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Friday, August 17, 2012

Summer of love with Siddheshvari Devi

Youth camp with Siddheshwari Devi, disciple of Jagadguru Kripaluji Maharaj
Summer of love and devotion with Siddheshvari Devi, a senior disciple of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj

For many youth and adults across America, Summer 2012 was defined by the precious time they spent with Sushree Siddheshvari Devi, a senior disciple of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj. Throughout America and Canda, Didiji guided and inspired large groups of kids, teens and parents as she conducted back-to-back camps at Radha Madhav Dham (Austin), Atlanta, Milwaukee, Edmonton, Vancouver, Toronto and Trinidad and many more places. Back in July, I posted some glimpses of Didiji's Austin program.

All of Didiji's latest programs are posted on her website, www.RadhaMadhavSociety.org and on the Radha Madhav Society facebook page. All her upcoming events are listed at http://RadhaMadhavSociety.org/events/index.aspx. In addition, Didiji has a weekly e-list called Words of Wisdom which you can subscribe to by clicking here to visit the archive and signup page. In the latest entry on her weekly blog,Words of Wisdom, Didiji wrote:

How I Spent My Summer

My entire summer has been spent with kids, guiding them in Hindu Youth Camps. It started with Trinidad during Easter break and it is ending in Toronto tomorrow. Sometimes there were serious doubts - Am I insane? Why so many youth camps? And then some child standing with hands folded in prayer and eyes closed (with some peaking) would steal my heart. And just like that, all doubts would vanish.

All that I have learned about teaching children has been silently taught to me by my Guru, Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj. Over the years I have observed him with children. He never raises his voice; he never spanks. He just gives love. And, an ultimatum. The combination works like a charm.

Children are a delight to teach, once you have set the rules. They challenge your authority, step out of line to see what you will do about it, and just generally forget what you had taught them a few minutes earlier. All mothers know that this is when you need the 'Mommy Voice.' It's surprising how well they respond to this sharp, authoritative voice.

Many parents are afraid to set limits for their offspring, not wanting the children to retaliate against them. However, children need clear guidance. They do not have the discernment to take logical decisions. And, they respect you if you keep your word.

It is with dread that I will leave the final youth camp of the season tomorrow. I thank you, youth camp children, for all you have taught me.

Didi Ji

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