Monday, May 28, 2012

Changing Criminality in Society

Swami was asked these questions in Maruitius
Swami, in the media you can see there is more and more criminality in the society. Why?

What is our duty toward our country? What do we want to show to the world? There was the unity of all the religions in this country; we have to carry on with it. Criminality is because of all the drugs. It’s all about a way of education. You have to explain to the child why something is not good. The government does a good job by giving education to everybody and that will change certain things. It is a choice to be good or not good, to be happy or unhappy. Somebody came to me and told me: I like to take drugs; it makes me happy. I asked him: Does it makes you always happy?  He said, “No only when I take the drugs, then the depression comes back? I asked him, “So, the depression did not disappear afterwards?” He said, “No, it’s still there.” They don’t realize that the depression doesn’t disappear because they are bound by habit. Everything which is bound by habit is difficult to let go. Once you realize that you are bind by a habit, you can get out of it. When one changes, [the mind and thoughts] then it changes also your surroundings.

What would you like to say to the youngsters?

First, be yourself. Then respect the elders; it has to be on both ways. The elders have also to respect the youngsters. In the past, the parents were examples in showing respect. Then find out what you really want. Most of the time youngsters do what the parents want. You have to stand on your own feet.

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