Knowingly or unknowingly we have grown and got influenced by a society in which the power of money matters, where the power of position matters, where the power of caste, religion matters. We may say these type of things do not matter in this modern times, we may say all people are equal, all religions are same, all human beings are equal immaterial of the economic status.
Yeah Agree!!! These are thoughts of a normal good human being..nothing great. However, in reality the things are different. People are bothered about the economic status, education levels, position in the society, case/religion of the fellow person…several parameters to assess a fellow human being. May be ..May be..the impact of education may not allow the people to show the differences openly..however secretly the calculations related to all these parameters run in the backend of the mind. Practically speaking, good association leads to good results..good money..good positions..good lifestyle.Nothing wrong actually!!!
However!!! Breaking the threshold of all these “routine”parameters if a person tries to treat fellow human beings as people with feelings, hunger for food, hunger for care ;understands them and takes care of them then that person is called a HERO. Yes. It requires a lot of courage and will power to break all the barriers of the social norms; it requires to have a good, clean heart to feel for the fellow human beings; it requires a lot of mental strength to really take time and dedicate life to the service of fellow human beings.
Today, I wish to write about a real HERO named “Narayanan Krishnan”. Before you study further , please watch this one minute video:
He is chosen as one of Top 10 heroes of the world in 2010 by CNN. Krishnan founded his nonprofit Akshaya Trust in 2003. Now 29, he has served more than 1.2 million meals — breakfast, lunch and dinner — to India’s homeless and destitute, mostly elderly people abandoned by their families and often abused.
Krishnan’s day begins at 4 a.m. He and his team cover nearly 125 miles in a donated van, routinely working in temperatures topping 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
He seeks out the homeless under bridges and in the nooks and crannies between the city’s temples. The hot meals he delivers are simple, tasty vegetarian fare he personally prepares, packs and often hand-feeds to nearly 400 clients each day.
Krishnan carries a comb, scissors and razor and is trained in eight haircut styles that, along with a fresh shave, provide extra dignity to those he serves.
He says many of the homeless seldom know their names or origins, and none has the capacity to beg, ask for help or offer thanks. They may be paranoid and hostile because of their conditions, but Krishnan says this only steadies his resolve to offer help.
“The panic, suffering of the human hunger is the driving force of me and my team members of Akshaya,” he said. “I get this energy from the people. The food which I cook … the enjoyment which they get is the energy. I see the soul. I want to save my people”(Video Courtesy: CNN IBN)
You can know more about the works of this person from this website: http://www.akshayatrust.org/index.php
I am really amazed by the vision and works of this wonderful gentleman. Loved the way he brushed aside the barriers of this religions..caste in the society..beautifully …by saying that being from Brahmin community does not hamper him to think, feel, care for other people from different communities as he feels all human beings are equal immaterial of the religion, caste or economic status….
Am really spellbound by the way Krishnan practises the religion of humanity 🙂
I feel,There is a meaning in life when we actually lead it meaningfully doing meaningful works 🙂