Below are some pictures of a recent food distribution at the “Urban Deprived Residential Hostel” in Vizianagaram, as well as at a high school in the city. We had been requested by the staff of the hostel and the high school to distribute food for their students.
We arrived at their premises and were greeted by the children and staff, who were very glad to see us. We served them vegetable biryani, kurma, fried chips, etc., and all were
very happy. The staff member in charge for their mid-day meal program asked us if we could do regular mid-day meal program for the school, giving the children clean and nutritious food every day. At present we had to tell him that we could not do the program daily as we did not have enough man power, but would try to increase our visits.
The joy on the faces of the children when they see us coming with the prasadam and the enthusiasm with which they eagerly await their turn for the next program encourages the devotees to go on, inspite of the hard work involved.
I went to England as a student in the year 1952. I stayed with a Dutch Professor of Indology in London University for about 3 years. He was happy to receive me as a Paying Guest with a hope that he would learn more about Hinduism from me. He was very much disappointed when I told him that though I was a Hindu but did not know anything about my religion. He took a vow that he would teach me about Hinduism but he failed because I was more busy in my own studies in Urban Planning. It is most unfortunate that we Hindu Indians ignore the study of our own religion. The reason, I feel, is the type of teachers who do not change with the time and stick to the teaching of rituals instead the philosophy, teachings of Geeta, etc.
Religion must be taught starting from childhood. We need to go back to our ancient system of Gurukul. Our scriptures are divided a day into four parts and one of the four parts is to study and engage in religion for six hours. Life without a religion is like fish without water.