By Himalayan Tenzin - Friday, November 06, 2015

Though on November 11, this year with the start of the month itself the celebration of 60th birth anniversary of our Majesty The Fourth King, Jigme Singye Wangchuk, has already started. This is one of the much awaited time for which the preparations began from couple years ago to make it one of the biggest commemorative events in our history. 

To be born in the country which is ruled by the Wangchuk Dynasty and the selfless Kings is indeed a true divine blessing for all Bhutanese. Having lived under the generous and glorious rule of His Majesty The Fourth King, Jigme Singye Wangchuk, I remind myself how fortunate I am and it makes me no less than any happiest people on the planet. So, in my own way, to celebrate His Majesty's 60th birth anniversary that will be marked officially on 11 November, which is also observed as Children's Day in Bhutan, I have this timeless poem of Khalil Gibran. 

On Children - Khalil Gibran 

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 archers 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. 

Image source: Khalil Gibran

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  1. A really fabulous post to commemorate the birthday of a Great King.
    Brilliant! :)


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