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Values in changing times

India is a country where people uphold values learnt at the feet of their grandparents, parents and Gurus. We would rather die than part with our values. But many persons today are shedding off the values learnt in childhood for materialistic gains. Rajyogi Brahmakumar Nikunj writes.

india Updated: Oct 19, 2012 01:00 IST
Rajyogi Brahmakumar Nikunj

India is a country where people uphold values learnt at the feet of their grandparents, parents and Gurus. We would rather die than part with our values. But many persons today are shedding off the values learnt in childhood for materialistic gains.

However, we still find many people in India who are developing and maintaining divine values. The whole world today is in much turmoil and confusion. We have lost all faith in God and fight over petty matters, giving the ‘I’ utmost importance instead of ‘We’ for whose welfare we were taught to workfor.

India believed in a joint family system for sticking together in joy and sorrow. But today, we find nuclear families, members of which do not know who to turn to in adverse circumstances as well as with whom to celebrate good times. As children we were taught an important value called, ‘Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise’.

However, today’s youngsters believe in burning the midnight oil and getting up late in the morning, due to which they cannot enjoy the beautiful sunrise; they do not get any physical exercise.

Our old values of thrift and shunning of material comforts are giving way to luxury and overspending. We have to educate our youth about values before they get lost in their quest for wealth and power. The onus is now on Educationists and Spiritualists to educate today’s generation about the ‘real’ wealth of our country.

(www.brahmakumaris.com)

(The writer is an international speaker, spiritual educator and experienced meditation teacher.)