The Quran is a book of guidance. But it only guides those who are sincere in their search, and anxious to be guided. The search for truth is inherent in one’s nature; one only has to discover one’s own true nature in order to find the truth. True search and true finding are but initial and advanced stages of the same journey. One who searches for truth unravels the mystery of his inner self. God helps him in his search; the subconscious yearnings of his nature begin to receive a definite response.
Possessing a flute does not make you a flutist, similarly, possessing a child does not make you a parent. True parenting is a great challenge, specially now, when immature children are vulnerable to the early onslaught of electronic media. Parents often asked Swami Chinmayanandaji how they could instil ethical and spiritual values in growing children. Swamiji always answered, “By living them yourself.” Let children see how nobly you live your life, how you respect and care for the elderly in the family.
There is a saying that the house got burnt by its own (house stove). I was reminded of this on the day when the four Supreme Court judges held a press conference and made serious charges against the Chief Justice. To add to the mystery, one of the judges later said, “An issue was raised. Those concerned have listened to it.