Spirituality At Home > Parenting > Joy of Parenthood > ...


II 1. Is the birth of a child an adequate reason for celebration? And when should parents really rejoice?

Parents should feel happy only when they see their sons leading blameless lives, acquiring a good name and behaving properly. To rejoice merely at the birth of a son is foolish.
Sathya Sai Baba, 2 May 1984
Parents distribute sweets as soon as the child is born and celebrate the child’s birthday. But in ancient times parents would celebrate the son’s birthday only on the day he brought good name to the family. The Father does not feel the joy of begetting a son merely because the child is born. Only when people praise his son for his good deeds and achievements does the father feel joyful.
Sathya Sai Baba, 19 Nov 2001
There is nothing great about being a father. No father can rejoice merely when a son is born. Only when the people praise the virtues of the son will the father rejoice over his birth. A righteous son redeems himself and his family. Verily, they alone are fit to be called parents who bring up such virtuous children.
Sathya Sai Baba, 6 May 1992