(This is the ninth part of a short story which is entirely a work of fiction.)
Dr. Som reached the Ashram by 6:45 a.m. He first went to the temple within the Ashram. Every time he visited the temple, he felt extremely peaceful. Made out of pure white marble, open on three sides, it gave him a feeling of space, of tranquility and of a calmness that he could go to whenever his mind was agitated. The idol of Lord Krishna inside the Garbha Griha was enchanting. He spent a few minutes in quiet contemplation ending it with a prayer to the Lord to guide him on this important mission.
Dr. Som left the temple and made his way to Swamiji’s dwelling. As he reached, he saw Swamiji was sitting and writing something. He went and paid his respects to Swamiji and sat down in front of him. “Radhe Krishna, Radhe Krishna”, Swamiji greeted him. “So, what brings you here today, Sheshadri?”
Dr. Som enquired about his health and well-being and then explained his plan in detail. Swamiji heard him very attentively throughout. He stopped him several times to understand the plan better.
“So, what do you think of the idea, Swamiji?”
“Who can find fault with this plan Sheshadri? This is how healthcare in this country and everywhere in the world should be. The primary goal of any doctor or medical institution should be the well-being of the patients. However, these days it has become just another business and a lot of corrupt practices have crept in. While no one can argue that your plan aims to remove the ills of these corrupt practices, you have to think it through. I’m not sure if you realise that the problems in implementing this will be huge.”
“I’m aware of that Swamiji. But someone has to make a beginning. I cannot just let things be the way they are. I feel suffocated at times staying quiet in these circumstances.”
“I am not asking you to let things be. But before you begin any battle, you need to be aware of the challenge that lies ahead. There is no point in beginning the battle if you do not have the resources to fight to the end, irrespective of the result. I don’t want you to think this is going to be easy.”
“I’m aware that this is going to be difficult.”
“I think you are underestimating the difficulty. You tend to be an idealist Sheshadri. Have you discussed this with Vasudha?”
“I thought as much. Talk to her about it. Get her thoughts.”
“I will, Swamiji. But what is your gut feel?”
“As I said, Sheshadri, no one can find fault with the intention behind this plan. But I am worried about the implementation. I am worried about the challenges you will face. I am worried about whether you will get support from those you need.”
“I am sure Vasudha will support me. I wish she would have come with me today. What problem could she have with this? Despite some initial problems, in the end the hospital is going to do well commercially as well, right?”
“As I said, talk to her. Get her thoughts.”
“Sure Swamiji. I will do that. I just wanted your blessings before I begin this important project.”
“You always have my blessings Sheshadri. You know that!”
Sheshadri got up and touched Swamiji’s feet.
“Radhe Krishna, Radhe Krishna!”