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Title: Teaching children

User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2006-03-07 18:55:00


i would like to know about the best ways to teach the dharma to my child,she knows that saying the mantras make me smile and happy, she wants to hearstories about krishna and his pasttimes, but what books are good for her 4 yearold mind?how do i introduce her to it best? i know that setting the example, as chlidren learn buy there parents example.


Answer by Swami Gaurangapada:


she likes going to visit the local temples, watching the what she calls thetemple movie "a ramayana cartoon" , and likes her temple toy , a jungle book toya of a indian girl doll with a pottu mark on it.


she wants me to read books on krishna and rama instead of about mundanestorys for children.i think she feel the passion i have when reading themand my bordem at reading about monsters inc. and toy story.

of course i tellher i dont like reading them i want to read about krishna instead she says" ohread them they are better."


††† please give me good examples and advice about teaching her about thedharma,also about behavior control as i do not spank or give strangepunishments as they are useless and cruel.


i know her age is a factor but she is unusually demanding and attentiongetting in public and at friends homes when its meal time.many of thesebehaviors are mine as nothing she does bothers me as i remember being her ageand i know the feelings she has.


i also know if she takes after me seh willread about religion profusely at a young age(i started at 7 read books onparanormal, psychics, and the brotherhood of the rosey cross, norse religion by9 yrs i was into political science and nationalist books by 14 reading aboutmasons and kabbalistic symbolism and druids ), but all the knowlage of scripturewill not build love of krishna.




I would request the householder devotees to help Krish in this regard aboutinculcating spiritual values to his daughter.


Yes, one should make her chant and sing the Holy Names as much as possibleeven trickily and tell her interesting stories of baby Gauranga and baby Krishnafrom Chaitanya Bhagavata, Chaitanya Mangala and Shrimad Bhagavatam.


Some interesting verses from Chanakya Pandita which were quoted by Shrila Prabhupada are as follows:


Niti Sastra

lalayet panca-varsani

dasa-varsani tadayet

prapte tusodase varse

putram mitra-vad acaret


One should fondle one's child up to the point of five years old. Thereafterone should be strict and correct the child for the next ten years. But whenone's child reaches the age of sixteen one should act as a friend towardshim.

(Canakya Pandita)


Niti Sastra

lalane bahavo dosas

tadane bahavo gunah

tasmat putram casisyam ca

tadayen na tu lalayet

Leniency encourages bad qualities in a child or student, and strictness helpsdevelop good qualities. Therefore, a parent or teacher should not pamper a childor student but be strict and correct them. (Canakya Pandita)


Yoursin service, Swami Gaurangapada.