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Lakkisetti Praveen, Hyderabad says,
Walking an Extra Mile...
By Lakkisetti Praveen
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Hyderabad, Apr. 9. Recently once traveling in the train, I have come across a situation where the aspect of spirituality was put to question. I happened to witness a situation where an youngster took out his laptop and started showing a few film clippings to his nephew and niece who were with him(I only heard them calling him Uncle). After a couple of minutes, in my curiosity, I too became a viewer of the same since being in the same berth. As we were lost in watching, a boy aged around twelve came begging. At the first instance, none of us paid attention. As the boy pestered asking for some money, the youngster got annoyed and chased him. As I got diverted from watching, I happened to see the boy in his misery, both the legs swollen. He dragged himself from our coach to the next with great difficulty. It was only later, that I realized the boy had no more strength to walk and fallen asleep near the toilets. This incident triggered in me a sense of being one with those in need. Though, I myself never bothered in the beginning, later, the thought kept ringing in my mind.

This raised a question in me: we do so much for our loved ones. Can we not extend a little for the least bothered? We come across number of cases in our journeys. One thing is to boast of our spirituality of working for the marginalised and the least of the society. The other aspect is to bring our charism to limelight by making the guidelines of our mission to lines of action. This is where we need to be alert. After all, we may not bring about a drastic change in the life of a boy we meet in such treacherous situations. But, the little we do, be it a loving smile, touch, help would do a lot for those in need. These little acts are remembered for ever. And our spirituality lies precisely in this.

Now-a-days, the youth across the globe are becoming the lovers of spirituality. For them, the aspect of religion means nothing since it is restricted to the mere following of a doctrine. What makes them go beyond the religion is `spirituality.` Spiritual masters, across the world are growing in numbers, because `spirituality` is not committed to any particular religion but embraces the good of all human beings. That is why, the youth are able to cater some time for the charitable works besides the humdrum of their career. This is evidently seen in the youth of the west who have fallen a prey to the Indian spirituality.

If the youth are able to spend part of their lives, much more is demanded from us, who have committed our lives for a cause. If they are able to walk an extra mile, it expects us to walk with miles together with the needy. We are given spirituality by our father and founder Don Bosco. The continuity of the legacy consists in as much as we are walking with the young, especially those poor, abandoned and marginalised sections of the society.
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