The Lesson of Children

Another beautiful poem from the Furmaan Khalsa. Children are our future, and in this poem the love and compassion of the Siri Singh Sahib towards us and our children is clearly expressed. Children are a gift from God, not ours to do with as we wish, but given to us in sacred trust to raise in cozy and secure environments to be healthy, happy, and holy. In the sixth line of the poem, the Siri Singh Sahib names his own children: Ranbir Singh, Kulbir Singh, and Kamaljit Kaur. In Gurmukhi all names have meanings, and so the line indicates both his own children and also the attributes of their names as they apply to all children. The first part of the poem seems to describe who children are, the second part seems to describe what they are, and the final part seems to describe how they should be raised. The last couplet is the Siri Singh Sahib’s blessing and prayer for us all to be blessed with the gifts that children bring into our lives. Notice how artfully the Siri Singh Sahib has woven the Mul Mantra into the fabric of the poem!

The Lesson of Children
(Baal Updesh)

Children are a Gift from God,
The Lotus Eyes of the Yoga of marriage.

They are the True Family and Friends of the whole world. They are the carriers of the way of egg and sperm. Children are the Destiny written on our foreheads. Children are Brave, Beautiful, and Dignified. Children are the merciful gift of the Undying God. Through their Truthful nature they are natural teachers of the Dharma.

Children are the creation of the One God.
Children are the majesty of Sat Nam.
We see God in our children …
And so gain peace and happiness in our lives.

Children are God’s hands and feet …

When they live fearlessly, they have no desire for revenge. Children who keep their hair uncut and wear the Guru’s Bana, Appear to everyone as the very Image of the Infinite. Children are friends in action on the Path of Dharma. By Guru’s grace, they are Immortal and Self-Illumined.

Always teach your children Truth,
And make them soldiers in God’s Army!

Teach them to always live in the Company of the Holy Where they will practice Raj Yoga. And be filled with the deep color of Nam. Teach your children the Guru’s Bani, The Treasure of Truth and the Heart’s inner longing. Instruct your children in the Guru’s Teachings And your world shall be filled with Peace and Joy.

Bowing deeply, the Yogi prays that all families may be so blessed …
With Peace, Light, and joy!
From Furmaan Khalsa (Poems to Live By)
by Siri Singh Sahib Bhai Sahib Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogiji
(Here’s the poem in the original Gurmukhi)

3 Responses to “The Lesson of Children”

  1. Anonymous says:

    A great Style and a great poem. I am surprised at his writing style.
    js sidhu

  2. Pritam Singh Grewal says:

    This wonderful poem celebrating the children reminded me of the following views of Khalil Gibran from his famous booOn 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.

    The Prophet.

  3. Pritam Singh Grewal says:

    My comment has been published but it needs correction by replacing the first para with as below:

    This wonderful poem reminded me of the following views of Khalil Gibran on children from his famous book The Prophet.