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 20170607堪忍勸慰安身心 Going to People`s Aid in Their Time of Need

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發表主題: 20170607堪忍勸慰安身心 Going to People`s Aid in Their Time of Need   周一 6月 26, 2017 9:36 pm

20170607堪忍勸慰安身心 Going to People`s Aid in Their Time of Need

We see an elderly man, who is in his 70s. Relatively speaking, he is not very old. Yet, because of his bad temper, his family has left him. After that, he began leading a dispirited life, living in filthy conditions. Our volunteers have been caring for him over the past 10 years, visiting him often. Yet, as he discards food scraps around the house, even an N95 mask cannot ward off the stench.

The house is in a mess and there’s stagnant water inside. So, there’s a stench. But since I’ve come for the cleanup work, I’ll take his suffering as my own and do as much as I can.

Indeed, though the conditions are tough, if we offer to help, we should do our best.
This is how forbearing our volunteers are, always taking people’s suffering as their own. Some of our volunteers are over 70 years old, and some are even in their 80’s.

Treating the elderly man as their own son, they spoke to him with gentle words, persuading him to move to a nursing home. Only when he moves to a nursing home will we feel at ease, as he will receive the best care there.

We see that our volunteers are truly living bodhisattvas. Although they are not related to the elderly man, they’ve been caring him for ten years and have never ceased to do so. We see many of our volunteers pitching in to clean up his house. This is truly heartfelt warmth in the world.

Only living bodhisattvas with great benevolence, wisdom, and courage, can carry out such work. This is how they serve as living bodhisattvas to bring aid and care to those in need. Also, they go to people’s aid without being asked.

As expounded in the Sutra of Innumerable Meanings, I often say to our volunteers that we should go to people’s aid even if we aren’t asked to do so. If we can vow to do so, naturally we can overcome every difficulty, and we’ll dedicate ourselves willingly no matter how tough the conditions are.

We see that no matter where there’s a disaster and no matter where there are people in suffering, our volunteers will immediately contact each other out of enlightened love in their hearts, and join forces, or seek other social resources to offer aid to those in need and care for them with love.

Please take a look. We’ve cleaned up your house.

I thought Tzu Chi would leave after doing a little cleaning and taking some photos. But it’s totally not the case. You’ve done the cleaning so thoroughly. Without you, I would have to take one week off to do the cleaning.

Thank you so much indeed. It’s sparkling clean.

Upon learning that a community is flooded, we’ll inform the community head.

On June 3, we contacted the community head. And she said that she was very grateful to us because she didn’t know we could help. But she didn’t know how many houses in Neigou Community were flooded as the roads were impassable. On June 4, we learned from her that a list of flooded houses was available because the roads had been restored and she had made a survey of flooded houses.

So, we quickly mobilized and went with her and the staff from the township office. We brought aid and care to 17 households, except one where no one was at home. When we visited them, what they first said to us was “Thank you so much.” As Tzu Chi was the first to learn their conditions.

The households that received aid are so grateful to Tzu Chi because Tzu Chi was the very first to go to their aid.

Some community leads told us that they needed help. In fact, whether they asked us to help or not, our volunteers would go to the aid of those affected by floods.

Our volunteers visited the affected communities, one after another, and at times, they had to carry bags and go on foot to places inaccessible by vehicle. Moreover, after disaster relief or cleanup work, our volunteers pay home visits to those affected to fully understand their conditions and see if they still need our help.

Also, I often remind our volunteers to take safety as their top priority in the cleanup work. Yet, the work was very arduous. I learned that some of them got exhausted, and some even fell ill. We can see that they had no tables or chairs when having a meal. Seeing that, my heart truly aches. Also, to take a nap, some of them leaned on others’ shoulders, with dirt still all over their bodies.

Quite a few of them despite being advanced in age also had dirt all over their bodies. They must have worked so hard, and they must have been so exhausted that they could not help but take a nap. It’s just impossible not to be touched by them.

They’re truly living bodhisattvas who reach out to people and remain dedicated even in tough conditions. It is because they understand that those affected are living in unbearable suffering and they feel their pain as their own. In particular, to clean up a basement which has poor ventilation and has no sunlight, our volunteers had to go to the ground floor to take a breath of fresh air.

Otherwise, with such poor ventilation, it must have been very hard for them to finish the cleanup work. The cleanup work is indeed indescribably hard, so they were all exhausted. Yesterday, I learned that some of our volunteers got pricked by nails or glass. And some of them scraped their skins. Although they soon received Tetanus vaccines, my heart aches for them and I’m still not at ease.

Although some of our commissioners and Tzu Cheng members said they were just fine we need to keep in mind that only when we’re safe and well are we able to help the needy. In all, our volunteers always think of others before themselves. Even if they fall ill, they remain as dedicated. Regardless of how heavy the sludge was our volunteers, male and female alike, all did their best to remove it.

No wonder in almost every picture, we see dirt all over their bodies. Yet, yesterday when they shared about the cleanup work they showed such ease and delight. All in all, our volunteers cultivate themselves by reaching out to people in their time of need.

Natural disasters are inevitable. But think it’s great that people bring love and warmth to others. I’m very grateful to Tzu Chi volunteers for their help.

I’m so grateful! Thank you, Master. Thank you all. Amitofo.  Thank you, Master. Thank you, Tzu Chi volunteers. Don’t mention it. we should help each other in times of need.
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