Parenting….#5

My Parents

My Parents

In my series of things I learnt from my parents this is another incident.

I was brought up in a family which was not really very religious. We never had any room for God or any idol of God anywhere in the home. I rarely saw my parents pray and even if they did it was in the privacy of their rooms and not something which others were privy to. However I studied in a convent school like both my parents. Now in a convent school prayers and God play a very essential role. So as a kid, I was not sure what I was supposed to do. Pray or not pray. My parents of course never told me not to do anything, and the firm rule till I was in school was “Your school and teachers are above all, including them, and always right. So do what they say“. So obviously prayers and all were something I did get used to. But this was an incident which happened way before, I actually became influenced into prayers by school (Ideally that happened to all of us when we turned 8 when we started going to the school assembly)

One day, I remember coming home from school, when I was about 7 years old, and I asked my parents “Does God give you things if You pray to Him and does not if you don’t? So that is when my parents introduced me for the first time the concept of God prayers and said this “We do not know if God always answers your prayers if you pray to Him. But we do know one thing, if you are good and always do the right thing, God will grant you what you want, and if you don’t no matter how much you pray, God will never listen. So the best prayer to God is always be a good human being first and then God will always listen to you”

That day I learnt the true meaning of praying to God and loving God – something, which when I see the world today fighting over religion, wish they had learnt too

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  • Lavina Melwani  On February 25, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    Your parents taught you a wonderful basic truth which can simplify all the hassles of life and which people forget when they fight over whose religion is the best.

    • priyashmita  On February 27, 2011 at 8:04 pm

      Yes lavina and I wish all understood this

      • raj  On February 4, 2012 at 12:25 am

        With all due respect to you views, let me add a little with your permission.
        Being a good human is the bottom line. But confusion & contradiction arises when you face twisted reality.
        Example –
        Being a good human means doing right things and not harming other people. Now the definition becomes respective as it is very much dependent on personal sense of morality which varies person to person. So the definition of right and wrong becomes respective. Under simillar condition, right action of ‘A’ may be wrong to ‘B’ due to difference of their perspective.
        Answer to this problem is withing the true meaning of religious teaching. All the religions have their own share of ornamentation for various reasons. It is up to the follower to seek the true meaning instead of quarelling over supremacy of any religion over the other.

        Feel free to reply/contact – raj144_9@rediffmail.com

        • priyashmita  On February 4, 2012 at 12:29 am

          Raj I agree with you completely

  • Swati Bhattacharya  On February 26, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Such wise words Priya…I believe in this from the core of my heart…Karma does catch up!! Another wonderful post!

    • priyashmita  On February 26, 2011 at 11:17 am

      thanks swati

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