The Parents Worship Day program is designed to make a profound impact on the community by promoting love and responsibility between generations and preserving family values. We believe all faiths across the world have responsibility in instilling values in our children about their love for their parents, their community and the society that nurtures and educates them. Our program is an effective way of constructively building character and sharping mass consciousness much of which cannot be easily achieved by imposing rules or making laws. It’s an understanding being passed to our children to expand their definition of love beyond that between a man and woman, to love of parents and God.
This program is being celebrated around February 14th to celebrate love in its true sense. This “celebration” has also became popular as Divine Valentine’s Day and caught the attention of both news outlets such as BBC as well as social media sites like Twitter, where the hashtag was trending worldwide.
WHY Parent’s Worship Day over Valentine’s Day
As per Innocenti Report Card issue No.3, in 28 developed countries, 1.25 million teenagers becomes pregnant and out of which 500,000 perform abortion and 750,000 become single mothers. In 2012, Rotermann reported the results from the Canadian Community Health Survey, and examined the sexual health behaviors of youth ages 15-24 during two time periods (2009/2010 and 2003).
The 2009/2010 data revealed :
– 66% of youth aged 15-24 had sexual intercourse at least one time (not significantly different in 2003);
– 30% of teens aged 15-17, 68% of teens aged 18-19, and 86% of youth aged 20-24 had sexual intercourse at least one time
– 9.0% of those who had intercourse had done so prior to the age of 15 and 25.7% of those who had intercourse had done so at the age of 15 or 16
The study and survey of the children and youth of 14 developed and developing countries conducted by MTVN international has revealed that Indian children and youth are the happiest and the most affectionate among all. The report published in London and New York says that the main reason behind this is the family affection and devotion to family in Indians. Another study in Pennsylvania ‘How do Asian students get to the top of the class in American universities and schools?’ , researchers concluded that this was so because they respect their elders and obey their parents.
While moral values are subjective and vary regionally and culturally, all of them do censure and prohibit teenage sexual activity because of the fact that despite the hormonal activity at that age, a teenager is unable to understand the physical and mental repercussions of giving in to their hormones at that impressionable age. Yes, we do have Mother's day and Father's day -days whose existence we acknowledge through a commercial card or commercially gifts. Do we really mean it?
Enter Parent's Worship Day. No commercial cards, no gifts, just pure love, appreciation and worship. Even an atheist DOES believe in and holds an exalted image of his parents, doesn’t he?! Why 14th of February? Because it's marked in our calendars already. Love between partners is shared and demonstrated every day. Plus in this new age, Saint Valentine's work is happening inevitably and pretty obviously. Celebration of this day must be targeted, but not restricted to the youth. Age doesn't matter, 'impressionable age' does. Belief (or non-belief) doesn't matter, love and gratitude does. This is one event that can be celebrated by all religions…love for parents are after all universal.
Keeping these things in mind, Sant Shri Asharamji Bapu Ashram Canada, under the guidance of Sant Shri Asharamji Bapu has taken up the initiative of celebrating Parents worship day , mainstream since year 2006 and has been commended highly across the globe, by people from all walks of life. US Senator Sam Thompson, Indian Presidents APJ Abdul Kalam, Pratibha Patil, Pranab Mukhrjee and many others appreciated and encouraged the celebrations.
Celebrating this day in such a conscious manner will have only positive consequences like parental care, inculcation of moral and cultural values and awareness. It will demonstrate more than gratitude towards our preceptors. This has the potential to bring about a social awakening which will go beyond religion and belief.