Saturday, 15 March 2014

Relief Programme

The duty of the Indian to his community is that of working out social reforms with in its sphere. There is no community in India which suffers from a number of social evils, such as early marriage, the seclusion of widows, the absence of female education, etc.; and there is no greater service that any one can render to his community than that of reforming abuses in the structure of its society. In the process of making money we neglect our social responsibilities and let the system deteriorate till we become victims ourselves. The Kendra undertakes relief works in the appropriate times of natural calamities.Certain examples are given below : YEAR PLACE HELP RENDERED 1982 Kollengode Rs.8200/- worth utensils to riot victims. 1982 Puliangudi Rs.65000/- worth roofing materials to riot victims. 1992 50 Villages Rs.6 lakhs worth utensils and provisions to flood victims. 1997 Paramakudi Rs.20000/- worth provisions to fire affected people. 1997 5 Districts Rs.1 lakh worth of cloths distributed to the needy. 1998 Ramanathapuram Rs.20000/- worth of utensils to riot affected people. 1999 5 Districts 300 children were provided with education aid to the extent of Rs.400/- each. As Swami Vivekananda has once remarked in one of his speeches, unless there is such an awakening, an individual continues to be child only. At the most, he can be grown-up baby, but he is not a human being, even though he may have added years to his life. With all the crude hungers, he continues to be an animal, perhaps a rational animal but not a man. One must realize the goal of human life and must stand face to face with it. It is the destiny of man. Birth after birth he arrives and goes back and again returns but he does not become real adult unless he has the experience of that awakening, at least that awakening only. Without the knowledge of this goal, our life is only an aimless wandering. Every individual has self-interest but this self-interest must develop into an enlightened selfishness. Physiological hunger must transform itself into a higher variety of hunger and the enlightened selfishness must lead him to share all his joys with others in the society in order to reap more joy. There are ethical laws and rules of conduct prescribed by every society to satisfy this selfishness only. But the word ‘self’ changes its connotation in this context. The self does not remain limited to one’s physical and mental entities, but it goes on expanding its sphere of selfishness from individual from family, from family to society, from society to nation and ultimately from nation to the whole world. A devotee’s love of God should be expressed as the loving service to His creation. A devotee should love all human beings, animals, plants, and the entire creation as symbols of God. He should serve them, preserve them, conserve them. He should never harm and injure them. He should serve them with the same devotion he would show to God or the Guru. This type of loving service helps the devotee to express his love in a socially useful manner. Azhwars and Nayanmars undertook literacy, social, philanthropic and religious service in this sprit. Their work left a long lasting impression on the society.

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