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Wednesday, 3 October 2012

10 Years to THE DAY

Hari Om Dear Friends,

It is exactly 10 years to the day when Bapu delivered his historic speech on the 3rd of October 2002, during which he unveiled before the world the Thirteen Point Programme. Those of you who were fortunate to be present on that historic occasion will fondly remember that Bapu began his speech in a most unusual, but in his own unique, inimitable style. He cited the song "tasveer banata hoon tasveer nahin banti"  to describe the helplessness that he could see on the face of every poor and underprivileged man that he came across during his travel around India, which made him sad; but only momentarily, for there was another song that he loved that reflected his optimism and hope for the country “tadbeer say bigdi hui takdeer banalay, apne pe bharosa hai to yeh daav lagalay. Who would have imagined anybody commencing a speech on a very important subject in a way that would deeply touch the chords of your heart; in such a disarming way? Our Bapu is indeed unique! I haven’t the slightest doubt that this speech of Bapu will, forever, be etched in the annals of the history of mankind.

As I reflect upon some of the things that Bapu said on that unforgettable day, it gives me the shivers even now. Sample this:

(i) “… Besides, the significant events, that are to occur shortly in the world… India will play a very important role in these, in all significant events… a very important role”

(ii) “…Nevertheless, know that it is going to be India who will lead… 108%… Definitely.”

(iii) “…Know that, irrespective of whether people follow me or not, I will accomplish what I want to and that, mind you, is my vow. I will be only too happy if my dear mates join me or follow me. But, even if the whole world is up against me, I will not be deterred from going my way and sticking to my values. That is for sure… 100%… 108%.”

(iv) “…I neither want to be a leader nor a ruler. You call me a Sadguru... I accept it. You call me God... I accept it. You call me a Monster... I accept it. I will accept any name you wish to give me. However the only role I wish to play is that of a friend. I am your friend… one who never betrays… one who really wishes you well… a friend on the path of truth, who gives all the love.”

(v) “…You are welcome to say anything you want. I do not care. As long as I know that I am on the path of truth you may say anything; I don’t care.”

(vi) “…The last 5 pages of this work (Shreemad Purushartha Grantharaj) will be blank… totally blank. They will be published only after I go from here, after having done what I am here for. But there is still a lot of time. Don’t rejoice yet. This is not going to occur in the near future… 100%. No bullet, no bomb can pierce this chest; remember… 100%.”

(vii) “…Besides, nothing can tie me down… nothing at all. Nobody can stop or contain me. My parents gave me this name of Aniruddha and that is exactly how I am – Aniruddha - one who cannot be stopped or contained. Nobody can hold me back - 100%.”

(viii) “…My 13 points are over. No, not over; they have only just begun. We hear Bapu’s 13 points are over… wrong. Bapu never came to an end and never will… 100%. So, Bapu’s 13 points too will not come to an end. They will go on, forever.”

My friends, if this is not inspiring, then please tell me what else is. These words uttered by Bapu are more than sufficient to motivate generations after generations.

Thus came into being the Thirteen Point Programme of Bapu comprising of the following projects:

1CLOTHING PROJECT – CHARKHA YOJANA
2. ROUND THE YEAR WATER FARMING & FODDER PLAN – BAARA MAAS SHETI CHAARA
3. USED PAPER PROJECT - RADDI YOJANA
4. OLD IS GOLD PROJECT - JUNA TE SONA
5. THE WARMTH OF LOVE PROJECT - PREMAACHI OOB
6. THE LIGHT OF KNOWLEDGE PROJECT - VIDYA PRAKASH YOJANA
7. CLEANLINESS CAMPAIGN
8. THE AHILYA SANGH
9. SATYA SMRUTI (SHREEMAD PURUSHARTHA GRANTHARAAJ)
10. THE CONFLUENCE OF INDIAN LANGUAGES - BHARATIYA BHASHA SANGAM
11. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE BANK
12. INSTITUTE OF STUDIES OF FIVE CONTINENTS
13. THE DISASTER MANAGEMENT TEAM - AAPATTI NIVARAK DAL

As I look back over the activities that have been undertaken under the aegis of the Thirteen Point Programme, I feel a great sense of satisfaction at what we have achieved under the various programmes that were delegated down the line for execution and also a sense of pride for the wholehearted involvement of many Shraddhavaan Bapu Bhaktas, who have come forward to actively become a part of this great movement. At the same time, I am very conscious of the fact that a lot remains to be achieved, but am equally confident that we are taking small but sure steps in that direction; much in the same manner that Bapu has taught us on how to progress.

Dear Friends, I am sure you are keen to know as to how we have progressed on the various projects that form part of the Thirteen Point Programme. I am happy to state that we have made commendable progress on each of the Twelve Points; the Thirteenth Point, i.e. Sr. No. 9 - Satya Smruti (Shreemad Purushartha Grantharaaj) being the exclusive domain of Bapu. I have with me certain important statistics which I am sharing with you. This will give you an idea as to the kind of work that has been done by Shraddhavaan Bapu Bhaktas, most of whom have had to take time out after attending to their jobs and household responsibilities.



Satya Smruti (Shreemad Purushartha Grantharaaj):
This project, as I have said earlier, is the exclusive domain of Bapu himself, under which, as you well know, three volumes, namely Satya Pravesh, Prem Pravaas and Anand Sadhana have already been published. 
 

Bharatiya Bhasha Sangam Project:

Under this project, language classes were organized by Aniruddha Samarpan Pathak wherein Shraddhavaan Bapu Bhaktas learnt a new language. Bapu personally conducted classes in Marathi based on Shri Sai Satcharita for a select batch of around 350 for a period of three and half years.

General Knowledge Bank:

Under this project, relevant information that ought to be known by an average citizen, was initially published in the Krupasindhu magazine. Thereafter, under the same initiative, information on wide ranging topics, including matters medical, legal, taxation for individuals and a host of other relevant topics are being published in the daily newspaper Pratyaksha.

Study of Five Continents:
It was the study personally carried out by Bapu under this project that led to his writing the series of articles on the Third World War, which was eventually compiled as a book. The exhaustive international news that you get to read in Pratyaksha everyday is yet another step in that direction.

Now, I will proceed to give you statistics which are readily available with me for some of the projects.

Charkha Yojana:
1) Total number of Amber Charkhas distributed: 5570
2) Total number of Slivers utilized: 75,527 kgs.
3) Total number of Hanks made: 50,326 kgs
4) Total length of cloth woven: 2,48,014 mtrs.
5) Total number of uniform sets stitched and distributed: 1,16,578 nos. 

Raddi Yojana:


Today we all hear about eco-friendly Ganapatis and how this concept has caught on over the years. You will be glad to know that we were one of the first to initiate and implement the concept of eco-friendly Ganapati. This idea was born out of Raddi Yojana, when there was a discussion on how to effective deal with the used newspapers, that were being donated under this project.
Total Number of Idols made: 32,225
Countries covered other than IndiaHong Kong, Mauritius, Nigeria, Oman, Singapore, UAE, UK, USA.

OLD IS GOLD (Juna tey Sona): 

Maayechi Oob:

The beauty of Bapu’s projects is that it helps the housewife as well as the grandmother to keep herself busy at home after completing her domestic chores, by getting herself involved in the Maayechi Oob (Warmth of Love) project, by stitching quilts from pieces of discarded cloth or knitting sweaters.
Total Number of quilts (godhadi) made: 46,589
Total Number of quilts (godhadi) distributed: 35,589
a.       Vatsalyachi Oob*: Handmade sweaters by Shraddhavans: 1459
b.      Sweaters distributed (received as donation) :11,542
* This is an initiative undertaken under the project Maayechi Oob in which elderly Shraddhavaan ladies come together at Bapu’s residence 5 days a week and stitch sweaters while singing the praises of the Almighty. 

Vidya Prakash Yojana:

Total Number of Students benefited: 1,20,405
Total Number of candles distributed: 14,49,569
Total Number of matchboxes distributed: 6,63,699

Ahilya Sangh:
Number of Ladies enrolled: 3114
Number of Ladies trained in basic course of Bala Vidya: 1171
Number of Surya Namaskar Camps for ladies : 37
Number of Beneficiaries from Surya Namaskar Camps: 2032

Aniruddha’s Academy of Disaster Management:



DMVs trained so far: 60,409
Number of Courses Conducted: 1,432
Number of Districts Covered: 24
Number of Trainers: 411
Number of Transmitters: 1115
Number of Courses outside Maharashtra (GujaratGoa, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh): 04
Number of Fire Fighters: 485
Number of Fire Fighter Courses Conducted: 09

Tree Plantation Initiative: 
Region
Trees Planted
Mumbai
96,000
Ratnagiri
80,000
Satara
1,25,000
Aurangabad
1,50,000
Jalgaon
55,000
Other Centres
(Collectively)
2,00,000
(Approx.)

TOTAL
7,06,000

I would like to take this opportunity to convey my deepest gratitude to each and every Shraddhavaan Bapu Bhakta, who has contributed to this epic movement in every which way. There is a lot more to be achieved, but I am supremely confident that if we work together as a team, however far we may be separated by geographical distances, the common bond that binds us together - our unconditional love for Bapu and undiluted faith in him - will serve to collapse all these barriers and help us to achieve what he has envisioned for us and humanity as a whole.