My grandmother took all my care

achyut-mani-acharya

A medicine man, visiting seven temples in seven daybreaks? How does it sound? There is more to come. With stethoscope and surgical instruments at hand, he recites Gita and picks invaluable spiritual and philosophical teachings of the great Lord Krishna. "I don't eat anything till I feed corns to the bevy of pigeons that visit my courtyard every morning." This is his love for souls; this is his faith in the divinity of creation.

Dr. Achhyut Mani Acharya, a seventy two years old pediatrician, is a complex book in himself. He has so many inspiring facts of his personality. This is how he recollects his early life.
"I passed my babyhood in and around Chabahil, playing with lifelong friends like Ramesh Vikal and Vinod Dhungana. I recollect how the latter stole a coin from his father and fed bread to his group, when we were studying together at Padmodaya High School. Later, his father caught and named us "Pauroti gunda" (bread pirate)

" I lost my mother when I was two. I was never intimate with my father. Till I was grown up, I never knew who my father was. Once I even beat a man for asking me about my father when I believed, I had no any father. I used to call my father Dai and did not know that he was my progenitor. Emotionally too, we were never close. My grandmother took all my care and inspired me to pine for something great in life. She is the source of all my intellectual and spiritual health. She gave me the Gita which taught me how to look at the world."
"That was a wonderful time. It was haven. Although we lived in poverty and scarcity, we all knew and loved each other. True equality prevailed then. Everyone was everyone's near and dear one. The Bagmati carried pure water, where we would swim and quench our thirst. We could even pick up coins if they fell in it. Compare it with today's Bagmati. Impossible!"

"I had a literary talent but my profession as a doctor didN’t allow me to nurture it. Bal Krishna Sama gave me an award once and called me 'future poet'. Laxmi Prasad Devkota was my teacher and I used to pass times hearing his poems. Bhimnidhi Tiwari is another name, who encouraged me in literature.
Dr. Achyt loves old people and children. A large portion of his earning goes to the orphanages and old age care centers around the city. He visits them regularly, examines and treats them free of cost, distributes food, sweets and clothing.
He does not believe in accumulation of wealth. Spiritual fulfillment is in his priority. He believes that our great cultural and spiritual legacies should not corrode. Life, like the one we see in the west, is monotonous and tedious, because it has no spirituality in it, he believes. Life is a divine gift to do something for the country, for the family and for the society. Wealth is ephemeral, earn name and fame though the service of humanity. Learn to be happy with the little you have.

By Mahesh Paudyal

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