On September 26th I took part in the Just One Hunger Initiative’s program in Shivapuruva run with ASMITA. My experience of this program was very different from the others I have already attended in Varanasi with ASMITA. Firstly there was the location itself. We went into the “village” through the entrance of a public school. I would never have known the village existed if we were not taken there.
At first I wondered where the food would be served as it seemed there was no clear space in the village. There seemed to only be one yard where everything was sitting and everything was happening, and this clearly seemed to be an inappropriate place. But in India everything is possible. On asking I was shown to the small space that would be used to serve the children. Looking around I also saw how very tiny the nearby kitchen space was, but in this tiny space there were more than10 people, including children, who were preparing the food. Most were making chapattis.
And then there was the experience of the food distribution. It is always similar with children. They are alive – shouting and playing, and here, disobeying the organizers. The children had a depth to their insight, their innocence and they lived life fully. We took some beautiful pictures and I felt like we had touched the eternal river of life through these children. As I was leaving there was the feeling that I was leaving a part of me there. I somehow recognized the ASMITA team, the priest and nun who were the main players in this plan and I seemed to recognize a few children that I had actually never met …
Yes, feeding these children feeds my soul and feeds my life. It brings me to its original vibration. Feeding these children is feeding humanity.
We are invited to come again, and without any doubt I will be back to bring them a touch of the outside world and to be touched by their connection to life.
Om Jai Jai Sai Maa