy camp, chops off a few heads and brings back some of
Today we are sending children to the examination hall with blunt swords.
They are tensed and are not mentally prepared to face the onslaught of the
system. On the other hand, if we teach them how to sharpen their minds
through yoga and meditation, they will then go calmly with ekagrata
(single–pointedness) into the battle and return victorious.
–Dr. Kiran Seth