Breakfast In Bed For My Parents

Posted by Vishesh Gupta on Jul 31, 2014
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[As a part of our weekly internship assignment to do acts of kindness, here is a note I sent to one of our mentors yesterday. Since many people have asked me to share, I'm posting it below. Thank you, all, for helping me grow in generosity, compassion and selflessness.]

Dear Amit-bhai,

I wasn't able to make your call, but I did listen to the stories and follow the links posted later online, and I was deeply inspired by your commitment to connecting with everyone around you in the most meaningful way possible.



That's a picture of my parents eating breakfast in bed this morning that my sister and I cooked for them. :) They were both very touched and kept asking my sister and I to eat with them, but we insisted they sleep in while we took care of the dishes and everything else. It was very hard for them to let go of their parental duties, even for a morning, but eventually we got them to relax.

I wanted to dedicate this act to you and your inspirational work, and the amazing way you think about increasing the compassion around and within us all :) I'm always blown away by the situations and reflection questions you bring up during our weekly calls.

DUNGA HUG!

Vishesh

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  • Audrey wrote ...

    Awwwww- that's so awesome! Thank you, interns and mentors and the all hands and hearts in between that collectively nurture these seeds of generosity! :) Big Smiles, Audrey

  • Liz wrote ...

    Love this. Especially during such difficult times in our world -- this is where change begins. In every single home, bedroom, kitchen, heart and soul in the world. With Love. Liz

  • Anne-Marie wrote ...

    This brought the biggest smile to my face! How beautiful!

  • Anne wrote ...

    Dear Vishesh! This beautiful act of kindness made my day:) Thanks for sharing!!!! I will never forget David Whtye's (the poet) response to someone saying, "There is no free lunch." His reply was so touching...How about our first meal...our mother's milk. And then he continued to beautifully share the countless kindness acts we are gifted every day... I can only imagine the joy of your parents:) Yay! :) Love, Anne

  • Panchito wrote ...

    :-) <3 !!!

    Just came back from running in the woods with a couple of teens that were in jail recently (aka juvenal hall), and we were channelling our inner siblings Vishesh, Vishesh's sister and Dunga! :-)

    How? By storing in our hearts the hello's, smiles and gratefulness we were feeling with every person we encountered with, by enjoying every breath in the middle of these majestic redwoods and feeling their unconditional love and so as the Sun's. I told them about the importance of kinship, family and friendship not only in smooth calm times but specially during hard times.

    In other words, I was so moved by this random act of love, the email thread and the subsequent ripples, that your love dearest hermanos Vishesh and Dunga, reached out to these kids in ways I can't explain in the world of words.

    Thank you for the inspiration and the reminder to serve our parents. That's what am crazy and am talking about: been in-love with Mother Earth! ;-)

    Jai Jagat! :-)

  • Manal wrote ...

    such an incredibly heart warming share..vishesh....you are one awesome son and any mom/dad would be proud of your humble heart. may we all keep expanding in generous acts... keep them big heart stories comin'!! :-) with love from nj ...

  • Amit wrote ...

    Vishesh, I should be the one thanking you. I am smiling ear to ear..What a beautiful beautiful outward expression of your love and kindness to your parents! Its truly these little things that will always lay a special place in your (your sister and your parent's) heart for years to come. My brother and I used to do the same for my folks especially on special occasions like mother's day or father's day or birthdays and they loved it and we too enjoyed putting all that love ... but to do so on a random day is even more beautiful. Its funny, we get so much joy of doing something like this from time to time but parents do this on a daily basis and it can be a thankful duty. One thing i didn't share this past Saturday but will do so with you is this ... of all "debts" in our life, the one that [...] See full comment.
    Vishesh, I should be the one thanking you. I am smiling ear to ear..What a beautiful beautiful outward expression of your love and kindness to your parents! Its truly these little things that will always lay a special place in your (your sister and your parent's) heart for years to come. My brother and I used to do the same for my folks especially on special occasions like mother's day or father's day or birthdays and they loved it and we too enjoyed putting all that love ... but to do so on a random day is even more beautiful. Its funny, we get so much joy of doing something like this from time to time but parents do this on a daily basis and it can be a thankful duty.

    One thing i didn't share this past Saturday but will do so with you is this ... of all "debts" in our life, the one that is most difficult (near impossible) to repay is that of your parents. The gifts that they have freely given with love are endless ... but more than just food, shelter and clothing ... they have taught you what unconditional love means, they have taught you what real giving and empathy means, they have taught and continue to teach us so much but many times we become blind to it because we either take it for granted or just get older. If you look back in history at many of the great sages and wise men, even in more modern times, you will notice there is a certain quality to the parents that have afforded such a child whether it was Vinoba Bhave's mom (read Chapter 3 of Vinoba Bhave's "Moved by Love"), the mother of Paramhansa Yogananda or even looking at the parents of so many elders in the ServiceSpace ecosystem ... like yours. I'm sure that if you keep serving them, many more doors of joy and insight will continue to open.

    I have been so impressed with your questions and insights during our calls. My hope is that you continue to dive deep within yourself for the rest of the internship but more so continually striving deep within yourself.

    Thank you for taking the time to even send me this email - very KIND of you :)

    Sincerely with Dunga Hugs and Smiles :) ... Hide full comment.