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The whiz kid phenomenon

By Abdu Rafiu
06 December 2018   |   3:19 am
The audience is transfixed. It is held spell-bound. We watch in disbelief, in utter amazement and exceeding admiration when a three-year-old child saunters...

The audience is transfixed. It is held spell-bound. We watch in disbelief, in utter amazement and exceeding admiration when a three-year-old child saunters, as it were, onto the stage as if he is in need of help, or when a Chopin or Mozart at the age of 12 walks briskly onto the dais, mounting a concert and sweeping us off our feet with their exceptional abilities and gifts in music. What do we say about a barely three-year-old polyglot who speaks 12 languages? They all perform to a rousing applause. They are the talk of the town for months on end. Who are they? From where are they? We hazard a guess: He is the great grandson of Ludwig Van Beethoven more simply called Beethoven (1770-1827). Oh, beg your pardon, he is the grandson of Israel Oludotun Ransome-Kuti, (Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s father) who composed the Egba National Anthem. He got it from his old man. And the conversation continues. And we remain askance!

A great many are familiar with the case of Blind Tom, son of a Black woman sold at a slave auction. Blind Tom whose full name was Thomas Green Bethune— warded off his adversity and performed at a concert in Columbus, United states, at the age of seven. By the time he was 15, he was playing Bach and Beethoven and took part in concerts in several places including outside the United States. Take the case of Rachel Carson, author of Silent Spring. She started her literary career at the age of 10. If we say that is unusual, what do we say of a child, a polyglot barely three years who shocks the world with his ability to speak 12 languages—-German, Russia, Welsh, Arabic, Chinese, French, Spanish, Korean, Japanese, Tagalog, Visaya and English? And when he was to sign off, he spoke in Portuguese which brings the total to 13!

It appears we are beginning to see the emergence of more of these prodigies now. Many who concern themselves with the development must be wondering why this is so and who the prodigies are. They are being brought out in greater numbers in the present time through the social media. They manifest in the world of arts, music and sciences. Three weeks ago, an 11-year-old boy tore into our consciousness and I did hint at the time in a story I captioned “The wonder boy of Hyderabad”, as follows: “Mohammed Hassan Ali is his name. It is the story of an enigmatic 11-year-old boy in Hyderabad. The report has appeared in the social media. He is self-taught and teaching engineering –civil, mechanical and electrical in designing and drafting—to Bachelor’s and Master’s degree students. His college students as of now number 30, whom he lectures free of charge. His phenomenal aim is to improve education standards in India and he plans to teach no fewer than 100, 000 engineers by the end of 2020.”

The story of Esther Okade is another wonder and it reads: “Esther Okade (13-year-old British-Nigerian girl) is set to do the unimaginable. She will receive her PhD in financial mathematics this year-2018. She started university at 10 years old and always emerged at the top of her class. Esther is officially certified as a genius.”

Whither our world and what lies behind the phenomenon of prodigies? First we have to understand what we human beings are and the nature of our journey through life, and indeed the purpose of life on earth. We are spirits. Together with our body, the outer covering, we are men, generically speaking—earth men. There are inner coverings, which are finer than our outer coarse garment. The finer coverings together with the spirit make us to be souls. Thus, the only living entity in all of us is the spirit. All the coverings have their organs of hearing, seeing and so on. It should from this occur to us that when we exit this earth, we leave and are described as souls. As souls we have the human form, except in cases of deformity brought about by our sordid conduct while on earth. What constitute the finer coverings are many substances of the different planes between this earth and Paradise. We drop these as we get higher towards Paradise into the finest spiritual garment. The Realm which is the point of origin of John the Baptist is even higher, hence the statement by the Lord Christ that of all born of women, there is none higher than John the Baptist. Of course, that of Christ is inconceivably even beyond the Divine Realm as A Part of God the Father Who is separated from the Divine, a gulf indescribable in terms of vastness and by an ocean of raging flames which only Christ, and the Holy Spirit, also having His Origin in God as His Justice, can traverse.

Because we are in the Age of the Holy Spirit and together with His own special Star, called the Great Comet, revealed in higher knowledge as the Return of the Star of Bethlehem, our world is under tremendous pressure, evidently referred to as Light Pressure. This pressure which is radiation Power of the Holy Spirit is bringing about awakening in the world, such that in man, all that is slumbering or dead is activated. At the same time, goodness is reinforced and talents and abilities are animated to flourish to the zenith of blossoming. Awakened weaknesses, indeed evil, too, will rise to disgusting crescendo so it can be identified and crushed or shattered sinking its bearers with unrelenting devastation.

It is a period long foreseen by Prophet Isaiah as a time when there would be unprecedented horrors by way of drought, famine, plagues, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, floods and pestilence and there will be multiplicity of conferences that will lead to nowhere. Hear him: “Take counsel together, and it shall come to nought; speak the word, and it shall not stand; for God is with us.” (Isaiah 8, 10). God in reference here is God the Holy Spirit. The enlightenment mankind is given about the prophecy is: “It is the great time of perplexity in which one conference follows another, when distrust is everywhere, unrest and uneasiness, when hopeless confusion spreads ever more.”

It is in the closing of the cycle brought about by the Light Pressure that we are seeing over population by a great many in the beyond that are conscious of the signs and wanting to return to this earth to make improvements in their lives. At the same time, since the weaknesses are also awakened there is uncanny loose living, the bridge is let down for burdened and dark souls mushrooming and crossing over to fill the parts of the earth to pollute same. It is at the same time that in the blossoming of this epoch that this period is witnessing the emergence of whiz kids in unprecedented numbers, in music, the arts, technology and scientific discoveries.

From the foregoing, I am already dropping hints about reincarnation also known as re-embodiment by a soul who has lived on earth before and is granted the opportunity to live on earth once more or several times already. There is now a rush because of the closing of the cycle of our universe, Ephesus, and the attendant state of our planet earth. It is a special grace borne out of the mercy, love and justice of the Creator that possibility of reincarnation is worked into His mechanisms. It is such that even in the justice lies love. Reincarnation is to facilitate the furtherance of our development so we can drop all weaknesses, get our inner being matured by mastering the Will of God and living it. This leads to polish of the inner being and attainment of a high degree of perfection to be able to pass the final examination to graduate from the school of life, that our world is, and as we strike the peak of perfection in the Beyond, head home in the Light Region more commonly referred to as paradise .

As reincarnation proves that life is a continuum, it is, therefore, possible for a person to carry over certain abilities and skills from one earth life or lives to another. Prodigies are such people who carry over exceptional abilities in certain areas from their previous earth lives. These abilities break out early mostly when they are children and they are thus called prodigies. They are abilities carried in their spirits, not in the brains which are perishable and which go back to dust. Upon reincarnation, however, new brains are fashioned to be used as vehicles to ventilate what flows from within them. Reincarnation could be at any place and in any country. It is where the right soil to facilitate opportunities for attainment of life’s purposes ultimately at a particular time that a soul is attracted to in accordance with the Law, the Law of Homogeneity. A Nigerian of today may have been a German general in a previous life.

Come to think of it: When Chike Obi comes back will it surprise anyone if at the age of three he solves a most complex mathematical problem and propound a new theorem? Will it surprise anyone if Ayodele Awojobi returns in another bodily guise and begins to design unheard of models of automobiles from the age of six? Will Wole Soyinka (WS) when he goes and returns not begin to write and stage plays from the age of three? Or Achebe publishing his first and best-selling book at the age of five? Or John Pepper Clark (JP) writing another poem on “Ibadan, a city set on seven hills” from the age seven? There are other literary giants—Cyprian Ekwensi, Vincent Ike, J.F. Odunjo, D.O.Fagunwa, Amos Tutuola and Femi Osofisan to mention but a few. The abilities they have cultivated awakened from their spirit will not be lost. In the area of arts and music, can anyone forget Hubert Ogunde, Fela, Ayo Bankole and Dan Maraya of Abraham and Ibrahim fame, or Rex Lawson from the Garden City of old? Will Ojetunji Aboyade not surprise us with a compelling book on economic development at the age of nine or Dudley on political evolution at the age of eight?

I have said this before: Who taught Adeola Odutola business principles and corporate governance? The same can be asked of Michael Ibru, Jimoh Odutola, Odumegwu Ojukwu Snr., Nathaniel Idowu, Lawrence Omole and Dantata. Our young financial tigers of today may have gone to business schools; it was only to polish and further sharpen the acumen they already carry within them. I am referring to Aliko Dangote, Mike Adenuga, Oba Otudeko, Jim Ovia, Tony Elumelu, Atedo Peterside, Femi Otedola and Fola Adeola. They can only build on their inherent abilities and skills through heeding unconditionally the Laws of Creation, particularly the Law of Balance between giving and receiving and the Law of Sowing and Reaping, also called the Law of Reciprocal Action. Any deviation from the laws will lead to the dimming of the abilities and talents. Indeed they may well be smothered and they disappear in the end! In the words of Dr. Stephen Lampe in his monumental work, Building Future Societies: “The future depends on the present. What we do now is the seed of a future harvest; and the future is the fruit of our present sowing… the future is in our hands; it is in what we think, say or do in the present, and in the values and motivations that determine our priorities and guide our lives.”

Evidence of reincarnation? I want to believe that Yetunde, Nnene, Nnena, Babawande, Babatunde, Iyabode, Iyatunde and Olatunji, Olasoji and Olusoji or Olutunde will not ask me that question. Nevertheless, here is a classical example apart from the numerous ones to which in the culture and tradition of the Nigerian people attest eloquently. The report was published in the Internet and originally posted by Tara MacIsaac, Epoch Times, 17 May, 2014.
“A three -year-old boy in Golan heights region near the border of Syria and Israel said he was murdered with an axe in his previous life. Ok, so what? Children claim to have memories of silly things all the time, and are known to play with their imaginary friends, right?

“He then proceeded to show the village elders where the murderer buried his body, and sure enough they found a man’s skeleton there. He also showed the elders where the murder weapon could be found, and upon digging they found an axe there.

“In his book, Children Who Have Lived Before: Reincarnation Today, German therapist Trutz Hardo tells this boy’s story, along with other stories of children who seem to remember their past lives with verified accuracy. The boy’s story was witnessed by Dr. Eli Lasch, who is best known for developing the medical system in Gaza as part of Israeli government operation in the 1960s. Dr. Lasch who died in 2009 had recounted these astounding events of Hardo.
“The boy was of the Druze ethnic group, and in his culture the existence of reincarnation is accepted, his story nonetheless had the power to surprise his community. This is because his story contained pieces of information which he had no possible way of knowing which were verified to be true. When he was old enough to talk he told his family he had been killed by a blow to the head with an axe. It is customary for elders to take a child at the age of three to the home of his previous life if he remembers it.

“After arriving at the village the boy was able to remember all of the details of the village and the name of the person he was in a previous life. A village local said the man the boy claimed to be the reincarnation had gone missing four years earlier. His friends and family thought he may have strayed into a hostile territory nearby as sometimes happens.

“Here is where it gets cool. The boy also remembered the full name of his killer, and confronted the man who had killed him in his past life! The murderer’s face turned white, although he did not yet admit to the crime. The boy then said he could take the elders to where the body was buried. In that very spot they found a man’s skeleton with a wound to the head that corresponded to the boy’s birthmark. Nearby they also found the axe that was used as the murder weapon. The murderer then admitted to the crime after being faced with this evidence. Dr. Lasch was present through the whole process and testifies to this story.”

Dr. Stephen Lampe, who is also the author of Christian and Reincarnation, says: “The education and skills we acquire now will determine our future accomplishments.”

It is these foundational preparation and accomplishments that are the stuff of which prodigies are made from previous lives to dazzle our world of today.