HSP Experiences / Memories

The major achievement of HSP is in creating a band of selfless, dedicated women to do social service with missionary zeal.  They have been infused with a purpose and goal in their life.  Young women with necessary educational background are trained in such a manner that they will be able to face all difficulties and challenges with confidence in their chosen field of social service.  Initially, sevavratis dedicate 3 years for social service.  In many cases the sevavratis have served for more than 3 years.  There are instances of sevavratis serving for more than 15 years and some have expressed that they will serve for life.  The creation of a band of more than 3000 such sevavraties is a great achievement.

Apart from the above, the HSP has also trained persons who unlike the full time sevavratis do social service part time in their area.  They are also equally dedicated and selfless, like the full time sevavratis.  The creation of a selfless human resource necessary for social service in this age of commercialization is HSP’s achievement.

HSP believes that education is the base for the betterment of the society and hence lays emphasis on it.  The HSP has started the Gurukula system of education which is notably different from the usual education we find in schools.  One such Gurukula is reserved entirely for girls.  A new type of nursery education is evolved after some research, which has won the appreciation of all who has visited the nursery schools.   Training is given to Anganavadi teachers also.   An All India training camp for such teachers from other states was oganized.  The Central Social Welfare Department has invited the HSP to train the organizers of Awarenes Generation Camps who in turn train poor women in rural areas.

Modern life marked by stress and strain has disturbed many mentally and emotionally.  Medical advice is very costly for an ordinary people.  To serve their needs a project called  ‘Prasanna Apta Salaha Kendra’ is started. Qualified doctors from NIMHANS (the premier institute of the country in the field of mental health) counsel the needy.  More than 1000 mental cases, 700 family cases and 500 rehabilitation cases have been served and got relief from this center.  In view of the increasing demand the HSP has opened two more branches in Bangalore.  A ‘Child Guidance Clinic’ has been started recently.  There are invitations from other states to start such service centres.  Smt. Pankaja, the coordinator of Prasanna Apta Salaha Kendra was decorated with an award as ‘Vidyaratna’ in 1998.  The Indian Psychiatric Association of Karnataka honoured the Kendra in the year 2002 for its services.  Many institutions like Guild Associations, Rotary Club, Lions Club, Junior Chambers, Inner Wheel, Peiples Education Society, etc., have recognized and appreciated the activities of the Kendra.  The Kendra has conducted workshops at Pune and Aurangabad besides many districts in Karnataka with the help of NIMHANS.

HSP is actively interested in dealing with environmental problems.  It has prevented deforestation.  It has championed the movement for Eco-preservation.  Shri. Anant Hegde, who has been working in this movement for the last 25 years in Western Ghats is an awardee of the Karnataka Government. The most important aspect in this regard is documentation of Bio Diversities.  The Pratishthana  has selected  persons from various villages of  Sagar, Thirtahally and Hosanagara Taluks and trained them  do the survey of  all species of life and plant.  This programme is undertaken with the collaboration and guidance of the Indian Institution of  Science, Bangalore.  The data collected  has been published.  This is done with a view to prevent the modern tendency of patenting the heritage old things.

In other fields of activities like Yoga, learning of Samskrit and organizing  women in various activities, the Pratishthana has achieved substantial success. This is evident from the statistical data (1) A day long Surya Yajna and Samuhika Surya Namskars is been organized every year on the occasion of Ratha Sapthami.  A large gathering of over one thousand three hundred persons including several hundred women performs 108 Surya Namskars at a strech  (2) Similarly  six hundred ladies from all sections of the society performed Lalita Sahasra Nama Japa & Yejna at Marsoor Lalitavana.  (3) Deepa Puja  is becoming popular  in many towns, villages and slum localities where women belonging to different sections of society come together participate in good numbers.   In 2002-03  in more than  two hundred places  nearly 18,000 women  participated in Deepa Puja programme. Sevavratis visit houses and advise people to lead a better life. This includes work towards eradication of untouchability, alcoholism, and such other bad practices. The number of houses contacted in this regular-family-contact-programme by the sevavratis is increasing every year.

The Pratishthana has given more attention  to poor, backward  and tribal people. The Sevavratis have  stayed in the colonies of  tribal and nomadic people like Harina Shikary in Bijapur,  Beggars Colony in  Bidar and   several slums areas in Bangalore city.  They are  conducting Shishuvihar, Samskar Kendra,  Bhajan Mandalies, Free Tuition Classes in these areas. More than 30% of our activities are confined to this section of the society.

The sevavratis are the key to all the work done by the Pratishthana as they are the persons who visit houses for regular  contact programme, run schools, and mobilize women for all activities.  District wise camps are organized periodically for women. The participation of women in these camps is amazing. For example  at  Bidar more than 1000, at Bijapur  more than 3000 women participated.  The ‘Matru Sangama’ conducted at Mangalore on 6th Feb 2000  was unique in the sense the number of participants was more than 46000. In this camp women from all walks of life (from Beedi worker to editor of a leading magazine) participated.  It also included students, workers, housewives,  factary labourers,  and intellectuals  like  professors, lecturers, doctors, advocates  etc.,

Achievement may be said to be considerable. Yet the Pratishthana’s   endeavour  is to achieve still more  to build a vibrant, strong, organized, harmonious,  self reliant,  and an ideal society.  The Pratishthana has decided to continue   the movement of social transformation    through sevavratis with the  active and willing co operation of public at large.