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I ii Present scenario

1. How do most children treat their parents today?
Many peopleĀ  think, “it is enough to provide a few morsels of food to that old lady”. They are so narrow-minded and selfish. It is a great mistake to think that their responsibility will end by providing some food to their mothers. The mother should always be held in high esteem and served. She must be made to feel happy and contented.
Sathya Sai Baba, 6 May 2005
   
Today, I do not see parents being accorded the respect due to them. They are approached only in times of need and neglected later. There is a proverb in Telugu: the boat is set on fire once it serves its purpose of taking you across the river. Similarly, parents are sought after only in times of difficulties. Once you are highly placed in the society and accumulate wealth, parents are forgotten
Sathya Sai Baba, 19 Nov 1998
   
Today the students are going to countries like America, Japan, Germany, etc., as soon as they complete their studies. When the parents go all the way to spend their time with their children, they are asked to have their food in restaurants. Modern educated people are not so fortunate as to serve food to their parents with their own hands. They do not show gratitude to their parents who have brought them up with love and care. This is the worst sin.
Sathya Sai Baba, 12 Jan 2004
   
Today, when parents become old, the children demand a share of their property. They are interested in property but not in developing a proper mind. They do not hesitate to go even to the Supreme Court to settle their property disputes. Instead, one should strive to attain the Supreme State by cultivating virtues.
Sathya Sai Baba, 12 Jan 2004
   
The command of the Vedas is "Maathru devo bhava; Pithru devo bhava"---"May the Mother be your God; may the father be your God." The stanza is repeated ad nauseum today, but, there is no sign of reverence towards the parents anywhere
Sathya Sai Baba, 15 Feb 1969
   
Alas! in this Kali age children show no regard for the parents. This is the disastrous sign of modern rimes. In any circumstance you have to show respect and love your parents.
Sathya Sai Baba, 3 Jul 1994
   
In Western countries today, they give respect and take respect. But this quality is becoming extinct in our country. When you do not respect your own parents, even dogs would not care to look at you.
Sathya Sai Baba, 12 Jan 2004
   
Parents suffer great hardships, and deny various comforts for themselves in order to put their children through school and college; but, the children are ungrateful; they taunt and tease, they cause mental pain and physical hunger to their parents by ridiculing their habits and attitudes, and dismissing their advice with neglect.
Sathya Sai Baba, 15 Feb 1969
   
Children today do not care to heed their mother's commands, but they hanker after their mother's wealth. What is the use of having children of this kind? They are a curse on the womb that bore them.
Sathya Sai Baba, 6 May 1987
   
People tend to worship stones, but do not revere living beings. Worship of inanimate idols has been in vogue from ancient times. But people are forgetting to revere their living parents.
Sathya Sai Baba, 3 Jul 1994