Relief news update from India - 20 Dec 2009  
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Supreme Master Ching Hai International Association relief news update from India.
In early November, temperatures in northern India began to dip with the approach of winter. As the states of
Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand are home to the holy cities of Benares and Haridwar, respectively, many spiritual practitioners can be found in the region.

With the harsher cold imminent, Supreme Master Ching Hai expressed her concern for their welfare. She thus provided US$20,000 and asked that our Association members please go and give them blankets.
This amount could obtain US$328,000 in materials if purchased in the United States, based on India’s cost of living. On November 17, our Association members from Formosa (Taiwan) arrived in Delhi, India, covering their own travel and related expenses of around US$3,000.

There, they purchased 4,335 blankets and learned that the devotees were mainly staying on the banks of the River Ganges near the two holy cities. Accordingly, they searched along the river banks and gave out the blankets. The recipients were delighted and surprised, expressing their gratitude for the love of Supreme Master Ching Hai.

Upon hearing of our Association members’ endeavors, the Santosh Puri Ashram located in Haridwar helped to spread the news and generously allowed our Association members to use their ashram for distributing the blankets. While queuing to receive them, joyous truth seekers sang the holy songs of India to express their gratitude for this providential care.

Narmada Devi Puri Ma (Mataji), Co-founder of Santosh Puri Ashram, Hardiwar, India, Vegetarian (F):
How beautiful it was to see the people from other countries come and give charity to the Sadhu.

VOICE: Our appreciation for the gracious hospitality of Santosh Puri Ashram. We are grateful to Supreme Master Ching Hai for her heartfelt consideration extended to the vulnerable and we also thank our Association members for their diligent help. May Heaven protect the spiritual practitioners on their faithful journey toward the Divine.