Parenting Seminar in Athens

by Sofia Foteina

Seminar for Parents and Future Parents by Panditji Dabral at “Himalayan Yoga Meditation of Hellas” from 21/11 to 24/11/2016.

We were so fortunate to be informed that Panditji would be teaching in Italy, at the “Himalayan Yoga Institute Firenze” in Florence. So we seized the opportunity to invite him in Athens, to the “Himalayan Yoga Meditation of Hellas” for a Seminar for “Parents and Future Parents”.

The principle of karma, as well as the karmic pool, was explained so thoroughly that parents were eager to humbly accept all the easy and difficult situations that eventually each one was found in, with patience, compassion and joy.

What was unexpected, but received with gratitude, was that, alongside with the seminar, 17 people were initiated. May their life be blessed by their mantra.

I believe that Panditji’s knowledge and personal experience helped understanding the participants’ needs. I have really admired the communication that was going on between Panditji and the parents, questions and answers being exchanged, simple everyday facts of life.

Each day a new parent would come, informed by one who had already participated, which was particularly difficult for families with children, the seminar having been held during weekdays.

Here are some important points that he stressed and we discussed in detail:

There is no perfect relationship. Relations need work.

We choose our parents, siblings, spouse in order to work our relationship and pay the debts of prarabdha karma [Ed: See Editor's Note below], the karma that is ready to be dealt with.

If we do not understand the law of karma we have misunderstandings in the family.

Dharma means duties: first to take care of myself, then take care of my kids and then of whoever is around me.

Remember ahimsa for yourself and others. Do forgive. Forgiveness is ahimsa.

Do not allow problems to take you away from your dharma.

Swami Rama used to say: We do not need to know many things, we only need to practice.

The goal of the spiritual path is to obtain freedom from our karma.

We are grateful, Panditji, we will be expecting you as soon as your program allows.

Prarabdha Karma:

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Prarabdha Karma are the part of sanchita karma, a collection of past karmas, which are ready to be experienced through the present body (incarnation). According to Sri Swami Sivananda: "Prarabdha is that portion of the past karma which is responsible for the present body.



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