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V 2. How important is the influence of a mother in a childs upbringing?

Mother plays a very important role in shaping the character of the child. In olden days mothers initiated their children into studies by chanting sacred words like OM NAMAH SIVAYA or OM NAMO NARAYANAYA. Thus at a very early age, these sacred words got imprinted in the hearts of children.
Sathya Sai Baba, 19 Nov 2001
 
The teachings of mother play a vital role in shaping the future of her children. She should make every effort to drive away bad qualities from her children and infuse human values like sathya, dharma, santhi, prema and ahimsa in them.
Sathya Sai Baba, 19 Nov 2002
 
The mother’s responsibility is most crucial. The mother is the first of the five Maathas (Mothers), that the Indian child encounters: Dehamaatha (the mother that gave birth to this body); Go-maatha (the cow that gives sustaining milk); Bhoo-maatha (the land that grows the crops which feed the body); Desa-maatha (the Native country that gives protection, care, love, rights and chances to serve and elevate oneself to one's full height), and Vedha-maatha (the heritage of spiritual treasure that reveals the aim and purpose of human life and takes one step by step, towards the Goal of Self-realisation). The Dehamaatha must reveal to the child the glories of all the other four; so her responsibility is the greatest and most crucial.
Sathya Sai Baba, 22 Jul 1968