counsellor - How can I
convince my child to...
A visionary - Who was I in my
A psychologist - How can I cope
with the guilt...
A friend in need - Why did God
take my son and not me...
A guru - How can I progress
on the spiritual path...
The many roles of Swamishri.
Sometimes we can catch a glimpse
of all these within the space of
just a few hours. He opens his
doors to the world, and for those
who walk in, he opens the doors of
their hearts, letting in light where
there was once darkness.
Meaning Of Life
Freelance journalist Kaushik Joshi interviewed Swamishri concerning
the problems faced by Satsangi families in a non-Satsangi society...
In an effort to stop our children from going to our neighbour's
house to watch TV, we buy a TV set of our own. But now we have lost
control. How can we teach them what they should and should not watch?
Swamishri : Although there is a lot we can learn from TV, it is
also a menace. Through it, all of our traditions are being washed
away. Many bad habits are learnt directly from the TV. Thats
why its best for devotees not to buy a TV. But if we dont,
then there is always the risk that our children will simply go and
watch it next door. But there is a solution. We should gently convince
them not to watch TV. If we explain the disadvantages of TV patiently
and lovingly, then in the long run it will have a greater effect.
Also, we should offer them some alternatives to TV such as Satsang,
ghar-sabha, bal-sabha and suitable reading books. And if the child
is talented, arrange for him to take classes in singing, music,
art, etc. Slowly they will draw away from the TV - that is the only
way. The child should feel in his heart that -I should not
watch TV. However, first we have to believe that ourselves,
before we can teach them. Only then will this menace disappear from
our homes. Otherwise there is no controlling what they watch.