Seva with Sai Group
The Narain Jeawon Vedic Centre (NJVC) of the Arya Samaj SA has teamed up with the Satya Sai Seva organisation which will offer pre assessments of patients and medical treatment for various ailments at the Centre. Presently the Ethekwini municipality operates a primary health care clinic from the Centre to the residents to Kenville and Sea Cow Lake. Volunteer health professionals from the Arya Samaj offer dental, eye and chiropractic services to the mainly 30 000 informal residents of the area on a monthly basis. The community will benefit even more from the package of services the Sai Seva organisation brings. These include cholesterol and glucose testing and monitoring of blood pressure and BMI (Body Mass Index) plus treatment for various ailments. In addition, optometry, ENT and audio services will be offered once per quarter.
At a hawan ceremony to launch the Seva project, Dr Teddy Maduray, a paediatrician and President of the National Council of the Satya Sai organisation in SA said, “I thank Swami for giving us a place like this where we can do so much seva,” referring to the densely populated informal settlement in the area. He emphasized that doing seva was a core practice of the Sai movement. “Service to mankind is service to God,” he added.
Dr Rambilass, President of the Arya Samaj SA, who performed the hawan ceremony on Saturday 13 June 2015, explained the deeper meaning of the mantras he recited. He gave the example of the river, sun and tree providing sustenance for mankind without favour to any particular human being and asking for nothing in return. In a similar way, man should render selfless service to his fellow man, the down trodden in society, to alleviate his pain and suffering.
Raihnu Saikoolal, the Principal of the Kenville Primary School and community champion, was extremely pleased with the Sai organisation partnering with the NJVC to extend the much needed medical services to the informal settlers in the area. “I have seen the joy of a patient receiving his spectacles or having a tooth extracted,” she recalled. She also expressed her appreciation to the Arya Samaj for the sandwiches provided to her learners once a week and added sadly, “breakfast and lunch are the only meals many learners get in a day.”
Arthi Jeawon, the Treasurer of the NJVC who was responsible for securing major donor funding, said, “My grandfather will be happy this place has not become a white elephant and his dream of doing seva for the community is still alive.”
LOCATION: Sea Cow Lake
VENUE: Narain Jeawon Vedic Centre (NJVC)
START DATE: June 13th, 2015
END DATE: June 13th, 2015