Nama Article 9th June 2012
My mother does not like me visiting temples or coming to the Satsang. But shastras ordain that the mother has to be regarded as God and that one should abide by her words. What do I do?
Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji
As per the shastras a child has to obey the parents and abide by their words. Similarly, as per the shastras a wife has to abide by the words of her husband. In all worldly matters one has to abide by their words. However, if any one of them advices against spiritual matters it need not be followed.
Bharata did not accept the kingdom that Kaikeyi had got for his sake because it was against Lord Rama. When Hiranykashipu asked Prahlada to drink poison, he did so happily. Prahlada obeyed him in all matters except when he was told not to utter Bhagavannaama (Lord’s Name). So was Meera. She obeyed her husband Rana Kumbha in all matters. But she did not obey only when she was told not to do Krishna Bhakti. But God has indeed showered grace on all of them. Therefore, it is not obligatory to listen to anybody’s advice against God.
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