KAUAI, HAWAII, April 15, 2021 (Hinduism Today, by Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami): I always stress the importance of presenting Hinduism to children in a practical way so that it influences each child's life for the better. Hindu practices should, for example, help children get better grades in school and get along well with others. I decided to write up a full complement of suggestions to be handed to Hindu families in the future who want to know ways to present Hinduism to their kids. It is based on the teachings of my satguru, Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, founder of HINDUISM TODAY, distilled from insights he gained from over 40 years of closely working with hundreds of families in a score of nations. This booklet presents a survey of character building designed to augment any Hindu tradition or denomination. The key is this: start teaching early and don't stop until your children leave the home.
Take responsibility for being the primary teachers of Hinduism to your children. It is wonderful that many temples have in place educational programs for the youth that are both effective and popular. However, it is important for parents to have the attitude that these programs supplement but do not replace the need for them to teach Hinduism to their children in the home. Parents are indeed the first guru. They teach in different ways: by example, explanation, feedback and giving advice and direction. The child's deepest impressions come from what the parents do and say. If parents follow a systematic approach to teaching children Hinduism during the formative years, Sanatana Dharma will be fully integrated into their minds, assuring that it will be with them for life.
Much more of this six-part article imparting beliefs and attitudes as well as building good character at