free and single.
These three words best describe
the mentality of todays youth.
They are at a delicate transition
in their lives, expected by society
to be responsible and yet by that
same society trusted with
sponsibilities or allowed to think
for themselves. It is a period
where they have to leave their
childhood dreams and accept the
realities of life. If we can learn to
trust them, to respect their views,
to treat them as the young adults
they are - and at the same time
still love them as we did when
they were children, then may be
they will be able to accept these
realities and take on the task to
improve the world we live in.
If not, they may rebel against
society and in effect, against us.
We can see Swamishri preparing
yesterdays children to become
Every student faces a dilemma. He has to achieve a balance between
the demands made upon him. The tension of exams, the pressure from
the family to excel and of course, the temptations of society. Whatever
he does, right or wrong, is ultimately reflected in his results. Teaching
them the formulae and calculations of life, Swamishri educates them
in how to survive in and out of the classroom...
|With medical students...
Swamishri : All of you must keep Satsang. Stay within our niyam-dharma
and dont pick up any addictions. We should lead a pure and
simple life in which we can serve the people. We dont want
to become second rate doctors. We should study hard so we can be
worthy of serving our country. Basically keep God in the forefront
of all that you do and dont become obsessed with earning money.
If our earnings increase, then we waste our life in idle pursuits
and in buying unnecessary luxuries. But if we lead a decent life,
then even if we are millionaires we wont have any problems.
We should always seek refuge in God, whether we hold the most dignified
position in the entire world or live in a small hut. And finally,
pray to God every day.
Why cant we realise the greatness of extraordinary men in
their own lifetime?
Swamishri : We can only see in them what is in us. When we look
at them we only see a reflection of our own faults and shortcomings.
But no matter how we see them, they are pure. We have deficiencies
but they dont. We should understand this greatness.
(17 March 1991 Bhadra)