Sangh Shiksha Varg 2015 (SSV 2015) has been one of the most inspiring experiences of my life. The thing that stands out most about this year’s SSV was the strong feeling of sanghatan (unity) created between all who attended. It was a feeling that spanned local, cultural and even international boundaries. From the sanchalan (route march) across the field, to the huge numbers massed together at the samarop (concluding ceremony), this spirit of unity ran through all the activities, and provided a glimpse of what can be created in the future if Sangh work continues to move forwards.
The biggest thing that I have taken away from the last nine days is a greater appreciation of the nature of Sangh work and the reasons for which we do everything that we do. People often wonder why I choose to spend ten days undergoing a highly disciplined and tiring schedule during my free time in the summer; the qualities that this set-up develops in the individuals who partake in it are rarely developed elsewhere in such a concentrated and efficient fashion. Ultimately, that is the purpose of all activities within Sangh: to develop samskaars (qualities) within those who take part in them, even in the smallest and seemingly most insignificant of tasks such as standing in a straight line. Nothing is done simply for the sake of doing it, and this is an idea that anyone conducting an activity within Sangh must, in my opinion, be constantly aware of. If these qualities are not developed, then the aim of sanghatan seems altogether more distant.
Working for Sangh in any form is not like working for any other organisation. One need not seek congratulations on being given the role of a shikshak (instructor or leader) in SSV; any Sangh work that is done or responsibility that is accepted must be done without making a noise about it. One of our varg geets says, ‘Hum Hain Maun Pujari’ – ‘we are the silent devotees’. As a result, I firmly believe that anyone who is responsible for imparting samskaars to swayamsevaks or sevikas in any Sangh or Samiti event must not look for recognition once they have done so. What I have described so far are but two features of Sangh that make it stand out. One more is the fact that the progress of Sangh towards its practical aim of Hindu unity is not increased in proportion with the funds provided to it, but by the time which its workers invest in it. As a result, I believe that I should try and invest time in the work of Sangh, since I have gained so much as a result of it. This, however, is no easy task: many of those who feel they ought to give time to Sangh are busy in higher education or at work.
It is, in my view, vital to understand that Sangh is not something that we attend for one or two hours per week. A swayamsevak or sevika remains as such for 24 hours per day, seven days a week. Even fifteen minutes per day spent reading Sangh literature or maintaining contact with local swayamsevaks or sevikas will contribute to the overall work of Sangh. These are therefore the conclusions that I have derived over the last nine inspiring days: time should be given to Sangh in order to ensure that its activities continue to develop the same samskaars that those who give their time have themselves gained, and this should be done selflessly. In this way, Hindus can unite and ultimately, the whole world can live according to the ethical norms that we all share, regardless of all the differences that may appear to exist between us. The motivation for this is surely the great show of unity at which many of us were present last week.
‘Hum Vijay Ki Aur Badhate Jaa Rahe Hain…’