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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 1

Students : We realise that concentration is essential for our studies. How can we develop deeper concentration while studying?

Swamishri : If you want to study well you need to be in a suitable atmosphere. You have such an atmosphere here (Akshar Purushottam Youth Hostel, Vidhyanagar). Secondly, we should follow the example of other good students and forget about going out to have fun. Thirdly, pray to God. This is very important. And you should take heed of the ideas taught to you by the sadhus.
Because of your age you will naturally think of the cinema. But we should pray that such thoughts leave our minds. We should live according to the rules of the hostel and always put in our best efforts. We should form a habit of revising continuously. Whether or not we remember anything, we should still keep revising. Once we become regular in that, we will be able to concentrate. While revising, we should stop and think, ‘What does it say? What have I learnt?’ Just as we remember God in all our activities, we should also try to remember what we have read. Especially if we want to achieve over 85% in 12th grade. Even during our vacation our thoughts should be turned to our upcoming studies, that’s real concentration.

The social climate outside is so bad that it’s hard to control our eyes and ears.

Swamishri : That’s why we’ve founded the Gurukuls (hostels). If we make a small effort, then we can earn God’s grace. Everything here is so convenient for us yet we are still lured outside because it appears so appealing that we simply feel like going out there. But if we keep away from bad company, then it will not be difficult to stay away. We already have deficiencies from our past lives and on top of that, there are so many temptations. Only if we have a firm goal that, ‘I want to study’ will we be able to avoid trouble. One thought we should always keep in our minds is that we should never do anything which may disrupt our studies. Even if we are offered 100,000 rupees!”

But we become nervous as soon as we enter the exam hall ...

Swamishri : If we haven’t revised properly, of course we will be nervous! But if we have studied hard for the exam, what is there to be nervous about? Why should we worry about such things as ‘What types of questions will be asked?’ or ‘Will I pass?’ Such negative thoughts only depress us. If you can’t answer a question, leave it till last and go on to the next one. First answer all those you do know. But if we think, ‘I won’t be able to do it’, then that is our weakness. We shouldn’t be pessimistic. From the start, form a habit to see only good things and to imbibe only good qualities.

(7 August 1986, Vidhyanagar)

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