As part of his recently-concluded visit to the US, Sadhguru offered a public talk in Boston, MA. At the end of the evening, one of Isha’s youngest volunteers, 6-year-old Kavin Kabilan, pictured above, also made his own very special contribution, presenting Sadhguru with a small handmade envelope. What was inside? Kavin’s mother Poongodi shares below:
“It started when we were talking about Kavin’s upcoming birthday (October) and how he wanted to celebrate his birthday. He wanted to go to LegoLand and Kabilan (his dad) mentioned that we should also contribute to people in India who don’t have enough to eat.
Kavin responded, ‘Oh there are kids who don’t have food in India. How many?’ He googled to see how many people in India lived in poverty and googled images as well. Then he ran upstairs to bring his wallet and said, ‘Here is all the money I’ve collected so far. There’s money that the tooth fairy gave me for every tooth and money that all my thathas and ammachis (grandmas and grandpas — uncles/aunts of parents qualify as grandparents) gave me every time we visited.
At the next Tamil Sangam event, which was a children’s event — he participated in the event to sing a song and had asked every single Aunty and Uncle he bumped into at the event. He would carry the envelope he made out of a printer paper to the Sai Baba temple and to every place we went to and ask any adult he saw.
He would walk up to them and say, “I’m collecting money for kids in India, would you like to help?” Some didn’t give any, some gave, some dodged — it was a great experience for him.
As I was sitting at the Hall in Boston, I melted at the thought of a six year old child gripping on to his self-made envelope — tired and stretching his bodies limits — he had gotten up at 6:00 that morning as he was excited about the Mother’s Day celebration at his school and his solo lines for Neptune and Pluto in the solar system play. He had had such a full day already, he is not going to be home till at least 11pm, and his only wish at the end of this tiring day was to see Sadhguru and give him the money he had collected. He was slumped in my lap (as I couldn’t get tickets for all of us together — my assigned seat was elsewhere but I sat with my three children and he lay curled in my lap clutching the envelope), and my purse also in my lap. I emptied my purse, saving $2 for toll, and gave him all that I had in my purse — I tend to carry large bills in my purse and he saw the large bills as well as the fact that I had emptied my purse…
As Sadhguru was still speaking, he rose up gave me a big tight hug and said ‘Thank you, amma.’ He was so ecstatic that I could’ve thought it was a gift for him. ‘Can you please sort it and count all the money, amma?’ he asked. I did and told him $1,047 plus change. He was beyond ecstatic.
We met Sadhguru and I introduced Kavin, and Sadhguru asked Kavin, ‘What do you want to do with this money?’ Kavin said, ‘I want to help the kids in India who don’t have food and they don’t get to go to school.’ Sadhguru said, ‘We’ll educate the children in villages.'”
Poongodi adds, “I forgot to mention that he started asking us – both mom and dad first if we wanted to contribute. Then he went to his sisters, Kanmani and Niraimadhi. Both had given him all their savings at the time as well.”
Inspired by Kavin’s story? To learn more about Isha Vidhya’s efforts to offer education to rural underprivileged children, or to make your own special contribution, please visit IshaVidhya.org