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III ii Why duties?

2. What is the debt we have towards our parents?
The son owes a deep debt to the parents for the trouble and expense they underwent to bring him up on right lines. This is the primary duty of a son. The son is entitled not merely to a share in the father's worldly property. He is entitled also to a share in the godly life lived by the father. He must follow the high ideals of the father. If the father is given to evil ways, the son can acquire merit himself and reduce to some extent the effects of the sins of the father by cultivating good company, entertaining good thoughts and doing good deeds.
Sathya Sai Baba, 10 Oct 1983
There is no birth without a mother. Because the mother is responsible for one's existence, devotion and love for the mother are the marks of a true human being.
Sathya Sai Baba, 6 May 1985
The parents gave you this body and fostered the intelligence and love that are embedded in it; so, gratitude is their due.
Sathya Sai Baba, 18 Apr 1966