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
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
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 captains
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 didnt think that theyd missed
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 Maharajs 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
(20 July 1990, New York)