Today, I would like to share with you a lesson in kindness that I learnt from my paternal grandmother twenty odd years ago. I called her Pati, which means grandma in Tamil.
My cousin’s family was traveling to my father’s ancestral village for a festival. They had room for two more people in their car. So, Pati and I set off with them for what promised to be a fun-filled day. We set off early in the morning. It takes about three to four hours to get to the village from Bangalore, where we lived. We stopped for breakfast in a picnic area and had a feast, thanks to my cousin’s wife who is an amazing cook. Once we had eaten to our heart’s content, we continued on our journey.
We stopped at a temple on the way. As we entered the temple premises, I noticed that there were a number of people seeking alms from the visitors. Most of them were elderly; there were also some young people with children.
We proceeded to pray in the temple and offered fruits to God that the priest prayed upon and returned to us. We came out of the temple’s inner sanctum and shared the fruit with the people there who were seeking help. At this time, Pati handed me a large handkerchief in which there were coins. She had tied the four corners together to make a pouch. She asked me to go to all the people seeking alms and give each of them some coins. She did not judge them. She just helped them because they needed help. I was taught a very valuable lesson that day – to be kind to everybody, just because we all need love and kindness; we don’t need judgement. Pati was not a wealthy person in financial terms. She was wealthy beyond measure in her heart and that came out as kindness and generosity, demonstrated to me through this act of sharing what money she had brought with her that day.
I will always remember Pati’s kindness and love. The Universe needs angels like my Pati and we are all capable of being kind and loving.