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மே 26, 2004

Guruji continued,

“There are seven things to be proud about India:

1. Our tourism potential and temples, etc.

2. Our culinary traditions – no other country has such a varied and rich

tradition (we all must also prepare and eat our traditional food! As

always, Guruji’s words are followed with action and 40 of us fortunate

mortals at the Williams residence in Gisborne were treated to a Divine

meal cooked by His Holiness on April 14. ) 3. Our jewellery, our clothes

4. Our spiritual knowledge, scriptures, literature, yoga, meditation 5.


6. our classical dances

7. Information Technology!

We must develop all these even more. We are great at self criticism – we

must stop this and be brave and bold!

We must develop self confidence in ourselves and in our traditions. We

should even teach them to others. Teach them our language through our

culture, through our spiritual knowledge. Each one of you must be an

ambassador of our country’s culture.

Make everyone your own. Do not do things superficially – do it with a

feeling of belongingness!

Q: How can we be happy in our life?

A: Are you happy now? Yes?! Continue the way you are!…..don’t grow

older, I refuse to grow up!

Q: What is the most valuable thing you can do to your children? Love? A:

Love is always there. You can’t but love your children. Educate them in

human values. Make them kind, make them strong.

Some children are kind but they can be easily hurt, they get easily

offended, they

become miserable. And some people are very strong but they are not

kind. You

have a challenge to make your children strong as well as kind. Sometimes


have to scold your children. Don’t bring them up in a goody-goody way

all the

time. It they are used to you getting angry with them then they will

not get upset

if someone else gets angry at them sometime in the future. Otherwise,


become very fragile, delicate and vulnerable. So sometimes you have to

scold them and put them on the right path.

Q: How often should we do it?

A: That you decide – I won’t tell you! ( Laughter)Don’t do it too often

or else they will go to the other side. It is like how much salt to put

in the food…..

Secondly, make children do some service. For instance when guests come


let the children serve them water, then take away the glasses, etc.

Teach children

how to give away. Usually children have a tendency to grab and hold on

to things – you must teach them to give.

Q: How do we teach our children our culture? They are caught between two

cultures. This is difficult for children as well as parents.

A: That’s why you must do weekend workshops for them, to make them


Like children question – what is the point in Aarati?

It signifies that like the light,

the flame, let my life always be around the Divinity, let it not be away

from the

Divinity! And then you put your hand to your eyes – signifying your

acceptance of the light, of the wisdom into your life.

People ask why there are so many Gods and Goddesses in India?

It is simple – God did not make one type of vegetable or one type of

fruit. God loves variety. The Divine also loves variety, and manifests

itself in many ways. Why do you want to put the Divine in one uniform?

He can choose any number of garments, costumes!

Teach all these things to your child. Why should we take Teertha?

It gives peace, calmness and love to our mind.

What is prasaada? It gives prasannata – blissful happiness?

Why do we put bindi (the dot on the forehead?

Doctor Solomon Victor

To stimulate the pituitary gland. When we think, we put our fingers on


forehead, and when we make a mistake we touch the back of the head! When

you stimulate the pituitary gland all glands in the body get stimulated.

Even men put the “tilak” of sandalwood paste, etc. Women are more


so to control the emotions, the bindi was insisted upon! Our alertness


increases if we put sandalwood paste – all this has been scientifically


In Karnataka we have a custom of “mirror and kalash” during marriage.

People carry the mirror and kalash (pot full of water with coconut and

leaves on top) in the front.

Do you know why?

Whenever someone comes to you, you show a mirror. When you see yourself

in a mirror do you smile or do you frown? If you show a mirror to an

angry person the anger goes away immediately, because when we have to

see our own face we only like to see a happy face! That’s why we show

the mirror to all visitors – it is believed that by this all our

distortions go away – anger, greed, jealousy, etc. And then the kalasha

follows, signifies the fullness in you. The mirror removes your

distortions, and then your fullness is revealed!

Be happy, come what may!!”

End of Talk.

Many thanks to Tribhovanji from Auckland for patiently recording this


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