girl and feather

Joy of a Feather


I like to be around children. They delight in the things I have forgotten or am too busy to notice. They remember how to live in the kingdom.

I shared in this child’s  joy when she showed me her treasured feather in sky blue. Joy is something we can generate and share with others. She generated and passed on her joy to me.

I am reminded of these words from Amma:

“In order to be truly creative, you must have the attitude of a beginner.  To be a beginner means to maintain innocence and receptivity, for it is only in this way that we can truly and quickly develop our knowledge.  But to be childlike or innocent doesn’t mean being a weakling — far from it.  You have to be assertive and forceful if the situation so demands.  Still, you should maintain the openness and receptivity of a child as much as possible.

Our minds are not expansive.  To make the mind expand and embrace the whole universe, we have to become like children.  Our goal in doing new experiments and making new discoveries should be the understanding of dharma and spiritual principles.  Our creative efforts should be based on love and compasssion toward the whole world; only then will what we do really benefit the world.”

I remember hearing Amma say something like “love makes everything fresh and new.”