We are in a slum area in Varanasi on Thursday Feb 19th with Sai Maa Humanitarian’s Just One feeding program. Sitting in the tuktuk, a 3 wheeled taxi, on the way to Ghasiyara Tola I am emotional. Tears come in my eyes for a moment, but suddenly we are at the site. Children laughingly greet us. No time for worries.
Back at the outdoor “kitchen”, I am struck by the joy: several young women are sitting together in a circle talking, laughing and preparing the puri breads. I join in. I am quickly adopted by a bright nine year old girl and she initiates me into the ancient art of puri making. With much friendly encouragement from the women I learn to knead, pinch and roll the breads into shape. Wheat flour, salt, water and laughter are the ingredients.
As the breads fry in a large wok-like iron pot, the vegetable curry simmers. Excited children flow in from all directions and gather to eagerly wait for lunch, seated in front of their leaf plates, eyes and hearts wide open.
They are ready to be served and we gratefully serve. One at a time we share, with love. At last the final child is satisfied and they begin to contentedly drift back to their homes. We have fed 103 children.
This day has been an eye to eye, heart to heart connection; no hierarchy, no separation, just togetherness. A taste of the unity of our soul.
We are all blessed.