Childhood is the ideal period for spirituality

A class in progress taught by Raosaheb


In the evening of November 26th, Baba gave the following discourse to the mandali:

Childhood is the ideal period of life in which to take an interest in spirituality. The impressions received at a young age become deeply ingrained. Divine beauty, grandeur and bliss should always be impressed upon children, so much so as to fire their imaginations to the highest pitch about God and His greatness.

The boys’ enthusiasm for God, however wild, should never be curbed. On the contrary, the best attempts should always be made to create in the boys a deep-rooted longing for divine upliftment. Never mind if all the boys go mad with uncontrollable enthusiasm and impulses about spiritual matters. The aim of this institution is more to create divine mad ones than academic degrees. And I prefer the former to the latter.

Of course, all the boys could not be expected to become [saints] like Dhruva and Prahlad, but certainly some of them will take to the spiritual life in the later period of their lives; the rest will also follow after some lifetimes, if not earlier. The result of the present training will fructify in the end in all cases. Even temporary impulses and sparks of enthusiasm about God-realization hold some result. It is like a cash balance in one’s account in the bank, which is utilized beneficially at sometime or other in connection with one’s spiritual advancement., p861
November, 1927; Meherabad

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