Our visit to Puri was very moving for all of us. Here is a photo of Mrs. Mahapatra, who runs this home for widows, abused women and their children, which we visited last Monday evening, and that I wrote about in the previous letter.Below on the left is a photo of a group of the women with their children the evening we visited. The energy, commitment and love from the staff caring for these souls is inspiring. Truly, God has sent His angels into this world…As we were leaving to drive back to Bhubaneshwar, a long-horned bull made his presence felt by suddenly charging the group. No one was hurt, but it was a kundalini experience ~ the energy definitely went up the spine!
The next day we made the long drive through the countryside outside of Bhubaneshwar to visit Mrs. Mahapatra’s other project: a home and school for girls who are deaf, blind, mute, or have cerebral palsy or other disadvantages.
The deaf girls danced for us by having one of the teachers put their cell phone up against the concrete wall of the room; in that way, the girls could feel the vibration of the music through the floor. As you can see from the photo, at the end of the dance they formed a human pyramid, with the littlest girl on top also waving the flag of India.
Then a few of the blind girls sang us a song by Tagore; it was the one which inspired Swami’s song, “Go On Alone,” so Dharmadas and I sang Swami’s song for them, too.
After that, we were given a tour of the facility which included the computer and speech therapy lab. Their computer equipment looked ancient, but they are learning. Several of the girls are going to college.
After the tour, the students and teachers gathered for an assembly, and we passed out some very small gifts we had brought for them. Then we spent a long time saying our goodbyes to the children and staff, and as we got into our cars, some of the girls stayed at the entrance waving goodbye…