How do you express your COMPASSION? See the story of Global Villager 34 inside, a poverty-stricken woman in India, to see how she did it. And here questions for you:
GLOBAL VILLAGER 34 – COMPASSION
Woman aged 25 from Calcutta, India. Hindu, lives in poverty and is undernourished, illiterate, speaks Hindi
Surrounded by piles of pungent rubbish, a mother dresses her child in the only clothes it has. They are long enough to cover its deliberately deformed limbs. Soon the woman will sing her daughter to sleep and they will spend the night together, as they spend every night, on a patch of hard concrete near the Hoogly river in Calcutta. Every morning the woman smears her face and stringy hair with dirt, hides her daughter's clothes and takes her to the city with her begging bowl. There she sits on the pavement, displaying the child naked to invoke the sympathy of passers by. Often she deeply regrets the permanent damage which she has inflicted upon her daughter, but sometimes she is simply glad that this has saved both of them from definite starvation.
When the child dies of diptheria, her mother wants to die too. For a while, she continues to sing to the clothes her daughter used to wear. Then she walks like a ghost through the streets of Calcutta. In the course of her wanderings she overhears two old women talking, saying that they want to go “Mother House”. At exactly the same moment, the distraught mother hears an inner voice, urging her to take her dead daughter’s clothes there, and insisting that she should not stop singing. The woman stops sobbing and starts to look for a hostel which takes in deprived mothers, but she is unsuccessful. Then she remembers that the voice told her to sing, and so she continues her search singing. At last she finds ‘Mother’s House”, where she is immediately welcomed. But this is not a refuge for mothers, but a house run by Mother Teresa. When she discovers this, the woman is overwhelmed and joins all the other people who simply turn up to help the ill and dying. No-one is turned away. The sound of her beautiful voice is a joy and comfort to all the patients in her care. She has a roof over her head and enough to eat. Her compassion is great, and she needs no more, fulfilled by touching the lives of so many. She teaches the Mandala of Great Compassion to all those who suffer. Like Avalokiteshvara, holding 1,000 eyes in 1,000 hands, she witnesses the sufferings of others. During meditation she envisages herself at the core of a huge mandala, sending energy to every suffering being worldwide with every breath.
Which part of yourself have you disfigured or distorted?
What method do you use to invoke sympathy?
How often are your decisions motivated by love?
How often are your decisions motivated by fear?
What if you are always forgiven?
Is there someone you can forgive, including yourself?
What has ‘died’ but which also opens up new perspectives for you?
Could you be looking for the wrong thing in the wrong place?
Have you contemplated expressing yourself more through music?
What if your need to be comforted is healed by comforting others?
What if everyone treated everyone as members of the same family, showing compassion at every opportunity?
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