My grandmother, who is 93 had a fall last month. She had surgery, and we contacted an agency for providing us 24-hour help. The agency sent a young girl from Chhattisgarh. As she grew comfortable with us, she told us that the agency had lied to her and told her they would get her a job at a big hospital. She said she did not like working at people’s houses since many people abused and mistreated her. After 15 days, she wanted to go home. I called her supervisor and asked for a replacement, but they called her and threatened her instead. She stayed a couple more days and announced that she is leaving the next morning at 11 AM. She said her friend is sick and her father is not doing well. I could see she was lonely and wanted to go home. I was in a fix since we wanted someone who could help my grandmother with bedpans and diapers and sponge her. However, we clearly could not ask her to say. I remembered Swamiji’s book on kindness and told myself that the girl’s happiness is my responsibility. Her supervisor told me it’s going to be a struggle to find a replacement, but I gave the girl 1000 rupees for her journey home and told her I would pray that she reaches home safely. She went out happily to meet her friend and head back home. I planned to take a break from work for 2-3 days and help my grandma with toilet and cleaning issues. I got a call from her supervisor saying that he found a Telugu speaking lady to help us. I am thankful to Sri Hari for providing me with the chance to help my family and the young girl. I also get to learn Telugu after eight years in Hyderabad.
Black Lotus is a global initiative to spread goodness and peace through meditation and Random Acts of Kindness (Raks). This grand movement is inspired and led by Om Swami.