Showing posts from October, 2021

Tree Planting and Distribution of Festive Clothes on the Occasions of Deepavali and Sri M's Birthday in Kotagiri, Nilgiris District, Tamil Nadu

Team SSM Coimbatore decided to celebrate the twin occasions of Deepavali and the birthday of Sri M on the 31st of October at three villages: Dhoddani, Horasholai, and Kannerimukku in Kotagiri, a hill station situated in the Nilgiris District, in collaboration with the Thurigai Trust. The team members made an early start at 6:30 a.m. and reached around 9 a.m, at the three schools which were the venues for two special activities: tree plantation as part of the MyTree Initiative of The Satsang Foundation; and the distribution of festive clothes to 160 children who study in these schools. These activities coincided beautifully with the 'Welcome Back to School' initiative that the Government of Tamil Nadu has launched to encourage children to resume formal learning. The children were so enthused that they gave the team members a rousing welcome filled with joy and unalloyed innocence. They rushed to unload the saplings and gardening tools from the vehicle. A brief explanation of th

Distribution of Track Pants and A Special Lunch at ANIKET Sevabhavi Sanstha at Pune, Maharashtra

The Pune SSM team decided to kick start the celebrations planned in honor of Sri M’s birthday, the 6th of November, at its favorite venue: ANIKET Sevabhavi Sanstha, a haven for differently-abled children. Since many of them are excellent at sports and have been awarded with medals for their superb performances, on the 30th of October 2021, the team members distributed track pants to these special sportspersons who were simply thrilled to receive their new sports attire. The children then recited a prayer and enjoyed a scrumptious meal that the team members had arranged for them.  The day ended with the team members purchasing the gorgeous, colorful diyas and candles that the children had made with great skill and creativity. As they were leaving, the team members witnessed a truly heart-rending moment when a couple with speech and hearing impairment donated their meagre savings generously to support these unique children, thereby affirming their faith in humanity and unconditional lov

Deepavali, Sri M's Birthday Celebrations Mark Crescendo of Festivities at Chanda Satsang Vidyalaya in Lathira, Uttar Pradesh

October 30th marked the high point of the festive season for the children of the Chanda Satsang Vidyalaya in Village Lathira of Garhmukteshwar District as they celebrated Deepavali and the birthday of its founder, Sri M together this time.      The students presented a lively skit depicting the spiritual search of young Sri M, his journey towards the Himalayas, and eventual meeting with his Guru, Sri Maheshwaranath Babaji at Badrinath. Born on November 6, 1949, Sri M's birthday is also celebrated as Founder's Day at The Satsang Foundation.      The staff, TSF Delhi-NCR  Kendra members, and students recounted inspirational life lessons from the life and work of Sri M even as a Guru Vandana dance, Govardhan Krishna Leela, and Gopi Geet added life and colour to the cultural programmes presented by the children.     The school wore a festive look with children tastefully decorating the arena with flowers, rangoli , and colour paper designs. A special lunch followed by the distribut

Distribution of Food Packets to Daily Wagers, Fruit Vendors, and the Homeless in Hyderabad, Telangana

“To feed a hungry mouth is equal to ten days of Tapasya," says Sri M. Annadanam is thus a much-cherished activity of the Satsang Seva Mission team in Hyderabad. On the sunny Saturday morning of 9 October 2019, some of the team members  distributed 100 packets of deliciously tangy tamarind rice to daily wagers, fruit sellers, and the homeless.  The neighborhood of Lower Tank Bund which houses a couple of temples,  a goshala, and the legendary Ramakrishna Math proved to be an ideal destination as the team members handed out the freshly prepared meals.  The winsome smiles and eagerness of the recipients, and the tranquil moments spent after the annadanam in meditation at the Ramakrishna Math made the day truly serene and joyous.

Annadanam Program at St. John's Hospital in Bengaluru, Karnataka

'Caring for those who care for others.' The Satsang Seva Mission team at Bangalore embarked on the mission of providing freshly-prepared meal boxes to the care-givers of the patients in the general ward of the St. John's Hospital, Bengaluru from the 3rd of October.                                      The meal box comprises rice, lentils, and vegetables. It is hygienically prepared and packed at Adamya Chetana, a non-profit organisation, and delivered at the hospital for distribution. The team members lovingly handed out 200 meal boxes during this first session and thereby provided much-needed succor to the care-givers of the patients who usually hail from low-income households.  Team SSM Bengaluru intends to continue with the distribution of these meal boxes every fortnight and eventually every week. The thought that someone cares for them brought much cheer to the recipients of these meal boxes.