My Darling Dewachen,

in honor of your 21st Day of coming into this Formful UniVerse* and, to let you know that Amma and Abba ( mommy and daddy) are still ATTEMPTING to bring Non-Attachment (vairagya) to your absolutely ADORABLE form,
i Gift unto Thee on this Day of Days, an excerpt from a very famous book that many Awakened Adults read and re-read to keep our Practice of Non-Attachment at the forefront of our Consciousness.

The book is called, “THE PROPHET” and was written by a Lebanese poet, philosopher, and artist named, Kahlil Gibran. This book was first published in 1923 and is in 20 different languages. It’s one of those books where, if you were stranded (on karmic retreat?) on a deserted island, this is one of those tomes where you can re-read it over and over again and allWays draw forth from it something special.

Anyway, Happy 21st Day From Your Birth, Dewa!

“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
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 arrows that flies,
so He loves also the bow that is stable.”

1) She’s got me; Hook, Line, and Sinker. It is great Honor to take some of the mountaineering like stress from Joy and feed Dewa some of Joy’s breast milk from a very fancy smancy bottle. I only wish i could lactate! Hey, maybe…oh well, anyway, much of my Stay-At-H(om)e Fatherhood practices have evolved into what i call; Dewa Sadhana! i Love it! i simply cannot imagine going away from Dewa for entire days to some ‘office.’ No way.

2) Never too early to start exercising; here Amma puts Dewa through some yogic wind-relieving postures and leg extensions. Although Dewa has Her own personal mantra and Her cells are being saturated by kirtan chants, Dewa prefers to exercise to good ol’ Rock n’ Roll!

3) Ahhh! Check out those already ‘peaked glutes’! Like Daddy, like Daughter! No flat asses around THIS Temple, baby! Hell no!

* – 21 is one of the three auspicious mantra numbers in Mountain Yoga; 3, and 7 being the other two

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