the first man, and Eve, the first woman, were created together
at the very beginning of human existence. This indicates that
marriage is natural. Reproduction is the most important purpose
of this natural state. A marriage made for reasons other than
bringing up new generations is no more than a temporary entertainment
and adventure. The children who come into the world through
such a marriage are the unfortunate products of a transient
A nationís durability depends on the education of young generations,
upon their being awakened to national spirit and consciousness
and spiritually perfected. If nations cannot raise perfect
generations to whom they can entrust their future, their future
is dark indeed. There is no doubt that the main responsibility
for raising such generations falls on parents.
Human generations come and go. Those who have attained high
levels of spiritual attainment are worthy of being considered
human. Those who do not develop their spiritual faculties,
due to their low level of education, scarcely merit being
called human. They are nothing more than strange creatures,
even though they are descended from Adam. And their parents,
to whom they are a burden, are unfortunate to have nurtured
When trees are pruned properly, they produce fruit and their
growth improves. If they are not pruned properly, they shrivel
and become stunted. Given this, should not each human being,
all of whom possess so many talents and abilities, be given
at least as much care as a tree?
Those of you who bring children into this world are responsible
for raising them to the realms beyond the heavens. Just as
you take care of their bodily health, so take care of their
spiritual life. For Godís sake, have pity and save the helpless
innocents. Do not let their lives go to waste.
If parents encourage their children to develop their abilities
and be useful to themselves and the community, they have given
the nation a strong new pillar. If, on the contrary, they
do not cultivate their childrenís human feelings, they will
have released scorpions into the community.
Parents have the right to claim their children as long as
they educate and equip them with virtue. They cannot make
such a claim, however, if they neglect them. But what shall
we call parents who introduce their children to wickedness
and indecency, and cause them to break with humanity?