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X ii Moral Education

1. What are the moral values that parents should encourage in their children? How?

Give right direction to childrens' lives: Young people today are totally oblivious to the importance of dedicating their lives to great ideals. It is up to the parents to endeavour to make their children lead purposeful lives.
Sathya Sai Baba, 5 Feb 1984
Ceiling on Desires: Parents toil to leave their children a pile of riches; but they do not teach them the proper sense of values by which they can know how little the riches are worth, or how best to utilise the riches for their genuine advancement. Children should be taught to live like lotuses in the lake of Samsaara (worldly life), being in water but unaffected by it. Lotuses cannot live when out of water; yet, they will not allow water to enter! Be in Samsaara but see that Samsaara is not in you. That is the secret of successful living which they do not teach the young.
Sathya Sai Baba, 3 Apr 1967
Encourage Children to be fearless and strong: They must see that children do not develop fear and become cowards afraid of walking straight.
Sathya Sai Baba, 25 Jul 1958
Motivate them to be good not great:
It is not necessary that you should become great. It is enough if you become good citizens. Name and fame come today, but may be lost tomorrow. But, the good name acquired will last forever. Therefore, earn a good name.
Sathya Sai Baba, 12 Jan 2004
Help them to be more loving: The human heart when young is very soft; it responds to grief and pain in fellow-men. It is the example of elders, the lessons they receive from parents, the company they get into, and the training they get in school and society that harden these hearts into stone. Keep those hearts soft.
Sathya Sai Baba, 18 Apr 1966
Parents should teach their children what is good and what is bad right from their childhood. They should not be satisfied merely by securing admission in a college and acquiring a degree by their children.
Sathya Sai Baba, 15 Jan 2004