Nearly six years have passed since I first stepped foot in the ashram. I had arrived with a bag full of newly bought winter clothing and a heart jam-packed with great despair and sorrow. A life that was as directionless as it was meaningless. I had been living for myself for so long that I didn’t know there was indeed a world, where the welfare of others was placed above self. That it was possible to live a life of service and prayer and find great happiness in it.
It took six long years to truly begin to grasp the beauty and depth of my Guruji’s teachings. His easy acceptance of people, His unfailing kindness, resulted in a quantum shift in my thinking. Today, I can humbly say that I’m of some use to others. There’s great contentment in guiding lost people like me, helping them. Or just lending a listening ear to those who visit the ashram to have Swamiji’s divine darshan.
The kindness and patience with which Swamiji has put me back on my feet, is perhaps the greatest gift one can bestow on a fellow human being. It’s this great wisdom, and courage that I spend my time sharing with those who sometimes seek my guidance.
A human touch, an affectionate smile, a kind word, a loving encouragement, a pat on the back, an attempt to lessen one’s grief, these seemingly insignificant acts in reality, impact lives in a way incomprehensible to the human mind, at least, in the beginning.
The beauty of kindness keeps growing on you silently, until, one day, you realise that the world is a kinder place because your heart brims with it.
All glories to Guruji.
Help people get back on their feet, just like divine grace has put you back on yours.