ONE HAD TO BE CHILDLIKE INNOCENT IN LOVE FOR GOD
Young children’s heart is pure. Their heart and mind are one. Every word and action comes from their heart.
They are not bound by sanskaras of their actions since they are caused by push of sanskaras of their previous incarnations. Children up to the age of seven are innocent as they do not possess the sense of discrimination of good or bad. The intellect (Vivek) is not fully developed. Whatever they hear and see, take it as real. They act under the impulse of sanskaras of their past life hence sanskaras of their thought, word and actions are most feeble.
The children said to be after age of seven develop sense of discrimination and hence become responsible for their thought words and actions. It is for this reason Thread Ceremony (Janeu) in Hindus and Navjote Ceremony in Parsis is celebrated to mark this occasion. They bind themselves by their thoughts, words, and actions only after they develop the sense of discrimination of good & bad. It is therefore; in Hindu custom “Yagyopavit” (Janeu or thread ceremony) is performed almost at the age of seven to mark the sense of responsibility in the children. Baba also said you have to become like child, footless and headless
If one can be forgetful to the extent that he finds himself like a child and God as his childlike friend, God may fulfil all his innocent desires.
There are many mythological episodes related to this. One Episode of Saint Namdev is elaborated as under:
Saint Namdev was a great devotee of Lord Krishna (known as Vithoba in south India). He was born around year 1273 A.D. in Hyderabad state. His father was a tailor named Dhanna Seth. His past five generations were devotees of Lord Vithoba and he was brought up in religious surrounding of his parents doing prayer and puja and he himself was drawn in praise and love for Lord Vithoba.
In his childhood, once his father had to go out for some work, he entrusted Namdev to carry out regular puja and arti of Lord Vithoba (a stone idle of Vithoba) in his house. Innocent and child Namdev having kept his offering of milk in small cup for His Lord Vithoba, sat before the stone idol and meditated, After some time, he opened his eyes and found that quantity of milk was same as it was before. Namdev as boy thought that there was some fault on his part for which my Lord Vithoba did not accept the milk. Weeping, he beseeched Vithoba to accept milk. But when this did not work, Namdev vowed and said, “If you do not drink milk, I will not take milk ever in my life.” For innocent Namdev the stone idle was not a piece of stone but Lord Vithoba –God personified. Lord Vithoba (Krishna) appeared in person before Namdev and drank milk from his hands. This continued till return of his father who was surprised to know that his son had physical darshan of Lord Vithoba.
Saint Namdev was contemporary to saint Gyaneshwar, who was Perfect Master. Saint Namdev accompanied Gyaneshwar on pilgrimage of various religious places. There are many miraculous episodes attached to Namdev.