It would be impossible for a son to repay his parents for their gracious kindness, even if he could carry his father on his right shoulder and his mother on his left for one hundred long years.
And if he could bathe the bodies of his parents in sweet-smelling ointments for a hundred years, serve as an ideal son, gain a throne for them, and give all the luxuries of the world, still he would not be able to repay them sufficiently for the great indebtedness of gratitude he owes to them.
But if he leads his parents to Buddha and explains the Buddha’s teachings to them, and persuades them to give up a wrong course and follow a right one , leading them to give up all greed and enjoy the practice of offering , then he will be more than repaying them.
Buddha’s blessing abides in the home where parents are held in respect and esteem.
A family is a place where minds come in contact with one another. If these minds love one another , the home will be as beautiful as a flower garden. But if these minds get out of harmony with one another , it is like a storm that plays havoc with the garden.
If discord arises within one’s family, one should not blame others but should examine one’s own mind and follow a right path.
Righteousness is never lost forever unless one casts it away oneself. Righteousness occasionally may seems to disappear but, in fact, it never disappears. When it seems to be disappearing , it is because one is loosing the righteousness of one’s own mind.
Discordant mind often bring disaster. A trifling misunderstanding may be followed by great misfortune. This is specially to be guarded against in family life.