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My Newest Hero

January 23, 2011

A friend shared a video link on my Facebook page about a man named Narayanan Krishnan. Very briefly, Narayanan Krishnan’s story is that he was working as a chef at the Taj Hotels in Bangalore, India, and one day he saw an old man, desperate with hunger, eating his own waste. Krishnan bought some food and came back and fed the old man and that experience changed his life. Krishnan quit his job and began feeding the poor, the elderly and the mentally ill. The people who had no hope in life and were literally dying from hunger. Not only did he begin feeding them everyday, but he cut their hair, shaved them and bathed them. He made them feel like people and he restored their dignity.

Please don’t misunderstand what I’m about to say as a religious or political statement or a judgment. My comment below is not religious or political; it’s just my thought.

If you ask a bunch of different people about God you’ll get a bunch of different philosophical and ideological answers, easy answers that tell us what God wants and what God doesn’t want along with instructions on the best way to achieve those celestial directives. Sadly, somewhere in all the back and forth talking the meanings get lost and the problems continue. People, well-intentioned every one of them, walk away feeling content because they’ve addressed the issue and they go home and watch TV feeling happy, but nothing’s been accomplished. From those different people, despite their best intentions, you won’t get many tangible, real-life examples of Godly work being done in the world. For me, to read about Narayanan Krishnan and his life’s devotion is to see an example of God at work in the world. Narayanan Krishnan, and others like Mary Jo Copeland of Sharing and Caring Hands in Minneapolis, provides an actual example to any religious skeptic who challenges another’s belief by demanding proof of God. That’s my belief because when I listen to these people talk and read about the selfless work they do for others, I see truth.

“What is the ultimate purpose to life? It’s to give.”Narayanan Krishnan

2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 25, 2011 12:23 am

    I have heard of this man and yes he is a Hero. He is giving his life to help people asking for nothing in return. As you said: He is an example of Godly work being done in the world. I wish there were more people like him. Hell, I wish I could do what he does.


    • Michael Fishman permalink
      January 25, 2011 6:47 pm

      Maybe we can’t do what he does on the scale that he does, but I think we can some of what he does. Even if it’s only $1 or just spare change or even just holding a door for someone or saying “Thank you” to someone who holds a door for us.


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