‘Parents’ Worship Day’ is a day to dedicate ‘Pious Love’, with pure, guileless and selfless affection, free from desire. With worldwide popularity, the day is recognized with many names, including Matri-Pitri Pujan Divas ( मातृ-पितृ पूजन दिवस ), Ganpati Divas, Ganesh Divas, Parents’ Worship Day, Mama Papa Day, Mother Father Day, Ammi Abbu Ibaadat Din.
The day has been accepted by all religions in the world, and this is something that makes the celebration all inclusive and universal.
The name of the day in which we honor and worship our parents seeks it origin from two Sanskrit words:
- “मातृ” (mātṛ) => Mother
- “पितृ” (pitŕ) => Father
Mother + Father => Parents
A day dedicated to celebration of divine love for one’s parents by worshipping them => Parents’ Worship Day
We have worship days for many Gods and Incarnated Divine Souls like Lord Rama, Lord Krishna, Lord Shiva, Lord Jesus, Lord Allah, the Spiritual Masters of the Guru. Parents are living gods on earth. Then why not have a worship day for our parents as well?
So this new ritual of celebration of pious love for one’s parents has been accepted by all religions worldwide.
Once at Lord Shiva’s home, his both sons had a dispute as to who was the greater in virtue of the two.
Kartikeya said: “Ganpati! I am greater than you.”
Ganpati said: “You may be elder to me; but greatness is determined by the virtues.”
For the final decision the matter was referred to their parents Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati said: “Whoever would make the tour of whole world and come back first to the starting point will be considered greater in virtue.”
Kartikeya flew off at once on his vehicle, the peacock, to circumambulate the world. Ganpati quietly went to a secluded place. He reposed for a while to find out the solution. Then he came to Shiva-Parvati. Holding his parents’ hands; he made them sit together on a high place; worshipped them with flowers and circumambulated them. He bowed at their feet and saluted them at the end of every circumambulation. This way he circumambulated the parents seven times.
Shiva and Parvati asked: “Son! Why did you circumambulate us?”
Ganpati said: “Mother is the embodiment of all pilgrimages; father is the embodiment of all deities. Hence mother and father are to be revered with all efforts.”
According to Vedas, circumambulating one’s mother gives virtues equivalent to that of circumambulating the whole world. Hence by circumambulating you, mother; I have circumambulated the whole world seven times. Worship of father is equal to the worship of all gods; because father is a god.”
Since then Ganpati was tremendously blessed and he became the God who was foremost worshipped among all other Gods. The Hindu scripture Shiva-Purana states:
पित्रोश्च पूजनं कृत्वा प्रक्रान्तिं च करोति यः। तस्य वै पृथिवीजन्यफलं भवति निश्चितम्।।
It means: “He who worships his parents and circumambulates them, will certainly derive the fruit and merit of circumambulating the earth.”
That is why, the Parents’ Worship Day is also called ‘Ganpati Day’ or ‘Ganesh Day’.
Cultural & Spiritual Significance:
Greeting is a very important aspect of any religion. Let’s see how it has been described in the world’s oldest religion, ‘Hinduism’.
Way to greet varies from little one to elders, from elders to great one and from great one to saint (guru or god).
‘namaste’, It is a way of greeting in which the two palms are placed together in front of the chest and the head bows whilst saying the word namaste.
In Sanskrit, “namah” + “te” => “Namaste”
It means – I bow to you – my greetings, salutations or prostration to you.
Literally interpreted Namaha as “na ma“, that is ‘not mine’. It negates or reduces one’s ego in the presence of another, and a wonderful or great spiritual significance.
While greeting with close eyes in Namaste, people also say “Rama-Rama!”
By uttering the Lord’s name we signify that the same consciousness of the Supreme Lord abides equally in both people greeting each other, and that they offer their salutations to That Supreme Power.
What a great custom! What a great idea! That helps people to remember the Lord even while meeting each other.
People also use names of other Gods to greet each other such as“Hare-Ram!”, “Jai Mata Di!”, “Jai Shri Krishna!” , “Radhe-Radhe!”, “Jai Gurudev!”, “Namo Narayana“, “Jai Siya Ram“, “Om Shanti” , “Jai Jagannath!”, “Jai Jinendra!”, “Sat Shri Akaal!” etc. But basic idea hidden behind is the same!
The idea behind such divine greetings is to represent pure ‘love’.
Prostrating before parents, elders, teachers and noble souls by touching their feet is another way to greet them, as they are guides and well wishers of our real life.
Touching the feet in prostration is a sign of respect for the age, maturity, nobility and divinity that our elders personify. It symbolizes our recognition of their selfless love for us and the sacrifices they have done for our welfare.
The good wishes (Sankalpa) and blessings (Aashirvaada) of elders are highly valued. We prostrate to seek them. Good thoughts create positive vibrations. Good wishes springing from a heart full of love, divinity and nobility have tremendous strength. When we prostrate with humility and respect, we invoke the good wishes and blessings of elders, which flow in the form of positive energy to envelop us.
Worship is a way to greet and venerate a Saint / a Guru / a deity / a God, who help us to attain the knowledge of Spirituality to experience complete perfection, attainment of union with the Supreme Power.
pūja (or pooja) is a divine ritual of worship, in which offerings are made to God with devotion to earn His love and blessings.
“pū” + “ja” => pūja
By literal perspective
pū => to purify, cleanse
Ja => birth or life or mind
Thus, pūja => cleanses or purifies the birth or life or mind of a person
By symbolic perspective,
“pu’ => “purusha” and “ja” => “janma,”
pūja => to awaken the hidden deity in the body, and fill the mind with pure consciousness or intelligence
“pū” => pushpam (flower) and “ja” => japam (recitation)
pūja => Offering flowers to God, with the recitation of His names
Puja (worship) is a selfless love with feeling or expression of reverence and adoration for a deity.
It does not remain just a superficial gesture or word but paves the way for a deeper communion with divinity by creating an atmosphere of love and respect.
What is the definition of love? Love is abstract, something invisible to eyes, inaudible to ears, and which leads to the experience of pure bliss in the heart. Love does not mean lust; but nowadays in the name of love, ‘Valentine’s Day’ is celebrated on 14th February in a style that corrupts the moral standards of the youngsters. The immorality spread by the distorted tradition of ‘Valentine’s Day’ is seen in the form of various sexual diseases like AIDS and sexual crimes like rape, molestations all over the world.
‘Where there is God there is no lust, where there is lust there is no God’,
Lust is centred in the lower Chakras, one of the seven energy wheels present in the body. It gives rise to sexual excitement, thoughtless gratification of desires. And love is centered in the upper Chakras. It makes one thoughtful and gives one eternal joy. And it helps one behold the same divinity in all creatures.
Innocenti Report Card No 3:
The third Innocenti Report Card presents the most up-to-date and comprehensive survey so far of teenage pregnancies in the industrialized world. And it attempts at least a partial analysis of why some countries have teenage pregnancies that are ten or even fifteen times higher than others. Approximately 1.25 million teenagers become pregnant each year in the 28 OECD nations under review. Of those, approximately half a million seek abortion and approximately three quarters of a million become teenage mothers. The five countries with the lowest teenage pregnancies are Korea, Japan, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Sweden – all with teen pregnancies of fewer than 10 per 1,000. The United States’ teenage pregnancies of 52.1 is the highest in the developed world – and more than twice in the European countries on an average. The United Kingdom has the highest teenage pregnancies in Europe.
Every year some 3 million American teenagers contact a sexually transmitted disease (about 1 in every 4 sexually experienced teenagers).
In one act of unprotected sex with an infected partner, a teenage woman has 1 in 100 chance of contacting HIV, 1 in 3 chance of contacting genital herpes, and 1 in 2 chance of contacting gonorrhea. Approximately a quarter of all new cases of HIV/AIDS are diagnosed in young people under the age of 22. Today, 1 in 3 US high schools has an “abstinence only” policy on sex education. Since 1996 more than US-$400 million in federal and state funds has been spent on ‘Abstinence Only’ campaigns in America’s schools. (The innocenti report card issue No. 3 was published in July 2001).
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Switching from lustful Valentine’s Day to pious Parents’ Worship Day will help prevent immoral activities & teenage pregnancy in youth. The youth will go forward on the path of self-restraint and virtue to live a healthy, happy and honorable life.
A well renowned Hindu saint Asharam Bapu said, “I have given a call to celebrate ‘Parents’ Worship Day’ in place of ‘Valentine’s Day’ in order to save the nation from the evil effects of the latter.”
Opinion of modern scientist:
The research work of Jane Kim of USA, an attorney and immigration specialist at the Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania, and Dr. Soo Kim Abboud, a surgeon and clinical assistant professor at the university of Pennsylvania,tries to find out
“How do Asian students get to the top of the class in American universities and schools?”
Research carried out on this subject revealed that this was so because they respect their elders and obey their parents. They study hard and do well in school to secure a bright future. Even those who don’t believe in saints and Shastras (scriptures) of Indian culture have to accept these teachings (of Shastras); and have to teach the western students to respect their parents to get good results.
Those who respect their parents can’t spoil their character by celebrating ‘Valentine’s Day’. Living with self-control; they will protect their Brahmacharya (celibacy, chastity & virginity) and will develop their intellectual faculties; which will help them get good academic results.
How did the ‘Valentine’s Day’ start?
King Claudius of Rome must have been very well aware of the power of celibacy; that is why he had forbidden his military forces from getting married, so that they remained physically and mentally fit enough to win wars. Prohibition of marriage was forcibly imposed on the armed forces, and hence St. Valentine, who himself being a Christian priest could not have been an opposer of celibacy, had got them married secretly. Later, he was found guilty and the king had him hanged to death. Then in the year 496 AD, Pope Galessius began to celebrate ‘Valentine’s Day’ in the memory of that saint.
Those who celebrate ‘Valentine’s Day’ in the current times, do in fact insult the saint himself; for they try to start a love-affair before their actual marriage by sending Valentine cards to one another. Had St. Valentine supported this system, he would not have solemnized the marriages in the first place.
Western celebration of Valentine’s day, promotes nothing but mindless passion, lust and promiscuity.
If we observe the effects of ‘Valentine’s Day’; there are more criminal cases of suicides, rapes, eloping of lovers, etc. on this day and there are multimillion dollar sales of condoms, liquor and narcotic drugs.
The Parents’ Worship day was introduced by Sant Shri Asharam Bapu (Also known as Asaram Bapu) in the year of 2007.
The day was first celebrated on 14th Feb 2007 at Sant Shri Asharamji Gurukul, Ahmedabad in presence of approx 350 people including 97 students, their parents and gurukul staff.
Sant Shri Asharamji Gurukul, Ahemdabad, got started on 9th June 2006 with 5th, 6th, 7th standard, is affiliated with Gujarat state board.
According to Mr. Pankaj Saksena (Director of Gurukul, Ahmedabad), “Gurukul had just finished its first ever function of national republic day on 26th Jan 2007. Asharam Bapu gave a message on phone to organize another program of “Matru-Pitru Pujan” on the coming 14th Feb.”
“Gurukul management had less than 20 days to arrange the first program celebration of Parents’ Worship, so they all started the preparation as fast as they could. They sent invitation letter to student’s parents and arranged “Matru-Pitru Pujan” program in the courtyard of Sant Shri Asharamji Ashram, Ahmedabad, situated adjacent to Sant Shri Asharamji Gurukul, Ahmedabad.”
Finally On 14th Feb 2007, first program of “Matri-Pitri Pujan” was celebrated, where students worshipped their parents and teachers.
No one knows the day will make a history. Experience of selfless love among parents and children can be seen by all live spectators of that celebration. Tears of love could be seen in everyone’s eyes.
One of the person present at the occasion of the 1st “Matru-Pitru Pujan” program stated that, “Experience of that celebration was awesome. Emotional, pious love among parents and children was giving glimpse of heaven on the earth.”
How to perform “Parents’ Worship”
‘ मातृदेवो भव । पितृदेवो भव । आचार्यदेवो भव | ‘
‘Regard your mother as a god; regard your father as a god; regard your teacher as a god’.
1. Make Your Parents Sit :
आसने स्थापिते ह्यत्र पूजार्थं भवरोरिह।
भवन्तौ संस्थितौ तातौ पूर्यतां मे मनोरथः।।
I.e. O’ My parents I have made this seat for you, please accept it and fulfill my heartfelt wish.
2. Apply Tilak & Offer Flowers
स्वस्ति न इन्द्रो वृद्धश्रवाः ।
स्वस्ति नः पूषा विश्ववेदाः ॥
Apply Tilak on parents’ forehead and offer garland to them.
3. Circumambulate Parents
यानि कानि च पापानि जन्मान्तरकृतानि च |
तानि सर्वाणि नश्यन्तु प्रदक्षिणपदे ||
Circumambulate the Parents, which is equivalent to Circumambulating the world.
4. Bow & Greet Parents
अभिवादनशीलस्य नित्यं वॄद्धोपसेविन:।
चत्वारि तस्य वर्धन्ते आयुर्विद्या यशो बलम्॥
Respectfully bow and greet parents. With this you will get long life, knowledge, fame & strength.
5. Perform Aarti (Worship with lamp)
ॐ जय जय मात–पिता, प्रभु गुरूजी मात–पिता ।
सद्भाव देख तुम्हारा, मस्तक झुक जाता ॥
Perform Aarti with lighted lamp & hymns of praise. Also take firm resolution to serve them lifelong.
6. Parents’s Blessings
आयुष्मान भाव, श्रद्धावान भव,
विद्यावान भाव, ब्रह्मविद् भव
Parents shower affection and blessings – ‘May you live long’, ‘become devout & pious’, ‘become learned’, ‘knower of Bhrahm – Bhrahmaveta’.
2007: “Milestone Year of Beginning”
2008: “Milestone Year of Campaign”
“Matru-Pitru Pujan” celebrated globally by 17000s BSK, 1200s Yog Vedant Sewa Samiti, 400s Ashram and millions of followers at schools, colleges, societies and houses. It could be envisioned that “Matru-Pitru Pujan” would soon become a worldwide campaign.
2009: “Milestone Year of Campaign-II”
Sankalap Sabha: On 29th January 2009, a ‘Sankalap Sabha’ was organized in Mumbai’s huge Somaiyya ground by the ‘Dharma Raksha Manch’. It was perhaps the first time in the religious history of this country that various branches of Indian culture including all the different sects of Hinduism, all Akhadas, Jains and Buddhists were present on a common platform. Sant Shri Asharam Bapu was unanimously elected as chairman of the convention. As per recorded information approx. 52 religious leaders of Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism and other religions; and well known 10 minister from organizations of Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and other, also participated.
All saints expressed their views on important issues concerning safeguarding of Indian culture, religious awakening and national interest.
2010: “Milestone Year of Print Media”
Celebration was globally organized at number of schools, colleges and societies and many small & big print media covered the event.
2011: “Milestone Year of Media”
‘Parents’ Worship’ became more popular and was celebrated in more cities and places. And the celebrations got more and more coverage on print media as well as through electronic media.
2012: “Milestone Year of Golden History”
Rajim Kumbh: In the year 2012, Rajim Kumbh was organized from 7th Feb to 20th Feb. Rajim Kumbh Mela is one of the largest religious congregations in India, attended by lakhs of Indian and foreign devotees.
There was a satsang program of Asharam Bapu from 9th Feb (Evening) to 12 Feb 2012 at Rajim kumbh mela parisr, Raipur, Chhattisgarh. On 12th Feb, Dr. Raman Singh, Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh came at Asharam Bapu’s satsang program. Where Asharam Bapu elaborated on the hazards caused by the celebration of Valentine’s Day, and said that our innocent children are being misguided and misled. In the end of program, Dr. Raman Singh (Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh) declared that in their state’s schools and colleges they would not allow celebration of ‘Valentine’s Day’ that misguides and depraves the students;; and they would instead motivate institutions to celebrate ‘Parents’ Worship Day’.
Chhattisgarh will always be remembered as the first Indian state to honour the divine tradition of giving respect to parents thereby adding a golden chapter to the history.
On 14 feb 2012 at noon, “Matri-Pitri Pujan” Program was organized at Sendhwa City, Barwani District of state Madhya Pradesh, Where Narayan Saiji (Asharam Bapu’s son) worshipped Asharam Bapu on stage in front of gathering of lakhs of people to inspire all to perfrom “Matri-Pitri Pujan”.
Brahm Sankalap: On 7th October, 2012 (Evening) and 8th October (Morning); there was a satsang program of Asharam Bapu at village Bhondsi of Gurugram district of state Haryana. A ‘BrahmSankalap’ was done by Asharam Bapu for 14th February as ‘Parents’ Worship Day’. He transmitted his will in the cosmic space for the good of humanity on the sacred seventh lunar day falling on Sunday (7th October, 2012). He said,
“We will now celebrate ‘Parents’ Worship Day’ at the international level. Now we will spread the message all over the world. Not only Hindus; Christians, Muslims and Jews too want to save their children from moral degradation. No parents wish their children to become loafers, disobedient and vagabonds. I have made a resolve for the good of all. I am transmitting a resolve in the space that the five Elements of nature, gods, my sadhakas, Hindus, Christians, Muslims and Zoroastrians; all should join hands in celebrating ‘Parents’ Worship Day’. May all gods, demigods, manes and others listen! I want to start an India-wide, worldwide campaign of celebrating ‘Parents’ Worship Day’. Let everybody pay respect to his or her parents, grandparents, elders and ancestors. And I want the concurrence of all in this divine work.”
Prerana Sabha: To make ‘Matri-Pitri Pujan’ a worldwide campaign; mammoth congregations by the name of ‘Prerana Sabha’ were organized:
- 7th Feb 2012 at Ramleela Ground, Noida (UP)
- 27thNovember 2012 at Vadodara
- 29th November 2012 at Delhi
- 28th December 2012 at Delhi
- 30th December 2012 at Mumbai
Religious leaders, heads and chairmen of various organisations who are participated in 2012 ‘Prerana Sabha’ are Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Akhil Bhartiya Sant Samiti, Niranjani Akhada, Juna Akhada, Udasin Akhada, Mahanirwani Akhada, Atal Akhada, Sanatana Sanstha, Varakari Sampradaya, Kalika Peetha, Shri Swami Samartha Sampradaya, Hindu Samiti, Akhil Bharatiya Dharma Rakshak Samiti, Akhil Maharashtra Sant Samiti, Rashtravadi Shivasena, Divine Vedic Association, Jagadguru Shankaracharya of Kashi, Akhil Bhartiya Akhada Parishad, Akhil Bhartiya Shri Rama Sena, Hindu Jana Jagriti Samiti, Jagadguru Shankaracharya of Kashi, Jain Community and Muslim Community as also a number of political leaders, social activists and celebrities.
Commendation: Name of the VIPs who have given letters of commendation are as follows:
Kuldeep Sharma (Vidhan Sabha Secretariate, Chandigarh), Rao Narendra Singh (Minister of Health of the Indian state of Haryana), Pawan Kumar Bansal (Minister for Railways, Government of india), Dinesh Singh (Deputy Speaker, Punjab Legislative Assembly, Chandigarh), Akram Khan (Deputy Speaker, Haryana Vidhan Sabha, Chandigarh), Charanjit Singh Atwal (Speaker Punjab Legislative Assembly), Bhupinder Singh Hooda (Chief Minister of Haryana ), Jagannath Pahadia ( Governor of Haryana )
The Parents’ Worship Day has also been appreciated by Anuradha Paudwal (well-known singer), Shri Anoop Jalota(well-known singer), Shri Mukesh Khanna (Television Actor), Bhagyashree(Actress), Shri Nitin Gadkari (Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Govt. of India), Govinda (famous film star and former M.P.), Shri Rajnath Singh (Home Minister, Govt. of India) etc.
2013: “Milestone Year of Eternal”
The celebrations were globally organized at big level at many places.
Prerna sabha: On 17th January 2013, “Prerna Sabha” was organized at Prayagraj Kumbha Mela Festival. The saints who participated in the ‘Prerana Sabha’ are the Mahamandaleshwar of Juna Akhada, Swami Arjun Puriji Maharaj; Shri Anandagiriji Maharaj, the spiritual head of Vaghambari Peetha; Vishwa Guru Mahamandaleshwar Paramhamsa Swami Maheshwarananda Puriji Maharaj, Omkaranandji Maharaj the head of Veni Madhava Mandir, Prayag; Sant Shri Balak Yogeshwardasji Maharaj, Balyogeshwar Shri Rambalakdasji, and Shri Mahant Mahamandaleshwar Shri Phooldol Biharidasji Maharaj.
Commendation: Name of VIPs who have given letters of commendation are:
Prem Kumar Dhumal (Chief Minister Himachal Pradesh), Anandiben Patel (cabinet minister of Road and Building, Revenue, Urban development and Urban Housing, Disaster Management and Capital Projects), Shivraj Singh Chouhan (Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh)
14 Feb 2013 was officially recognised as “Matri-Pitri Pujan” by the direction of Chhattisgarh Govt.
14 Feb 2013, Sam Thompson (Senator, New Jersey, USA) attended the Parents’ Worship Program at New Jersey. He said,
“I’m glad to join you all on the Parents appreciation day and it is unfortunate that we don’t have this in our society here in the US, because it is so important because nothing determines what we have in our country, as much as the guidance the parents provide to the children. The children grow up to the values given by one’s parents. Unfortunately so much of the society that is there in this country, that is not occurring. That’s why so many of our children become lost along the way. So what you do in your community, the values that you instill in your children, the credit and appreciation for all goes to the parents. I think that shows why, your children are growing up to be the fine member of society, even becoming leaders in our society. I congratulate you and commend you for that and again I call it is a wonderful occasion and a program. Thank you very much.”
31 Aug 2013, Asharam Bapu was arrested on grounds of a false, baseless case (point of view of many legal experts) by the Jodhpur Police. He is the initiator of the “Parents’ Worship Day”. Now, many conspirator, some media persons and other miscreants were seeking, this celebration would stop. But to everybody’s surprise the celebration of “Parents’ Worship Day” grew manifold, rapidly and it was organized at more, more and more places worldwide.
A very important point to be noted:
If we observe the effects of ‘Valentine’s Day’; there are more criminal cases of suicides, rapes, eloping of lovers, etc. on this day and there are multimillion dollar sales on gifts, condoms, liquor and narcotic drugs etc. of big multinational brand companies. And by global campaign of “Parents’ Worship Day”, all of these multi-national companies who were earning big on Valentine’s Day, underwent a huge loss. So it has also been estimated that a huge amount of money and funding has been spent to spoil the image of Asharam Bapu to put a halt to his ideas of human welfare.
2014: “Milestone Year of Social Media”
On the year 2014, the Parents’ Worship Day celebration got started 3 month ahead of the month of February and it was also celebrated after 14 Feb as well. Like the previous year, Chhattisgarh govt. directed to all its schools to celebrate “Parents’ Worship Day” on 14th Feb. Parents’ Worship Day was enthusiastically celebrated at many places in abroad. It was promoted by followers through Flexes, Banners at prime places and even through ads on FM radio.
It was the first time on 14th Feb 2014, when “Parents’ Worship” worldwide trended top on ‘Twitter’ with hashtag #HappyParentsWorshipDay for many hours.
This worldwide campaign on social media Twitter was also covered by BBC. Trend was also supported by many VIPs on Twitter platform.
It was also supported and appreciated by Suresh Chavhanke (Chairman, Sudarshan Channel). He also worshipped his parents and posted his picture on twitter.
2015: “Milestone Year of Quiz”
In the year 2015, like the previous year of ‘Parents’ Worship Day’, the celebrations took off from the December month of 2014 and extended beyond 14 Feb 2015.
On 3 Feb 2015, Chhattisgarh govt. made it compulsory to schools to conduct annual function of “Matri-Pitri Diwas” on 14th Feb.
This was the first time, when online Quiz for ‘Parents’ Worship’ was organized at social media platform ‘Twitter’.
Best commendations were received from Anandiben Patel (Chief Minister of Gujarat), and from Urmila Singh (Governer, Himachal Pradesh).
2016: “Milestone Year of President”
The President of India, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee expressed his heartfelt pleasure to know that ‘Parents’ Worship Day’ campaign was been being organized every year on 14thFebruary at the global level and it was hugely helping India to regain the status of Global Master worldwide.
Former President of India , Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, had also acclaimed the work of Asharam Bapu and his ashram activities for the uplifting of society.
2017: “Milestone Year of History-II”
Dr. Neera Yadav attended two programs of “Matri-Pitri Pujan” at schools of Ranchi and koderma district. She inspired and decided to make this celebration for all schools.
On Dec 2017, Dr. Neera Yadav (State Education Minister, Jharkhand) has directed the state secretary of school education and literacy department to issue a directive to 50000 Govt. schools to conduct the annual function ‘Matri-Pitri Pujan’ where student will worship their parents.
‘Parents’ Worship’ was also acclaimed by Vijay Rupani(Deputy Chief Minister, Gujarat), and Nitin Patel (Deputy Chief Minister, Gujarat).
2018: “Milestone Year of Ministers”
In 2018, ‘Parents’ Worship’ was appreciated by many chief ministers and ministers, names of few are Sarbananda Sonowal (Chief Minister of Assam), Raghubar Das (Chief Minister of Jharkhand), Yogi Aditiyanath (Chief Minister of UP), Anil Vij (Cabinet Minister in the Government of Haryana), Jay Ram Thakur (Chief minister of Himachal Pardesh), Abhishek Singh (Member of Parliament , Rajnandgoan Chhattisgarh), Shri Vasudev Devnani (Education Minister, Rajsthan) etc.
In the beginning year 2008, it was celebrated worldwide including almost in all States of India and also at a few places in USA, UAE, England, Nepal, and Singapore.
‘Parents’ Worship Day’ Celebration grew gradually from 2008 to 2011 and finally went soaring high in 2012.
We can say 2012 year can be considered as a milestone in the history of ‘Parents’ Worship Day’. As after this year, the celebrations widely and rapidly increased world wide.
With time, the program has become a day dedicated to parents and has been gracefully accepted by all religions not only in India but also worldwide.
A book named “Matri-Pitri Pujan” has been published in Hindi, Marathi, English, Ori, Kannada, Telgu, Gujarati, Bengali, Tamil, Nepali. The book contains all the necessary information regarding celebration of programs of ‘Parents’ Worship’.
Asharam Bapu’s Message:
Message to all human beings
“No Christian wants his/her daughter to be any promiscuous person’s object of lustful gratification. No Muslim wants his/her daughter to be abused by lascivious men. And there is no question of a Hindu entertaining any thought of this kind.
If young boys and girls openly indulge in lustful activities then they will lose the strength of virtue and positive energy eventually. My heart was moved to see not millions but tens of millions of such young boys and girls ruining their lives.
I pondered over this problem in solitude to find a solution to it. The solution was provided by God who solves all problems. ‘Don’t fight the evil; just promote good.’ Therefore, I suggested, ‘Don’t oppose ‘Valentine’s Day’. Remember Lord Ganapati and celebrate ‘Parents’ Worship Day’ on 14th February so that your third eye of wisdom is opened. And the fragrance of this good campaign has reached even the Christians. Many of my Christian devotees and many of the Muslims agree to celebrate ‘Parents’ Worship Day’. But now the campaign has to be widened more.
My dear young people and their parents! You are born on the pious land of India. You are the descendants of farsighted rishis. Shun ‘Valentine’s Day’ which, in the name of love, debilitates the youth. O parents and their children! Love each other beholding the Lord in the other one and let your hearts be filled with Divine Joy. Not the false joy of sex, but the Joy of God, the Love of God and Bliss of God.
It should help bring peace and happiness to my brothers and sisters of the whole world. Why should you ape the west? Rather they should get blessed following your footsteps.”
Message to governments
“There should be a law to curb the shameless tendency growing in the youth to insult the parents and live a libertine life. I call upon all Chief Ministers and all the people of the world to see to it that the children don’t take a ruinous path by celebrating ‘Valentine’s Day’; and they get eternal celebration, eternal success and joy and eternal goodness in their lives by celebrating ‘Parents’ Worship Day’.”
Message to parents and teachers
“Children should not consider the parents despicable. ‘Parents’ Worship’ book and VCD have been published by the Ashram. Distribute them so that children imbibe good traits. Children disobey and defy parents and become self-willed. That makes them disturbed and disconcerted. Instead of getting eternal celebration; they develop eternal irritable nature. Instead of getting eternal success & prosperity they become eternally poor. Poor means desiring many things. Instead of getting eternal auspiciousness; they face unending troubles and botheration. Explain to them the glory of ‘Parents’ Worship Day’ from this day itself, and persuade them to celebrate it in order to save them from irritability, poverty and troubles of eternal nature.”
Message to media
‘Valentine’s Day’ is misleading young boys and girls towards darkness. Turn them towards ‘Parents’ Worship Day’. I ask you just this only that your children and children of your readers and viewers should become brilliant. Before their life comes to an end; they should illuminate it with the radiance of divine knowledge, the knowledge of Life-giver. This way you can serve God in the form of society.
There is no controversy on the celebration of the ‘Parents’ Worship Day’ and it has been a big achievement of the success. The idea is wonderful and many well wishers of the nation call Asharam Bapu as “Supreme well-wisher of man-kind”.
Points need to be noted: Who are thinking Asharam Bapu was not conspired, please think once again
- A person who spent more than 40 years of his life in social and human welfare, and gave a wonderful solution to world to stop adverse effect of “Valentine’s day”, how can he do anyone bad?
- A person who’s “BrahmSankalapa” (Wish in universe) is impacting extensively in the world, directly show his spiritual power.
- A person who taught about Celibacy and who follows it himself, how can he be accused of rape?
- A person who has millions of followers including scientists, engineers, doctors, lawyers, bureaucrats & businessman, can such a person fool so many people on the basis of faith & religion. Important point is, his followership is still increasing.
- Asharam Bapu is at the forefront in resisting and stopping religious conversion and he is an obstacle in the way of missionaries.
- Multi-national brand companies, who are fooling people by promoting lustful Valentine’s Day, see Asharam Bapu as their enemy.
By Dr. Subramanian Swamy, an Eminent Jurisprudent
The case against Asharam Bapu is entirely bogus. This is the conclusion arrived at by my legal team.
(1) Hindus under siege! Your leaders and saints will be systematically eliminated with false charges and propaganda. By the time you realize it, it’ll be too late.
(2) Asharamji Bapu is at the forefront in resisting and stopping religious conversion. (3) Innocent and gullible Hindus are not able to visualize the invisible mechanism working behind defaming Hindu saints which is part of a massive conspiracy of certain powers that are opposing the Hindus as well as our Hindu nation.
(4) Before this case; Shankracharya of Kanchi Math was arrested under false allegations; and the media publicised him as a murderer. But when he was acquitted not guilty and innocent by the Supreme Court; then no media-organisation apologised for branding him as a murderer.
(5) Sadhvi Pragya Singh had been rotting in jail even without any proof and any charge-sheet for the last ten years; only because she is a Hindu saint.
(6) The worst part is that most of the Hindus are taken by secularism as well as some kind of inferiority complex. Therefore they immediately accept the version of media as true and factual. Without any proof or investigation, all of a sudden everyone starts acting like a judge because the media and our films have stuffed rubbish in our minds that if the person happens to be a Hindu saint, he must be corrupt and perverted.
Last but not the least, today we are getting away from the fragrance of our culture, we are forgetting our customs, we are forgetting the divine idea behind them, and we are wondering why our culture is disappearing.
Please don’t make fool of someone and don’t let them fool yourself. And also don’t follow media blindly.