“An activity that benefits others – feed the one who is hungry, share knowledge with one who has none, think of solving the discomfort of one who lives in it, worship the one who is poor, serve him considering him to be Daridra Narayana – the God personification. Your mind will get purified serving this Daridra Narayana. Purification will happen only through service.”–Sri M
Sri M had launched the Satsang Seva Mission (SSM) during the challenging time of the COVID 19 pandemic to alleviate the suffering of the less privileged, migrant workers, and frontline workers, while also reminding everyone of the common thread of humanity and compassion that bound everyone together through providing opportunities to serve and connect.
Groups of volunteers from across the country joined hands and reached out to several communities that were pushed into dire straits by the unprecedented nature of the pandemic: the aged, orphans, the differently abled, theatre artists, temple priests, flower sellers, municipal workers, indigenous communities, rural communities, daily wagers, the homeless, and marginalized communities such as the transgenders, sex workers, HIV positive children and adults, and leprosy patients.
About 6.35 lakh people have been touched through the provision of cooked meals, weekly and monthly rations, protective equipment such as PPE kits, masks and gloves, sanitisation and medical supplies, clothing, educational material, academic support, and a range of other necessities.
Disaster relief kits have reached vulnerable communities in West Bengal, Kerala, Maharashtra, and Tamil Nadu when cyclones and floods disrupted daily life.
Seasonal and festive occasions have woven in joyous moments for the communities and volunteers through celebratory events and provision of meals and essential items such as blankets, warm clothing, and hygiene kits.
The most vital seva of assuaging the most basic human need of hunger via annadanam or meal distribution and dry rations has supported about 3.8 lakh people since the formal launch of SSM in April 2020 and continues unabated through opportunities to serve the hungry in a sustained manner on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis.
The locations cover the length and breadth of the country including little border hamlets, villages, towns, cities, and large metros in 13 Indian States and Union Territories: Ahmedabad, Arambag, Aurangabad, Bengaluru, Baddipadaga, Chandigarh, Chennai, Chikkaballapur, Chintamani, Chobari, Chowdepalle, Coimbatore, Davangere, Dahiwadi, Delhi, Firozabad, Gadag-Betageri Gurugram, Haridwar, Hyderabad, Jammu, Kalaburagi, Kanyakumari, Kochi, Kollam, Kolkata, Kotagiri, Kuzhithurai, Indo-Bangladesh Border at Tokipur Village, Lathira, Lucknow, Ludhiana, Madanapalle, Madhapur, Marthandam, Mathura, Mumbai, Mysuru, Nagercoil, Nashik, Navi Mumbai, Noida, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Pune, Secunderabad, Sadum, Sagar Island, Saikheda, Srinagar, Tiruchirapalli, Thiruvananthapuram, Thane, Thakkalai, Thrissur, Ujjain, Varanasi, Vrindavan and Warangal. Including International locations such as Brampton in Canada and Burundi in East Africa.
With each passing day, the opportunities have evolved into sustained commitments that continue to support and enrich recipients, volunteers, and donors alike in an ever-widening circle of gratitude and fellowship.