This year seems to be passing more quickly than ever before and we are now approaching that time when we celebrate the birth of a child who became a great Teacher of love and wisdom. He brought joy into the world and taught with such simplicity that all might understand. We are told that:
…The Great One taught people to pray within their hearts, upon the mountain, amid inspiring summits. It is impossible to grasp the full depth of meaning of the Sermon of the Great One, because He gave instructions for the whole of life in the simplest words. The key to this greatness was in His simplicity, which not only allowed Him to more easily communicate with people, but was a beautiful way of expressing the Highest in the simplest words. One should learn to make the complicated simple, for only in simplicity is kindness reflected. Such was the work of the Great Pilgrim…” Supermundane I, sloca 150
Like many great teachers before him, He taught of a new world beyond the travail we are now experiencing when He said:
My kingdom is not of this world.” John 18:36
Children can remind us of this finer world – they are a source of joy and hope for a new and better future. They deserve all our care and attention and can teach us much. There is a growing recognition of this as Children’s Day is observed in various times and places around the globe culminating in the United Nations World Children’s Day on 20 November.
Children…seem to be just a short breath away from the soul realms
Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting:
The Soul that rises with us, our life’s Star,
Hath had elsewhere its setting,
And cometh from afar:
Not in entire forgetfulness,
And not in utter nakedness,
But trailing clouds of glory do we come
From God, who is our home:
Heaven lies about us in our infancy!”
From Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood
We too can become like little children again
Except ye …become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 8:13
We may find that we come back to our essence, our soul, our spiritual being.
The Tibetan Master tells us that:
“Simplification proceeds rapidly as one nears the goal of the spirit.” The Rays and the Initiations, page 185
Approaching that great simplicity each finds that:
“He begins to understand that the lower mind, with its multiplicity of differentiations and its tabulating, analysing and complicated approach to truth, is only a foundation upon which he can take a firm stand, but that he is faced with a profound simplicity; he realises that he must find out for himself that …which will enable him to substitute the pure reason for the many complexities of the lower mind. He has to wrestle with the problem of this simplicity, with its penetrating potency, and with its swift comprehension of the basic truth underlying the many truths; he learns, finally, to substitute the intuition—with its swiftness and its infallibility—for the slow and laborious work of the mind, with its deviousness, its illusions, its errors, its dogmatisms and its separative thinking and cultures.” Discipleship in the New Age, vol II, page 414-5
We will see ourselves in one another, as reflections…of the One Self.
As we make our way into that beautiful future, the poignancy of our current moment seems to be captured in the poem, Child-Angel, by Rabindranath Tagore:
Let your life come amongst them like a flame of light, my child,
unflickering and pure, and delight them into silence.
They are cruel in their greed and their envy,
their words are like hidden knives thirsting for blood.
Go and stand amidst their scowling hearts, my child,
and let your gentle eyes fall upon them like the
forgiving peace of the evening over the strife of the day.
Let them see your face, my child, and thus know the
meaning of all things, let them love you and love each other.
Come and take your seat in the bosom of the limitless, my child.
At sunrise open and raise your heart like a blossoming flower,
and at sunset bend your head and in silence
complete the worship of the day.
~ Rabindranath Tagore