The home is a door to the kingdom of God, the kingdom of true happiness. Let all the members of the family gather together, at a prayer meeting—even if it is for ten to fifteen minutes. This will give a new tone to the home. At a prominent place in your home, keep a big, beautiful picture of some great one—Krishna or Rama, Buddha or Jesus, Zoroaster or Guru Nanak, Mira or Mahavira, Baha’u’llah or Kabir or a saint of humanity—to whom you feel drawn. Whenever you or the children leave the house or enter it, bow down to the picture and offer a small prayer.
If children could be taught to surrender themselves to the grace of God and the Guru, it would be the best thing that could happen to them. Let them realise that God and the Guru are always at hand to protect them, guard them, and prevent them from yielding to evil and temptation. Teach them to remember their God and Guru first thing, when they awaken, and the last thing, before they fall asleep. They should be taught also, to repeat the name of God and their supplication to the Guru, during the course of the day. This will help them do well in their studies, it will give them better concentration and focus, it will guard them against all danger and evil.