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2. Why is it important to start spiritual education in the early years?

The earliest years of life are the most crucial. The skills, the attitudes, the emotions, the impulses that make or mar the future are built into the Foundation of Life in those years. The parents can help or hinder the making of that foundation, strong and straight. These children are fresh charming saplings, who can be made, by care and love, to blossom into ideal citizens of this land, able to understand and practise the great disciplines laid down by the sages for their liberation, through self-realisation.
Sathya Sai Baba, 19 Jan 1969
The hearts of children are pure, they are drawn easily and naturally to the Feet of the Lord for they have no vishaya-vaasana (attachment to sense objects) preventing them from inhaling aright the Fragrance of the Divine Glory. The bliss that radiates from the faces of these children is evidence of their innate simplicity and sweetness.
Sathya Sai Baba, 18 Apr 1966
Start early their journey towards God:
Do not ridicule the children when they go to a temple or a sage and show interest in bhajan or worship or dhyaana. Many elders believe that there is time enough for such pastimes, after one has lived for sixty years! People who spread this nefarious doctrine are ruining the lives of their dear ones, for, they do not condemn the wrong and encourage the right
Sathya Sai Baba, 19 Jan 1969
Plant the seeds of Love in tender hearts:
Even as children, they must learn the glory of God who is their inner Reality; they must understand that they are not the body, but, they are the one dehi (indweller), who is the dehi in all. Through bhajan (singing devotional songs) and through shravana (listening to tales of God's Glory), these elevating truths can be handed over to them by teachers and parents who are themselves aware of these and practising them in daily life.
Sathya Sai Baba, 19 Jan 1969
Plant in those tender hearts the seeds of love, sympathy, truth, justice, charity, compassion, repentance and self- control. That is the prime duty of all who deal with children.
Sathya Sai Baba, 19 Jan 1969
It is the duty of parents to sow the seeds of spirituality in the children from their early years.
Sathya Sai Baba, 22 Nov 1989