Focus on god As basis for balance and bliss in life
Chandhigarh , November 17, 2017: A vast and beautiful township of Shamianas spread over nearly 400 acres of land along Burari Road in North Delhi is ready to welcome lakhs of spiritual aspirants coming from across the world to participate in the 70th Annual Nirankari Sant Samagam.
Starting from Saturday, November 18, 2017, the 3-day Samagam will be presided over by Satguru Mata SavinderHardev Ji Maharaj, the Spiritual Head of the SantNirankari Mission. It will focus around the theme – ‘Nirakar, SahejJiwanKaAadhar’ i.e., God as the basis for a balanced and blissful life. The message will be highlighted through enlightening speeches, devotional songs and thought provoking poems in different languages. The Samagam will be a microcosm of unity in diversity with spiritual enlightenment as the sacred cord knitting the mankind into a single global family.
Bliss can be establishedby keeping oneself unwavered through various ups and downs of the life. Not only that, it shows that one has risen above all considerations that generally keep mankind divided. A man with stability in life does not discriminate among people on the basis of their religion, caste or community, language, region or culture, socio-economic status, state or nation, etc. He heartily accepts one and all as members of his own family. And this feeling comes only when he associates God in his thoughts, speech and actions, keeping all vices like ego, selfishness and hatred etc. at bay.
Besides the regular spiritual congregation, thousands of the Sewadal men and women in uniform, both from India and abroad, will organize a rally including a cultural programme, to rededicate themselves to selfless service of humanity and seek the divine blessings of Her HolinessSatguru Mata Ji. The concluding session on November 20 will be marked by a multi-lingual poetic symposium with the theme – ‘NirakarKa Le Aadhar, Jeevan Ho GurumatAnusar’ i.e., let us make God as basis of our life and live as per the teachings of the True Master. The sangat session each day will conclude with a holy discourse by Satguru Mata Ji.
A colourful exhibition – NirankariPardarshani, is another important feature of the Samagam. It depicts the history and ideology of the Mission along with various activities such as Samagams, spiritual tours by Satguru in India and abroad, social welfare activities, etc., through photographs and models. A section of the exhibition will highlight the theme of the Samagam.
The Most important feature of the Samagam is the contribution of SantNirankariSewadal volunteers and other devotees of the Mission by way of voluntary service towards this huge set-up. Ever since Her Holiness inaugurated the preparations on October 8, thousands of Sewadalvolunteersand devotees coming from the host city and different parts of the country have been working in the grounds day and night to ensure that they give warm welcome to lakhs of their guests fleeting from all over the country and abroad.
The arrangements for the Samagam are being looked after by the Executive Committee of the SantNirankari Mandal which has been designated as Samagam Committee, with its General Secretary Shri V.D. Nagpal as Coordinator. The members of the Central Planning and Advisory Board and Central Adhikaris of the SantNirankariSewadal are also associated with the Committee. Each department is being assisted by a number of Sub-committees constituted for various activities.
With necessary coordination and cooperation from the Government of Delhi and its subsidiary agencies, every arrangement has been made to provide various facilities and amenities. Devotees coming from outside Delhi will be received at the Airport, various Railway Stations and Inter-State Bus Stands and provided transport upto the venue of the Samagam without any charge. Similar arrangements will be made for their return. Besides its own fleet, the SantNirankari Mandal is hiring more than 200 buses for this purpose.
Langar will be prepared and served in every ground. In addition, there will be more than 20 canteens across the campus which will provide tea, coffee, cold drinks and snacks. Mineral water will also be available at these canteens. Every care is being taken to ensure cleanliness so much so that Langarwill be served in steel plates.
The Publication Production and Distribution Department will be putting up 16 stalls from where the devotees will be able to pick up the Mission’s literature, photographs, DVDs, Diary, Calendar and other publication material. The Magazine Department will also put up its own office to register new subscribers. It will also bring out a Special Souvenir on the theme of ‘Faith’ with articles in Hindi, Punjabi and English. Arrangements have been made to provide Railway Booking Counter to assist the devotees in their travel plans.
The Medical and Social Welfare Department will have 16 dispensaries, including 6 MCD mobile dispensaries, with a total number of 95 beds to look after any health problem the devotees may have during the Samagam. In addition, there will be 9 first-aid posts and 18 Ambulances (including 4 CAT Ambulances). Arrangements have also been made to take serious patients, if any, to the nearest Government Hospital.
Like last year, a team of about 60 doctors from abroad will put up their own health camp for chiropractic treatment of orthopedic (Neuro) chronic patients.
The Accounts Department has made arrangements with State Bank of India, Punjab National Bank and Bank of India to install 12 ATM machines in various grounds and near Sant Niwas in SantNirankari Colony.
In view of such a large gathering, authorities concerned will make necessary arrangements for security, traffic control and fire-fighting, etc. SantNirankariSewadal volunteers and other devotees will look after regulating the entry and other arrangements within the Samagam complex.
Along with spiritual awakening the Mission is devoting itself to the service of humanity in several ways. Today the Mission is one of the leading blood donating voluntary organizations in the country. Starting from 1986, the Mission has organized 5046 blood donation camps and donated 8,69,161 units of blood so far. Last year, the Mission organized 479 blood donation camps and donated 80,560 units of blood while this year from April, it has organized 290 camps so far and donated 53543 units of blood.
The Mission is running four hospitals and 133 dispensariesand nine pathological laboratories, all functioning on charitable basis. The hospitals are located in Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai and Agra, while dispensaries are spread across the country. The Mission also organizes camps for cataract surgery, health check-up, heart check-up, anemia control, etc. from time to time. The Mission contemplates to set up a full-fledged SantNirankari Health City in Delhi for which the ground breaking ceremony was performed by BabaHardev Singh Ji on February 23, 2015. He also inaugurated the Mission’s first Blood Bank in Vile Parle in Mumbai on January 26, 2016.
The Mission is running two colleges and 19 schools in Delhi and other parts of the country. Besides, it has 67 Tailoring and Embroidery Training Centres to help the widows and other needy women to stand on their own feet. The youth are also provided empowerment through various vocational courses like computer training and communication skills.
Since 2003, the volunteers of the Mission have been undertaking tree plantation and cleanliness drive across the country and abroad on 23rd February every yearand from April 2010, social welfare activities are organized under the banner of SantNirankari Charitable Foundation.