Nomadic Kids

Based on nomadic culture, Mongolians have their library only in their “Tseej erdem” through generations. But this is not just a form of mental recognition. Erdem itself means “Knowledge through intelligence”. Nomads educate their children with practical daily life-based activities that one day will allow them to acquire Erdem about a different aspect of life. This knowledge should stay in their “Tseej”, meaning that it’s in their intelligence.

First of all, it’s because of their lifestyle. Nomads move 2-4 times a year, and its reason lies with a deep philosophy corresponding to their environmental intelligence. They don’t stay in one place to use all the grass and destroy the land. Instead, they move from place to place, and this way the environment stays sustainable and wild eternally. Additionally, their animals nourish with a new and fresh pasture when they change the place.

Nature is the supreme of everything. All knowledge comes through the understanding of nature and its phenomena. Authentic nomads call and see their god as the sky. Bluish and deep space correspond to their innermost beauty. That’s why we can see praises, songs, poems, artworks, and legends about the sky in all ages throughout their history. Children first learn this philosophy of sky and nature from their parents. It’s very natural that kids start to have close contact with their domestic animals. Once kids realize the connection between nature and animals, they start to learn their role for this connection. Parents teach their kids about all this through their songs, poems, tales, and games.

Life is harder than the city-based civilizations there. But they grow strong. They grow in a totally different way in many senses. More intuitive, free-minded, often they are called as wild, but wild in a sense of free-minded, they know what is the limit and not to harm others and nature. Nomadic kids are aware of their environment around, and the relationship between animals and all the livings.


A Few Thoughts About Universal Responsibility.

Universal responsibility is the best foundation both for our personal happiness and for world peace, the equitable use of our natural resources, and, through a concern for future generations, the proper care for the environment.

Many of the world’s problems and conflicts arise because states and individuals have lost sight of the basic humanity that binds us all together as a human family. As politicians are running states, it tends to be forgotten that despite the diversity of race, religion, culture, language, ideology, and so forth, people are equal in their basic desire for peace and happiness.

Today, human civilization has entered the new millennium with many ailments such as economic crises, political distrust and social confusion, environmental problems, psychological depressions, nuclear disasters, and so on… Those problems and disasters have been created by human beings and cannot be ignored. If we consider our future generations and our world community’s survival, we should find a way to solve these problems and disasters.

Dr. Samael Aun Weor, a thinker of social sciences and anthropology, once said that there are a number of events and negative external problems, but the reason for those negative problems lies internally. It explains that disasters, crises, and problems are showing themselves externally, but the reasons and foundations are internal. So, our internal states today should require human beings to think twice. International communities and states do a lot for the world community, but we are missing the internal sense or understanding of universalism by responsibility.

We, everybody, can have enough sense to protect nature with its components and sustain responsibility toward our future creatures and generations. It’s natural, as given our ancestors provided us a place to live today.

So, any human action, whether the result is positive or negative, largely depends on motivation. If the motivation is sincere then every human action can be positive – including political initiatives. If our motivation is not adequate or pure, even religion becomes smeared for example. It’s a motivation and attitude for optimism, with its sense of acting for the world community as a family.

The most secure foundation for the new world is not simply broader political and economic alliances, but each individual’s genuine practice of love and compassion. These qualities are the ultimate source of human happiness, and our need for them lies at the very core of our being.

The practice of compassion is not idealistic, but the most effective way to pursue the best interests of others as well as our own. The more we become interdependent the more it is in our own interest to ensure the well-being of others.

Morally, as beings of higher intelligence, we must care for this world. The other inhabitants of the planet, insects and so on, do not have the means to save or protect this world. Our other responsibility is to undo the serious environmental degradation that is the result of incorrect human behavior. We have recklessly polluted the world with chemicals and nuclear waste, selfishly consuming many of its resources. Humanity must take the initiative to repair and protect the world.

And moreover, we are all human and we all want a better and peaceful world. So the proper motivation is that care for the other’s interest is urgent. The world leaders and nation-states should encourage innovative dialogue on the ways in which members of the public can strengthen the peace process through people-to-people and leaders to leaders. They should encourage proper motivation which is based on the greater sense of universal responsibility as Dalai Lama calls for. It’s not only about a religious approach; it’s the urgent need to deal with current problems that can erase the entire human existence.

We in world politics only talk and know about rights. Now it’s an urgent time to consider the “Human Responsibility”, “Nations Responsibility” and “World as a Global Responsibility”.

It’s the only way to save humanity, nations, and global survival.

Our Vision

I recalled my grandparents’ visions about nature. Humble and inspired greetings to milky stars and misty mountains, breathing the fresh morning air with the earth’s caring spirit, touching the great silence of winter nights, and riding the winds on horseback. These values start to call me back strongly towards what I have experienced in my childhood in the Altai mountains.

Everything there is tied to mother earth. As time passes and with the changing world, we have followed. There is nothing bad about following the changing worlds but we need to keep these deep values that we have learned and experienced with our nomadic grandparents. I know that is what our mother earth hopes for us. That is why I started Mongolian Handicrafts.

I started to develop more respect for natural things like fabrics, foods, lifestyles, etc. On the other hand, I started to refuse synthetic, nylon, and anything that comes out of petrol.

Wool is sustainable and renewable. Naturally, yaks, camels, sheep, goats, and other domestic animals are growing their hair, and depending on where they live, they develop different types of wool. Some are itchy, but some are soft like silk. Specially cashmere and pure yak down. Any wool becomes softer and less itchy by its usage. Because wool is an alive substance. It feels the wearer and creates an affinity towards mother earth.

In the end, I would suggest people re-experience the wool world and respect its mystic characters while using it.