Loving Nature, How to enrich the lives of children?

An e-devotee who is practising Hindu philosophy and the love of nature wonders why her friends don't feel the same way. Gurudeva explains how before the First World War everyone appreciated nature. He says that she is doing the right thing and is setting a wonderful example for all to follow. Another e-devotee wonders how she can enrich the lives of youth. Gurudeva shares when to treat children as a child, as an adolescent, a young adult and an adult.

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A very interesting question from anonymous, cyber cadet in Minnesota, who's practicing out of her soul all the Hindu philosophy and the love of nature, ants and bees and birds and trees. Wondering why her American friends don't feel the same way.

You need an e-mail friend and we're going to provide you with one. You'll be receiving an e-mail very soon from another person just like yourself. You're setting a very wonderful example for the America people who ignore nature. Before the First World War everyone appreciated nature, the streams, the wild flowers, the grass, the bees and the birds and everything about it. But then things changed after two World Wars here in this country. Your fresh approach that comes from your soul of ahimsa, not hurtfulness for anything, physically, mentally or emotionally or anyone or any plant or any small insect. It's a wonderful example for all Americans to follow. So you're doing the right thing. Keep doing what you're doing and get your happiness by making other people happy.

A new cyberspace cadet from hotmail.com, Parvati, who's recently come from India to the United States. Wondering how she can enrich the children's lives here in this country.

There are two or three things you can do Parvati, one is change the idea within Indian culture that a child is a child until he's thirty or thirty-five years of age. In America, our fast moving country, a child is a child until twelve years of age, then an adolescent till seventeen or eighteen, then a young adult until twenty-one, then an adult. Children are very different now. They're much smarter than fifty year old people who are at that age. There's much more exposure through TV most especially the internet and their associations with others with the same exposure. This Asian idea to raise your children through beating them, hurting them and verbally abusing them to motivate them, is out dated and it's certainly not a Hindu concept. Hinduism the great Sanatana Dharma is based on ahimsa, don't hurt anybody physically, mentally or emotionally. Teach that to your friends, relatives and acquaintances. Don't treat a young adult as a child. But recognize where he is in consciousness and relate to him or her in that way. Young adults are to be trained to take on the responsibility of the adult they will be in a few years.