May 11, 2023
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BLESS - The Importance of Showing Respect for Elders in Indian Families| 149th Welfare Initiative by Saint Dr. MSG

Discover how showing respect for elders is a vital part of Indian family culture and how it promotes love, unity, and harmony.

In Indian culture, the values of respect and devotion toward parents are deeply ingrained. Figures such as Lord Rama, Shravan Kumar, Rani Laxmi Bai, and many other revered ideals exemplify these values through their unwavering commitment to their parents and their heritage. Their lives demonstrate the importance of upholding the values of respect for elders in Indian culture.

They serve as a reminder to honor our heritage and to pass down these values to future generations. However, today we see a completely flipped side of this tradition. The changing social and economic landscape is resulting in diminishing family values. People are becoming more individualistic and are focusing on their personal goals and ambitions, rather than on their families. The fast-paced lifestyle and the pressures of modern life have made it challenging to find time for family and relationships.

The results are even more alarming!

When these values are not upheld or are lacking, there can be a number of negative consequences. One of the main consequences is a breakdown in the family structure and relationships. Elders are often the pillars of the family, providing guidance, wisdom, and support to younger generations. When they are not respected, their role in the family can be diminished or lost altogether, which can lead to a breakdown in communication and relationships.

Additionally, a lack of respect for elders can lead to a loss of cultural traditions and values. Elders often serve as the keepers of tradition, passing down stories, customs, and beliefs to younger generations. When they are not respected, their knowledge and experiences may be ignored or lost, leading to a loss of cultural identity.

Furthermore, a lack of respect towards elders can also result in neglect or abuse of the elderly. In some cases, this can occur when elders are seen as a burden or inconvenience, and they are mistreated or neglected as a result. As a consequence, they are sent to old age homes forcefully. The time when they are supposed to get love from their children and grandchildren, they are allegedly make deprived of such an environment and are forced to live their remaining life with unknown people.

The diminishing family values are certainly weakening family relationships, shunning cultural traditions, and ending up treating elders with disrespect.

149th Welfare Initiative- A Game Changer to Revive Cultural & Family Values

To strengthen the roots and revitalize cultural norms in children, Revered Saint Dr. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji Insan aka Baba Ram Rahim Ji introduced the 149th welfare initiative, named BLESS.

In Indian culture, taking blessings from our elders by touching their feet is a revered tradition. This act is a symbol of respect for elders and manifests our deep-rooted family values. So under this initiative, Revered Saint Dr. MSG urges all children for touching elders’ feet early in the morning and grab immense blessings for the day. By doing so, we can ensure that the traditions and values that have defined our culture for centuries will continue to thrive and inspire future generations.

The tradition of touching feet is a way of seeking blessings and guidance from our elders. When we touch their feet, we express our reverence and gratitude for their contributions and sacrifices to shape our lives. In return, the elders bless us, offer prayers for our success, and provide guidance in our life's journey.

This ritual basically ignites selfless love & respect among all family members towards one another. It’s a sure-shot way to strengthen family bonds and make the children realize their parents, their wisdom, and most significantly, their importance in families.

This BLESS campaign by Dera Sacha Sauda is certainly the solution to make children realize what are family values and how to preserve them.

BLESS Campaign- Preserving the roots, cultivating the future

The latest campaign by Dera Sacha Sauda is nurturing the traditions that make us who we are. It’s a great way to preserve our cultural legacy for generations to come.

B- Blessings and

L-Love from

E- Elders by touching their feet at

S- Sunrise, before

S- Starting the day

(Start your day by touching the feet of the elders early in the morning and get blessings in return)

The act of touching feet is a way of connecting with our roots and culture. It teaches us to value and respect our elders, who are considered the custodians of our cultural heritage. It also fosters a sense of community and togetherness, which is essential for the growth and development of a society.

This tradition has been passed down from generation to generation and is still prevalent in Indian society. It is an integral part of Indian culture and is practiced on various occasions, including festivals, weddings, and other auspicious ceremonies.

In today's fast-paced world, where people are moving away from their cultural values and traditions, it is imperative to keep these traditions alive. By continuing this practice, we can ensure that our cultural heritage is preserved and passed down to future generations.

Moreover, by taking blessings from our elders, we acknowledge the importance of their wisdom and experience in shaping our lives. It helps us to stay grounded, humble, and respectful toward others, which is essential for personal growth and development.

An expression of humility, respect, and gratitude towards our elders!

In today's fast-paced world, where people are busy with their daily lives, this tradition of touching feet may seem outdated to some. However, it is essential to understand that it is not just a physical act but an expression of humility, respect, and gratitude towards our elders.

When we touch the feet of our elders, we show our respect for their age, experience, and knowledge. It is a way of acknowledging the contributions and sacrifices that they have made to shape our lives. In return, the elders bless us, pray for our success, and offer guidance in life.

To address the issue of diminishing family values, we need to take a more proactive approach. It is essential to prioritize family and relationships over personal ambitions and goals. We need to spend more time with our families, connect with our roots, and pass down our values and traditions to future generations.

And this act of touching the feet of elders is the finest way to preserve the values and culture. With the guidance and motivation of Revered Saint Dr. MSG, millions pledged to this welfare initiative. They start their day by touching the feet of elders to seek blessings. It is surely a valuable tradition that reflects the cultural values and traditions of India.

We are thankful to Guruji for initiating it as by continuing this practice, we can keep our culture alive and thriving, while also fostering a sense of community and togetherness. It is essential to embrace this tradition with sincerity, reverence, and respect to preserve our cultural heritage for future generations.