Shila: Sir, I read in
a book that "Respect (Vinay) is complimentary to knowledge". Can you please
explain that to me?
Teacher: That is a
very good question. It is important for everybody. to learn to respect
others. You cannot retain knowledge, if you do not respect your parents,
teachers, and religious books, etc.
Respect is expressed in
several different ways, for example worshipping the Tirthankars, bowing down
to monks and elders, taking good care of your books, paying attention in
class, listening to your parents, being polite to everybody, and having good
manners are all examples of respect.
Respect destroys the ego,
brings forth good thinking, results in the use of polite language, and
showing kindness towards other living beings. All these factors help in
elevating the soul.
Ravi: Sir, can you
tell us how to show respect to elders?
Teacher: Anybody who
is older than you is an elder to you. Parents, teachers, uncles, and aunts
are your elders. You should greet them with "Jai Jinendra," "Hello," or "Hi"
whenever you see them. You should offer them a seat when they visit you. It
is always polite to offer them a glass of water or juice. Listen carefully
to your elders without interruption and answer politely.
Ravi: Sir, are there
any other types of elders?
Teacher: Yes, those people
who have more knowledge are also called elders. They may be our teachers.
Those who teach and practice ethical values are also our elders. All the
monks and nuns are our elders. They may not be very older in age, but they
are at a higher spiritual level. So we should respect them.
Ravi: Can you tell us
more about how to show respect towards elders?
Teacher: When elders
leave, walk them to the door.
Do not laugh or giggle at
Do not interrupt them when
they are talking.
Do not argue with them.
Do not make fun of them.
Never say bad things about
You know, respectful children
are praised by people everywhere. And when they become elders, they also
receive respect from elders.
1) What does Vinay mean?
2) What happens when we pay respect to
3) What are some different ways we show
4) Who should we show our respect to?
5) How do we greet friends, teachers or
6) Can you give a few examples of showing