By Acharya Sachidananda on 27-02-2010
Rajamma lives near the Ashram with her
husband and his family. Her husband is sick all the time. His mother and two
brothers live in the same compound in two other huts. The brothers have two
children each. They are poor but a happy joint-family. Rajamma has no children
of her own, but she takes care of her husband’s brothers’ children. There is a
beautiful smile on her face whenever someone asks her about ‘her children’.
Rajamma is the earning member in the family. She has
three cows which she treats as her children. She keeps the cowshed clean at all
times. She invests a great deal of her time and effort for taking care of the
cows. Recently she got the cowshed repaired and cemented. It looks quite good
The other day I commented that Rajamma’s cowshed is in
a much better condition than her own hut made of mud walls and palm leaves.
“They cannot talk or tell us their problems. So we must take care of them
better”. Rajamma justified herself.
Poor and illiterate people like Rajamma are more
concerned and compassionate than the rich and educated, not only towards other
human beings but also towards animals. In fact, this is India’s strength. This
is ‘applied spirituality’ of high order.
No other civilization on earth has been
able to accept poverty and suffering with as much spontaneity and contentment
as India has been able to do. The greatest men and women of India have been
those men and women who found joy in simplicity and poverty. Their material
poverty became a source of their spiritual richness. In spite of her poverty
and suffering, India was able to proclaim to the world the message of
‘Vasudhaivakutumbakam’ (the earth is one family). Not only we humans, but also
the animals and plants are members of this earth-family. Rajamma is one of the
true daughters of this spiritual India.
I felt very humbled when I heard the answer of Rajamma.
Perhaps people like me are yet to rise to that level of spirituality.
About The Author
Swami Sachidananda Bharathi is an Indian Air Force officer turned spiritual guide and an apostle of peace and love. He is the patron of 'Indian Thoughts'. He represented India in the 'Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders' held under UNO, in 2000. He has founded Dharma Bharathi Mission.