At our recent Moved By Love retreat
, we heard a powerful story from a young woman. Inspired to serve, she left her affluent family in Mumbai to help educate children in a village of Rajasthan, India. She was merely 21 and was asked to begin with staying in a village for a month, with no support! Among the many jarring facts she had to process was how men in the village would get drunk and force the women to have sex. However, she was focused on working with the 1st and 2nd grade kids, who loved her. Then, one fine day, the kids started telling her how she was a terrible teacher and that they didn't want her in the school! Needless to say, she was rather surprised. A bit later, an older student informed her that the men in the village were planning to rape her and her six-year-olds were doing what they could to make her leave the village! She was shifted to another village soon, but imagine six year olds having the empathy to understand something like this, and then thinking of skillful means to express their love!
As Gandhiji says: "The law of love could be best understood and learned through little children." :)