Bhagavan Baba’s Grama Seva programme is famous the world over for providing a heart-felt response to the problems faced by India’s village population. As a special feature of Grama Seva, from 2002, Baba sent His most precious property, namely His students, to serve in the villages surrounding Puttaparthi. It was a love-experience for both the students and the villagers who have been used to years of neglect. As Baba stated:
“People in the villages have no medical and educational facilities. They have no drinking water, no sanitary arrangements. They have no food to eat. Provide these facilities for them and thereby realize Divinity. The need of the hour is the man of action, not the one who only talks.
“Serving the poor in the villages is the best form of sadhana. Engage yourselves in social service for the uplift of your village. Banish all differences and unite in the cause of promoting the welfare of everyone in the village. When the villages grow, the cities and the States grow and the Nation on the whole prospers. The progress of the Nation is based upon the progress of the villages. Everyone should be interested in the welfare of the villages.”
Here is a quiz based on this important grass-roots aspect of Bhagavan’s all-encompassing service projects.
For a comprehensive hands-on write up of the Grama Seva experience, please go to our article ‘Love in Action’ in the December 2004 edition.