NBT and Academic Excellence

Dr K.Loganathan

Dear Friends ,

It can be seen that a new concept of intelligence is emerging  in viewing it through the the use of Access Tests.  This notion of intelligence also appears to be enshrined in the Asian Psychological tradition but inextricably mixedup with religion and alchemy. Access Tests will help a scientific investigation of this notion and make it shine out as something immensely rational and true.  Later I shall elaborate that there is a notion of intelligence enshrined in the archetype of Murukan , a popular Deity among Tamils whose emblem is Njanavel,  the spear of Understanding , knowledge. I shall mention something very briefly here as well.

Among the very young children, intelligence shows itself in their capacity to extricate  themselves from the egocentric world of their own  and understand objectives realities as they are in themselves. Their cognitive processes are only incidentally  channeled towards UNDERSTANDING the reality as it is in itself and not  as imagined or fantasized by them.  but gradually success is attained . We can agree here with Piaget who emphasizes assimilation- accommodation processes that he borrowed from Biology. In NBT this capacity is disclosed when they are able to draw Baums that are realistic so that, looking at them, we can identify the Baum as coconut tree, Banana tree and so forth.  After functioning for several years along these lines (Piaget's concrete operational Stage) we have the emergence of Abstract Thinking  around the ages of 12 or 13 , sometimes even later. It is this capacity for abstract thinking that constitutes intelligence as such among the early and late adolescents.

Now with young adults ,  people roughly in the age group 18 to 30, and  the pre-senile active adults say from 30 to 50 or thereabouts, the workings of intelligence becomes very complicated because it takes a variety of forms. I shall describe only the most salient and that too in a general sort of way. Here we also meet with the Yantra concept of Tantric Psychology so important as elements of worship in Tantric Buddhism and Hinduism, that C.G Jung made a special point of studying. Though still tentative, I have a lot of confidence for the subjects concerned have been  studied quite closely across several years. And being an academic in a university, practically all the subjects studied happen to be people of this age group and the sample size is large.

One notable feature that distinguishes them from the earlier groups is that thereis strong pressure for sexual mating, seeking a life partner and establishing a family. Academic interests appear to be contrary to these and therefore there is inner battle between the two: seeking a life partner and attaining academic excellence. It appears only those who manage to REGULATE the sexual demands turn out to be academically successful.

Their Baums consists of the following:

1. a hexagon enclosed  by a circle  sometimes elongated a bit so that it is oval in shape. In some exceptional cases there is alao a large square enclosing the circle with hexagon inscribed within.

2. A large triangle either on its own or stacked up one on top of the other, sometimes empty within but sometimes with flower-like decorations

3.  A  large trunk with squares within and triangular shaped fruits  hanging on the branches.
These are the most salient personality characteristics of such individuals.

a. Not only they are sharp in thinking also less biased and more open towards the new and possibly different from their own cultural elements.  Such students also end up frequently as PhD candidates and produce dissertations of considerable originality.
b. Interest in philosophy and metaphysics seems very natural to them
c.  The young lady who started drawing such Baums at the age of 18 and  who is now  21 and a medical student is the top student in her class  and stands to win a coveted scholarship.  Though quite attractive with numerous admirers,  shows no interest in romance saying that the time hasn't come though she is not averse marriage as such later. Even when the parents encouraged it, she declined to get involved saying that it will interfere with her studies.
d. Another married lady in her late twenties refused to have children of her own despite strong social pressures saying that she prefers to lead a life of intellectual pursuits and service to humanity forms of life that she prefers to the normal She is also good singer and writer.

Now most of these Yantra Baums emerge only in C and D. But there are exceptional individuals whose Baums from A to B are variations of these. Such individuals, are very rare and they can be called the genius in the Kantian sense: poets , philosophers and thinkers of outstanding creativity and productivity.

Before I close this discussion I want to draw the attention of the readers to the following:

1. Such Yantras always come associated with the representations of Muruka archetype  as well as the abstract art forms  available in the Mosques throughout the Islamic world.

2. In terms of Tatvas we can see the circle as that of Bindhu (Yin) and the triangles , squares, hexagons and so forth that of Natham(Yang)

3. It is triangular forms of Natham, even on its own, that stands for high intelligence. The circular forms of Bindhu(Yin) on its own stands for worries and psychological miseries of various kinds.

4. The Yantra with the hexagon inscribed inside the circle annuls sexual pressures and allows an individual to lead the life of bramaccaaria or what's the same mANavan, one concerned with gaining illumination after illumination and through that furthering understanding.