YOGACHARYAS IN CHINA CARE FOR MARTYRS PARIVAR
By Brigadier Chitranjan Sawant,VSM
Indian Yogacharyas have been living and carrying the Maharishi Patanjali’s Yoga Principles and Practices to the native Chinese citizens on mainland China for many a year. The educational administrators are impressed with them. They have been renewing their teaching contract every time it is about to expire. The native Chinese students are drawn to Yoga like iron to magnet. Everything across the Himalayas and relationship between the teacher and the taught is hunky dory.
The underlining fact is the Indian spirit of the Yogacharyas. When they came to know of the Jawans martyred on borders while defending Bharat, they were emotionally moved beyond description. However, they knew that there was no point in letting tears roll down cheeks and thereafter say that business is as usual. Our Yoga Gurus got together and decided to do something concrete. Every Yoga teacher loosened his purse strings and let the currency notes flow out. When the voluntary collections were counted the amount ran up to Rupees One lakh eleven thousand and more was expected to flow in. Commendable indeed!
The leading lights of the voluntary national help to the bereaved Army families were Mukesh Malik, Subhash,Ashutosh, Ritesh, Shakti AND MANY MORE WHO WISH TO REMAIN INCOGNITO DONORS. What is it that inspired the not-so-well paid Indian teachers of Yoga working for the spiritual welfare of the Chinese students, men and women on the soil of mainland China away from their own home and hearth to donate to the Welfare Fund of the Army martyrs families? The innate feeling of Indianness, a deep sense of belonging to the soldiers of the Indian Army who are ever ready to make the supreme sacrifice for the cause of their motherland. Being Yoga teachers our Indian friends in China rise above the feeling of Self and are ever keen to render service to the Nation. They have learnt to live by the motto – Nation Above All.
One of the Yoga teachers mailed me a photo copy of the receipt that the bank in the South Block, New Delhi had issued to acknowledge the receipt of the above mentioned amount meant to be spent on the welfare of the Army Martyrs families and even without seeing it I believed in their statement on the subject. After all the Yogacharyas spreading the word of Maharishi Patanjali far and wide in distant land will not pull a fast one. I took their word for it and it turned out to be true.
“ Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country” – that was the statement of President J.F. Kennedy of the United States of America at the inaugural ceremony. The youth of the Kennedy generation and many more generation thereafter in many countries across the seven seas have lived by it. Our Indian Yogacharyas in China are doing just the same. The Indian Army is indeed thankful to the patriots like Indian Yogacharyas of China for donating to the national cause. May many more young men and women of Indian origin living all over the world feel inspired to emulate the national spirit of our Yogacharyas.