According to the Buddha there are five duties that should be performed by parents toward their children.

The first duty is to dissuade them from evil: Home is the first school, and parents are the first teachers. Children usually take their elementary lessons on good and evil from their parents. Careless parents directly or indirectly impart an elementary knowledge of lying, cheating, dishonesty, slandering, revenge, shamelessness and fearlessness towards evil and immoral activities to their children during childhood. Remember the habit of aping. Parents should therefore show exemplary conduct and should not transmit such vices into their children's impressionable mind.

- The second duty is to persuade them to be good: Parents are the teachers at home; teachers are the parents in school. Both parents and teachers are equally responsible for the future and well-being of the children, who become what they are made into. They are, and they will be, what the adults are. They sit at the feet of the adults during their im-pressionable age.

They imbibe what is imparted. They follow in their footsteps. They are influenced in thoughts, words and deeds. As such it is the duty of the parents to create the most congenial atmosphere both at home and in the school.

Simplicity, obedience, co-operation, unity, self-sacrifice, honesty, straightforwardness, service, self-reliance, contentment, good manners, religious zeal and other kindred virtues should be inculcated in their juvenile minds by degrees. Seeds so planted will eventually grow into fruit-laden-trees.

- The third duty is to give the children a good education: A decent education is the best legacy that parents can bestow upon their children. A more valuable treasure there is not. It is the best blessing that parents could confer on their children.

Education should be imparted to them, preferably from youth, in a religious atmosphere by training them to uphold noble human disciplines and humane qualities. This has a far-reaching effect on their lives.

- The fourth duty is to see that they are married to suitable individuals: Marriage is a solemn act that pertains to one's whole lifetime; this union should be one that cannot be dissolved easily. Hence, marriage has to be viewed from every angle and in all its aspects to the satisfaction of all parties concerned before the wedding.

Parents' observations of their children's life partners is important for their future married life. While parents must accept modern practices like dating and so on, children must know clearly that parents have a right to monitor their activities, know who their friends are. But there must be also a right to privacy and self respect.

According to Buddhist culture, duty supersedes right. Let both parties be not adamant, but use their wise discretion and come to an amicable settlement.

Otherwise, there will be mutual cursing and other repercussions. More often than not the infection is transmitted to progeny as well. It is said that in most cases people who perpetrate abuse of others were themselves the victims of abuse.

- The last duty is to hand over to them, at the proper time, their inheritance: Parents not only love and tend their children as long as they are still in their custody, but also make preparations for their future comfort and happiness. They acquire treasures through personal discomfort and ungrudgingly give them as a legacy to their children.

Parents who bequeath their wealth do not want their children to squander it but to benefit from the inheritance so that it will enhance their living standard. In all of this the bottom line is mutual respect, and concern for the welfare of both parents and children.

Here's How Man Is Responsible For Everything According To Buddhism

When a man has learned how to live as a real human being without disturbing others, he can live peacefully without any fear in his heart.
According to the Buddha, man himself is the maker of his own destiny. He has none to blame for his lot since he alone is responsible for his own life. He makes his own life for better or for worse.

The Buddha says: man creates everything. All our griefs, perils and misfortunes are of our own creation. We spring from no other source than our own imperfection of heart and mind. We are the results of our good and bad actions committed in the past under the influence of greed and delusion. And since we ourselves brought them into being, it is within our power to overcome bad effects and cultivate good natures.

The human mind, like that of an animal, is something governed by animal instinct. But unlike the animal mind, the human mind can be trained for higher values. If man's mind is not properly cultured, that uncultured mind creates a great deal of trouble in this world. Sometimes man's behavior is more harmful and more dangerous than animal behavior. 

Animals have no religious problems, no language problems, no political problems, no social and ethical problems, no colour-bar problems. They fight only for their food, shelter and sex. But, there are thousand of problems created by mankind. Their behavior is such that they would not be able to solve any of these problems without creating further problems. Man is reluctant to admit his weaknesses. He is not willing to shoulder his responsibilities. His attitude is always to blame others for his failure. If we become more responsible in our actions, we can maintain peace and happiness.

~ By Ven. K Sri Dhammananda


Technology has taken over everyone’s life nowadays. People can’t imagine their lives without sending text messages or using the Internet, as well as numerous different applications every day. We use them to contact people, call our relatives who live in other countries etc. WhatsApp, Viber, Skype etc. are almost an everyday routine.

The question we all have to ask ourselves is : Do we use our mobile phones the correct way?

How much time do we spend using it and how much time do we have to spend using it?

Are there complications because of an excessive use?
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You all probably look at your phone before you go to sleep, but it can actually have a very dangerous effect on your eyes.
Generally, all of us use our phones for some time to chat with someone, take a look at the recent news on Twitter or Facebook or just check on the latest photos on Instagram or Snapchat, but this should change and we’re now going to tell you why.

An investigation performed by medical experts which enclosed women between 22 and 45 years came to this conclusion: The light from our mobile phones leads to constant blindness!The results were based on the lifestyle of these girls who had a habit to check their phone before they go to sleep every day.

According to these specialists: If you use the phone before sleeping, stop doing it, because it affects your eyes seriously!

The reason behind this conclusion is that the human eye gets accustomed to the darkness, so when you put it opposite a mobile phone with a strong light, it has a really negative effect. So, it while one of the eyes is processing the absence of light, the other one processes the excess of this one and it actually confuses the brain without even realizing it.

In time, you’ll develop a temporary blindness that could later develop to permanent blindness.

Doctors recommend checking your phone at least 15 minutes before sleeping, while the room is still illuminated. When you decide to go to bed, turn off your phone, the light and enjoy your relaxation, as well as sleep from the beginning to the end!

Find Out What Your Fingerprint Reveals About Your Personality

Fingerprints can reveal a whole lot of things about a person, like their intelligence, personality and talents, to name a few. Dermatoglyphics is a branch of science that is dedicated to the study of the mount, the ridges, and the lines that form your fingerprints. And even though many scientists might have written it off, dermatoglyphics has many believers and is also widely used in palmistry.

Owing to this science, we now have 11 different types of patterns in fingerprints that have a few personality traits associated with them. Check out what your fingerprints reveal about you.

1. Simple Arch

A person with a simple arch fingerprint can be characterised as dedicated, committed, with a deep sense of loyalty. This makes them dependable and steady workers. They also tend to be introvert, and usually do not like taking risks.

2. Tented Arch

People with this fingerprint pattern are usually really confusing. They can be extremely welcoming one day, and completely uninterested the other. They are very creative and aren't afraid of challenges. However, they can be very impulsive at times.

3. Ulnar Loops

People with this pattern are generally gentle, observant and passive. And they love going with the flow.

4. Radial Loops

People with a radial loop pattern tend to be self-centred and egocentric. They love to go against the majority, and question and criticise. They love their independence and are usually very clever. 

5. Peacock's Eye

A person with a peacock's eye fingerprint is considered to have excellent leadership qualities. They are extremely artistic and very expressive. They're also considered to be highly perceptive. 

6. Variant Patterns

People with such a complex pattern can usually offend people easily. Their way of expressing themselves is usually very unique which tends to put people off.

7. Press Whorl

People with this pattern are considered to be highly ambitious, and are also very competitive. With such characteristics, they hate to be defeated. They have an eye for detail, and are very well planned with their budgets.

8. Composite Whorl

People with such a fingerprint is a very good communicator. They have amazing coordination skills, and make decisions taking cue from the environment they are in, which makes them very adaptable. But they get distracted quite easily.

9. Spiral Whorl

People with this fingerprint pattern are very self motivated, and individualistic. They tend to love their solitude, which might make them seem a bit aloof, but really, they're just trying to find their niche.

10. Imploding Whorl

A person with an imploding whorl pattern is usually very self-conscious, and a tiny bit shy as well. However, they are great at multi tasking and are very open minded. 

11. Concentric Whorl

People with this fingerprint pattern are usually self-loving. They love setting objectives for themselves, and hate being controlled in any way. Although, they are very subjectively sound people. 

Buddha Taught These 7 Factors of Enlightenment

There are seven Factors of Enlightenment given by the Buddha:
1. Mindfulness
Of the seven factors, mindfulness is the foremost. It must be developed at all times in full measure.
The other six factors fall into two groups:
(1) Those which tend to exert the mind when it needs to be exerted.
(2) Those that subdue the mind when it needs to be subdued.
One important facet of mindfulness is to determine which factor needs developing. The following list gives the methods recommended for developing each factor.
Factors Exerting the Mind
2. Investigation of States
  1. Asking questions of a teacher; studying
  2. Making the basis clean; body, clothes, and home clean and neat
  3. Balancing the Five Faculties
  4. Avoiding persons without understanding
  5. Cultivating association of persons with understanding
  6. “Reviewing the field for the exercise of profound knowledge”; that is, applying one’s Dhamma knowledge to the mental factors as they arise
  7. Resoluteness upon the investigation of states

3. Energy
  1. Reviewing the fearfulness of the states of loss (hell, etc.) as a grounds for urgency
  2. Seeing the benefits in obtaining the mundane and supramundane distinctions dependent upon energy (that is, jhana and enlightenment)
  3. Reviewing the Path as “this is the Path trod by Buddhas and is not for idlers”
  4. Reviewing the greatness of the Buddha, knowing that “the Buddha praised the energetic, not the slothful”
  5. Reviewing the greatness of the heritage, thus “it is the Great Heritage of the Dhamma that I seek and it cannot be obtained by an idler”
  6. Removing stiffness and torpor by perception of light, change of posture, frequenting the open air, etc.
  7. Avoiding idle persons
  8. Cultivating association of energetic persons
  9. Reviewing the Four Right Endeavours (encouraging wholesome mental states already arisen and not yet arisen; discouraging unwholesome mental states already arisen and not yet arisen)
  10. Resoluteness upon that energy
4. Joy
  1. Recollection of the Buddha
  2. Recollection of the Dhamma
  3. Recollection of the Sangha
  4. Recollection of virtuous acts one has performed
  5. Recollection of generous acts one has performed
  6. Recollection of deities
  7. Recollection of peace
  8. Avoiding rough persons
  9. Cultivating association of refined persons
  10. Reviewing encouraging discourses
  11. Resoluteness upon that happiness
Factors Subduing the Mind
5. Tranquillity
  1. Using superior food
  2. Living in a good climate (avoiding temperature extremes and other bodily discomfort)
  3. Maintaining a pleasant posture
  4. “Keeping to the middle”; avoiding extremes of too tense or too relaxed, etc.
  5. Avoiding violent persons
  6. Cultivating association of persons tranquil in body
  7. Resoluteness upon that tranquillity
6. Concentration
  1. Making the basis clean; body, clothes, and home clean and neat
  2. Balancing the Five Faculties
  3. Restraining the mind when it ought to be restrained
  4. Exerting the mind when it ought to be exerted
  5. Encouraging the listless mind by means of faith and a sense of urgency
  6. Looking on with equanimity at what is occurring rightly
  7. Avoiding of unconcentrated persons
  8. Cultivating association of persons who have obtained skill in concentration
  9. Reviewing of the jhanas and liberations
  10. Resoluteness upon that concentration
7. Equanimity
  1. Maintaining neutrality toward living beings
  2. Maintaining neutrality toward formations and inanimate things
  3. Avoiding persons who show favouritism toward living beings and inanimate things
  4. Cultivating association of persons who maintain neutrality toward living beings and inanimate things
  5. Resoluteness upon that equanimity

This Is What Happens To Your Body When You Don't Eat For 16 Hours

This infographic, created by Niraj Naik of the blog The Renegade Pharmacist, outlines several surprising health benefits that fasting can have on your body.
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Research has shown that cycles of prolonged fasting protect against immune system damage and induce immune system regeneration.

Fasting has also shown to have remarkable effects on the brain. In this TEDx talk (below) given by Mark Mattson, the current Chief of the Laboratory of Neuroscience at the National Institute on Aging, Mark discusses how fasting twice a week could significantly lower the risk of developing both Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease.

This is Naik's daily routine, which he suggests for others:

"Simple rules – No food for 16hrs (11am – 7pm eating window).

  • 3-4 glasses of water after I wake up around 7-8am.

  • No solid food till 11-12am. I may drink tea or coffee. Will have my probiotic drink around 9ish. See the recipe here. Do my gym/sauna routine.

  • Around 11 or 12 depending on when I wake up I have my Alpha Omega smoothie: See this post for the recipe.

  • No food, only drinks like coffee, green tea and water till around 6pm.

  • 6pm Main meal (try to keep this healthy with lots of fresh veg as core to every meal but not too concerned about watching everything I eat, except avoiding gluten and anything made in a factory as much as possible). Then no food, only drinks (only alcohol I consume is red wine and the odd pint of guinness down the pub.)"

(h/t) The Renegade Pharmacist. Additional sources: Mercola, EAS Academy 

These Police Officers Meditate Before They Start Their Shifts Every day! What If Every Cop Did This?

While the act of sitting with your legs crossed, eyes closed and uttering “oommm” is often associated with religious beliefs, anyone – religious or not – can practice mindful meditation. In fact, meditating has proven to be very beneficial for both the mind and body. Doctors and holistic practitioners have long advocated for the benefits of this practice and encourage anyone to take part.

Health Benefits of Meditation

Studies have shown that meditation positively affects one’s life in the following ways:
  • Stress reduction: Centering the mind on positive thoughts and breathing deeply can improve one’s mood and reduce feelings of stress.
  • Reduces blood pressure: Meditation relaxes the body, which in turn lowers blood pressure.
  • Boosts the immune system: The results of one study from Ohio State University showed that regular meditation over the course of one month led to a greater resistance to tumors and viruses in the elderly.
  • Natural relief for IBS: Meditation can improve the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, such as bloating and diarrhea.
  • Fights inflammation: Because stress leads to inflammation, by relaxing the mind and reducing the effects of stress, meditation offers an anti-antiflammatory effect on the body. This helps to prevent health conditions like heart disease, asthma and arthritis.
Many of us suffer from one or more of the above. Full-time workers especially find themselves in need of a stress reliever to take their minds off the day’s activities. If you are looking for natural way to calm your mind, meditation is a great option and one group of professionals will show you why.

Canadian Cops Learn to Meditate

A group of Canadian cops from Peel, Ontario walked into a Buddhist temple to learn how to meditate with hopes of experiencing the positive benefits.
Taking on the role of an authority figure combined with the many dangers that police officers face, it’s no wonder that wearing a badge can bring vast amounts of mental, emotional and physical stress. One study from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada showed that police officers are extremely overworked and exhibited high levels of stress.
The Peel Regional Police found that engaging in this practice prior to hitting the streets calmed their minds and allowed them to start the day on a more relaxed and positive note.

But that’s not all. Research has found that meditation doesn’t just bring temporary relief from stress;  it actually alters the brain, allowing you to ward off the effects of stress long-term. 
Scientists at Carnegie Mellon University conducted a study in which a group of people who were feeling stressed about their job search were taught how to mediate for three consecutive days. Following this period, brain scans showed a reduction in inflammation for each participant. Researchers concluded that mindfulness meditation can rewire the brain to help people respond more positively to stress. 
Police officers aren’t the only workers who can benefit from stress relief. Many other professionals including teachers, doctors and lawyers work in stressful environments and meditation is just one of the many ways that can help bring relief in this area.

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