Kahlil Gibran On....... Children


And a woman who held a babe against her bosom said, Speak to us of Children.
And he said:


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 your 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.llllllllll

16 comments:

  1. Those are very wise words from Gibran. I always convey that writing to women I meet who can't bare children, and are thinking of adopting.

    It serves as a wholesome reminder that any child is a child to us all.

    Very nice post.

    Peace & blessings.

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  2. I fully agree with your valuable words:
    .......'It serves as a wholesome reminder that any child is a child to us all...'
    Thanks Taqdeer,for sharing your meaningful thoughts.
    Good wishes.

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  3. Hi Surjit,
    Nice post!

    We mustn't confine our children to our own learning, for they were born in another time.

    Our duty is to bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.

    Best Wishes

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  4. Hi Surjit...

    Very lovely! I especially embrace the idea that our children come through us... very beautiful and powerful understanding!

    thanks for this!

    Jen

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  5. I admire your insight,Sam Chan.Yhanks for sharing your valuable thoughts.Blessings.

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  6. Thanks Jennifer, for sharing your enlightened thoughts.Warmest Regards.

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  7. wow... i used a portion of this same work on this post...

    http://why-paisley.com/?p=76

    like minds???????

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  8. Yes,you are right...like minds.
    Thanks and good luck.

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  9. So long since I have read Kahlil Gibran! Thanks Surjit, for this gem of poetic wisdom.

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  10. Yes,it was just to keep our memories fresh.
    Many thanks Sumangali,and Best wishes.

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  11. "You may give them your love but not your thoughts,

    For they have their own thoughts"

    The world would be a much nicer place if we could learn how to do this....

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  12. An a capella group called Sweet Honey In The Rock sings a song that uses this for the words. When my kids were growing up it was one of their very favorite songs. I'm not sure if they understood all of it, but they took to it. I was delighted as I have been a fan of Gibran's since I was a teen.

    All of The Prophet is beautiful, yes?

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  13. Random Magus,I fully agree with your words of wisdom:
    .....The world would be a much nicer place if we could learn how to do this..'
    Thanks for sharing your beautiful thoughts.Good luck.

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  14. Many thanks Pamm, for sharing your insightful views.
    My best wishes.

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  15. One of my favorite pieces by one of my very favorite poets...

    His life was sad but his heart was warm and loving.

    The Middle East could use a few men like him these days...

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  16. Yes I agree with your words:
    '...His life was sad but his heart was warm and loving...
    Thanks Dirk_Star for sharing your valuable views.
    My best wishes.

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