Owning the Disowned and Honouring the Elderly
Poverty and pitiable social conditions besides rampant child trafficking has meant mass displacement and abandonment of children at a very young age. However, the good Samaritans in today’s age have taken the mantle to create roofs for those who have none, build secure homes who have never seen one.
Many children are kept at the doorsteps of displacement organizations while some are picked up from pitiful situations, some others found abandoned after birth either due to their parents being unable to support them or because they are physically or mentally challenged. One may contribute one’s energy, time and resources towards such organisations but it is important to personally monitor any form of charity towards any cause, to ensure that it reaches the right hands. Only then, can the sewa be complete.
There are many other organizations that Shiv Yog, under Shiv Yog Master His Holiness Avdhoot Shivanand’s guidance and Ishan ji’s active performance gives support in form of education, clothes, toys, food, gifts and other daily need comforts like television, refrigerators, etc, which is personally looked after and delivered by Ishan ji and Guru Ma.
Ishan ji who is the hero to them, spends a good deal of time with these children, sharing jokes, personal experiences, and things of their interests like video games, movies, games, etc. It is worth mentioning that with everything that he shares with the children, it slowly ends with a note of wisdom and morality. The children watch Isha ji’s programs and CDs with great interest. Once, some children in the presence of Ishan ji sang the Shiv Yog bhajans and delivered them in perfect melody, rhythm, coordination and lyrical perfection. This showed how deeply they had been watching Shiv Yog DVD of the “Rhythm of Universe”. Ishan ji sang and danced with them like a child himself. This is a perfect example of Shiv Yog teaching to become child-like to enter the kingdom of God and how unconditional love transcends the boundaries of age and culture.
Sometimes these children are called to the ashram where food, games and fun-filled activities are arranged by another ‘Shiv Yog child’ – Ishan ji – who becomes one of them engrossed in making them feel loved and that they belong.
Shiv Yog Guru assures the children that they are never alone and that they have a father and brother to always take care of them, be there for them. The children are asked open-heartedly whatever they wish for and their beloved ‘Ishan bhaiya’ fulfils all their needs.
Similarly, Shiv Yog followers and seekers being motivated by such acts of selfless service have begun identifying and approaching such opportunities in their own locations in their own capacities in more than 30 countries. Shiv Yog Ashram often receives letters and mails of love and gratitude by such children from all over the world, where Ishan ji renders his blessing, protection, support and guidance in the best way possible.
The changing societal structure of the modern times has resulted in a huge shift in family values as joint families have given way to nuclear ones and worse still, discarding of parents when they turn old and helpless rather than caring for them as they cared for their children in their heydays.
Fortunately, there are a plethora NGOs and social workers aiding the cause of the elderly and working relentlessly towards helping such disowned lives reach into safer environments of orphanages and the home for the destitute. Shiv Yog, under Ishan ji, has with vigour always contributed to the cause of the old. Ishan ji says that the dictum old is gold holds true for citizens as for anything else. “Luckiest is the home where three generations reside happily under the same roof,” contends Ishan ji.
Guru Ma and Ishan ji with blessings from Shiv Yog Master have taken it upon themselves to reach out with funds, goodie bags and gift bags on regular visits to Vruddh Ashrams or Old Age shelters.
The mother-son duo have also made it a routine to visit such places and spend time with those in dire need of someone to confide themselves in, to share their life with.