PRESENT VIOLENT CAMPUS POLITICS IN BHARATHAM : - STUDENTS, SPIRITUAL LITERATURE AND SWAMI SIVANANDA-19.
Sub : STUDENTS, SPIRITUAL LITERATURE AND SWAMI SIVANANDA.- 19.
Sri Swami Sivananda
Ref : PRESENT VIOLENT CAMPUS POLITICS IN BHARATHAM : -
Respected family members of this great holy Nation.
*REQUEST ALL STUDENTS, PARENTS AND TEACHERS MUST READ THIS TOPIC
**IT IS URGENT IMPORTANCE IN THE PRESENT SITUATION OF THE NATION
19. An Important Question About “Upadesa” -
Ques: What, in essence, is Gurudev’s ‘Upadesa’ to students?
Ans: Well, I cannot possibly catalogue in detail Gurudev’s advice to students and young people; but, I shall certainly try to tell you his more important teachings.
(a) For students, the primary concern should be their studies.
(b) They should obey their parents and teachers and respect their elders.
(c) They should strictly avoid bad company, because a man becomes what his friends are, It is better to remain alone than to mix with bad company.
(d) Students should exercise self-control, maintain self-discipline and display self-confidence.
These are virtues which will not only stand them in good stead in their school and college days, but will also lead to success in every walk of life later on.
(e) Students should live a simple life and should adhere to the best in their national tradition and culture and give up imitation.
It is regrettable that our students should take to Western dress and modes of living, neglecting our own glorious culture bequeathed to us by our forefathers.
(f) Students should serve the poor, the sick and the illiterate.
This will develop in them virtues like selflessness, mercy and tolerance and enable them to mature into citizens worthy of their great country.
(g) Students should, of course, be regular and punctual. The time of youth is most precious and should never be wasted.
(h) It is important that students should take the greatest care of their health by taking Sattvic food, doing Asanas and exercises, playing games and so on.
The playground is as important as the school desk for young boys and girls.
“Work while you work and play while you play, for that is the way to be happy and cheerful.”
Students must be established in moral purity and Brahmacharya.
(i) Students should always remember God.
They should pray daily.
They should start and end every piece of work with God’s name.
Do not go away with the feeling that Swamiji Maharaj is very strict with students.
Almost all that I have said will be applicable to others also.
In fact, Swamiji—if at all he exercises partiality—exercises it in favour of young men and it is out of overflowing love for them and regard for their welfare that he gives all this advice.
Therefore, it is but fair that you should strictly obey his teachings.
Get by heart Swamiji’s “Song of Eighteen ‘ities” and you will have the essence of his teachings to young people in a few words.
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