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...
In studies as in life, we resolve to work hard but after
a short time we lose momentum. Why?
Swamishri : If we have enthusiasm, we wont fall back. If we
are mentally determined, we will not notice any obstacles which
come in our way such as laziness, procrastination or even pain.
We just put them behind us. But because we have a passion for this
world we squander our lives after it. If we are keen about something,
then that is all we think about. We need such enthusiasm. One who
is eager wont think about food or drink or films. Our sadhana
is to persevere! There is nothing that can deter eagerness. Shastriji
Maharaj had such determination and thus he never took a step back
in his life. If we are not keen and if two people try to divert
us, then we will be diverted. Whilst doing one job we get drawn
to another. If we are keen we will never get diverted.
What one thought will help us to keep progressing in
Swamishri : Our goal should be to please God; then we will not have
any problems. Or if we have intense love for the Satpurush and then
do seva, regardless of time and place we will not have any problems.
Through which activity are you extremely pleased?
Swamishri : We should be constantly aware of whether or not we are
following each and every one of Shriji Maharajs commands,
big or small. But we shouldnt pay heed to anything else. Faithfulness
- not doing bhakti of anyone else. We should respect other devas
but we should always keep Shriji Maharaj in the forefront of all
our conversations and all our work. We have seen this in the lives
of Shastriji Maharaj and Yogi Bapa - one aim, one vision to follow
the commands of God and guru.
(23 February 1990, Vidhyanagar)