Saturday, January 1, 2011

Nab Barsh ke Shubh Kamanaye

Spent New Year’s Eve on a train…from Madhepura, Bihar to Sealdah, Kolkata. Was visiting a hospital to help out with designs. As always, Kolkata, has this ability to overwhelm…. The noise, the bustle, the crowds, the very visible poverty….But my recent visits to the city have been balanced by hours spent in Asha Niketan. On a plot adjacent to the Missionaries of Charity in Tangra, it is a haven of peace and the minutes spent with Madhu da or Bulani da or little Kusum help me see the humanness in everyone and remind me to search for it even in the masses of Kolkata. I leave in a bit to Howrah station to catch another train back to Orissa. From my many rambling thoughts, I leave you with this prayer that I have been pondering over as a blessing for the new year!
Oh and a new year greeting for you that I received from an elderly Bihari gentleman on the train "Nab Barsh Mangal me rahe!" (May you be blessed/happy in the new year)

A Four-fold Franciscan Blessing

May God bless you with a restless discomfort about easy answers, half-truths and superficial relationships, so that you may seek truth boldly and love deep within your heart.
May God bless you with holy anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that you may tirelessly work for justice, freedom, and peace among all people.
May God bless you with the gift of tears to shed with those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, or the loss of all that they cherish, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and transform their pain into joy.
May God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you really CAN make a difference in this world, so that you are able, with God's grace, to do what others claim cannot be done.
And the blessing of God the Supreme Majesty and our Creator,
Jesus Christ the Incarnate Word who is our brother and Saviour,
and the Holy Spirit, our Advocate and Guide,
be with you and remain with you, this day and forevermore.

1 comment:

Juliana Abraham said...

what a beautiful, incredible prayer! thanks you for posting it!

love, juliana