Posted: November 18, 2007 in Gyaan

The first time I heard it, I was bowled over. The same way I was, when I read Kipling’s “If” in the school anthology (damn the English teacher who borrowed the anthology and never returned it – a habit I hate with people) and Abe Lincoln’s letter to his son’s teacher published in Young World. I still have both the hardcopies in my personal diary I started as a 9th grader.

Few years down the line, something on similar lines struck me as spectaclar – the lines mouthed by my then roomie. Years later (now) I recollected some of it but could not track it in full. So I had to ask my roomie again and she was sweet enough to send me the whole para. Thanks sparrow. You do not even know that you are figuring here – but I will acknowledge your contribution nevertheless 🙂

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.”

Hope I will remember this at the right moment – whenever it comes.


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