Every now and then we hear and read about several incidents where children hurt their parents, even get violent over petty things. A few years back the media reported that a young boy stabbed his mother to death when she refused to buy him a cellphone. When such things happen, today, I remember an incident from Swami Satyadev’s life.
Swami Satyadev once went to the USA. He visited Seattle as well during his journey. He had a habit of taking a morning walk for an hour every day so going by his routine; he set out to take a walk. When he was walking on a footpath, a young boy came up to him and asked, “Will you buy a newspaper?”
Satyadev replied, “I don’t buy newspapers. Never have I felt the need to buy newspapers.”
But the boy was adamant. He said, “Please buy one newspaper from me. I have many different newspapers; you will surely like one of them.”
Satyadev felt compassion for this young boy. He said, “I don’t want to buy a newspaper but here, take this one cent. Your parents must be poor.”
But the boy did not take the cent from Satyadev. There was an expression of shock on the boy’s face. He asked, “Why did you assume that my parents must be poor?”
“You are selling newspapers at this age instead of studying at a school, so I can understand that your parents must be poor and you are selling newspapers to help your family.”
“My parents are not poor. They are extremely well-off.”
Now Swami Satyadev was shocked. He asked, “If your parents are well-off, then why are you selling newspapers?”
“My parents are very rich but I don’t want to live on their money. I have learnt to carve my own way to provide for my material needs. That is why, since the time I grew up, I sell newspapers and do other odd jobs to provide for the expenses of my education and other needs. I prefer living independently than being dependent on my parents.”
The spoilt brats and mentally poor children who waste their parent’s money should learn from the life of this boy.