Annadaan Seva on March 22, 2021 at Stree Mandal, Sicka Nagar, Mumbai
"After a full belly all is poetry", apt display on one of the bags of the Annadaan recipients, On March 22, 2021 at Stree Mandal, Sicka Nagar, Mumbai when Chinmaya Mission - Sagar Zone performed the Annadaan seva under the Maximize Happiness initiative for the 3rd consecutive month this year.
The food packets were distributed to 220 low-income-group ladies, as done in the past.
This time around our volunteers were Smt. Geeta Kothari, Smt. Aparna Vipul Dalal and Shri. Jagdeesh Jaisinghani.
The next month's distribution date is fixed for Saturday, April 10, 2021, between 1pm and 3 pm.
We thank all donors who have supported for this cause.
Seva is one of the main keys in our culture and a stepping stone in spirituality
Under the Maximise Happiness, Give and Grow banner, Chinmaya Mission Mumbai, Sagar Zone distributed 220 dry food & biscuit packets (each weighing almost 5 kgs) to the lesser privileged at Stree Mandal, Sikka Nagar on 15th Feb 2021
The event was very well received and diligently organized with all social distancing and hygiene protocols in place. Present were Anjaniben Motiwalla - President, Stree Mandal, along with her other committee members
Stree Mandal has sent leaflets to their members for our Bal Vihar & Geeta Chanting classes that will be conducted by us at their venue. Initially, the classes may start online.
Representing Chinmaya Mission were Smt. Anjali Jhunjhunwala, Shri. Jagdish Jaisinghani and Shri. Vipul Dalal.
ALL MUMBAI ANNADAAN SEVA
On Sunday, 17th January, 2021, under the Maximise Happiness initiative, an All Mumbai Annadaan Seva was carried out. 4400 + people benefitted from this seva where free rations were given to them.
Shraddhanand Mahilashram started in the year 1927 in memory of Swami Shraddhanand ji (Munshiram). The orphanage has separate sections for babies, young girls, and older girls who are attending college. Shraddhanand Mahilashram is involved in their entire upbringing, school, college, and even marriage, in case the girls want to get married. Bal Gruha houses the smallest kids, Adhar Gruha houses the older girls and there is an old age home for women above 60.
On 17th Jaunary, under the aegis of Chinmaya Mission Mumbai, Maximise Happiness, All Mumbai Annadaan Seva was flagged off in all perfection at 3.30pm. The entire zoom event telecasted worldwide showcased Chinmaya Mahima zone providing ration supplies to 180 members of The Hindu Women's Welfare Society’s Shraddhanand Mahilashram, Matunga.
The ration supplied was for children and adults aged 0 to 25. Ration provided by Chinmaya Mission were Rice, Wheat Atta, Lapsi, Rawa, Gur, Oil, Tea, Coffee Powder, Toor Dal, Moong Dal, Chana Dal, Masoor Dal, Urad Dal, Poha, Dhana Powder, Chilli Powder, Turmeric Powder, Hing Powder, Garam Masala Powder, Salt, Sugar, Ghee. Dr. Sunil Desai, the Chairman of the institution, Resident Social Worker Miss. Ujjwala and Miss. Reshma welcomed Dr. Sunita Shanker and Mrs. Vidya Harikrishna, with special mention of Mrs. Jayashri Mohan who was instrumental in meticulous arrangement of the Annadaan Seva.
They expressed their deepest gratitude to Chinmaya Mission for their kind gesture of Annadaan during Covid times. Mahima Zone President had spoken to the Chairman about starting Balavihar classes for children, CHYK Workshops and Study Classes for college going students and working adults of the Ashram. With the consent of the Chairman, we on behalf of Chinmaya Mahima Zone choose to have a long standing relationship with students and working women of the institution by incorporating grassroot activities and dissemination of knowledge, true to the motto of Chinmaya Mission.
Distribution of one month’s grocery to 200 needy families was done at various locations in the zone:
- Anand Nagar at Oshiwara (50 people)
- Shakti Nagar at Oshiwara (50 people)
- Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar at Oshiwara (25 people)
- Prem Nagar at Irla (60 people)
- Ruia Park at Juhu (15 people).
The recipients were from economically challenged families struggling to make ends meet.
Each grocery kit contained 5 kg Rice, 5 Kg Wheat Atta, 3 Kg Tur Dal, 1 lit Oil, 2 Kg Sugar, ½ Kg Tea and 1 Kg Salt.
The distribution took place in the presence of the Zonal President Smt. Meghana Patel, Zonal Committee and Social Service team members, Shri. Mukul Patel, Shri. Kamal Choudhary, Shri. Pankaj Vakil, Smt. Alka Vakil, Smt. Sitalakshmi Shivram, Smt. Suhasini Lohia, Smt. Ami Agarwal, Smt. Smita Kapoor, Shri. Vedant Choudhary and Shri. Udit Vakil.
Shri. Kamal Choudhary, Smt. Shashi Binani and Smt. Suhasini Lohia had coordinated the seva with local social workers for making necessary arrangements.
Everyone expressed their gratitude to Swami Swatmanandaji for his inspiration and guidance, entire Maximising Happiness team of Chinmaya Mission Mumbai and generous donors for their support.
As part of the Maximise Happiness - Annadaan Seva programme, rations consisting of rice, wheat flour, dals, sugar, oil, rava totalling over 10 kgs each were distributed to 220 needy ladies at Stree Mandal, a 113 year old organisation engaged in the upliftment of women.
It was an extremely memorable occasion as Swami Swatmananda ji highlighted our Mission, the Maximise Happiness campaign, and the deeper aspects of the Annadaan Seva being carried out by our Mission. He also explained the important points that constitute Daan as per our Shastras.
The occasion was graced by Mrs. Neerja Birla and her daughter Advaitesha Birla who joined Swamiji in distributing the Annadaan kits to the ladies. Smt. Neerja Birla expressed her gratitude for being able to participate in this function.
All the lady beneficiaries expressed their deepest gratitude for our Annadaan distribution specially in such trying times. Shri. Vipul Dalal, Smt. Sujata Murali & Shri. Jagdeesh Jaisinghani were also present.
“Annadanam” means feeding the hungry and needy". Vedas, Upanishads, Ramayana and Mahabharata - all declare ANNA DAANAM as MAHAA DAANAM. Gaja turaga Sahasram | Gokulam koti danam | Kanaka Rajatha patram | Methini sagarantham | Upaya kula vishuttam | Koti kanya pradanam | Nahi nahi bahu danam | Annadanam samanam || Meaning: Even if one gifts 1000 elephants, horses or gifts 10 million cows or any number of vessels of silver and gold, gifts the entire land till sea, offering the entire services of the clan, helps in the marriage of 10 million women, all this is never ever equal to Annadaan. (Lord Krishna advises Yudhishtira to do Annadaan while explaining the essence of the erudite talk by Bhishma Pitamaha on Daan @ Shanti Parva of Mahabharata, "The World, both animate and inanimate, is sustained by food. The giver of food is the giver of life and indeed of everything else.")
All holy texts of all religions talk about the greatness of feeding the poor. Service to human is service to God. Serving food to the hungry is equal to effect of performing a maha yagna. Chinmaya Mission, Mumbai, Narayan Zone, in view of the above engaged in Annadaan seva in various locations on Sunday, 17th January 2021.
With the Lord's and Pujya Gurudev's grace, Chinmaya Narayan completed Anna Daan project by giving 900 kits to beneficiaries. Brni. Prachiti Chaitanya graced the occasion by handing over the kits at four locations. Everything was planned very meticulously and the seva went off well with military precision & timing, following all safety and social distancing norms. The location in charges took complete charge of the seva and performed it so efficiently with the support of the motivated volunteers.
Annadaan seva was performed in 6 locations in Chinmaya Narayana Zone:
- Saraswati Vidyalaya, Chembur
- Modern English School, Chedda Nagar
- Dharmishta Mitran, Chedda Nagar
- Lakshmi Nagar, Ghatkopar East
- Kamraj Nagar, Ghatkopar East
- Sankalpa Seva Sangh, Ghatkopar East
Shri. Ram Murti Ji, Shri. Rajsekhar Ji, Shri. Vinayak Kamath Ji & Captain Swaminathan were the inspired and inspiring Location in charges. The President of the zone Shri. Prasad Deole along with Smt. Manisha Deole visited different locations and supported the seva initiative. The inspired volunteers include the senior Mission members like Shri. Someshwar, Smt. Indira Someswar, Smt. Latha Rasekhar, Smt. Shyamala Acharya, Smt. Ujjwala Sethna, Sri. Ramkumar, Smt. Sunita Ramkumar, Smt. Suchitra, Sri. Joy Naidu, Smt. Uma Sundaram, Sri. Sundaram, Smt. Nita Kedia, Smt. Anupama, Smt. Jeeja Menon, Smt. Nityamukta, Sri. Sanjit Rao, Smt. Shailaja, Smt. Gayatri, Smt. Sujata and Smt. Suvarna and a few more enthusiastic volunteers.
Chinmaya Mission thanks all the donors of the Maximize Happiness campaign because of whom the Mission could take up such divine and mega projects.
With the grace and blessings of Pujya Gurudev AnnadaAn seva was done by Chinmaya Mission, Jayam zone as part of its Maximise Happiness initiative on 17th January 2021, at Akhil Hind Mahila Parishad, Santacruz East, which runs a Day Care centre for senior citizen ladies, Balawadi and e-learning center for children of 6th and 7th standards.
Grocery was distributed to 55 needy ladies in the presence of Swamini Krishnapriyanandaji. Looking at their smiling and happy faces we felt that it is the happiest moment of life. It is said that "To be happy give happiness to others. It was a great opportunity for us as volunteers to do the seva. We thank Swami Swatmananda ji for taking up the initiative and guiding us at every level. We thank Shri. Bharatbhai Shah and the entire committee and the donors for their support
As Pujya Gurudev said "Happiness is in giving" . Give......Give...Give!
By the grace of God and blessings of Pujya Gurudev, Swami Chinmayananda, an Annadaan drive was successfully conducted on the 17th January 2021, in the auspicious month of Uttarayan as a Seva by the Jagadeeshwara zone of the Chinmaya Mission under the Maximise Happiness initiative.
Ration kits comprising of the following items
- DAL 1kg
- RICE 5 kgs
- SUGAR 1kg
- COOKING OIL 1ltr
- SALT 1kg
- ATTA 1kg
- TURMERIC 100gm
- CORIANDER 100gm
- RED CHILLY 100gm
The beneficiaries of the ration kits are 1400 tribal ladies from the padas of Aarey village, Mumbai and this will last them a month.
These ladies are primarily domestic help , construction site labourers and housewives, whose survival had become challenging on account of the pandemic. In addition 150 policemen of the vicinity, our frontline warriors, were given the same ration kits.
Smt. Nutan Bhalla was in constant touch with Naata foundation, a social organization in Aarey and our endeavour was facilitated by their identification and logistical support .
Prasad Pustikas in Marathi ,Hindi and English were distributed by Swami Swatmananda to the volunteers of Naata foundation and guests who came to visit and lend support to the drive.
Pamphlets defining and highlighting core activities of the Chinmaya Mission are also distributed towards creation of awareness.
Swami Swatmananda ji inspired, motivated and led the seva team of Jagadeeshwara zone committee members Smt. Nutanji, Smt. Prernaji, Shri. Sunilji, Shri. Sudeepji , Shri.Roopeshji, Smt. Sheelaji, Smt. Geethaji, Smt. Anitaji, Smt. Akhilaji, Shri. Ajayji, Shri. Aravindji, Shri. Deepakji and Chyk Seva volunteers Shri.Tapan Ji and Rashmiji.
All were present through the day to serve and see the seva to its conclusive end .
Shri. Amar Jaisinghani supported throughout the endeavour .
Chinmaya Seva Trust is grateful to all donors and supporters, to the volunteers, the grocery agencies, Mahavir Enterprises, and Kamani oils, the transport agency, Saurabh for the wonderful inspiring photographs, Naata foundation and the recipients for this Seva opportunity.
Today 17th January, was a great day of Seva at the feet of Our Pujya Gurudev. Under the Maximise Happiness program we were able to reach more than 600 beneficiaries. In the morning, we had unique program of Surya Namaskar, Gayatri Havan, and Anna Dan for about 38 Vanavasi Family members. These families visited the Mahalaxmi Temple and did the havan for the first time in their life.
In the afternoon, we had three functions:
- Anna Daan (Grocery Packets) at Sai Sanjeevani Hospital for 200 patients/ attendants and 6 tribal girls attending the nursing course for three months
- Anna Daan (Grocery Packets) at Deep Sikha for 180 patients/ attendants for three months
- Anna Daan (Grocery Packets) at Sector 4 CBD for about 200 under privileged families.
Pranaams to Swami Swatmananda ji for his motivation and encouragement. Shri. Bharatbhai Shah and the entire Maximise Happiness team for their support. Heartfelt gratitude to all those who donated for this project and all those who brought these opportunities of Seva. We are thankful to the entire office team of the Mahalaxmi Mandir for organising these events and making it a successful programs. Pranaams to all the Sevak and Sevikas of Chinmay Mission Prerana Zone for their involvement and support.
Annadaan Seva, as a part of Maximise Happiness campaign, was conducted at Bhakti Zone. Four areas were selected - Dahisar West, Borivali East, padas in the National Park and Akurli Road. One month’s ration was distributed to basti dwellers at each place. 400 families were selected as specific beneficiaries. The team at Chinmaya Bhakti, along with local volunteers from RSS and some leading individuals, began the seva with prayers and Hanuman Chalisa chanting, at all places. The kits were distributed, along with books and T-shirts. There was live broadcast from Akurli Road location. The Chief guests who graced the occasion were Shri Shriraj Nair, National Spokesperson, VHP and Shri Vinod Mishra, Mananiya Nagar Sanchalak, RSS.
Volunteers from Bhakti Zone included committee members, CHYKs and Study Group members. There have been discussions on follow-up activities. The zone plans to start grassroot activities at these places. Local support for further seva was identified.
The various causes that are going to be covered under Educational and Social Seva are:
- Annual Chinmaya Scholarships of up to 5 lakhs to students from the deserving section of society
- Annadaan to orphanages and Girl care Centres at a cost of Rs 30000/- per orphanage
Providing monthly rations to over a 1000 families
Approx. Cost of a month’s ration for 1 family of 4 = 800
Approx. Cost of a month’s ration for a family of 2 = 610
(Monthly Ration for 2 includes : TUVAR DAL 2kg, RICE 5kg SUGAR 1kg OIL 1ltr SALT 1kg ATTA 1kg TURMERIC 100gm CORIANDER 100gm RED CHILLY 100gm )
(Monthly ration for 4 includes : TUVAR DAL 2kg, RICE 5kg SUGAR 1kg OIL 1ltr SALT 1kg ATTA 5kg TURMERIC 200gm CORIANDER 250gm RED CHILLY 100gm, WASHING SOAP 2 bars, LIQUID SOAP, TEA 250 gms, 2 CARRY HOME BAGS)
Geeta Jayanti, Vaikuntha Ekadashi & Tapovan Jayanti on 25th December 2020,
Today - 25th December 2020, on the auspicious occasion of the Geeta Jayanti, Vaikuntha Ekadashi & Tapovan Jayanti, as a part of Chinmaya Mission Mumbai’s ongoing “Maximise Happiness” initiative, Annadaan was done.
Food packets containing snacks items like Bhel, Kachori, Wafer, Thepla, Gud Papdi, etc. were distributed to 450 Children who are Cancer patients at Tata Memorial & other hospitals and their parents who are staying at Shri Gadge Maharaj Dharamshala at Dadar East. These children come from various parts of the country for chemotherapy and other cancer treatments and stay at the Dharamshala.
Chinmaya Mahima Zone President - Ms. Sunitha Shanker, Zonal members Smt. Dimple Parekh with her son - Benoy and his brothers Jinay & Chinmay and Smt. Lakshmi Narayan distributed the packets.
May the Grace of Sri Krishna, Blessings of Mother Geeta and the love of the Guru Parampara be with the children, parents, volunteers and everyone present there.
Anna Daan and Vidya Daan Seva in Mahima Zone on 14th Dec. 2020
On 14 th December 2020, Chinmaya Mahima Zone organized Vidyadaan and Annadaan seva at B J Home, Matunga East.
B. J Home is an orphanage for destitute children between the age group of 6 and 12. Swami Swatmananda ji visited the Home and was welcomed by Ms. Roshini Damania, Vice President and Mrs Reshma Hemnani, Administrator of B J Home, Smt. Vidya Harikrishna, Sri Vivek Krishnani (Vice President of Chinmaya Mission Mumbai), Ms. Sunitha Shanker (President, Chinmaya Mahima Zone), Smt. Rajalakshmi, Smt. Nisha Parekh also co-ordinated and participated in this seva.
Children chanted shlokas to welcome everyone. We were glad to see the happy faces of the children. Swamiji cheered the children with an inspirational story of Lord Krishna. He emphasized the importance of cultivating qualities of courage, enthusiasm, strength, knowledge, great vision and happiness in one’s life. A cultural event in the form of dance and song was performed by the children.
Under Chinmaya Vidyadaan Seva the items provided were notebooks, drawing books, card papers, project books, school bags, whiteboard markers, fullscape papers, whiteboard dusters, pens, blackboard chalk boxes, glue stick, cello tapes.
Under Annadaan Seva items provided were poha, rice, jaggery, ghee, cooking oil, dal, tea, lapsi, kismis, milk powder, colgate toothpaste, lifebuoy soaps, coconut oil, shampoo, toilet paper rolls, tissues.
Children were glad to receive stationery from Swamiji. The Seva was a happy occasion, time well spent with all the 87 children of B J Home. We thank all the social workers of B J Home , who take care of the children with utmost love and care. We also thank all the donors who contributed to this seva.
'MAXIMISING HAPPINESS' PROJECT SEVA in Govandi on 5th Dec. 2020
# Seva continues..
# Spreading smiles continues..
# Maximizing Happiness continues..
Chinmaya Mission, Mumbai engaged in educational and healthcare seva on Saturday, 5th December 2020 as part of 'Maximise Happiness' project. Venue for this seva was RST School, Govandi.
A few needy and deserving beneficiaries were identified with the help of Shri. Amit Banage who is the coordinator from NGO VIDYA and also a sadhak attending study classes.
We appreciate his support along with 4 teachers of NGO VIDYA.
If a mother learns, it impacts the whole family. With this in mind, Chinmaya Mission, Mumbai distributed Marathi-English dictionaries to the mothers who attend English speaking classes conducted by NGO VIDYA.
Smt. Manisha Deole conducts life skill classes for the students of VIDYA NGO and has conducted TITI sessions for the mothers.
Online classes for school children are likely to stay on for a while. For better clarity of voice and convenience, headphones/earphones are necessary. Chinmaya Mission, Mumbai distributed them to a few needy students.
Imparting values to the young generation is one of the main objectives of Chinmaya Mission. For this, a few students were given story books of Chinmaya Mission and a few were given Balavihar magazine subscriptions.
Seva was attended by Shri. Prasad Deole, President of Chinmaya Narayana Zone, Smt. Manisha Deole, treasurer of the zone and Smt. Chitra Viswanathan (TITI coordinator/Trainer)
It was heartening to see the joy on the faces of mothers as well as the children who received educational and healthcare support. The Chinmaya Mission team could reach out to 30 plus mothers and 70 plus children by this seva.
We are glad to inform you that Shri. Shankar Mahadevan Ji has wholeheartedly congratulated Chinmaya Mission's Maximise Happiness seva project.
Chinmaya Mission Mumbai, on 27th November, distributed stationary kits to the needy students of Nehru Nagar, Juhu in Chinmaya Prakash Zone, as a part of “Maximising Happiness” initiative. These children are studying in various schools/colleges and their parents are doing work as servants, drivers, labourers, etc. These children, many of them girls, came to collect their kits and could converse very fluently. Local social worker Mr. Muthukumar and a teacher Mr. Nilesh Jogalekar had coordinated with the zonal team of Smt. Shashi Binani, Smt. Suhasini Lohia and Smt. Ami Agarwal. Zonal President Smt. Meghana Patel and Shri Mukul Patel were also present along with Swami Swatmananda.
250 kits which comprised of 3 large note books, 10 pencils, pencil box with eraser & sharpener, a crayon box & a geometry box were sponsored by Shri Anand Kumar Thirani (MD of Kores India). The kit also consisted of 3 ball point pens which were sponsored by Smt. Sonal Jain (Director of Montex pens). Chinmaya Mission Mumbai appreciates their support for the noble cause.
We are happy to inform you that by the grace of God and blessings of Pujya Gurudev, Swami Chinmayananda, and the active support of all the volunteers of Chinmaya Mission and the donors, the MAXIMISE HAPPINESS seva initiative began yesterday (28th October 2020).
A Stationery distribution drive was successfully held by the Chinmaya Seva Trust at Municipal school No. 38 M at Wagle Estate, Thane on 28th October 2020.
The beneficiaries of the kits were 167 students with learning disabilities.
Each kit consisted of 6 notebooks, 10 pencils, a sharpener and eraser, 6 inches scales -2, 4 ball pens, a pouch to carry and a box of crayons.
This will enable them to do their classwork and homework and will hopefully catapult them into positive activity in these otherwise dreary times.
The relatives of most of the young children were invited to collect the kits to maintain safety protocols.
Chinmaya Seva Trust is grateful to the donors and supporters, to the volunteers - Saurabh for the wonderful inspiring photographs, MIMAANSA for helping in the identification process and logistical support and the recipients for this Seva opportunity.
Shriyansh Kadam's mother lost her job and his father his regular salary in the recent pandemic, but thanks to the generous supporters of the Maximise Happiness campaign of Chinmaya Mission, Shriyansh and many other children like him, were able to continue their education.
Educational Seva on 11th November 2020 at SPRJ Kanyashala
From November 23rd, schools are re-opening in Maharashtra and so Chinmaya Mission decided to do a stationary distribution drive under “Maximum Happiness” Project. On the auspicious day of Ekadashi on 11th November 2020 we conducted a distribution drive of long note books and stationary essentials, for girl students of Shree Pandit Ratnachandraji Jain Kanyashala, Ghatkopar. The 515 students of class V to class X hail from extremely humble origins and are mostly first generation learners of their families whose parents are economically challenged and many belong to the community of cleaners, ragpickers, drivers, hawkers, servants etc. Incentive of free rations by the SPRJ Kanyashala trust / donors ensures good attendance to them, thereby aiding in education of the girl child. SPRJ Kanyashala trust whose work in the field of women literacy dates back to year 1924, an era when female literacy was at a low ebb, speaks volumes of the trusts’ commitment to the cause. The Principal Ms Nanda Nilesh Thakkar, coordinator Pravina Thakkar and a strength of 30 teaching non-teaching staff, in strengthening the cause needs special mention here. Chinmaya mission has been associated with the school for over four years through our Geeta chanting competition and many students participate in the school. The school also makes it compulsory for Std. X students to participate in the chanting.
The sevaks and sevikas of Chinmaya mission - Sri Sunil Gambani, Smt. Nutan Bhalla, Sri Srikant Narsimhan, Sri Ajay, Sri & Smt. Someshwar Indira and Someshwar led by Brni. Prachiti Chaitanya and Swami Swatmananda participated in the programme. The stationary distribution drive continued through a period of two hours ,keeping sanitisation measures and social distancing in place. The pre packed paper bags which contained 12 long notebooks, ball pens, pencils, erasers and crayons were stacked up neatly and handed over to parents or children only after ids were established at the registration desk, coupons provided by the school staff, at the ground floor.
To view the entire event, a zoom link was available for all donors and volunteers to view, thereby ensuring complete transparency at our end. As the event drew to an end the mood was upbeat. It was an afternoon well spent and an apt finale to the event was distribution of sweet packets to the staff for Deepavali, by Swamiji and Brahmacharni Prachiti ji.