We are good now, so we need to do something good as well!
We resumed our duty to serve our neighbors. As we have faced hardship, our neighbors too. We know what it means not to have what we need… So, we went to bring rice and food items to as many poor families as possible.
As soon as our quarantine was over, our teenagers were eager to be useful and be back into the society.
Our child Boat joined the Relief expedition… It was important for him to go along, to do something good and worthwhile.
Boat was proudly wearing the headband “I am a child of Baan Unrak” …to confirm to himself and to the community that now he accepted Baan Unrak as his own family.
This is the photo diary of the 2 weeks that lead to our full recovery.
As we took care of the emergency by ourselves, while suffering from Covid we realized that…
We can’t stop seeing the Beauty of Life!
The Wonder of Life is, always, all around us.
The sun rising, a gentle breeze, flowers blossoming , the children’s smiles, the kindness of people…
As the days passed, some children started to get better.
The healthy ones took good care of cooking, cleaning and all the basic needs.
Even in this time of quarantine…
Everything was exciting for the children!
The children couldn’t wait to go back to normal…
The little ones even tried to drive themselves to school!
We also had a Pizza Party that uplifted everybody’s mood!
Another little step to improve our health was…
A special day with lot of fruit and milk.
Thanks to our kind sponsors…
The flow of fruit continued in the next days…
Many children gradually recovered. But at the same time, those who didn’t get the virus at first, tested positive days later…
Nobody escaped from Covid, except… him!
Tainaso! He is one of our physically weak children. We were so worried for him when Covid spread into our home. But now, he is the only child who didn’t get sick! So he may actually be the stronger of us..!
As we started to feel stronger, we started to meet again up the hill, to sing together and meditate on Love.
We managed to recover just in time to celebrate our 31st Anniversary.
Covid was all around us. In the villages bordering our home, and all over Sangkhlaburi. So we knew that it was only a matter of time… that Covid would reach us too.
We have made efforts to build a Clinic inside our Home…
…in order to isolate sick children in case of pandemic. The Clinic is still under construction. The project includes two floors, but at the moment only the first floor is completed. And that’s not enough to face this emergency.
Our children started to feel sick, one after the other…
They started to have a severe headache and fever. Then sore throat and pain in the body, cough and running nose. Some also lost taste and smell.
We promptly reported, and they came from the hospital to test us all.
Children were frightened… by the swab, and by those people wearing white coveralls.
The results of the COVID-19 test:
Now we are dealing very carefully with the emergency.
The children positive to Covid have been moved to separate rooms. They are in complete isolation. They cannot leave the room for the next 2 weeks… and that’s not easy at all for children.
We leave them food outside the door, and only the nurse go inside to check the sick children, taking all the necessary precautions.
The children negative to Covid are helping in any way they can. And they are working hard. The same group of healthy children has to cook breakfast, lunch and dinner for all Baan Unrak.
So we are taking care of our sick children by ourselves. According to instructions from the hospital, only if some child get very sick, we will call them and they will come to bring the sick child to the hospital.
Long time ago, a child of Baan Unrak had a dream. She dreamed of this land, where our Home currently lies. At that time, our Home was somewhere else, and we were looking to move to a new place, in order to accommodate the growing number of children.
In her dream, the little girl saw Baba, our spiritual master, sitting on this land. In her words, “Baba was the divine. And the divine was Baba.” So we knew, that this was the right place to build our new Home…
In the book “Namah Shiváya Shántáya”, Baba writes about dreams, and the New Land. The words of Baba became our New Land song. Didi Ananda Anuraga put it into music, and Baan Unrak musical group sang it and performed it.
This mystical experience sparked the imagination of our young artist Latika. She got to work on it, and this is her creation:
In her vision… our Home lies on top of a lotus flower, under a shiny full moon, surrounded by little fairies.
THE SONG LYRICS
Last night in the dream I saw a new land. In the half-dim light of the moon a solitary realm. I wonder what flowers bloom there and what moon glows in the sky. There the buds never wither, the life’s flow has no ebb. There the flowers have no thorns, I had a dream of such a solitary land.
I saw You in my dream, In dream I made your acquaintance. In dream I called You, In dream I saw You, Lord full of love.
Merciful Lord, Lord full of love Merciful Lord, Lord full of love Merciful Lord, Lord full of love
I do not see You with my eyes, I see You in my mind. In that beautiful meeting, all sorrow disappear.
In dream I am alive In wakening, I forget. If the dream is so sweet, then let it be just a false imagination.
Then it was the turn of the younger boys to compete…
Meet the winners!
Our Dharma is the best of South-East Asia in the category 12 to 20 years old.
Our Yogesh is the best in the category 2 to 11 years old.
They endured the exhausting dance for 10 minutes in perfect style. It seemed that they could go on forever..!
Prabhat Samgiita Day
On this special day, our music group virtually joined people from all over South-East Asia to sing songs from the immense collection of 5018 devotional songs composed by Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar, known as Prabhat Samgiita.
Here, the lyrics of one of the songs performed by our children:
I love this tiny green island, surrounded by the sea. Touched by the sea, decorated by the sea. I love this tiny green island, surrounded by the sea.
Am I a secluded figure, in the vast a little, a meager? No, no, no, no, I’m not alone. Great is with me. The Great is with me.
For the Online Yoga Conference, our children also prepared new artistic performances:
“Mora Mukta Bhumir Meye”
In the beautiful setting of our organic farm, where we grow vegetables and fruit by the lake, our little girls performed this joyful song that goes… “On mountains and hills, beside rapids and rills, in song and dance we whirl… we are blessed girls!”
Performed by our girls Rochana and Praipana, this is a tribute to Lord Shiva, the great yogi who lived 7000 years ago and gave so many contributions to society, such as music, dance, mantra, meditation, yoga…
The song goes… “Vajra Kathora… ” (You are as strong as a thunderbolt) “Kusuma Koraka… ” (yet you are as tender as a flower bud)