Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The right vision...

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Sri:
Srimate ramanujaya nama:

Priya arangan adiyar,

Any organization relies on having the right vision to provide guidance and to offer scope for course correction.  The vision for the upcoming future is usually the first step in the planning process.  The vision usually provides the overall purpose for the activity.  It is based on the core values of the individuals or the organization.  There is an adage about missing the forest for the trees.  Having the right vision helps one to keep focus of the big picture while being dragged into various short term goals that consume one's attention.

Having a vision permits the individual to make sure that one's activities finally add up to the larger purpose.  When the activities do not add to the larger purpose, it is worth taking stock if these activities only add zero to the total sum or they go to the extent of subtracting from the benefits.

This leads us to the conclusion that the definition of the vision must be accompanied by the definition of a set of activities that are likely to advance towards the realization of the vision.  This would enable us to avoid performing an estimation of benefits or losses for every activity to understand the impact of the activity on the final goal.  

The system of Bhagavad Ramanuja is a harmonious synthesis of philosophy and religion.  In the philosophy, the ingredients of the system are identified.  This leads to the definition of the big picture and the general course to be adopted.  The religious part caters to the actual particulars that lead to the actualization of the vision gained through philosophy - the methods, mindsets and practices that have the potential to advance the determined vision.  It is no wonder that the ancient philosophical systems of our nation were called darsanas (or visions). 

The various activities of Srimaan Trust contribute in adding to the grand total. To achieve this result, the Trust needs to take into account different aspects and challenges that lie in its path and ensure that we do not miss on any parameter that leads to the success of the vision.  

This implies that in addition to spiritual progress, it is also necessary to take into account the physical well being of our students and volunteers. This involves guaranteeing that they have access to medical facilities and are well equipped to take advantage of various programmes of the Trust.

In tune with this objective, Srimaan Trust facilitated the testing of volunteers for eye ailments.  Five volunteers were found to require optical assistance for vision. They received spectacles from the Trust, presented by Sri U Ve Parasara Azhagiya Singa Bhattar Svami. The volunteers expressed great happiness at receiving this aid. They felt this service would help them serve the needy adiyars with greater care.


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