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‘Young, free and single’.

These three words best describe

the mentality of today’s 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

yesterday’s children to become

tomorrow’s leaders...
    Swamishri With Youth

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...

    Question 5
During the International Youth Convention (Vidhyanagar, 1990) TV reporters interviewed Swamishri on the topic of education...

What are your views concerning the current state of education?Question : What are your views concerning the current state of education?

Swamishri : We no longer witness the type of mutual affection, care or bond which used to exist between a student and his teacher. If we can bring back that original feeling, then we will be able to produce youths with character. If we taught them the importance of dharma, niyams and character, our country would benefit greatly. In today’s education system, teachers are no longer eager to teach their students. They don’t feel that ‘these are my students, my children.’ There is so much scope for improvement.

How can we educate our students to follow dharma?

Swamishri : By teaching them scriptures such as the Mahabharat, Ramayan and the Upanishads. The students will be inspired by these to follow dharma.

Many youths are drawn towards this Sanstha. What’s the reason behind that?

Swamishri : My guru Yogiji Maharaj had a lot of affection for youngsters. He was a great Saint, a divine person. He never had any sort of hypocrisy and he never tried to keep up appearances. He was never egoistic nor did he have any prejudices. He had the qualities of a true Sadhu. His own life was very pure. His life was his message. He was an example for us all. Thus children and youths were drawn to him.

How would you describe an ideal youth?

Swamishri : An ideal youth has character, a pure life, a righteous nature, discipline in niyams and a desire to serve his country.

Many students become disillusioned in times of failure. What should they do?

Swamishri : Those who try to get ahead by their own efforts and without finding a true guru will become disillusioned in times of failure. But if they had a guru, a guide, then they would derive strength and inspiration and find solutions to their problems.
Secondly, people fail because of their immoral nature. Man degenerates because of his attraction to worldly pleasures. If we can realise their true form, control our senses and believe ourselves to be atma, then there won’t be any problems. If we can harness our senses and seek refuge in a true Saint, then all problems will be solved.

What is your message for today’s teachers and students?

Swamishri : Students should feel that ‘I am Indian; I should live a life of dharma and serve my country.’ Teachers should teach their students as if they were their own children. They should prepare them so that they grow up with high ideals such as to serve their country.

(24 May 1990, Vidhyanagar)

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