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4. How should parents encourage their children towards God & spirituality?

Encourage children to attend bhajans and balavikas classes: Many such parents do not allow their children to join the Baala Vikaas Classes, or to attend bhajans and Sathsangs. If the children clamour at home that they may be permitted, they shout at them, and call them mad. They say that religion and God are only for idlers or old senile people, and that the path will lead them on to Sanyaas (mendicancy), which is a calamity to be avoided! They reverse the very values of life. Parents must correct themselves before they try to correct their children.
Sathya Sai Baba, 6 Jan 1975
 
Don't stop them from the spiritual path: In some instances, where the students have developed some spiritual interests, the parents try to discourage them. There are parents who behave like Hiranyakasipu and take their children to task for their interest in spiritual practices at such an early age.
Sathya Sai Baba, 22 Nov 1989
 
Encourage Spiritual Stories and Spiritual Study: Parents must set good examples to children: Parents too must encourage children when they evince any interest in spiritual advance and study; they must also set them good examples. Among the children who are before Me here, there may be many a Vivekaanandha and many a Thyaagaraaja. Children must be given every facility to develop the divine talents that are in them. They must arouse the latent goodness in these tiny hearts by telling stories about the saints and sages of the past.
Sathya Sai Baba, 25 Jul 1958