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
Away In Body, Close At Heart...
A debate was organised by students of the Akshar Purushottam Youth
Hostel in Vallabh Vidhyanagar. The topic of discussion was Shriji
Maharaj is ours because... After a vigorous debate the judgement
was left for Swamishri to decide...
visits London, thousands throng to the temple for his darshan and
blessings. The Sanstha takes on the responsibility for providing
parking space for their cars and to protect them from vandals. A
team of dedicated youths have taken it upon themselves to do this
seva. Every evening from 5:30pm to 10:30pm, in all types of weather,
be it rain, snow or sleet, one can find these youths standing along
the surrounding streets of the temple doing their seva. Of course,
this means that they never get the chance to go inside the temple
to enjoy the darshan of Swami, the discourses by the sadhus, the
cultural programmes and most important of all, Swamishris
blessings. Considering that Swamishri only comes to London every
two to three years, their sacrifice is enormous. Though they are
outside, Swamishri never forgets them. Often he sends them prasad
and sometimes he even gives a message over the walkie-talkie. He
even goes to the kitchen at night to make sure that there is hot
food ready for them when they come in from the cold. The most touching
moment is when Swamishri waits for them every night before he goes
to sleep. He meets them in his room and asks them about their seva.
And sometimes he may even give them advice on how to progress in
Satsang. In those 15 minutes, Swamishri makes up for those missing
katha hours. Here is one of those bedtime conversations...
Volunteer : Because of their seva these youths dont get the
opportunity to listen to discourses or have your darshan. What should
Swamishri : We do seva, but we should do it in such a way that if
a newcomer comes here, then he leaves impressed with our work. We
may be Satsangis but we all have our faults. If we develop understanding
by listening to discourses, if someone criticises us about our seva,
then we will be able to tolerate it. If we have understanding, will
we ever think, Why have they kept me so far away? Or
if we come in late at night from our seva and the food has run out,
still we wont get upset. Because you all do seva so well,
everybody is impressed.
Are you pleased by our seva?
Swamishri : Thats what Im telling you. Whatever we do,
if we do it to please God, then we will never be unhappy. We should
do seva with love and enthusiasm. If you work as a security guard
you have to stand for eight hours. There are always two guards outside
the Queen's palace [referring to Buckingham Palace]. They are not
even allowed to move. Here you can move about freely. If you make
a mistake, then God will forgive you. If we can accommodate everyone,
then it is a big seva!
We are happy just to have your darshan, thats all.
Swamishri : Thats all there is. By looking at God and His
Saint we experiencetranquillity.
Balto jalto atma, sant sarovar jay,
Satsang roopi laher ma, tarat tadho thay.
By looking toward God all our pains are healed. Everyone makes mistakes,
only God does not make mistakes. But we should never make mistakes
(28 July 1990, London)