Friday, December 17, 2010

Modern Akshaya Patra- feeding the needy.

Hi friends, the exact period of Vedas, Upanishad, Ramayana, or Mahabharata may still be a matter of debate, but no body can deny the fact that during all these periods feeding a hungry person was treated as a greatest service to man kind. “Anna daanam mahaa daanam” is a very popular Sanskrit verse which has motivated millions of Indians to perform this divine act and in ancient India in most of the temple premises there were annadana centers. But, things have changed drastically and now we can see very few temple premises which run annadanam schemes. Healthy rural Indian economy has become sick as British rulers tightened their grips on administration and in 1947 when they left India for ever their policies have forced millions of villagers to hold begging bowl in their hands.


I am a regular viewer of spirituality centered television channels like Astha and Samskar and I never miss any opportunity to listen speeches of Late Rajiv Dixit of Bharath Swabhimaan which are aired regularly on these channels. He traveled excessively from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, Kutch to Bhuvanaeshwar many times and gathered information about socio economical conditions of rural India during different periods. In his speeches, Rajiv Dixit virtually takes us to rural India and explains how rural economy was growing with the mutual cooperation of all villagers irrespective of their cast, creed and economic status. Trades were carried out mainly with exchange of goods and as many as 2000 products were exchanged including cultivated and crafted. But, milk and butter milk were never traded in rural India and they were exchanged freely, those who have excess milk used to distribute it to neighbors or needy villagers. As whole rural economy was carried with goods exchange including goods for service, every household was self sufficient with respect to food and shelter. Till first half of 19th century, healthy rural economy has managed the wealth distribution efficiently so that no body was deprived of basic necessities. Every village was having a Gurukul where all children were given education, health centre to treat sick villagers, panchayat where all disputes were settled amicably. But with the emergence of British rule things started changing and Dixit’s eyes became wet when he explained the present condition of rural Indians. His dream was to bring back the glory of rural India by making them self sufficient as they were 15o years back.

Some people might have shown sympathy towards the pathetic condition of poverty ridden Indians in rural areas as well as in urban slums and given some temporary relief but very few people think of long lasting solutions to such social diseases. When Sri. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada saw a group of children, who were trying to over power street dogs and snatch food packet from their mouth, took a unique decision of feeding hungry people within 10 miles radius of his ashram. After seeing the success of this move, Swamiji and his followers decide to spread it to other parts of India in a systematic manner and thus The Akshaya Patra foundation came in to existence. Like any other organization it has also framed a vision which says: “No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger.” The mid day meal program started by Akshaya Patra for 1500 school going children in 5 schools few years back has grown beyond expectations of its well wishers and today in excess of 12 lakhs children across India are happily enjoying mid day meals distributed by selfless volunteers of Akshaya Patra trust.

India can regain its lost glory only if our younger generation can live with dignity and I feel it can be done only through education. But a hungry stomach in a body will not allow its mind to concentrate on anything else unless its demand is fulfilled. So I appeal all my fellow Indian Blogger to donate liberally to implement this noble activity all over India so that nobody remains hungry and uneducated. Visit “Akshaya Patra” to know more about its activities and be part of this great unit by donating your hard earned money which may bring smile on our underprivileged children. You can donate your contribution by just clicking the link http://www.akshayapatra.org/individual-donors.

19 Comments:

pramod said...

great presentation, beautifully written.

chitra said...

Beautiful post. Liked the way it was presented.

Mohan said...

Glad to see so many bloggers joining hands to feed the future souls of India! The one line motive “No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger.” says it all how humble their service is

Anoop said...

wonderfully written... :)
just one thought - you might want to correct the spelling of "Modern" in your title... otherwise gr8 going!!

Anonymous said...

Keep posting stuff like this i really like it

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teh kesehatan said...

great post

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Pratibha The Talent said...

hunger free world- what a great vision you have and i must say a very well written post for the noble cause.

syamsul rijal said...

nice post....

Arti said...

Very well penned down... It is such a noble cause that we are working for...

Sam said...

A wonderful deep insight & skillfully articulated posting. Each word has truth in it & I agree that things will change...

M'cel said...

I m Indonesian...
I used to read Ramayana & Mahabharata when I was a kid...
do you know Ancient javanese ppl very closed with the hindus history?

we also have the adaptations of your epic story..

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nothingprofound said...

A wonderful cause and movement. That any child anywhere in this world wakes up hungry is a disgrace and a tragedy.

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Con Artist Trickster said...

Hi. It's my first time visit. I love Ramayana and Mahabharata, up till now, I'm still trying to discern the Bhagavad Ghita, for me to find the true deeper meaning is not an easy task; and also the dialogue between Yudhisthira and Bhishma when Bhishma is dying on the bed of arrows.

LOL33 said...

I am so pleased that you still have in India so many spiritual people unlikely the rest of the world. It's a pitty that post like this will unlikely reach western world people...itis very spirit uplifting article!

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