Sunday, November 25, 2007

Your child and God

When I was a child I grew up seeing my mother pour water to tulsi and pray in the morning, at sunset again light diya in front of god and tulsi and then recite prayers. Both my parents are not so very stict in following all the rituals but would everyday keep a particular time for prayers. Infact my father loved listening to Bhimsen Joshi, Suman Kalyanpur, Sudhir Phadke, Lata Mangeshkar records. Every now and then he would play these records in the night and all of us would switch off the lights and just listen to these melodious bhajans. We used to enjoy these times and would really feel at peace .We would also all sit together and join my mother when she used to sing bhajans in the evening.

Now I feel my children too need some anchor in life where they can hold onto God in their day to day life. So once they come back from play and after a wash we sit together and sing a few prayers. I want them to get into this habit so that what power gave me strenghth in times of distress they too will be strong in their faith and move forward in life.

As a mother I really feel in these times when our children are being brought up in such materialistic world what with so much of societal and peer pressure that they have to undergo I feel so very scared to think what they have to go through in future. every day close home they are exposed to such ghastly events taking place it becomes so difficult as a parent to explain why people are resorting to so much of violence, cheating etc. Even in their day to day life in very small ways they see injustice happening and they themselves resorting to telling lies,cheat and so on. As children they believe everything to be black and white. So it becomes difficult to explain certain things.

At these times I feel if they are given something to lean on to in times of distress maybe when they go to higher classes and have to face the pressure of studies, when they go to a hostel and away from their family,they would understand the power of prayer though right now they do it mechanically.

So although they are in that time of life where lifestyle is so fast and more leaning towards western culture let us give a better anchor to our childrenright from a young age . What say you?

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