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How To Teach Children Good Habits

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What is the meaning of Thondaradipodi?

Thondaradipodi means dust at the feet of Perumal’s devotees. It stands for the humility and piety of the Azhwar.

Legend of Tiruvanaikoil Jambukeswarar Temple, Tamil Nadu

The tale of Sage Jambu is integral to the origin story of the Jambukeswarar Temple in Thiruvanaikoil, one of the five sacred halls where Shiva is believed to have danced. According to legend, Shiva, during deep meditation on Mount Kailas, was mocked by Parvati. Angered by this, Shiva sent Parvati to Earth to worship him at a sacred place. Parvati found a forest of Jamun trees on the banks of the Kaveri River. Using her divine power, she created a linga from water for her worship. In this forest, Sage Jambu was performing penance. One day, he offered Shiva a ripe and delicious Jamun fruit. Shiva ate the fruit and spat out the seed, which the sage swallowed as a gift from the deity. To his astonishment, the seed began to grow into a tree inside him. Shiva then instructed Sage Jambu to live in the forest of Jamun trees and predicted that Parvati, in the form of Akilandeswari, would come to worship the linga there. Sage Jambu moved to Tiruvanaikoyil, where the Jamun seed sprouted from his head and grew into a large Jamun tree. Under this tree, Akilandeswari worshiped the linga, establishing the sacred site of the Jambukeswarar Temple.

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How do we teach children good habits? Just giving instructions won't help. They may obey instructions, but that will not help them in the long term. Concepts passed on with logic and reasoning can work much better. The reasoning need not be always scientific. Acharya Vinoba Bhave talks about one such topic from his childhood. Children waste food. This is very common. Vinobaji tells how his mother and father used different kinds of reasoning to convince him not to do that. Mother said: never waste food. Eat a little less, do....

How do we teach children good habits?
Just giving instructions won't help.
They may obey instructions, but that will not help them in the long term.
Concepts passed on with logic and reasoning can work much better.
The reasoning need not be always scientific.
Acharya Vinoba Bhave talks about one such topic from his childhood.
Children waste food.
This is very common.
Vinobaji tells how his mother and father used different kinds of reasoning to convince him not to do that.
Mother said: never waste food.
Eat a little less, does not matter.
But don't put more and then waste.
It is predestined how many grains one would eat throughout his life.
So if you eat less, you can live longer.
Good concept, right?
Father said: see, she is putting so much effort to make the food tasty.
She is spending hours every day just to make the food tasty.
If you put it in the mouth and immediately swallow , then what is the use?
You are not even enjoying the taste.
All her effort is going waste.
So you should put the food in your mouth, keep it there longer - meaning chew for some time - enjoy the taste and then swallow.
You know, children always tend to hurry when taking food.
They don't chew properly.
When you chew properly and take a longer time to eat, then it improves digestion also.
See, one approach is spiritual, the other approach is scientific
Vinobaji got two reasons two improve his eating habits.
Instead of this if you just say: don't waste food, why are you wasting food?
It won't work with children.

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