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  1. Our parents are very possessive about us and they call us 8-10 times in a day. How long do we tolerate this?

    If you see the environment of today’s society, it is natural for parents to worry more for their children. They love you so much which is why they call and check on you more often. Why do you see it as a burden? When you think it is a painful burd ...
  2. Gurudev, can you please throw some light upon the competitive spirit that parents today are creating among children by pushing them to achieve higher scores in studies like 90-95% etc.?

    You should tell such parents to relax. It is a natural tendency to be competitive but they should not put too much pressure on the kids. Whatever percentage the child secures in the school exams, they should encourage the child and tell the child not to ...
  3. What recommendations or suggestions would you give to parents who want their children to be as happy and fulfilled in their life as possible?

    There are a number of things but I think we are short of time. Do not make them sit in the virtual world for too long. Kids usually sit in front of television or computer for hours. Please do not let that happen. They live in a virtual world. And also t ...
  4. Gurudev, tomorrow in America, we are celebrating Mother’s Day. You said that your mother was your first spiritual teacher. Could you say something about the spiritual values of motherhood, and may be a story about your own mother?

    Mother is the first connection for you to this manifest world. You came into this world through mother, and of course because of your father too. There is motherhood in each and every one of us. Motherhood is wanting the best for others and not ex ...
  5. 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 ...
  6. 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 ...
  7. 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 ...
  8. 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. ...
  9. 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. ...
  10. 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 ...
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