International Day of Children

I miss the excitement of the International Day of Children as it was widely celebrated back in Bulgaria.  Here the majority of people are not even aware of it. Symbolically, even the email card my brother sent me, congratulating my little ones with the 1st of June holiday, was caught in my spam inbox. The irony is that in this country children are put on a special pedestal yet so often they do not know true childhood, oppressed as they are by their parents and society by the demand of the consumerist society. Paradoxically, of course, we are all children, adults included. We just often miss the right perspective. Here is a reminder:

O true companions! All humankind are as children in a school, and the Dawning-Points of Light, the Sources of divine revelation, are the teachers, wondrous and without peer. In the school of realities they educate these sons and daughters, according to teachings from God, and foster them in the bosom of grace, so that they may develop along every line, show forth the excellent gifts and blessings of the Lord, and combine human perfections; that they may advance in all aspects of human endeavour, whether outward or inward, hidden or visible, material or spiritual, until they make of this mortal world a widespread mirror, to reflect that other world which dieth not.

(Abdu’l-Baha, Selections from the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha, p. 127)

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