28 September, 2020

Calcutta: One Saintly Morning, 26 Years Ago

That encounter with Mother Teresa changed my whole life and worldview

Calcutta: One Saintly Morning, 26 Years Ago
The place was called Nirmal Hriday, Home of the Pure Heart. It used to be a Hindu pilgrims’ home and it was located right next to the Kalighat temple in Calcutta. In between the rows of beds in a big room, there was an old, wrinkled woman dressed in a white cotton sari bordered with blue. She had a soup bowl in one hand and a spoon in the other. She was feeding an old, extremely skinny man, who looked more like a cadaver than a living human being. The police had picked him on the street that morning, and brought him to the Home of the Pure Heart. The old woman was speaking words of comfort and love to him as she put one spoonful after another in his mouth. I moved closer towards this scene on the tips of my toes. I could now see the eyes of the old man, so full of gratitude. He had certainly never been attended to in this way in the course of his miserable life. And then, suddenly, the old woman sensed my presence behind her. She turned around abruptly and handed over to me the bowl of soup and the spoon. "Continue to feed him!" she ordered. "And...


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