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Bharat Mata Puja in Kandhamal

Bharat Mata Puja on 67th Republic day in Kandhamal

Bharat Mata Puja on 67th Republic day in Kandhamal

Bharat Mata Puja is celebrated every year by villagers in the district of Kandhamal on Republic day. This year also it was celebrated with a religious fervour by the villagers. It was started by the inspiration of Swami Lakshmanananda Saraswati, who, with his unceasing service motivated several million people! Taking cue from his teachings of fearlessness as preached by Swami Vivekananda and Shraddha as exemplified in the life of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, a fragrant breeze of change has begun! Continue reading

Buddhists warm up to RSS – Service in J&K


Source: The Economic Times

By AKSHAY DESHMANE

For Ringzhen Tundup Shastri, the floods sweeping Kashmir valley is like yesterday once more.

Shastri, a practising Buddhist like many Ladakhis, was a part of the relief effort in 2010 when a cloudburst caused massive floods and wiped away entire villages in the region.

His ‘voluntary organisation’, the Ladakh Phande Tsogspa (LPT), was among those which sought to fill in where the government failed, earning goodwill from locals and contributing to the creation of a fertile ground for the first ever LS victory for the BJP from Ladakh.

Shastri, a ‘scholar’ of comparative religion from Banaras, is the head of RSS in Leh district; and President of the Tsogspa or ‘Ladakh Welfare Sangh’, which is a front organization of the RSS. Parivar activists see the floods of 2010 as a watershed event in Ladakh for the organization as hostility from locals towards it decreased notably following its extensive relief work carried out in the aftermath of the floods.

“In Ladakh, people do not know us as the Sangh. They all know Phande Tsogpa, because of our relief work after the 2010 flashfloods. Like the Kashmir’s floods today, Ladakh also saw devastation and we put in severe effort in helping the flood affected, which created goodwill for us,” Shastri said. But this was not always the case.

In the early 80s, when a team of RSS workers sought to put up the first shakha in Ladakh, there was resistance from Buddhists as well as political parties, as the latter was perceived as a ‘missionary organisation’ working with an agenda to convert people to Hinduism.

Ladakh Pracharak Dhaniram says, “We had to assure people that, unlike some Christian NGOs, we are not here to convert people from Buddhism to Hinduism.” According to BJP’s Leh president Cheering Dorjee, anti-RSS hostility grew during the NDA’s first reign. “Then J&K Pracharak Indresh Kumar pushed for the Sindhu Darshan Yatra, which was taken up by Atal Bihari Vajpayee and LK Advani by officially inaugurating it on the banks of the river outside Leh town. I think there was some Hindu agenda in that, which they could not fully realise then,” Dorjee explained.

He further claimed that the “Hindu Agenda” could not be realised because of anti-RSS campaign by the Ladakh Buddhist Association, Congress and National Conference. But a combination of different tactical measures adopted by the Parivar’s outfits helped it overcome the social opposition.

THE LADAKH MODEL OF THE PARIVAR

Committed Buddhist cadres like Shastri and Vice President of LPT, Lama Tashi from Zanskar, were uniquely placed to allay fears among Buddhist majority about the RSS.

For, both are practicing Buddhists of the Mahayana school and the local Buddhist religious organizations appear to be favourably disposed towards them.

Pracharak Dhaniram detailed some subtle but symbolically important practices adopted in Sangh-run institutions here. “We told them (the Buddhists) our agenda is nationalist, not religious. At our Shakhas, we started hoisting both the RSS’ saffron as well the colourful Buddhist flag. In schools, we recited Sanskrit prayers as well as Buddhist goddess Manjushree’s prayers. This assured the local people that we are not here to carry out conversions,” he said.

Other RSS full timers point out towards the social welfare activities taken up since 2010. “When local residents witnessed work done by ‘Phande Tsogspa’ and Seva Bharati, they warmed up to us.

Schools, computer training centres, environment awareness seminars get better response now,” said a pracharak from Jammu. Today, there are at least four active Shakhas in Leh town, and more are sought to be made operational.

BUDDHIST CLERGY WARMS UP TO RSS

Konchuk Namgyal of the Ladakh Gompa Association, which controls all monasteries, said, he has heard positive things about LPT’s activities.

“They even call me for their annual Sindhu Darshan yatra, as has been their practice for the past few years of calling five Buddhist priests to offer prayers alongside Hindu priests. I attended it once in 2013. While I am aware about the agenda to convert Buddhists to Hinduism, I have not seen anything like that so far. If they do it, we will oppose it,” he said. Dr Tondup Tsewang of LBA was a little more circumspect. “I do not know of links between LPT and RSS.

I had heard about Phande Tsogspa while co-ordinating relief works of NGOs in 2010. They were very much involved in the work,” he said

Organ donation as service to society

By Virag Pachpore

“The sole purpose of human life is to serve and to show kindness and the will to help others”

Nagpur, July 25: “Those people only live who live not for their own self but for the welfare of others”, so goes the famous adage. But there are very few who imbibe the spirit of this saying and lead the society by their own example. Our history is replete with umpteen such examples of individuals who have lighted the path of the posterity by the benevolent light of their sacrifice, devotion and service to the needy. But in the modern times of materialism and consumerism such examples have become a rarity. Dr Kishor Mohril, is one such rare personality to join this most exalted class in the present times.

A pathologist by profession, Dr KIshor Mohril and his better half Dr Lata are in their mid-sixties now. Coming from a middle class background both have led a contended life. “We have led a fairly good and normal life so far”, Dr Mohril shared his feelings adding “we have earned enough to sustain ourselves and our family”.

But somewhere there was a churning of emotions and ideas constantly going on in his heart. “I’ve an intuition that I should do something for the society”, the 64-year old doctor said. He shared his ideas with his wife Dr Lata and she too agreed to “my idea of repaying the social debt”. Suddenly, Dr Kishor hit upon the idea of donating his kidney to a needy patient.

“We both discussed the idea in detail. I am a diabetic and living comfortably with it for the past 22 years. We both agreed to the proposal. We also decided that either of us will donate kidney first to the needy patient with whom it matches”, Dr Kishor and Dr Lata said.

The Mohrils also discussed this idea with some of their doctor friends. “I told them to find out any such needy patient”, but initially there was no expected response”.

Kidney donation or for that matter organ donation is still mired in the thick of dogmas and social taboos. Even people are reluctant to donate blood which is comparatively easier. In our country of 125 crore, 500,000 die every year due to non-availability of organs. Out of them 150,000 people wait a kidney transplant but only 5,000 get one.

On a national level the statistic of organ donors is very poor as compared to other countries. In India this average is just 0.08 persons per million population (PMP) which is incredibly small and insignificant number as compared to the world average.

And Dr KIshor Mohril is one amongst tis miniscule minority of organ donors!

After a considerable search for a suitable recipient he found one in Neha Pande, a resident of Shivajinagar, who was suffering from kidney failure. She could get a new lease of life only if someone donated kidney to her. And here came Dr Mohril as if he was Godsend for her.

The operation took place on June 17, 2014 at Dr Sanjay Kolte’s hospital. But before that Dr Kishor Mohril had to clear all the screening tests and complete the legal procedure. “I was not aware of the stringent legal aspects associated with the donation of my kidney.” They asked me again and again to ascertain whether any monetary favours were involved, he said adding that he had to make them understand with great efforts that he was willingly donating the kidney and no such favours were involved in this.

Was he not risking his life? “No. After the initial care I am feeling better and resuming my routine life”, he said. And he is supported by a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine which mentioned that living kidney donors live as long or longer and enjoy better quality of life that the general population. It is the first study to follow on 3698 donors, some of whom have donated kidneys as early as 1963! The study mentioned that only 11 of out of 3698 developed severe kidney problems.

You can donate your kidney for your loved ones who have chronic kidney problems. But you can derive immense satisfaction by voluntarily donating your kidney and feel the ultimate joy. When I talked to Dr Kishor Mohril at his artistically decorated house, his face reverberated this ultimate joy and satisfaction.

How did his family members perceive this novel but risky idea? Said Dr Lata: “We have had lots of discussions on this issue. And I too felt like following him. We have decided to do something for the society and considered that this could be the best way of fulfilling our commitment to the society”.

“But I was not in favour of this”, said their son Gautam who is also a doctor. “Considering his age, his diabetes, (though under control) I did initially oppose his idea. His wife Anuya, a lecturer in an engineering college in the city, also echoed his views. “But seeing his determination and resolve, we gave in”, they confessed. “Now we feel happy and elated at his idea. His nephew Manjeet too voiced similar views. “I am so proud of my uncle, for he saved a life by voluntarily donating his kidney. He is simply great!”

Dr Kishor’s brother Kiran also reacted in a similar way. “I was aware of his decision, but came to know about it only when Kishore telephoned me from the hospital”, he said. Kiran has also pledged to donate his body to the medical college.

The girl whose life is saved is recuperating fast. For her and her family members Dr Kishor came as Godsend donor and saviour.

Organ donation is difficult and to donate voluntarily when life is going on smoothly is all the more difficult. But Dr Kishor and his wife Dr Lata and all their family members accomplished this mission.

Today, this ‘common man’ who accomplished a very ‘uncommon feat’ is healthy and twice happy. Not only is he leading a normal life but deep inside him, he experiences the bliss, the eternal joy of having given a life…a job only God can perform.

Source : Newbharati

A Unique Village in Jharkhand with 100% literacy and Zero Crime Rate

The village named Chetar (Ramgadh district, Jharkhand) sets an amazing example for the rest of the country. Since Independence not a single police case has been filed from this village in any of the police stations around. This tiny village having population of around 1000 people has around 35 teachers. Any local issues that crop up in the village are resolved in the village Panchayat. All the villagers respectfully abide to the Panchayat decisions which are always taken with general agreement of all the people. For the fine collected from those found guilty is kept in a joint account and used for the public affairs of the village or helping the less fortunate ones (like bearing the cost of marrying daughters of the poor).

The village is now coming forward as an ideal role model with techniques to be adopted at other places. This is creating general interest in academicians as well. Recently a team of students from Saint Zavier’s College of Ranchi and one of the institutions in London visited the village to study their model. Though it is little bit off from Ramgadh district headquarters, the roads are developed enough for a four wheeler to pass through with ease. There are no pot holes anywhere and the drainage system of the village runs completely underground. The youth of the village take turns to keep the surroundings cleaned and tidy.

The village is alcohol free. No villager ever drinks alcohol, be it a festive occasion or something stressful happening in their lives. The villagers belonging to wide range of castes, including Mahato, Munda, Bediya, Karmali, Muslims, Thakur, Kumbhar; stay together as a family. The people of this village even actively participated in freedom movement against the Britishers, said 80 year old Tularam Mehato.

Even the Police officer Ranjit Kumar Prasad has high regards for the people of Chetar village. He is full of appreciation for them as all the issues are solved in the Panchayat amicably and the village has done a commendable job of not having any crime record against them post-Independence.

Translated from Hindi to English by Smt.Nipa Shah

Original news item in Hindi by Sri Rajesh Patel

Chetar - gram vikaas

Savarkar and Temple Entry for All Hindus

Savarkar

While in internment in Ratnagiri (coastal Western Maharashtra), Savarkar was barred from participating in political activities. He used this opportunity to bring about social reform in Hindu society. In those times, the so-called untouchables were barred from entering temples. Savarkar waged a bitter struggle for temple entry of ex-untouchables. In this, he also put his literary prowess to use.

Savarkar was instrumental in founding the Patitpavan Mandir in Ratnagiri in 1931. This was the first major temple in India after the Mughal rule to open its doors to all Hindus irrespective of their caste. This was a revolutionary step.

Patitpavan mandir 1 Patitpavan mandir 2

To mark this occasion, Savarkar composed a Marathi poem ‘Malaa devaache darshan gheu dya’ (Allow me to see my God) that expressed the anguished cry of ex-untouchables who were being denied temple entry.

The poem was sung by two boys of the Bhangi (Balmiki) caste. Members of this caste carried out scavenging work and were considered untouchables. Narayan Sadashiv alias Ulhas Bapat, Savarkar’s associate was an eye-witness when Savarkar composed this poem.

In his reminiscences (Smritipushpe, self-published, Pune, 1979, p 63), Bapat remarks that Savarkar must have shed atleast a handful of tears when he composed this poem. Such was the intensity of feeling that Savarkar had for the plight of ex-untouchables. It may be noted that the very same Savarkar remained unmoved on being handed down a punishment of two Transportations for Life. Given below is an English translation of Savarkar’s poem ‘Amucha swadesh Hindusthan’ with the Marathi original. The translation has been done by Anurupa Cinar.

Malaa devaache darshan gheu dya (Allow me to see my God)

मला देवाचे दर्शन घेउ द्या

डोळे भरून देवास मला पाहुं द्या II धृ II

जो तुम्हिच करा दिनरात

मळ काढित मळले हात

म्हणुनीच विमल हृदयात-

हृदय त्या वाहु द्या !

To see my God in his temple

Allow me, I beseech.

Let my eyes have their fill of Him

Please, O please.

Defiled my hands are

Cleaning your filth night and day.

To cleanse them in the Pure heart

Allow me, I pray.

मी तहान जल तो जाण

मी कुडि माझा तो प्राण

मी भक्त नि तो भगवान-

चरण त्याचे शिवु द्या

तो हिंदु-देव मी हिंदु

मी दीन तो दया-सिंधू

तुम्ही माझे धर्माचे बंधू-

अडवु नका जाउ द्या

I am but the body, he its life,

I am the thirst only he can sate.

I am the Wretched, He the Compassionate,

O, let me fall at his feet, prostate.

I am his devotee, he my Lord,

I am a Hindu, he my Hindu God.

O Fellow Hindu Brothers,

Bar not, beg I, my way to my God!

Source : http://www.savarkar.org