A Message for Youths,
It is a common complaint from the mouth of the youth. In fact, it is a universal illness as diagnosed by Sigmud Freud, the father of psychology. He says, “The deepest drive in the heart of every human being is the desire to be appreciated.” Every human being hungers for respect and appreciation, but the youth begs for it. If not praised or honoured the youngsters like to be noticed. When asked what they would like to be 82% of the students in a leading American university said, “I’d like to be popular,” meaning the centre of attraction.
From the curl of his hair to the shine of his shoes, all the fashions and crazes of a youngster are weapons to win the war of getting noticed. One boy, who felt ignored and lonesome, was seriously planning to get hit by a car by walking straight into one, so that the accident would force his friends to come and see him! What foolery! What a paradox!
In trying to get others interested, he lost interest in his own life – to the extent of throwing it away.
We must always remember, life is not so cheap, especially the life of the youth.
Once, a sadhu was addressing an assembly. Speaking on the purpose of life he added, “I want each one of you to preach the message of God to as many people as possible during the next week. At the end of the seven days I shall ask you to report individually.”
The week passed, the assembly shuffled into position and the sadhu resumed his inquiry.
“How many people did you give the message of God to?”
“Five,” said an old man.
“And you?” the sadhu pointed at someone in the last row.
Others said “four,” “six,” “eleven” and so on.
Then surprisingly one young boy said, “Two and half people.” The whole gathering pricked to attention.
“Oh,” said the sadhu, “You mean two adults and one youngster.”
“No,” came the reply. “Two youngsters are worth `FULL’ as they have their whole lives to live.”
The life of a youth is `FULL’. Most precious! Whatever you do now will affect you for your whole life.
If you lose your leg now, you will limp for 80 years to come. If you lose your eyes now, you will spend the rest of your days in darkness. If you ignore your studies now, then you will bear the burden of ignorance throughout your life.
The phase of youth is the crucial crossroads of life. All the wrong and right choices made affect you for the rest of your life. It is a time when bigger decisions in which direction you wish to move your life into rather than which colour scarf to wear, need to be taken. It is a time when you make decisions that affect you a life time, not a night time!
Remember, a youth has a full life to live.
If you value your life enough you will not squander it around addictions and pãn centers!
If you value your life enough, you, will not risk it in violent and destructive deeds.
If you value your life enough, you will not waste these most creative years in doing nothing!
If you yourself don’t value your own life then don’t expect others to do so.
BEFORE OTHERS VALUE YOU, YOU MUST LEARN TO VALUE YOURSELF..
Sadhu Brahmviharidas was born and brought up in the United Kingdom. At the early age of 11, BBC invited him to present a lecture on Hinduism. He graduated from the Oxford University as a Gold Medalist. Soon he joined the BAPS sadhu-fold at a young age in 1981 under his Guruhari Param Pujya Pramukh Swami Maharaj.
He is an excellent speaker and he has spoken at various national and international conferences. He has also managed the volunteering work during Gujarat Earthquake Relief 2002 and in the making of Delhi Akshardham Temple. Currently he serves as a BAPS spokesperson for national and international media.