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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
    Strangers To Themselves...

A man once said, “When in Rome live as the Romans do.” It may seem to be a fair statement, but the fact remains that even if one lives as the Romans do, he will never be a ‘Roman’. Born and brought up in a foreign land, many Satsangi youths are faced with the perplexing question - ‘Who am I?’ Because they are citizens of another country and are taught to love that country, they naturally feel aloof from India and its way of life. Yet, there is always a deeper calling within them, a realisation that ‘I am different’, that there is more to their identity than just their place of birth and their passport. Knowing virtually nothing about their religion and its principles, they are strangers to themselves. Swamishri explains practical living for today and helps escape the melting pot...

    Question 1

Explain the greatness of seva and how we should do seva?

Swamishri : Great men do seva without any personal desires, praise, status or comfort. Whatever seva we get, we should do it. There should be no claims for a particular seva. We should do it only to please our guru. Look at the discipline in the army! A captain’s order is an order! Nobody questions it. Once the ‘leader’ gives the command to do something, then you have to do it. In London during the Cultural Festival of India, on the day of the Suvarna Tula Mahotsav, the ‘leader’ gave agna that all the volunteers should stay behind at the festival site. Some 200 - 300 youths stayed back at the site. They didn’t think that they’d missed out!
Wherever people were in seva, whether arrangements for them had been made or not, whether they ate early or late, still none of them began shouting or complaining. If we have a problem we should explain it to the appropriate person calmly. And leave it at that. A sevak should have no personal needs or wants.

What should we do to become ideal youths?

Swamishri : By obeying Shriji Maharaj’s agna we will become ideal youths. But not by wearing fancy clothes or having a dazzling appearance. Our thoughts and actions should be pure. We should be regular in our studies, in Satsang and in all activities in our life”

(20 July 1990, New York)

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