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III i What duties?

1. What are our duties towards our parents?
Respect and Obedience: Respect, adore, and worship your parents. They constitute the real wealth of your life
Sathya Sai Baba, 19 Nov 1998
   
You must bring joy to your parents, by your behavior. The parents must feel happy that their children are obeying them.
Sathya Sai Baba, 12 Jan 2004
   
The mother who bore you, the father who fostered you and the teacher who opened your eye to the mystery of Nature in and around you, have all to be revered.
Sathya Sai Baba, 24 Nov 1972
   
The first requisite for children is to have love and regard for parents to whom they owe everything
Sathya Sai Baba, 30 Jul 1987
   
When you prostrate before elders, the mind too must be humble; it is not the body alone that should bend.
Sathya Sai Baba, 25 Mar 1958
   
You must respect your parents, whoever they may be and in whatever condition they may be. You must respect their words and obey their commands, without any reservation. Then only you will be able to command respect from society. All the great people in yesteryears did obey and respect their parents and set an example to the world. Do you know the underlying meaning of the ancient customs and traditions of Bharat? For example, they used to build big mansions with small doors. Do you know why? We think that these small doors were to prevent thieves from entering the houses and escaping with ease. No, that was not the reason. These doors were purposely kept low to enable the visitors to observe the custom of entering the houses with their heads bent in reverence to the inmates.
Sathya Sai Baba, 12 Jan 2004
   
Happiness: Every son should see that he makes his mother happy. He should seek from the mother nothing but her love and blessings
Sathya Sai Baba, 6-5-1987
   
Every son should make every effort to please his mother. Without keeping his mother pleased, the son cannot achieve anything in the world. The son should have those qualities that enable him to please his mother. The more one strives to give joy to the mother, the more the motherland will rejoice. The mother and the motherland go together. It is to demonstrate to the world the importance of reverence for the parents and the need to receive their blessings that Swami also makes it a point to visit the Samadhi of the parents of this body twice a year.
Sathya Sai Baba, 6 May 1998
   
Help them in difficulties: However high you may rise in social status, however huge may be your bank account, if your parents are neglected in distress, your life has been a tragic waste.
Sathya Sai Baba, 24 Nov 1972
   
Good Character: Use the present moment best, to sharpen your skills, to broaden your intelligence, to expand your heart and to master the technique of facing the challenges of life with courage and equanimity. That will be the reward you offer your parents for the love and sacrifice they have poured on you; do not offer them in return, an ill reputation, a ruined career, a damaged character. Make them happy and proud; win a First Class in your studies and a First Class in your character.
Sathya Sai Baba, 31 Jan 1974
   
Show Gratitude: You should be grateful all your life to one who has helped you. You are the big man that you are today because of all the love and care bestowed on you in your early years by your parents. Therefore, to experience the love of your parents you should show your gratitude to them. This is a debt you owe to them.
Sathya Sai Baba, 3-7-1994
   
You owe a supreme duty towards your parents who are responsible for all that you are. You will be less than human if you do not show your gratitude to them for all that they have done to you.
Sathya Sai Baba, 6 May 1985
   
You have to strive constantly to please your parents. If you do not show your gratitude to the parents who have brought you up with so much love and labor, to whom else are you going to be grateful?
Sathya Sai Baba, 6 May 1985
   
Show your gratitude to your parents, to those who have nourished and cherished you, to your teachers and your spouses. This is the primary index of humanness. Today, instead of gratitude we have cruelty. People do not hesitate to do harm to those who have done them good. This is inhuman. Instead of trying to do good even to those who have done them harm, how wicked it is to do harm to those who have done good to them?
Sathya Sai Baba, 30 Jul 1987