Monday, June 15, 2009

Your Children are Not your Children !

One of my friend asked me, "How to rear up my child"?

I did not say any thing to him. Because, i myself do not know how to bring up the children in a proper way. But, I am certain in one thing that How not to rear them up and how not to impose my ideas and plans in to their head, for myself not certain about many things and particularly of the volatile future and its ever changing dimensions.

Here, just I want to offer my friends, the thoughts of "Kahlil Gibran" the most eminent poet and the versatile thinker of our age. (And how should one pronounce..Jibraan or Kibraan? People pronounce in both ways. Which one is correct?)

Please click the URL and go to His Wisdom-World !


On Children

Kahlil Gibran
Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children
as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
and He bends you with His might
that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let our bending in the archer's hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
so He loves also the bow that is stable.
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rrk said...

Dear Mr. Mohan Balki,

Though it's a fact, it requires courage to say:

"Because, i myself do not know how to bring up the children in a proper way".

I sincerely appreciate your statement and I'm in full agreement with you.


Elan said...

Wonderful articles!
Sharp to the point.