Dr. Jayadeva Talking on ‘Bringing Up Children’

The topic for the Hindi Satsang on Sunday, 16th March, 2014 was ‘Bringing Up Children.

Following is the transcript of the speech made by Dr. Jayadeva Yogendra on the topic.

Dr. Jayadeva Yogendra

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“Our Theme is, how to make the child acquire some good thoughts, thoughts related to culture, etc. But unfortunately, we come to English language, we come to certain mannerisms and in the end, we are expecting that the child should have learnt our traditional Indian thinking. I see certain contradiction here.

See, in our own life, we are leading a different life. We are out for showing-off our westernized style of living, we want to amass articles that are appreciated by the westerners and to such an extent we become westernized but we don’t mind. But unfortunately, that is the objective. We want to pick up all that western culture and our children become of that kind but in the end, we want them to maintain some of the eastern culture. The two are totally opposite. But we are not able to see it.

So unfortunately, our desires are good but the applications are wrong. So what we see today are children who go to foreign schools, western schools, who are learning more foreign languages, foreign mannerisms, read books that are glorifying western facts and in the end we see very very little of the eastern manners, thinking, attitudes, which is a sad thing and this is going to continue. So let us keep this in mind, let us see if we can bring a little of these eastern oriental ideas for the children if we are interested in bringing that into their mind.”

– Dr. Jayadeva Yogendra


Satsang is an open meeting held every Sunday from 9:30 to 10:30 am at The Yoga Institute, Santacruz East, Mumbai. It involves an interesting presentation to the public, made by the students of the Teacher Training Course. Each week, a new presentation of a Yogic concept is made in a simple way through skits and decoration for the general public, followed by a short speech from our Gurus, Dr. Jayadeva and Smt. Hansaji Yogendra.

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