Favorite Friday

Each Friday this post will include something favorite. It may be an inspiring story about a hero, like today, or a favorite poem or joke. The main theme is to inspire happiness, to honor kindness, to solicit a heart response, or fuel a spark of inspiration.

CNN Hero Narayanan Krishman:

He was set for wealth, free from hunger and poverty as an award-winning chef with a five-star hotel group. But, according to CNN, a quick family visit home before heading to Europe changed everything.

“I saw a very old man eating his own human waste for food,” Krishnan said. “It really hurt me so much.  After that, I started feeding that man and decided this is what I should do the rest of my lifetime.”

Krishnan was visiting a temple in the south Indian city of Madurai in 2002 when he saw the man under a bridge. Haunted by the image, Krishnan quit his job within the week and returned home for good, convinced of his new destiny.

“That spark and that inspiration is a driving force still inside me as a flame — to serve all the mentally ill destitutes and people who cannot take care of themselves,” Krishnan said.

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.

 

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2 thoughts on “Favorite Friday

  1. We, as humankind, can choose to act kindly in our own environment/country…either by volunteering, contributing, or reaching out to help another human being who needs a helping hand. Love and kindness come straight from the heart….that which we all possess, however hidden it may be at the present moment. Stories like this help to open our hearts. Thank you, Anita!

    • Nancy, thank you your response which extended the spirit of the blog post. There are as many ways to serve others, wherever we are, as there are people and animals who populate the earth.

      This was a part of a prayer I meditated upon this morning, “Love is the spirit of life unto the adored body of mankind….” by Abdu’l-Baha

      Straight from my heart, I send you love.

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