How should we reform and guide children from a very young age and why is it important? Bhagawan lovingly reminds us today quoting from the life of Mahatma Gandhi.
If Gandhi, who was an ordinary person, was able to achieve greatness and world renown, it was because of the lessons in good behaviour which he learnt from his mother. His mother used to observe a vow: she would take her food only after the cuckoo sang in the morning. Once when Gandhi was a boy, his mother was waiting for a long time to hear the call of the cuckoo. Observing this, Gandhi went out of the house, imitated the call of the cuckoo, came in and told his mother that the cuckoo had sung and that she could take her food. The mother, who saw through her son’s trickery, slapped him on the cheek and said, “You wicked fellow! What sin must I have committed to bear a son like you?” She felt extremely sad that such a child should have been born to her. Her grief touched the heart of Gandhi. From that moment, Gandhi took a firm resolve never to utter a lie again. For such a life of purity and virtue, the parents were primarily responsible.
– Divine Discourse, May 06, 1992