March 14th, 2021 Sunday Morning Youth Session: Values and Self Worth

In this Sunday Morning Youth session, Pujya Swamiji talks about how practicing a value requires strength. We expect others to be kind, honest, truthful, but when it comes to us, it costs something, my image, respect, success, prestige, fear of punishment, fear of losing something precious to me. Whenever we don’t follow a value, inwardly it pinches us and leaves us with guilt of compromising the particular value. These guilt, the pinch cannot be measured in tangible terms and so we ignore, but it builts up, and hurts our personality.

Pujya Swamiji highlights how we constantly seek approval of the world, but it is we who have to make ourselves happy. Self-worth is very important to be a successful person in the outer world. But this can be there only if I enjoy harmony with myself, if I am happy with myself. If you respect yourself, you do not need respect from others, if you approve yourself, you do not need approval from others. Self-confident person is one who acts without helplessness. Self-approval, self-worthiness is what we acquire slowly by living a life of value. But this requires that sometimes we have to let go what is dear to us. We should see how we have a tendency to keep on repeating wrong things, which means we become less and less worthy in our own view. Following the basic values of life makes us a more effective person by bringing out the self-worth, self-approval the confidence within.

The youth and the seekers are encouraged to refer to the ‘Management Wisdom from Bhagavad Gītā’ by Pujya Swami Viditatmanandaji. This reading will provide further clarity of understanding and interpreting the issues we face in our daily life, and will complement this Satsanga.

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