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  1. Gurudev, how do I explain the concept of love to my young children? I found it very easy to relate to God, but the same doesn’t apply to my children.

    In the Upanishads there is a story, an 8 year old boy asks his father, ‘Daddy, what is God like?’ So the father took his child outside the house and asked him, ‘What was there before this house was built.’The child said, &l ...
  2. Gurudev, how to handle teenagers?

    There is an old Sanskrit proverb which says, ‘Praptetu shodase varshe, putram mitra vada chareth’. If your son or daughter becomes 16 years you should no longer be their parents, but you should become their friend. You should b ...
  3. Dear Gurudev, as a working mother, I cannot spend quality time with my child. In this modern age what is your advice to working mothers?

    Where there is a will there is a way. Children are not the problem. Here is Elonka, she has three little kids and with three little kids she would conduct courses. She would feed the baby then give it to someone to take care and then she would conduct the ...
  4. Dear Gurudev, when it comes to parenting, what is the difference between responsibility and attachment or bondage?

    When it comes to children, it is a sacred responsibility. Our responsibility is not just providing food, shelter and education. We should see that their mentality, emotions, intellect, thoughts and behavior is on the right track. This is necessary. ...
  5. Gurudev, how can we make our kids spiritually strong?

    Kids are naturally spiritual. Just keep them away from bad habits like smoking, drinking, and from violent activities and violent games, etc. If you do this, then they will naturally be spiritual. ...
  6. I’m a teacher of a junior high school. 15 year old girls say we might die tomorrow so we have to enjoy now. So they say alcohol and sex is important. They don’t take care of themselves. What should I do?

    This is misplaced knowledge. When anyways you are going to die, why do you have to drink and spoil your health. When anyways you are going to die, why do you have to have sex. Relax, anyways you will die. You can talk the other way around as well.Wh ...
  7. Gurudev, how to bring children who oppose the path onto the path.

    You know, a parent cannot influence their teenagers, but they can influence the friends of their children. So, before you become a good mother or a good father, you have to become a good uncle or aunt.The friends of your children will have more resp ...
  8. Gurudev, children get stuck with computers and cell phones. How to lead them onto a good path? It is very difficult to manage them actually.

    After sixteen years you must treat your children like friends.Nowadays, when children turn twelve or thirteen, you need to treat them like friends. Do not dictate terms to them, or be authoritative. Show love, be kind and friendly. Of course it is d ...
  9. Does acquiring power and authority- professionally and spiritually, give one the power to misbehave with one’s parents at home? Do you approve of such people?

    No, not at all. Both the parents and the children need to understand and be careful in this situation. For parents, I would advise them not to be overly strict with children. Remember what has been said in our scriptures. In the Nitishastra and ...
  10. With such a demanding lifestyle, how can one be a better parent and give quality time to children.

    You should never doubt your goodness because you can never be a bad parent at all. So just be yourself and if you happen to scold your children sometime, you should know it is necessary. Parents feel so guilty when they scold their childre ...
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