Skip to main content

My Tribute to a Brave Heart called Miep Gies

The Internet was buzzing with news about the demise of a 100 year old Jewish woman. Miep Gies is an ordinary woman with extraordinary courage and compassion. She was the last surviving member of the group that helped Anne Frank's family between those painful years spanning 1942 to 1944.
Those of you who have read Diary of Anne Frank would know that it was a tragic first person account of the Holocaust. I've cried while reading the book. Those of you are not familiar with the book, please read it because it's worth the pain and tears. The book is a masterpiece though at some places, it will horrify you because it is true.

To the courage and spirit of great men and women like Miep Gies, I bow my head with humility and gratitude for the lives they saved, the hope they gave and the lessons they never preached but showed us for real that nothing's impossible if you really have the passion and will to make it happen for the greater good of people at large.

Can we take one idea or belief we strongly feel about and work towards making a positive change without fearing the consequences?

Think about it. Please.

Comments

nivedita said…
Hi,
Yes! Diary of Anne Frank is my favorite book and I too have cried while reading the book.
Please can you collect award from my blog!
Shahid Mukadam said…
I do believe that things can change, if we really believe it will..

Shahid
Susan Deborah said…
Dear Swapna:
I am glad to chose to share about Miep Gies. We all remember Anne Frank but the others who helped them survive, we seldom think of.

May her soul rest peacefully.

I don't think I can answer your question as I know that I have the ideas but the fear. . . I don't know.

Joy always,
Susan
bee!!! said…
been reading Diary of Anne Frank since my childhood .. it still churns my heart like nothing else can do ... One starts feeling grateful for evrything one has been complaining about till then ..good read , ur post I mean
@Nivedita: Thanks so much. Of course, I will collect it. It's an honor!

@Shahid:Yes, you are right. It all begins with good, powerful thinking.

@Susan: Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with me.

@bee: Thanks so much, hope you will visit again.
Launa Hall said…
I'm so glad you mentioned the passing of this noble lady. Somehow I missed this news, and I'm glad for the chance to think about her courage and big heart. Glad I found your lovely blog, too!

Most Popular Posts

The Ugly Truth about Caste in Kerala

This post on Kerala's caste system has not been written with an intention to ridicule or glorify any caste as such. I do not ever judge or like to be judged on the basis of my caste. I do not support any form of caste discrimination because I know exactly how it feels to be treated differently because of one's caste. It isn't a great feeling.  

First Question is always "What is your Caste?" In Kerala, one of the first things you are bound to be asked by even new people you've just met is, "What is your caste?"  This is not a tirade against any caste but my experience, personally. And just for information, I have never used my caste name 'Menon' to this day. That is something I have learned from my father - who has never used 'Menon' in his name because he believes his destiny is shaped by values, vision and actions, not  by his caste.
As some one who is a Menon by birth, I can also tell you frankly that it often feels like a curse to be…

Mahamrityunjaya Mantra: Meaning, Benefit of Chanting and Who can Chant the Mantra

There are very few mantras that are as powerful as the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra. [ALSO READ: How to NEVER EVER GIVE UP on the spiritual path]

Mahamrityunjaya Mantra: Benefit of chanting this mantra
This mantra is believed to have the power to remove all sufferings, diseases and bestow the one who chants it with good health and long life. It is also believed that constant contemplation of the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra can help spiritual aspirants to overcome the cycle of birth and death.
What got me fascinated about this mantra is something personal.  I learned this mantra from my father but it is my maternal grandmother who chanted it all the time and repeatedly told me of its tremendous power to protect. However, I did not chant this mantra regularly. 
But at the age of two, my son was taught some mantras by my mother who explained what it means to him and he became very enthusiastic about chanting the mantras. Following this, my mother taught him the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra and he took to …

Amazing Signs You are an Earth Angel

Doreen Virtue’s book, “Assertiveness for Earth Angels” brings to life the reality of Earth Angels in very easy way. It’s an exciting must-read! [ALSO READ: How to NEVER EVER GIVE UP on the spiritual path]

Earth Angels have amazing super powers in: MusicArtsWriting HealingManifesting miracles for others such as controlling weather conditions &  becoming invisible at will
DO READ: ASK MORE, FEAR LESS.

How to Identify Earth Angels by their Traits
To know whether you are an Earth Angel, take a look at their known traits that are explained in this book:


You have a graceful and compassionate aura that inspires people.Your presence “lifts” everyone to happier spirits – it is proof of who you really are.You don’t judge others but you overdo the “acceptance” bit. So, you tolerate even those who show no respect for boundaries.You cannot stand anyone suffering or being in pain. You are constantly “rescuing people” because it is in your nature to want to see everyone happy in this world. But y…

Gayatri Mantra as Panchamukhi: Get it right or let it go

Most people do not understand the importance of chanting the Gayatri mantra because they are not aware of its power. It is only when I began to read Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba's teachings that I learned how sacred and powerful the chanting of the Gayatri mantra is.
The Vedas represent the breath of God. The Gayatri mantra is the very basis of the Vedas. Try not to undertake chanting the Gayatri mantra as a light endeavor or as a hobby. It has to be chanted with faith, discipline and purity of mind and body. Be steady with your sadhana if you want to reap the spiritual dividend associated with the Gayatri mantra  and never once hesitate once you decide to do it.
Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba said that the Gayatri Mantra is referred to as Pancha Mukhi, the Goddess with five faces that represent the five pranas or life forces. Here's more on it.


Chant the Gayatri Mantra correctly: Pause Five Times Here are some important things to keep in mind while chanting the Gayatri mantra:

1. Wh…

Does sincerity have any value in the real world? The answer may surprise you!

Does it ever happen to you that you ask a question about something materialistic in your prayer to God and you don't get any response? But you get an immediate response when you ask a query related to spirituality? 

It happens all the time with me. This has been the story of my life ever since I was a child, not that I am complaining. Let me share with you a recent example.

The other day, the word ''sincerity" kept popping up within me. 

And in my prayers to my Guru - Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba - I asked, "What is the point of being sincere in an insincere world? Does it have any value at all? It's not like you get any special brownie points for it in Heaven."

Personally, I have always felt that sincerity is a burden than a blessing. When you are sincere, you do everything with sincerity. 

Even something as simple as asking ''How are you?" has become a formality. How many people ask it with sincerity? Whenever I do something, I ask myself const…

Top 10 Skincare tips for Summer

Come summer, and we women worry a lot about how the sun lashes out on our skin. True, skincare tips for the summer are plenty but what about the hushed secrets - yes, those tried and tested family secrets that are passed on from mother to daughters? [ALSO READ: How to NEVER EVER GIVE UP on the spiritual path]




Here are some that are totally easy to do. Best of all, these are effective and bring on a feel-good factor in the peak of summer.

1. Replace water with rosewater. It keeps your skin luminous and fragrant throughout the day. It's a good toner too.

2. Cleanse your skin by combining these ingredients - honey, milk, rosewater/rosepetals and turmeric. Add a dash of olive oil and yes, it feels wonderful.

3. Almond oil body baths are a must-have! You will smell delicious all day. This summer, skip all those body lotions & moisturizers! You will love the way almond oil pampers your skin all day!

4. Use a mixture of almond oil and olive oil for your feet. Your feet will sparkle an…

Anju Sundarikal Malayalam Movie Review: Dulquar Salman in full throttle, Fahadh Faasil disappoints

Anju Sundarikal, as the title suggests 'Five Beautiful Women,' is a poignant anthology of five short films that celebrate five female protagonists and their tumultous lives. These five films play on different themes and emotions, and on the whole, it is an interesting anthology.

Anju Sundarikal - Sethulakshmi The first film, Sethulakshmi, is a heart-wrenching portrayal of sexual abuse of a small girl whose hobby is to collect newspaper clippings of newly wed couples from newspapers and she embarks on getting a similar photograph taken of herself with her best buddy from school. What appears as an innocent wish is the honeytrap that leads the little girl to understand the meaning of fear. 
Each scene in Sethulakshmi seemed to tear into my heart, particularly in a scene where the photographer's hands and glance linger a tad too obscenely on the innocent, unsuspecting girl whose eyes are filled with fear. There is another scene where she is so frightened that she curls up at the…