For 12 days from 15
to 26 May 2006, 41 children of the BAPS Children’s forum –
13 from New Delhi, 26 from Mumbai and 2 from Vadodara – visited
11 hospitals in New Delhi and offered prayers for the speedy recovery
of over 330 patients.
The hospitals they visited were:
- Sir Ganga Ram Hospital
- Kailash Hospital
- Samta Hospital
- Max-Balaji Hospital
- Shanti Hospital
- Shantimukund Hospital
- Kukreja Hospital
- Brahm-Shanti Hospital
- Sarvodaya Hospital
- Aditya Hospital
- All India Institute
of Medical Sciences
The children were divided
into groups of five, and with the permission of the hospital management,
offered prayers for male and female patients of all ages suffering from
a wide variety of illness.
The children, with the permission of patients and relatives’ would
recite the Shanti Path – Vedic prayers for peace. They enquired
about the nature of the illness and chanted the Swaminarayan dhun to
pray for a full and speedy recovery. Then they would tie a nada-chhadi
as symbol of divine protection and friendship.
The ages of patient ranged from as young as 8 days to over 80 years.
All the patients and relatives were touched by the caring sentiments
and prayers offered by children. The prayers brought peace to the patients
and relatives in this particularly testing time.
Through their involvement in these visits, the children also learnt
how to empathize with the difficulties of others.