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Inexhaustible Patience Of Bhawana-ben
Bhawana-ben has been working with the mentally challenged for 37 years. "When I first walked into a special school, a kid pulled my hair strongly and wouldn't let go. Slowly, someone else pulled his hair, and he understood the pain and let it go. That day, I decided I wanted to serve that community," she shared. These kids, she added, are her teachers. "Every so often, I will get angry with them and send them out of the room. They will go out and come back with a glass of water for me. Their love, forgiveness, kindness is bar none."
It's easy to imagine how people might burn out in her position, but Bhawana-ben is full of joy.
"Everyday, I would do a prayer in class. Right as I close my eyes, this kid would come up and spit on my face. First time, it was jarring -- especially since he would do it many times everyday. Bit by bit, though, I would take him with me to wash my face and would wash his face, and he started to empathize. Instead of spitting on my face 8-9 times a day, he reduced it to 2-3 times. And now, he doesn't do it at all! It took 2-3 years, but you know, nature takes its time. We must cultivate patience if we want to tap into nature's bounty."
Posted Dec 2, 2016 | permalink