Children

Swami Sivananda Saraswati

The mind is like the sensitive plate of a camera. Whatever is exposed to the lens is registered on the sensitive plate behind. Even so, whatever is seen or heard is permanently impressed on the sensitive plate behind.

The minds of children are very impressionable. They are very plastic. Mothers and teachers should be very careful when they deal with children. They should not tell them anything that will frighten them. On the contrary they should tell them stories of chivalrous persons, which will make them bold and courageous. Even during the period of pregnancy, mothers should read inspiring books like Ramayana, Bhagavata, Mahabharata, if they wish to bring forth intelligent and brave children. Mothers, fathers and teachers should have at least an elementary knowledge of psychology. Then alone can they mould their children properly.

The sage Madalasaa sang the following cradle song when she rocked the cradle of her children: ''Suddhosi Buddhosi Niranjanosi Samsara - maya-parivarjitosi" - "O child. Thou art Pure Consciousness. Thou art stainless. Thou art devoid of maya and samsara." She made all her children sages.

The world is in dire need of women-sages like Madalasaa. The destiny of the world and children is in the hands of intelligent mothers.