There isn’t a single child living in Ramana’s Garden that hasn’t known the depths of loss and despair. Many have come to us without parents, clothing, food, and they have been abused. It is my experience that the only healing for these horrors is to transform them through forgiveness and gratitude.
There is no doubt if you have lived through what most of these kids have gone through you will have a strength known to few. It is empowering these strengths through creative expressions and positive validation that create the healing that gives these kids the courage to dream. They dare to dream to become doctors, engineers, scientists, professional dancers, and teachers. While some of them are happy just to be able to build their own house and grow their own food.
Whatever they dream, it is not about finding wealth and abundance outside in material things alone. They know from living that it comes from within through sharing their dream for a better life for us all here on Mother Earth.
They are already busy working toward creating exactly that. Our 2 oldest boys are making documentary films that will carry their message of change across the world. One is still studying toward his 3 year degree while the other just landed his first job with R.K. films..Yea!!
Our oldest girl, Sunita stood first in her division started medical school to be come the best Gyn. in all the Himalalyas. She dreams of helping bring the chance of life the hundreds of women and infants who still die in childbirth here in the remote village of India and Nepal.
Every year I travel and teach internationally to raise the funds we need. I meet hundreds of people who are living more impoverished lives than we are living here. Impoverished by their own fear of letting go of what they think they must hang onto to be safe; Impoverished by their own search for abundance outside themselves in material things or others approval.
It is in these moments I offer up a prayer of gratitude for all the doors that slammed in my face and all the times my dreams got shattered until I understood how to really live in a-bun-dance.