Is crime increasing in the world today? Are our youth and the general population mis-guided with the new world order of luxury and showmanship? Are we forgetting about the roots of Indian culture? Does religion bring about a change in their behavior?
These are some of the questions we today ask ourselves today. Are we inculcating the right values in our people!!
People seek a sense of belonging and positive relationships with peers and adults in a religious community, and also a connection with God and higher powers which provides a sense of meaning and purpose. Specific populations of youth take advantage of specific resiliency functions of religion.
We all today have a home temple where we offer our prayers or simply bow our heads before God to offer our thanks. Many people also recite special mantra’s but do not understand the meaning of the same. As all mantra’s are written in the Sanskrit language spoken by very few today, people normally do not get the benefit they are looking for.
Now via the book “Daily Prayers” we have brought about a sea change on how people read and understand the mantra’s. We have converted the Sanskrit text to Hindi and English with the meaning of the mantra in English. We believe that this will be an essential guide to all homes to bring about the best in our culture.
Researchers and policymakers generally underestimate the prevalence of religion among India's youth, the impact of religion on their lives, and their agency over their own religious and spiritual development. A more accurate and youth-focused understanding of the role of religion and spirituality in the lives of youth and adolescents should inform policies and practices regarding religion and youth. Best practices are guided by a youth development perspective, which capitalizes on youths' own strengths and assets and trusts them to make informed decisions regarding their own lives in order to ensure positive outcomes and preparedness for adulthood.
Nearly all (95%) teens believe in God or a universal spirit, but only 67% believe in life after death, and 52% have confidence in organized religion. Less than half, however, give religion a central role in their lives: 42% pray alone frequently and 39% consider their own religious beliefs to be very important. Given these prevalence statistics, it is important to regard individual spirituality and participation in religious institutions not as a sidebar issue, but as an important consideration in assessing youths' developmental assets and liabilities.
Numerous studies have demonstrated that religion acts as a source of resiliency, a buffer against negative environmental influences (such as poverty and racial discrimination) leading to negative consequences (such as depression and delinquency). Religion acts as a source of resiliency by adding legitimacy to regulations against maladaptive behaviors and providing an adaptive alternative. Major religious belief systems contain prohibitions against substance use, promiscuity, violence, and stealing. Youth who internalize these values are less likely to engage in risk behaviors even when circumstances motivate them to do so. Religion has a particularly strong effect on individual-level behavior in communities with a high proportion of residents attending religious services regularly, presumably because religion adds legitimacy to community level as well as individual-level prohibitions against risk behavior. Young people adopt religious belief systems because of the personal benefits that religion and spirituality offer to them. In religious involvement, youth seek a sense of belonging and positive relationships with peers and adults in a religious community, and also a connection with God and higher powers which provides a sense of meaning and purpose.
Given the above, I thought it would be prudent to write a book on Mantra’s so that everyone can read the same and also understand the meaning. It is important that we continue to keep in touch with our culture and religion.