Article by Kelly Dyer Fry | The Oklahoman | Published: November 25, 2011

The wooden gate in front of the childhood home of Dr. R. Murali Krishna creaks when it opens. That’s how R. Ranga Rajya Lakshmi knows her children are home from school.

She greets them at the door with a warm smile, homemade crackers and sweetened lemon water. Neighborhood children know the house well. It is a warm house with a red-tiled roof. Love and affection are offered to all who pass through the creaky gate.

Murali and his two sisters are happy and cared for. They want for nothing, though they have very little in material wealth. In the late 1950s, their small home is in Kakinada in the East Godavari district of the state of Andhra Pradesh in India.

Today when Dr. Krishna smiles, his face almost disappears. The crinkles around his eyes scrunch up and a quick smile spreads effortlessly across his face. He has a big laugh and is quick to give you a hug and pat on the back. He has a presence, almost a glow about him. It is one of calm, one of peacefulness. Krishna, 62, serves as president, COO and medical director of Integris Mental Health. He is also the president and co-founder of the James L. Hall Jr. Center for Mind, Body and Spirit. He has spent hours and hours listening to the pain of others. But few know of his personal story.

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