“Only a mother can feel the pain of her son. On several occasions, I told him to stop the journey. But Kaliash has decided to complete the pilgrimage,”‘ said Kailash’s mother
Kailashgiri said he and his mother were treated well. “Only near Ananthpur [in Andhra Pradesh], my money and a bag were stolen.”
His Spartan possessions included a stove and pots, a couple of rugs, some clothes, a gold-plate wristwatch and a mobile phone.
Is this to keep in touch with relatives?
“The entire Sansar [world] is my family,” he said.
Kailashgiri ended his spiritual quest at the Kumbh Mela Hindu festival in the holy city of Varanasi this year.
Caring for aging parents can be challenging and difficult at times, but it is also an honor and privilege to do so, as well as a God-given responsibility for everyone in the family. By working together as a family, being supportive and helpful in caring for the many needs of the elderly parent, families will have the joy and pleasure of knowing that their efforts were greatly appreciated by the aging parent or grandparent, as well as knowing that they fulfilled the requirement to “honor your father and mother” while they were alive. But, with our changing values and concepts, it is becoming common practice to abandon the ailing parents to some old age homes or geriatric hospitals and then, not even go to visit them anymore.
Kailash Giri is a great example for people who do not care about their aged parents. What Kailash has done is unique, and cannot be done by everyone.
But how many of us would put in the effort to take our elderly parents to the places they would love to visit ,and to people whom they love to meet? Learn to care for them in our own families. We will learn to be patient. To love in the face of anger, and we will see our children develop compassion, gentleness, and a respect for old people. They will spend time talking to the grandparents, laughing and joking with them. They will learn that death and dying is a natural part of life and living, and that sometimes we lose ourselves in the process. Even small gestures matter, and will be counted ultimately.