Our great Mother, our most ancient elder, our most wise family member, is calling all of us right now. She is...

As I arrived in Bodhgaya, the holiest place in the world for Buddhists, I did not expect an extraordinary and sad event to hit my journey. I guess, like in life, good things and bad things happen, always. It is our ability to handle them, to react or not, to move forward or not, which, at the end, defines our true capacity to be happy here and now. A few hours ago (a few days ago as you read this post), multiple bombs exploded in the very heart of the Bodh Gaya Mahabodhi temple, a temple dedicated to love and enlightenment, one where the prince Siddhartha, before he became a Buddha, came to meditate and sat under a now famous tree. In the next few days I will write a post on this place if today’s event allows me to enter the shrine complex. When you are awoken at 6 a.m. at sunrise by the sound of a bomb, you realize first how glad you are to be alive and not injured. I cannot ignore the fact that many people live constantly with this terrible sound and walk around their homes and towns with that permanent fear. Fear of an attack; Fear of everyone around; Fear of an invisible enemy. [caption id="attachment_14624" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Monkey who seems to think very deeply... Monkey who seems to think very deeply...[/caption]

In our society, the emphasis that is put on the development of the mind is so profound that anything “outside” the mind – feelings, love, intuitions, dreams, perceptions of connections with others – is not only rarely (or even never) taught at school, it is said to be ridiculous and subjected to mockery.

On the other hand, many people, including renowned scientists like Einstein, famous writers like Hemingway, world-known leaders such as Gandhi and spiritual teachers like the Dalai Lama, Buddha or Jesus Christ, tell us that the development of the heart is as important, if not more important, as the mind in allowing us to achieve a truly happy life. This path to happiness can lead to more success than by the ways we normally define achievement in our modern society (income, status, etc.).


Mother Teresa told us: “Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest you”. As I am getting ready to enter the Kalighat Home, which used to be called “Home for the Dying” and was recently renamed "The Home of the Pure Heart" (Nirmal Hriday), I am gathering my strength for the week to come.

Teresa's Volunteers As part of my travels, I felt the strong desire to give back and to start my career break in Kolkata at Kalighat home.