Now we are facing little children. They are the ones who are incarnations. They are the ones who are going to lead humanity into some great advancement – the humanity has to be looked after. They are tomorrow’s humanity. And we are today’s.
And what are we giving to them for them to follow? What is their aim in life? Very, very difficult to say. But with the Sahaja Yoga they will all go in the proper way, they’ll behave in a proper way and the whole thing will be a different mass of Sahaja Yogis coming up.
But it is the duty of bigger Sahaja Yogis to look after them; to have better moral standards, to have better lives so that they follow your life and become genuinely good Sahaja Yogis.
It’s a very big responsibility, perhaps we don’t recognize it, we don’t understand, but all these are little creatures which are after the image of great souls and they should be brought up in that way, respected in that manner and loved with great care. This is to be understood.
The problem with our elderly people is this that we do not consider them to be considered, to be bothered about, to be understood about. We think we are too intelligent, too good and we need not waste our energy with them. This is the trouble of the elderly people.
But today when we are sitting here to worship Shri Ganesha, we should know they are all incarnations of Shri Ganesha and they should be given proper attention, proper understanding about themselves. I find certain amount of children who are very well-behaved, which are very sensible, and there are some who have no idea as to what they are doing.
So it is the duty of the elders to put ideas into their heads, to proper understanding about themselves and the self-respect. Same thing I would say for the elder Sahaja Yogis who have to look after their younger brothers and sisters.
In this family of ours which we call as Sahaja Yogis, there are all kinds of people, all types, all behaviors. Of course they should not be regimented, there should not be uniformity, but in that variety there should be this beauty, there should be beautiful trend of being one with each other.
For that, what should we do, is the problem. What should the elders do to achieve that? What is our solid ‘contribution’ to their lives? The first will be to tell them who is Shri Ganesha, and that what are the qualities of Ganesha, what does he represent.
What does he represent, what qualities he has – and once they start understanding, that though being a little boy, he’s so generous, he’s so kind, he’s so forgiving – they’ll be amazed because they are also small and they’ll also take to that kind of life.
I find some children very sensible, very good here. Some are naughty and some don’t understand what we are doing here. Whatever it is, they are after all children. And what we have to do is to look after them, respect them, and give them the full idea about Shri Ganesha.
Shri Ganesha Puja
Cabella Italy, 13th September 2003