A toy is meant for playing, it is something which helps to pass the time. A child is someone who loves playing with toys and treats everything around him as playing objects. If we place some expensive object in front of a child, he will start playing with it without considering its worth.If a few children are left in an expensive car unattended, there is every possibility that they will treat it as a big toy and damage it. The point being highlighted is that it is in child's nature to treat objects as toys and to play with them. Childhood can be of three types – physical childhood, mental childhood and spiritual childhood. It is understandable if a child by virtue of his physicality plays with toys but an adult reading film magazines or novels is a child by mentality. Just as children derive thrills by playing with toys, similarly a person reading filmy magazines or trash literature recieves cheap thrills and nothing else. In this age, we can notice that majority of adults are stuck in this child's mentality – wasting time reading meaningless things. If one tries to stop them, the argument put forward in defense is, "Oh, We are just killing time". But the objective is not to "pass" time, but to make it productive as there is nothing more precious object than time. If one starts "passing" time, then what use it is to us? There is another type of childhood - spiritual type. Playing with religion, sacred texts, with truth, with God are all signs of spiritual ignorance. Just as children find everything around them as toys, for "spritual kids" even God is a toy.


ਮਾਥੇ ਿਤਲਕੁ ਹਿਥ ਮਾਲਾ ਬਾਨ� ॥ maathhae thilak hathh maalaa baanaan ||
Some apply ceremonial marks to their foreheads, hold malas in their hands, and wear religious robes.

ਲੋ ਗਨ ਰਾਮੁ ਿਖਲਉਨਾ ਜਾਨ� ॥੧॥ logan raam khilounaa jaanaan ||1||
Some people think that the Lord is a play-thing. ||1|| (Ang 1158, SGGS Ji)

It is common to see people getting old but their minds and spirtual growth remaining a child but it is very rare to find a child of small physical age but totally mature and ripe at mental and spiritual levels. Dhroo and Prehlaad were five years old yet they were totally mature and "old" in their thinking and love for God while Harnaakash and Dhroo's mother acted as children. One such child came to Guru Nanak Dev Ji, upon listening him speak wise words Guruji exclaimed, you are a Buddhha!. Guru Harkrishan Ji Sahib were seven years old when they sat on Guru's seat, which was no small feat.

Similarly, Chote Shahibzaades got shaheedi in the walls of Sirhind but waver an inch from truth. It is extremely rare to find such children in this world who are mature and old at mental and spiritual levels. A person with foresight and intellect should be considered old and not someone with mere grey hair. A Sufi Saint puts it beautifully: Bazurgi Ba Akal Ast, Na Ke Kamaal Tawrangi Ba Dil Ast, Na Ke Masaal

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