by EGERTON C. BAPTIST
Size: 5.5” X 8.5”
Pages: 28 pages
IN THE OLD DAYS in India, parents were likened to Brahma gods that should be worshiped in the homes. They are to be held in the highest esteem by virtue of their boundless love and compassion for their children and the great sacrifices they made in bringing them up, They should thus be given the greatest respect and homage and be well taken care of by their children in their old age. Filial piety is also greatly emphasized in Confucianism and generally in all Asian traditions. In other traditions and religions too, such as in Christianity, there is the commandment that one should honors one’s father and mother. In Buddhism, the Buddha had also emphasized the duties of both parents’ children. Parents are the fist teachers and cares of their children who can never fully repay their kindness. It is considered highly meritorious to take good care of one’s parents. In this modern and materialistic age, however, it is sad to note that children have become less caring and some have even neglected and worse, ill-treated their parents! Children, too, may have taken their parents for granted, not deeply appreciating their parent’s love and sacrifices. They also do not know how to reciprocate their parent’s kindness. The sponsoring of a reprint of this booklet by the St Xavier’s Students Buddhist Society, Penang, and friends in conjunction with the society’s 25th anniversary is therefore timely. The suggestion to reprints this title comes from its adviser Mr. Lai Kwan Yew who had also asked me to pen these few words.
The author of this booklet, Mr. Egerton C. Baptist of Sri Lanka, has endeavored to impress upon children the irreparable debt they owe to their parents. May children everywhere be ever grateful to their parents, return their love and fulfill their duty to them.
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