What is that you really fear?’, I asked
Some said Death, what happens if I die, what will happen to my children? Some said uncertainty. Some said they are afraid of hurting someone and so on…
‘I am afraid that I will not be able to bring my son to the path of spirituality’, I said and continued….
Nitai Sevini Mataji in one of her lectures has said, ‘ as a woman, as a mother and your success as a mother depends on whether you succeed in kindling/ awakening the love for Krishna in your child’s heart.’
But to do that are you equipped enough? Have you realised the truth yourself? How will you convince your child, if you are not convinced yourself?
A mother once took her child to a saint, ‘Swamiji,my son eats too much of chocolates even though the Dentist has asked him not to. His teeth have begun to rot and yet he doesn’t listen to me. Swamiji thought a while and asked her to come with her child after four days. The lady returned after four days, the Swami called the boy near him, patted him on his back and said lovingly, ‘Son stop eating chocolates from today else you will lose all your teeth’ The woman took the child home. But from that day he never ate any chocolates. His mother was astonished. She returned to the Swami in some days and asked, ‘Swamiji when I asked my son not to eat chocolates he didn’t listen to me but you said once he listened. How? And why did you call us after four days when you could ask him to stop the very first day. The Swami smiled and said, ‘I couldn’t advise him the very first day because I too had the habit of eating chocolates. How could I convince him without convincing myself? That is why I called you in four days. First I convinced myself and then when I advised him, he listened.
So How good are you or how good is your sadhana? First make yourself capable to bring your child to the path of bhakti.
Firstly do you believe that Krishna indeed is the supreme personality of Godhead? Yes, He is. In the eighth shloka of the tenth chapter He himself proclaims to be so.
iti matva bhajante mam budha bhava-samanvitah
Secondly, how surrendered are you? Are you willing, are you ready toallow him to take charge of yourself? In the 66th shloka of the 18th chapter Krishna says
aham tvam sarva-papebhyo moksayisyami ma sucah
Thirdly, what are you going to do to satisfy or to make Krishna happy? This needs practise. Your consciousness should change from me to Him. Meaning whatever you do, you should do with the bhava of satisfying Him.
To develop this bhava it is not so difficult. Show your gratitude in every step? Thank him for what He has given you. Thank Him for the home that He has given you, thank him for the food, thank Him for the bed you sleep on etc.
Once you come to the level of gratitude start your devotional service with the nine ‘angas’ ofdevotional service- shravanam, kirtanam, Vishnu smaranam, pada sevanam, vandanam, arcanam, dasyam, sakhyam, atma nivedanam.
And what happens when you become a devotee and serve Him?
bhakto ‘si me sakha ceti rahasyam hy etad uttamam (4.3)
tesam nityabhiyuktanam yoga-ksemam vahamy aham
So those are just two inferences which happen when you become a devotee. In my own life I have witnessed how Lord has held me in His hands and led me out of difficult circumstances.
Once you are firm with your belief, start with your child? For this there is a simple acronym RIP. Rip through maya, from this material existence. And what is this RIP :
Read with the child books like BhagavadGita, Bhagvatam, CaitanyaCaritamrita. Read at least for half an hour. Let the child soak in our heritage through our books
Involve them in activities like aarti, altar cleaning and decoration, preparing of bhoga.
Prasadam. Prasadam is potent.Feed them sumptuous prasadam. And see how they evolve
Excerpts from a class taken on 15th May@ Bahrain