A child one day came to its guardian, very perplexed. A boy had said to them: “Do you believe in Santa Claus? If you do, then it is not right, because there never was such a being as Santa Claus.”
The child was very disappointed, because they had just written a letter to Santa Claus before Christmas. And in its great despair, they came to the guardian to ask: “Is it true that Santa Claus exists, or is it not true?”
Now suppose the guardian had said: “It is true. Santa Claus exists.”
Then, in four or five years time, the child would have come back and said: “No. It is not true.”
And if the guardian would have said: “No it is not true. Santa Claus does not exist.” ~ then all the child’s belief would have been totally destroyed…
But the guardian said to the child: “Remember, all that the mind can conceive, exists. If it does not exist on the physical plane, it exists in the sphere of the mind. So, never say it does not exist. To the one who says, it does not exist, say that it exists in the sphere of the mind.”
A child can remember such an answer all its life.
The Sufi Message of Hazrat Inayat Khan: The Art of Personality
Choice. It is a powerful thing. I hope you choose well.
P.S. What do you think? Is this a right approach to ‘teach’ our children? Please do share in the comments. Thank you!