Bless a Heart

I received a comment on this blog about my book and its subject from Professor Nirmal Gupta. Prof. Gupta is a heart surgeon who lived and worked in the U.K. for over a decade, before returning to India to work with children with heart defects in one of the poorest regions of the country, Uttar Pradesh. Dr. Gupta is the Head of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at the Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences.

Dr. Gupta’s work with the poor is called the Bless a Heart Mission, which states:

This Mission has been established to provide help to those unfortunate children who are caught in the miserable web of poverty and ignorance. We can not even begin to imagine a life with a heart illness unless we ourselves suffer such conditions. These children endure that and suffer silently as there is no hope for them and wait for their death! Every single child saved from such misery counts.

The Bless A Heart Mission blog recently had a story at the occasion of Slumdog Millionaire’s big win at the Oscars. This story was about Born Into Brothels, which won Academy Awards four years ago, and what has become of some of the children featured in that. Please read it here – it is quite a moving post.

Dr. Gupta also made a post on his Bless A Heart Mission blog with the following parable, which I love:

” One evening an old grandfather told his grandson about the battles that go on inside people. He said, ‘My son the battle is between two wolves inside us.

One is evil. It is anger, envy, regret, greed, arrogance, resentment, false pride and ego.

The other is good. It is joy, peace , love, compassion, truth, humility, generosity and faith.’

The grandson thought about it for a moment and then asked his grand father –

‘Which wolf wins ?’

Grandfather simply replied –

‘The one you feed !’


About Shelley Seale

I'm Shelley, a journeyer and learner of the world, freelance journalist and author, yoga chick and dog lover. I pound the keyboard from home barefoot every day, and while my boss is demanding she also occasionally lets me have the early afternoon cocktail. I think not going into an office or collecting corporate paychecks are very good ideas, though not always profitable. I have written for National Geographic, USA Today, The Guardian, Texas Monthly and CNN, among others. Neither the New York Times nor Johnny Depp have answered my letters yet. I love yoga, indie movies, wine, and books, though not necessarily in that order. I believe in karma. Mean people suck. If I could have any dream job I would like to be a superhero. I have performed a catch on the flying trapeze, boarded down a live volcano and was once robbed by a monkey in Nepal. But, I don't know how to whistle. My mantra is "travel with a purpose."

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