It was another lean spell at the Pampady Dayara. Even the borrowed money had run out. Thirumeni would give away liberally whatever was left without a thought for the morrow. It was November 8th, 1956. People seeking help started trickling in. And Thirumeni instructed his people not to disappoint anyone whatever the demand. There was as usual no rice for lunch and no money to buy any. By noon a post peon came with a MO for Rs.6. A happy Thirumeni sent back the beggar and the post peon equally contended. There was no money left for the morrow. The next day another Money Order came, the one sent by Eastern citizens’ Bank to have Thirumeni solemnise Holy Qurbana on the occasion of their 27th anniversary. That sufficed for the seekers of help on the 9th. Thirumeni felt relieved.
Towards the end of November 1956, Yohannan Semmassan told Thirumeni, not unusually, that except for some broken rice for Thirumeni’s gruel there was nothing else left. Unruffled, Thirumeni went in for prayer saying that God will take care. And He did. Thirumeni came out of the ‘madbaha’ after prayers only to be greeted by Chirakuzhiyil Kunjoonjappan who had brought two mounds (paras) of rice.
Thirumeni strongly believed that God would take care and He did care….
Thirumeni’s love was not confined to man. Like St. Francis of Assissi his love for the birds and animals knew no bounds. He could not stand the cattle being beaten or dogs being kicked at or stoned. Once when a boy came to the dayara and Thirumeni asked him, “child do you stone dogs?” The boy replied, “I do, I like it….” Thirumeni told the boy: “Remember, the dog will cry and let its ‘master’ know of its pain.”
Bible Verse: Thirumeni Never Used to worry about the Next Day
Your father knows what you need before you ask him. Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? So do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we wear?” For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Today’s trouble is enough for today. (Matthew 6:8b,25,31-34)