On the day when you see us old, weak and weary…… Have patience - and do try to understand us…….
If we get dirty when eating…and.. If we cannot dress on our own… Please bear with us and remember the times we spent feeding you and dressing you up.
If, when we speak to you, we repeat the same things over and over again… do not interrupt us… When you were small, we had to read to you the same story a thousand and one times until you went to sleep. ...listen to us.
When we do not want to have a shower, neither shame us nor scold us….. Remember when we had to chase you with your thousand excuses to get you to the shower?
When you see our ignorance of new technologies…. Help us navigate our way through these worldwide webs. . We taught you how to do so many things… To eat the right foods, to dress appropriately, To fight for your rights….
When at some moments we loose the memory or the thread of our conversation……...let us have the necessary time to remember… and if we cannot, do not become nervous….. As the most important thing is not our conversation but simply to be with you and to have you listening to us….
If ever we do not feel like eating, do not force us. We know well when we need to and when not to eat. When our tired legs give way and do not allow us to walk without a cane…. Lend us your helping hand the same way we did when you tried your first faltering steps.
And when someday we say to you that we don’t want to live anymore, that we want to die………. Do not get angry…. For one day you will understand. Try to appreciate that our age is not just lived but survived.
Some day you will realize that despite our mistakes… We always wanted the best for you.. And we tried to prepare the way for you….. You must not feel sad, angry nor ashamed for having us near you. Instead, try to understand us and help us like we did when you were young.
Help us to walk.. Help us to live the rest of our life with love and dignity. We will pay you with a smile and by the immense love we have always had for you in our hearts.
A great verse from Ramayana: आहार निद्रा भय मैथुनं च सामान्यमेतत् पशुभिर्नराणाम् । धर्मो हि तेषामधिको विशेष: धर्मेण हीनाः पशुभिः समानाः ॥ AhAra-nidrA-bhaya-maithunam cha samAnam_etat_pashubhir_narANAm | dharmo hi teShAm adhiko visheSho dharmeNa hInAH pashubhiH samAnAH|| Eating, Sleep, Fear and Sex ; these habits are common between human beings and animals. It is the Dharma which is the special quality of the human beings. Without the Dharma, they are similar to the animals. Rama is The Embodiment Of Dharma. Maaricha, while speaking to Ravana- (Aranya Kandam 37-13): रामो विग्रहवान् धर्मः साधुः सत्य पराक्रमः | राजा सर्वस्य लोकस्य देवानाम् इव वासवः || ३-३७-१३|| raamo vigrahavaan dharmaH saadhuH satya paraakramaH | raajaa sarvasya lokasya devaanaam iva vaasavaH || 3-37-13 "Rama is the embodiment of righteousness, he is an equable person with truthfulness as his valour, and as with Indra to all gods he is the king of entire world. [3-37-13] Another great phra
From Sri Maha Bharatham - 11th Maha Parva (Stri Parva) - Jalapradanika Sub Parva - 5th Chapter "Dhritarashtra said, ‘Tell me in detail everything about the ways of that intelligence by which this wilderness of duties may be safely covered.’ "Vidura said, ‘Having bowed down to the Self-create, I will obey thy behest by telling thee how the great sages speak of the wilderness of life. A certain brahmana, living in the great world, found himself on one occasion in a large inaccessible forest teeming with beasts of prey. It abounded on every side with lions and other animals looking like elephants, all of which were engaged in roaring aloud. Such was the aspect of that forest that Yama himself would take fright at it. Beholding the forest, the heart of the brahmana became exceedingly agitated. His hair stood on end, and other signs of fear manifested themselves, O scorcher of foes! Entering it, he began to run hither and thither, casting his eyes on every point of