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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
    Far 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...
    Question 3

Youth : Gunatitanand Swami says, ‘There are many who cook, many who write and many who do other such activities, but these activities are only for our bodies. But what has to be done is something else... Remembering the image of God...’ Where is Ekantik dharma mentioned in this talk?

Swamishri : We have to eat, don’t we? Because it is the agna we have to do it, or else we’d starve! We should do everything according to agna. If the guru says so, we’d even have to graze cattle... We have to do all activities. But we should recognise our company. We should sit with those who won’t lead us astray... If it's seva or katha, all are the same. There are many different talks because each one is said according to the situation. For example, Gunatitanand Swami has also said, ‘What will you achieve by following niyam-dharma? True Satsang is atmabuddhi!’ So we should put niyam-dharma on the side? No. We should realise that each talk is said due to particular circumstances. Maybe there was a man in the audience who was firm in his niyam - dharma but who was finding faults in other devotees. We should always bear this in mind.

(25 November 1991, Vidhyanagar)

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