(picture copyrighted by Communities-Rising)
Besides investigating the truth of the spiritual world, a story about a young girl named Kavita inspired my initial visit to India. Originally, I was going to meet Gurudev, hang out with the group, and then go to Chennai to see what I could offer to help with the nonprofit organization Communities Rising http://communities-rising.org/. A very good friend from home has a cousin who developed the program and continues to support/grow her efforts with a developing community. They graciously made space for me last minute when I knew my time in South Africa was growing to a close and I still had 6 weeks available for my 3 month leave of absence from California. I learned about the program through the story of a remarkably brave and driven young woman, Kavita
There are more atrocities to the story, but this gives you insight into her will to survive and path to give back. A true phoenix rising from the fire. I would still like to meet Kavita, but my path changed direction again when I asked if I could stay longer at the feet of Gurudev. There was an opening to answer some very deep questions about the path back to the Divine. What is the bigger picture? At some point, do these numerous and heart wrenching examples of localized pain make sense?
Ugandan woman recalls harrowing tale of captivity - CNN.com*