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Swami Chinmayananda – Advice to Parents


When we sit down and try to analyze how to remould and recast our future, we see that it is certainly through the children of today who are going to be the leaders of tomorrow. We must supply them with a vision and teach them to have the courage and heroism to live up to their convictions.

We, the parents, must change. Children learn not from books. Higher values cannot be imparted to the students by institutions, by a society or a community, or even a committee.

Only when a plant is young and we are sincerely watching it, can we train the plant to grow straight. A plant can be trained but not a tree. If the tree has got a bend, it has got a bend - full stop! Then we can only trim the branches but not the trunk.