Do You Have The Courage To Be Kind?

What human can learn from animals? An amazing tale of gentleness, generosity, compassion and love was seen in a canine, in an Animal Shelter, where the canine mothered eighteen puppies that were left orphaned. Watching this incredible act of love exhibited by an animal, the writer, Ms. Jullie Chaudhuri, with bells of introspection ringing within, pauses, asking fellow travellers to toe the line, keeping Bhagawan’s Love in their hearts, to be His envoy serving all as One…

She didn’t even know she was being kind,
It was something so natural,
Playing out a role that especially for her,
Destiny had signed,
Though her own puppies were no more,
The mother in her,
From deep within the core,
Came flowing to the fore,
And she went from cage to cage,
In this most ‘human’ act,
This canine did herself engage,
Feeding eighteen orphaned little ones,
Abandoned on the material stage…

As I watched her play this magnanimous role,
Bells of introspection,
Within me began to toll,
‘Do You have the courage to be kind?
Will you allow your heart,
To beat through your mind,
Oh! Most importantly,
Can you for a few thoughtful deeds,
Spare some prime time?
Even as Creator awaits creation to toe the line…’

These thoughts were dancing in my psyche,
After a visit to an animal shelter – ‘Jeev Raksha’,
Where these eyes did see,
Acts suffused with gentleness and generosity,
Threads woven from the Creator’s harmony,
Beyond the I, me and mine,
A glimpse of what is truly inspired by the ‘Thine’…

It is not how much you receive,
But what other beings can receive through you,
It is not how much you have,
But how much you can share,
From what you have been given,
It’s not the cost but a cause lost,
A lost cause,
Due to far too many a clause,
An exodus from an inner applause…

Bhagawan’s one look is my courage,
Replacing the dim, enhancing the voltage,
His silence does my soul salvage,
His image – the solitary spring of joy,
His thought instills me with poise,
His words any kind of demurral destroys…

‘When Beloved Bhagawan is my source of joy,
Can’t I be His envoy?’
His Sathya is His Prema,
His Prema is His Sathya,
This Truth within me,
Of Dharma, Shanti, Prema and Ahimsa,
Fashions a serene alloy,
Post-haste I must this divine convoy deploy…

The Beloved One gives me the courage to be kind,
It is His heart that beats in my mind,
No matter what, no matter how or when,
And most certainly – no matter who,
Deeply understanding what He needs me to do,
I must simply do what He wants me to,
For steady caring acts I will spare prime time,
No more should the Creator wait,
For creation to toe the line…

II Samasta Jeevah Sukhino Bhavantu II