Every time we have asked one of our friends, or people of our family to join Arham Yuva Group, we have got a question back: “How is it different from any other social organization”. Although we have not found any convincing answers, here is one attempt at explaining to you the difference Arham creates in ones life.
If you are a follower, you must have read or previous post: What does it mean to be loved?
What we tried to highlight as part of the post that we as human beings, surrounded by the pleasure of happiness, and joy, choose to ignore the many problems that surround us. We choose to ignore the child on the traffic signal makes a living by selling toys, while they should be in school. We choose to ignore the fact that people sleep on empty stomachs. We are so blinded by the good things around us, that we even find reasons to not help out, like “They will misuse it..” “Can he not get a job..?” “Change nahi hai..” etc..
As a Arham Yuva Group member, we reflect on such qualities, and we resolve to change this from within us. We identify these problems that lie in our souls, and we try to eliminate them. We not only empathize with the problem, but we choose to change it. As members, it we choose to help with any means possible. One such instance is explained by one of our members, Mr. Rajiv Udani. Following is a post he made on our facebook page to inspire fellow members.
IT WAS A REALLY STUNNING FACT. ITS A SMALL STORY . IT WAS HOT AFTERNOON TODAY AS USUAL.I WAS ON MY WAY TO HOME FOR LUNCH. I SAW A SMALL GIRL COMING OUT OF HER SCHOOL. SHE STOOD THERE FOR TWO MIN BEFORE STARTING TO WALK AS IF SHE WAS GETTING READY FOR SOMETHING. I SAW SHE STARTED RUNNING FROM SCHOOL PREMISES AND GOT HIDE OUT IN THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE ROAD WHERE THERE WAS SOME SHADOW. THEN AGAIN AFTER FEW MIN SHE STARTED RUNNING AGAIN OPPOSITE SIDE FINDING SOME SHADOW. SEEING THIS I FOUND SOMETHING STRANGE.
I STARTED GOING AFTER HER TO FIND OUT WHAT EXACTLY IS SHE DOING. SHE WAS DOING THE SAME THING. I FOUND THAT SHE WAS ACTUALLY BAREFOOT. TO AVOID HEAT SHE WAS DOING THIS. NOW SHE STARTED WITH ONE LEG WALKING LIKE WHAT WE CALLED (LANGDI). ONE AND THE OTHER LEG. I WAS SHOCKED.
I WENT NEAR HER AND TOLD HER THAT U COME WITH ME I WIL GET U PAIR OF SHOES. SHE SHOULD BE AROUND 6 TO 7 YRS. SHE REPLIED NO I AM SORRY I DON’T GO WITH STRANGERS. I SAID OKAY U DO ONE THING U STAY HERE AND JUST GIVE ME A SIZE OF U R LEG. SHE SAID NO. I REQUESTED HER BUT REPLY WAS NO. SHE STILL HAD TO WALK AT LEAST A KM. HER LEGS WERE BURNING, I ASKED HERE TO COME WITH ME I WILL DROP U.
SHE SAID NO. I REQUESTED ONE LADY PASSING NEARBY TO US TO REQUEST HER TO ACCEPT WHAT I SAY. SHE TRIED BUT SAMETHING ” NO” . HER LEGS WERE BURNING AND LOT OF TEARS WERE COMING OUT.
I REQUESTED HER TO TAKE SOME MONEY AND GIVE TO U R MUMMY. EVEN FOR THAT SHE SAID NO. MUMMY HAS TOLD NOT TO TAKE MONEY AND FOOD FROM ANYBODY. JUST IMAGINE HOW WELL SHE IS BEEN THOUGHT. EVEN THOUGH SHE HAD NOTHING SHE IS READY TO THRIVE AT THIS AGE JUST BY UNDERSTANDING THAT THIS IS THE FATE OF THEIR LIFE.
I OFFERED HER SOME WATERMELON AGAIN ANSWER ” NO”. I ASKED WAT U R MUMMY IS DOING. SHE SAID SHE IS MAID SERVANT WORKING NEARBY. AND WHAT ABT HER FATHER SHE SAID HE IS NO MORE. IT SHOCKED ME AND EVEN I FELT CRYING ONCE. IT WAS REALLY SAD TO HERE FROM HER. LASTLY I ASKED HER U TAKE ME TO U R HOME I WILL TELL U R MOTHER TO GET U PAIR OF SHOES. U KNOW WHAT SHE SAID IT WILL SHOCK U.
SHE SAID ITS A MATTER OF FEW DAYS, IN A DAY OR TWO MY MUMMY WILL GET MONEY AND SHE WILL BUY AND GIVE ME NEW PAIR OF SHOES. i.e month end salary
ON HEARING THIS I HAD NO OTHER WORDS TO SAY. FRIENDS WE HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF THIS TYPE OF CHILDREN. COME FORWARD AND TRY TO BECOME A GOOD PHILANTHROPIST I UNDERSTOOD ” ” GURUDEV’S ” WORD NOTHING IS OURS. SO TRY DONATING FOR A GOOD CAUSE SO THAT AT LEAST WE DON’T HAVE TO WALK BAREFOOT ANYTIME. THE GIRL NAME WAS ANANYA. SHE DESERVES SPECIAL SALUTE FROM ME. IF U FEEL GOOD PLEASE LET ME KNOW.
The child gave special answers and that itself is worth the mention, but what was also inspiring is what Rajiv had done.
While the entire world was busy with the hustle and bustle of the city, our member not only spotted this little girl, but also chose to follow her to understand the problem. On knowing about it, he tried to resolve it by all means possible. He chose to go the extra mile to drop her at her place where he can actually understand the financial crisis her family faced.
The language may not be very accurate, but the feelings that this post generates is what is required to eliminate the feeling of “choosing to ignore”. Not many of us would have chosen to do what Rajiv Udani did in a busy afternoon.
Thank you Rajiv for inspiring us to go that extra mile. As members of this blessed organization, we learn everyday, to fulfill our dreams, and to help fulfill many other dreams.
People inspire people. Arham is full of people who understand what it means to share the blessings they have. We all learn from each other. We reflect upon the problems that surround us, and find innovative ways to eliminating them. Arham Yuva Group is not just a platform to help the needy, it is a platform to also help you realize that you are in “need” of some good quality feelings too.
God bless you. God bless us all. God bless us enough to be able to provide for every single soul that needs it.
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