--Trupti Pandya
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Sep 3, 2017

All revolutions are spiritual at the source. All my activities have the sole purpose of achieving a union of hearts- Vinoba Bhave

Arun dada had gone to Cyprus as a shanti sainik (Peace maker) during a time of communal tension between the Greeks and Turks. The Sun was about to rise, he was out for his morning walk. On his way he saw a bunch of boys laughing at him may be because of the way he looked or may be the way he was dressed that is what he said. He kept walking in their direction towards the hill top. As he went close, one boy ran inside the nearby tent and brought out an air gun and pointed at him. Dada did not know if these boys were Greeks or Turks, he did not speak their language. Dada went close while the gun was still pointing at him. Dada paused, looked into the boy's eyes and patted his shoulder, smiled said ‘hello' and started walking up the hill. He spent few minutes uphill watching the Sun rise, offered his morning prayers and started walking down. The same boys ran to their tents as they saw dada walk towards them and this time they offered him two fistfuls of almonds.

Dada very gently shared, ‘I do not know what got transformed in those moments when I said hello and put my hand on his shoulder but what I remember even today are the smiles and laughter that we exchanged.

What would be his inner cultivation that turned the guns down!!!

Posted by Trupti Pandya on Sep 3, 2017

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