Children, the state of the world today is very sad. On one side, terrorism and terrorist attacks are continuing without any end. On the other side, because of man’s selfishness and greed, natural disasters have become a regular occurrence. Still, even in these circumstances, we can see rays of hope here and there. There are people who try very hard to help those who are hungry and suffering. These people are our role models because their compassion-filled hearts awaken hope for a bright future.
Amma is reminded of an incident that happened years ago during a foreign tour. During darshan, a 13-year-old boy came to Amma and gave me a small envelope. Hugging him, Amma asked “What is it?”
The boy said, “300 euros.”
“Where did you get this from, son?”
“I took part in a flute competition. I got first prize, and this is the prize money. Amma takes care of many orphans, and this will help them in some way.”
Listening to his words and seeing his innocent heart, Amma had tears in her eyes. Amma said, “Son, your goodness has filled Amma’s heart today. People like you are Amma’s real wealth.”
But the story doesn’t end there. The boy’s younger sister became very sad. She also wanted to do something for the poor people, just like her brother. Two weeks later, those children came to see Amma again. When they came for darshan, the little sister gave Amma an envelope. Amma asked, “Daughter, what’s in this envelope?”
Her mother answered. “It was her birthday a week ago. When her grandfather gave her 10 euros, she had one strong desire: She wanted to give the money to Amma to buy chocolates for the orphans.” Listening to this, Amma hugged this beautiful child, kissing her incessantly.
Amma asked her, “Doesn’t my daughter want to eat ice cream and chocolate?”
The girl shook her head, “No.”
“Why not?” Amma asked.
The girl said, “I get to eat that all the time. But aren’t there a lot of children who don’t have money to buy these things? Amma must take this money and buy them chocolates.”
Her brother, in his compassion-filled action, had become a role model for this young girl. May these compassion-filled little hearts become role models for all of us.
Change has to start from within individuals. As change happens in individuals, there will be changes in families too. Society will then progress. So, first, we must try to change ourselves. We must make certain that through all of our actions, we become role models for others.
Amma, Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi