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Special :: Close encounters of the paranormal kind Saturday, July 28, 2001
SWATI SUCHARITA, The Times of India News Service
Despite the sizeable crowd, there is a hushed silence in the room. A bearded man talks softly and reassuringly to a young woman who has a photograph of a relative (now dead) open on the desk in front of him. The woman is moved to tears when Kartik Trivedi, the bearded man, passes on news from the deceased in a low octave.
A fine arts teacher at Texas, US by profession, Trivedi calls himself a 'clairvoyant with a mystical mind'. In Ahmedabad since the past two months, he has been helping relatives of the quake-deceased getting in touch with the latter. Be it the ill-fated Shikar Apartments, Mansi Complex or the Swaminarayan Vidyalaya, Trivedi has managed to assuage the still-raw grief of many family members of the deceased by communicating with the dead.
"I had this ability to predict things even as a child, though my father never listened to me. For instance, I would inform my mother that uncle is not going to turn up today as it was raining. Though my mother would be slightly disbelieving as it was bright and sunny at our place, it would soon transpire that uncle would not actually turn up. The next day, when he came he would actually tell us that he wasn't able to come as it had been raining in his village!", recalls the 62-year-old bachelor.
As he grew up, he would have several such fantastic experiences such as "seeing paintings that he has never seen before, or hearing music from all dimensions."
As providence would have it, it was while he was working as a lecturer at Somnath College in Veraval, that the US ambassador John Kenneth Galbraith happened to visit in the mid-60s. "He happened to see some of my paintings and wrote me a nice, long letter on going back, encouraging me to go to the US for higher studies in fine arts.
"I eventually moved to the US in 1967 and did an MA in art history from Cleveland, Ohio in 1973 and then a MFA (Masters of Fine Arts) from Kent State University, Kent, Ohio in 1975.
His first serious brush with the 'paranormal' world was in 1974 when one early morning at 5 am while still in bed, he heard a voice narrating something that did not quite make sense then as he was asleep. When I looked up, I saw this golden halo, which looked like clouds floating approaching. "In telepathic language, I felt the halo conveying to me that I had been a musician in Germany in my previous incarnation. I was also told that a house was being preserved for me in heaven which would be filled up with music, and that eventually I would be taken back to the world of music!"
What was even more fascinating, adds Trivedi, was when he visited the Cleveland library soon after this incident and borrowed a book on para psychology. "To my utter surprise, in the book was a special chapter on "Coming of the Golden Clouds"!
And so began his musical sojourn, learning the piano and eventually playing classical ragas (he had been a student of Hindustani classical vocal) on the piano, and eventually gaining an MA degree in world music from San Jose State University in 1979. "I had an offer from Polydor, Mumbai, which with due regards to them, I rejected as I did not have that kind of time," says the man who claims to have foreseen the assassination of both Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi, and in fact had informed the latter of a gruesome end in South India.
On being queried about his response to sceptics, he replies, "Just because people stop believing in the supernatural does not mean that these things don't exist. My message to them is simple, keep your minds and hearts open. After all, even Harvard University has a department of para psychological studies, there is a scientific body of knowledge emerging to explain these phenomena."
In fact, Trivedi says he was initially hesitant in disclosing his insights, till he was told by his spiritual guru in the US that "he was becoming like a pond with accumulated water instead of a river that he was meant to be."
Smiling wryly he says, "We have a humorous name for the organisation of like-minded people we have floated in Ahmedabad, it is called the Paranormalia Ahemadabadia Lokoni mandali!".
News Source : Times Of India News Service [ Lightning News ]
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