Spiritual questions answered by Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji
Q. Kindly advise us on how parents can impart good moral values to their children.
A. In days yonder, joint family system was in vogue. The elders in the house imparted moral values to the younger generation that lived with them and made them spiritually sound. The very family surroundings and the elders provided a good learning environment for the children.
In today’s fast-paced life, the joint-family system is no more prevalent. In such a life-style, there are few opportunities to impart moral values to children. But, whatever is implanted in the hearts of the little ones remain with them until the end. It is the values that are taught to children that keep them on the right path. Even if the surroundings and situations may distract the youth from his right path, he will eventually come back to the right track, thanks to the values he had imbibed in his childhood.
So it is the responsibility of the parents to inculcate good values in the youngsters right from childhood. They should tell them the stories of great Mahans like Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Ramana Maharshi, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and so on. They should include them in all the religious and spiritual activities that they conduct and participate in.
They should always pray to the Guru for their children.
Q. I always like to keep on listening to Bhagavata when rendered by someone, but I am unable to do japa or meditation. What am I to do?
A. It is enough if one can keep listening to Bhagavata. Did not Parikshit attain liberation just by listening to Bhagavata told by Sage Shuka? Parikshit did not do any meditation.
Likewise, a Brahmarakshas (demon) named Dundhukari was liberated just by listening to the
Bhagavata. Hence, sincere listening will suffice.
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