ENCOURAGING GOOD HABITS
Once, in Thiruccherai, a 4-year old Saaranathan approached an Aacharya (Guru) and asked, “Swami! Can I recite a Bhagavad Gita shloka for you?”
Despite his very tight schedule, the Aacharya affectionately replied, “Of course!”
Saaranathan happily recited his favourite chapter. Aacharya was pleased with his effort and filled the young boy’s hands with prasaadh.
Aacharya asked, “Would you like to recite anything else?”
Saaranathan jumped at the opportunity and recited “Pachchaimaa malai pol méni” from “Thirumaalai”. Pleased, Aacharya gave him more prasaadh.
Saaranathan asked “Are you happy with me, Guru?”
Swami patted him on the back and replied, “Yes, I am happy. Very happy indeed.”
Aacharya then blessed Saaranathan and gave him more prasaadh. That day left Saaranathan elated. His hands overflowed with prasaadh and his heart overflowed with joy because of the love and patience his Guru had showered on him.
Years later, Saaranathan holds dear this profound memory filled with the sweetness of love.
For parents to ponder and reflect upon:
- Learn from Aacharya’s example and spare time for your children.
- Acknowledge children’s good behaviours regardless of how minor. Be specific in your praise.
- For example: “You recited the long Gita chapter so well. I can see how hard you worked” and NOT “You are so smart”
Encourage children to memorise and recite inspiring stories and spiritual texts that offer important life lessons.
Caution children about their negative habits in private, with empathy and understanding.
- Offer guidance on what they should do instead of simply what they should not do.
- For example: “Let’s read an interesting story instead of watching TV” and NOT “Do not watch TV”
Here is the much awaited simple yet mindful worksheet for this episode! Work on it with your loved ones and share completed worksheets in comments below. Inspiration is always a double edged tool, will certainly encourage us further to share more useful resources.
Stay tuned for another positive reflection to bloom for Day-3..!