GIVING YOUR CHILDREN THE GIFT OF SPIRITUALITY & SATSANG
A sadh-guru asked a devotee, “Does your child perform daily puja and prayer?”
“No, Swami” the father answered.
“Well, does your child go to the mandir regularly to attend bal sabha – the children’s spiritual classes?”
The father once again replied, “No”.
Does he/she bow down in reverence to you and the elders?”
“But, your father taught you these satsang values. Don’t you want to teach the same to your child?”
“Swami, I never force my child to do anything.”
“Do you really never force him/her? the guru asked. “Not even when he/she is sick and refuses to take his/her medicines? What if he/she refuses to attend school or take exams? What if he/she decides to start vandalising your home? Do you really never force him/her to do anything?”
The father had no response, hence remained silent.
The sadhu-guru continued, “Our poorvaacharyaas have said that satsang is our heritage; it should be cherished and shared with others. Preserving sating in your family will preserve essential values in your child. When you instil sating values in your child, everyone benefits. Please encourage your child to establish these sating routines in life”.
The father realised the disservice he was doing in failing to pass the gift of sating to his child.
We should similarly strive to pass on sating to our children.
For parents to ponder and reflect upon:
- Visit the mandir/your place of worship as a family
- Make sure your children participate in the children’s activities in the mandir/your place of worship
- Do regular gear sabha (divine activities at home), in which you can teach your children about faith, gurus, shastras and values. Make char sabha enjoyable for children. This will encourage them to deepen their faith in God and gurus.
- Teach your children “your mother tongue”, so they start to appreciate sating books and discourses. Encourage them to speak in your mother tongue with your family!
Here is today’s worksheet to relish as a family. Do share completed worksheets with us in the comments section below. We hope to derive inspiration from each and every one of you.