I just recently came back from my 18th visit to India. This time, for the first time, I discovered with amazement the great sacred sites of Northern-India: Benares… Oratour… Rishikesh… Along the roads, by the shores of the Gange river, and in the Temples, I met thousands of Sadhus. I saw them walking barefoot, with just a cane and hardly any luggage. Their life is to go from one place to another. They are homeless. Or rather: their home is inside.
While looking at them, I started thinking about our gala tonight. A home for the heart... The heart like a Temple...
As I was listening to the prayers of the Sadhus and to the laughs of children, my mind wandered about the streets of New York. I could see our big avenues, so crowded and busy, and yet so empty. I could feel the terrible loneliness in the Nursing Homes and the Housing Projects. I could feel all the sadness wherein our volunteers strive to bring some light. And I remembered with gratitude these people who have so much heart, that they spread it wherever they go!
Tonight, this magnificent Ball-Room of the Tcheque Consulate is not empty. It is filled with people who dream about a world that would be full of Presence. A world that would make sense to everybody. It might sound naive, for we are so few, and the task is so big! Yet I do believe that our Presence and our Dream can make a difference! The famous Austrian architect Hundertewasser said: "When a single man dreams, it is just a dream. But when many people dream together, this is the beginning of a new reality."
Tonight, our dream is to bring humanity and compassion to our city, and to all the cities around the world where Heart’s Home operates. Our volunteers are there, in 20 countries, ready to visit the poorest among the poor, ready to hold their hands, ready to become their friends. Tonight, each one of you is for us such a great encouragement. Thank you for allowing our volunteers to live to the full their beautiful and demanding mission.