We usually recommend that parents give the mantram to their own children, or that a close family member does this, if the parents agree. If you interact with children outside your family, giving a mantram may also be appropriate – just be sensitive to the family's own beliefs and choices, and check you have their permission and understanding first.
Giving Children the Mantram
The mantram is one of the most
valuable gifts you can give a child – at any age!
You give the mantram simply
by guiding and supporting a child in choosing and using a mantram. If your
child is small, you’ll choose the mantram for them, and with an older child you
can help them choose one for themselves.
Before Birth: You can start saying the mantram for a child
even before they’re born. Easwaran says that when a pregnant mother is
repeating her mantram, she’s repeating it for two, and strengthening the mind
of the baby – just as nourishing food strengthens the body. If someone’s expecting
a baby in your family or circle of friends, you can repeat the mantram for that
Young Children: You can sing your mantram to young children as a
lullaby, and say it aloud to them day or night. You can use your own mantram,
or if you’re not sure which mantram to use for your child, you could consider
the simple mantram, Rama.
Older Children: If you’re giving the mantram to an older child,
you might consider sharing the list of mantrams Easwaran recommended, and
letting them choose their own. You can also describe what a mantram is, how you
use it, and how it helps you.