April 24, 2013

U - Ultimate Choice



My inspiration for today is Gladys’s Staines, wife of Graham Staines, who made the Ultimate Choice to forgive the mob, and continue to work with the lepers and the poor in a village named Manoharpur. 

In 1999 her husband and her sons while they slept in a station wagon to spend a cozy night in the warmth of the natural surroundings, were burnt alive by the mob of that village, who believed that they were saving our country and religion from the hands of these foreign invaders.

The mob carefully locked the door of the houses around to prevent people from coming out to help, and then deflated the tyres of the station wagon.

Then three of them were mercilessly beaten up, pierced with trishuls, and their station wagon set afire. The brutal mob watched their screams of agony which was silenced in few minutes, as three of them went from the unbearable torture to a deep quiet eternal rest.

Gladys survived this experience in her life, and continues to work in the same place along with her daughter Esther. I cannot imagine her sorrow, and how she would have coped with the loss of her husband and her two sons.

In Gladys own words “ I hold no grudge against anyone ! My husband and my children have sacrificed their lives for this country, India is my home! I too hope to die and be buried alongside them.The Government of India has recognized them, and has honored Gladys Staines with Padma Shri for social service in 2005.

It takes a lot of courage from within to forgive some one who has wronged us, As long as we don’t forgive people who have hurt us, they will start occupying a rent free space in our minds.  Let us learn to survive and not become a victim of situations and circumstances, may we be inspired by Glady’s Staines, who had the courage to  make
the ultimate choice ….
Today I'm on U of the Blogging From A to Z April Challenge.
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14 comments:

  1. Have read about this brutal incident and subsequently about Gladys... she is one courageous lady and what she has done (by forgiving the culprits) is simply exemplary. Truly an ultimate choice!

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    1. Nice to hear from you, I still remember it reading in the news papers, I admire this lady, and truly she is inspiring !

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  2. Truly courageous woman. I am really humbled by people like her.

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    1. So true ! I don't know what to say..

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  3. There are so many sad stories and brave people in the world. Thanks for sharing! I just stopped by as a fellow A to Z-er.

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    1. So kind of you, for your comments ! appreciate you!

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  4. I remember this incident from 1999. It shook the whole country. Exactly the same came to my mind after the incident- How must she have coped with this tragedy in her life. A great soul indeed!

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    1. She is indeed a great soul ! and continues to inspire me..

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  5. I don't know if I could have done this, it looks too super an act to forgive someone like that. Courageous woman!

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    1. Rightly said Nandana, I used to struggle even to forgive my family member, if they hurt me, its a tough choice, but once we decide to forgive, we will find a way out.. its not so easy, but definitely not impossible, we can learn..

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  6. I truly admire Gladys and am ashamed as an Indian when such barbaric crimes are committed:/

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    1. I too feel terrible, when I hear such things, there is so much discomfort, Gladys is definitely an extraordinary women.

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  7. I too remember reading about this case and feeling sick to my heart that anyone could be so inhuman (well, we know know how much more barbaric we can be). I don't know if I could make the same decision, but probably her work showed her the many people who needed help and the goodness in them, rather than the ugliness of a few.

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    1. True ! the best part is, she made her choice to stay back and continue the good work for majority, who needed their her, thanks for your comments !

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