Saturday, September 09, 2006

Child-like

Sadiq is a blogger from Bangladesh who is currently working in Singapore. In a recent post, he explored the meaning of the statement of Jesus Christ, quoted in the The Gospel of Thomas:

'I myself will lead her in order to make her male, so that she too may become a living spirit resembling you males. For every female who makes herself male will enter the kingdom of Heaven.'

The “her” is Mary Magdalene.

In the discussion on Sadiq's post, Mark Walter referred to the other well-known message of Christ, which we find in Matthew, Chapter 18 (in the King James version of the Bible):

“Except ye be converted and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.”

This subject – becoming like a child – is close to my heart. I have written earlier about my presentation on “The Child in the City”. That was like an exploration of the meaning and implications of Christ’s message, in the context of our cities.

I reproduce here two narratives on this subject.


"To the child, everyone is equal, he has no discrimination of high and low, and consequently no distinction of caste. ... Nor has he any hatred, or any idea of cleanliness and pollution.

He is truly wise who has seen the Lord. Such a man becomes like a little child.

How sweet is the simplicity of the child. He prefers a doll to all the wealth and riches of the world.

God is to be reached through childlike faith and guilelessness.

Sri Ramakrishna


"What he (i.e. Jesus) is saying is exactly the meaning of receptivity. The child is receptive because he knows nothing. ... The consciousness should always be like a child, not childish remember, but like a child; grown-up, mature, but innocent. ... Become a child. Start functioning from the state of not-knowing and then silence will come of its own accord, and great awareness. And then life is a benediction.

The young child is free of fear; children are born without any fear. If the society can help and support them to remain without any fear, can help them to climb the trees and the mountains, and swim the oceans and the rivers, if the society can help them in every possible way to become adventurers, adventurers of the unknown, and if the society can create a great enquiry instead of giving them dead beliefs, then the children will turn into great lovers, lovers of life - and that is true religion. There is no higher religion than love.

All parents think they love their children. If they really loved their children, they would not like them to be their images. But a child has a destiny of his own; if he becomes your image, he will never become himself.

Watch a small child. Leave him in the garden and just watch. That should be your way also - so wonderful, wonder-filled : running to catch this butterfly, running to catch that flower, playing with mud, rolling in the sand. From everywhere, the divine is touching the child. If you can live in wonder, you will be capable of celebration.

Childhood has an immense clarity. In that clarity, in that transparency, in that perspective the whole world looks a miracle. The humble man comes back to this miraculous existence. He is as if a child again. He has no claim, but only gratitude."

Osho

7 comments:

Wendy C. said...

Thank you Rama. I hope you will not mind, I borrowed a "quote" from this piece to post on my "Myspace" blog.

Peace :-)

Mark Walter said...

What an excellent topic for a post. Thank you for focusing on this, Rama.

I think we sometimes misinterpret this child-like innocence for a fairy-dust, sickeningly optimistic approach to life or deeper inner travels. It is a balance.

Dan said...

Hi, Rama. Good one!

Here's my response to your question:

No. Seng Ts'an was the 3rd Zen Patriarch, and Hui Neng was the 6th.
Possibly 6th was quoting the 3rd, but more likely it's an incorrect attribution...
Not that he couldn't have said the same thing...

And by the way, I still haven't finished Hapworth. It's a long, but good, one.

Love!

MysticSaint said...

Beautiful!

thanks a lot.

Blessed be the soul of Jesus Christ, the light that shines!

Here and Now said...

very good Rama.
both the excerpts are deeply touching.
As Swami Vivekananda said
"Children of immortal bliss: -what a sweet, what a hopeful name! Allow me to call you, brethren, by that sweet name-heirs of immortal bliss"

rama said...

Hullo Wendy, do feel free to carry the quote!

Thanks for the clarification Dan.

And thanks for that ref. to Swami Vivekananda, Here & Now.

Best, rama

kathy said...

Thank you Rama. I enjoyed this post very much!