Saturday, September 21, 2013

Listening to the elders

                                  Listening to the elders

Listening to our elders is very important. In fact this is one of the most important things we can do.
Learning from their experiences can be very rewarding. It may save us a lot of time too. Just by sitting with them, we can get all that knowledge they learned in the long journey of their lives.
I have been very fortunate to have the opportunity to serve and be with some of the great saints such as Bhapa Ram Chand ji Kapurthala, Bai Sahib Amar Singh ji Patiala, Giani Joginder Singh ji and Bhagat Ram ji Barnala. Just by traveling with and talking to these great saints including Rishi Vyas dev ji, I learned so many things about spirituality and the holy books that would require decades to understand on my own. Unfortunately, now a days the youth or even adults do not seem to be interested in learning the old ways. Spirituality is not just about being a member or an important part of an organization. Spirituality is individual and, in my opinion, can only be learned and understood by being in the company of enlightened ones. In fact, it is not taught but transferred from one soul to another. So it is important that we spend time with our elders and learn from them. As the elders are getting old and soon will be gone from this physical world, it is the responsibility of the youth to learn our spiritual heritage so that they may pass it on to the next generation also.

1 comment:

  1. that's excellent word of advice , we had seen how young saints flock around you during your visits to Jammu ...... but very few elders have that sense of accommodation nowadays .... spiritual heritage is now so organized that spirit of spirituality is crushed in the name of discipline ... nowadays saints are not easily approachable...


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