I personally feel, that a child cannot be blamed much, the peer pressure is so much that the children today are under lot of tension and stress themselves. Their own personality has been sadly mutilated. When the closest relationship is under so much pressure, how can one dream of forming a relationship with a total stranger? People, on the large are running towards many sadhus and saints in search of temporary solution of their problems. Many business minded people have encashed this situation. Result is sprouting of innumerable fake Gurus.
The common man is left wondering. Whom to trust? Where to go? The true gurus can be identified slowly and gradually by their practice; not solely by their preaching.
A true saint practices what he preaches. When I joined Gyan Darshan Yogashram in Bhilai in 1993; the first thing that impressed deeply on my psyche was absolute devotion and selflessness of my guru. He took so much interest in my problems that I was taken back. He could understand my pain by my facial expressions. Many times I used to feel ashamed of telling my aches and pains to him; because they were many, then gently, lovingly; he would coax me to confide. One day I came to ashram with stomach ache. He coaxed me and then guided me with few easy yogasnas which instantly relieved my pain. After 1 hour of class, I went back home happy. Honesty is another virtue, a true saint possesses in abundance. He never asked us ever a penny more than our yearly fees. Even on puja days, I used to come without Prasad that other people used to bring in the form of sweets, fruits or coconuts. He used to distribute the whole Prasad then and there among devotes.
Gradually as I observed his practices more and more; I myself surrendered to his teachings. He never wanted people to adopt him as guru. He always used to praise his guru Swami Satayananda greatly. During the class, he used to tell various activities of Rikhiapeeth which is tapasthali of Sri Swamiji. Due to an inner calling, when I told him that, “You are not my guru. Swami Satyananda is my guru.” I least expected his jubilance. He was very happy for me. I felt deeply amazed! To this day, his words and expressions are fresh in my mind.
A true saint takes keen interest in the welfare of his disciples. In 1997, when my spiritual awakening happened! He guided me with so much zeal and enthusiasm that I was totally swept off my feet. He adored me! He gave a V.I.P treatment to me daily by asking me to sit by his side; so that I could be benefited from his vibrations. Now he is no more, I realize his wisdom. After his death, when I came to Yogashram, I realized the truth of his vibrations by my own experience .My spiritual progress was very fast when he was alive. He took out all the time from his busy schedule to guide me in this field. Many times I used to contact him on phone for I had many doubts initially with all the patience and deep love; he cleared all my doubts.
He was a man of great spiritual achievements. He taught me to make a balance between my home, my family and my sadhna. He himself was a family man, so he gently guided me on that front also. Each new experience and achievements used to make him very happy .Daily, eagerly; he used to ask me about my sadhna and experiences. At the same time; he used to try to motivate others in the class by my example. Initially because of his abundant love and attention, when I became proud; he gently admonished me by saying, “what have you achieved? Nothing” it left me wondering! if little achievement can bring so much inner happiness; what would be the result of more ?the same dialogue was repeated by Paramhansa Swami Nirajanananda Saraswati two years back ; when I went to meet him with my husband at Rikhia. Oh God! It leaves me wondering! Isn’t it the tip of an ice berg? And I am indirectly encouraged to go deeper and deeper. Subtly, gently, keeping my low mental level in his mind; he guided me, plodded me to do various sadhnas.
Due to his guidance and encouragement; I am today a successful yoga teacher. As I am a math teacher; I wanted to help children in handling their tensions and anxieties through yoga. He cleared all my doubts and I could efficiently handle yoga classes at home in summer vacation. Now I conduct yoga camps for children in ashram and children love them very much.
He was a true saint; who is still alive in the heart of his disciples! So if you are a seeker, go and live with a saint and believe your own observations, your own experience .If it could happen to me! It can happen to you too! My good wishes to all true seekers! May God help you!