Yesterday I had a chance to visit the Gurpuri Foundation which is a foster home for children in Malaysia. It is a home for the underprivileged, orphaned and neglected Sikh children. This center was founded and run by Giani Sukhdaiv Singh. A big task to undertake…and a great seva by him.
It was very touching to be able to spend some time with them. One can only imagine the pain and challenges that these children have gone through. Behind the veil of some of the smiles I sensed a deep hurt and pain in many of the children. I went there to talk with the kids and teach a bit about meditation. I was surprised how good they were at doing the meditations. I taught one meditation which is mainly using the breath (breathing) and another chanting Mul Mantra. They seemed to get into the meditation. I didn’t know what to expect before going to meet them, but after the fact I realized I should have done some “ice breaker” games to relax and open them up. They were extremely quiet and you really had to work with them to get smiles to break open and encourage them to talk.
I had another meeting with some Sikh youth right after Gurpuri meeting (in another city)…but I really felt the need to spend as much time with the Gurpuri kids as I could. When you are there with the children all other things don’t seem to matter any more. I felt the need to give them as much attention and energy as possible. Most of us are lucky to have families and loved ones to give our lives joy and love. These kids only have each other, and need all the love and support from people around them.
To Learn more about Gurpuri or to support the kids visit: http://www.gurpuri.org