We are happy to present a short resume of the service activities carried out by Sewa International during the past one decade between 1998 & 2008. Sewa International is a voluntary service organization working with the cooperation of our brothers and sisters living in several countries all over the world, with headquarters at Delhi in Bharat.
All the workers are motivated with the ideal of selfless service to our brethren in distress and sufferings of all kinds, may be because of Poverty or deprivations of the basic human needs or discrimination or because of calamities either man-made or natural.
Human beings are gifted by God with the faculty of compassion which makes a person respond to the sufferings of others and motivates that person to do something to mitigate the misery of the sufferers, which brings some personal satisfaction and peace of mind. This has given birth to many philanthropic individuals and charitable organizations.
The Hindu seers, sages and saints have all exhorted and made it obligatory for every person to offer selfless service or Sewa to all beings as a bounden duty with a noble attitude of mind “Serve man Serve God”, rising above mere compassion or just charity. Sri Guruji Golwalkar, the second chief of the Rashtreeya Swayamsevak Sangh has given a most beautiful and significant guide line, for every Sewa worker, very succinctly in a letter written to me on 14th of January 1970. It will be beneficial for all to quote that particular portion in his own words:
“Let our workers keep their minds free and work for our people, our Dharma in the right spirit, lend a helping hand to all our brethren who need help and strive to relieve distress wherever we see it. In this service no distinction should be made between man and man. We have to serve all, be he a Christian or a Muslim or a human being of any other persuasion; for, calamities, distress and misfortunes make no such distinction but afflict all alike. And in serving to relieve the sufferings of man let it not be in a spirit of condescence or mere compassion but as a devoted worship of the Lord abiding the heart of all beings, in the true spirit of our Dharma of surrendering our all in the humble service of Him who is Father, Mother, Brother, Friend and everything to us all. And may our actions succeed in bringing out the glory and effulgence of our Sanatana-Eternal-Dharma”.
This is the basic philosophy which is inspiring the workers of Sewa International all over the world. It may not be wrong to mention here that the humble and selfless services being rendered by Sewa International has been recognized and appreciated by some eminent persons, including a few holding responsible positions in the Governments of their respective countries.
Still much more remains to be done. We are stretching our efforts to the extent of the available resources of men and material. With the extended cooperation of our brothers and sisters all over the world we desire to do more. I pray the Almighty to bless us with the strength of mind and body not only to carry on the Sewa work in a selfless and efficient manner, but also to motivate and mobilize greater support for Sewa International from more and more number of people around.
-- K. SURYA NARAYANA RAO