Niyatam Sanga rahitam araga dweshathah kritham
Aphalaprepsuna Karma Yatthtsaathwikam uchyathe ..
(18th chapter, 23rd sloka)
An action which is ordained, which is free from attachment, which is divine, without love or hatred, by one, who is not desirous of the fruit- that action is declared to be a pure action, a sathwik action.
The 23rd sloka from the 18th chapter, Moksha Sanyasa Yoga, of the Bhagavad Gita, stands as an an example for true volunteering. A dedicated volunteer executes the assigned work as a worship. In his case work is done for work’s sake. His actions are not propelled by Iove or hatred.
True volunteering finds its definition in Ramakrishna Math, Hyderabad. Here the volunteers are trained not only to serve food, arrange chairs, help the delegates to walk in lines and the like, but also to respect others’ feelings, to inculcate self – confidence and self – discipline. They are made to learn verses from the scriptures, chapters from the Bhagavad Gita, events from the Puranas etc. In short, a volunteer is trained to see God in each and every person.They believe “Each soul is potentially divine.”
Sri Ramakrishna Math has been conducting summer camps for the last 9 years, and year by year the strength of the participants is increasing. It is very interesting to note that the participants of a batch would love to become volunteers for the next batch. They derive pleasure in serving others. Any kind of work can fill their hearts with thrill. “He alone lives who lives for others” says Swami Vivekananda. This is the motto of the Volunteers. If each volunteer prepares a few selfless and pure youngsters, in turn, who can serve the mother land Swamiji ‘s dream will certainly be fulfilled. It is hoped that the great monk’s call to the nation will soon widely spread to awaken people to contribute their share in rebuilding India of his dreams.
….. Mrs. V. Seshu, volunteer, Sri Rama Krishna Math, Hyderabad