I was watching Sankara TV at home. My mom-in-law has a cable connection where 3 channels come absolutely free, Sun, SAI, Sankara .,along with News channels . As everyone would know, even after spending value family time, the days are longer, nights even more. I noticed that, these sai and sankara tv give more inference on spirituality. The slogans, chanting and the discourse by the Gurus and the Acharyas about our culture, tradition and welfare are really enchanting. The Global welfare is our concern LOKAH SAMSTHA SUKHINO BHAVANTU (May all the beings everywhere live peacefully) is the tag line or invocation of the channel. The morning hours are filled with yoga, meditation and more about mudhras. The evening hours in both Sai and Sankara tv’S telecast Vishnu shasranamam and Lalitha shasranamam, I was sitting in front of the day and mom in law gave me the books and told me to follow the lines, as I too didn’t have any other work started to chant along with the Tv relay lines .Day in and out this happened. The days of self quarantine has made many more spiritual than any other time. Irrespective of caste or creed people offer the prayer for the wellness of everyone around and globally. The first time in the history, Meenakshi temple and Thirumala have been closed for public, the same with Vatican and mosques . The human races pray together for the well being of the earth. We don’t want the next human to get affected by covid-19.
One week gone, I had no option and was watching Sankara Tv, the program was about Achievers, I thought the personality will be some musician or stalwart… but to the surprise it is about a young achiever who has founded a organization called Soul Free Organization. She is Preethi Srinivasan , what’s more shocking was the introduction showed her as a National swimming champion and a Captain of National Women Cricket Champion, the record of her has still not been challenged. When she came on screen, she was sitting in a wheel chair. I was keener in knowing as what happened to this enthusiastic and cheerful girl? She herself narrated the accident, she went along with her college friends an excursion to Pondicherry and they all were playing in the beach with hands folded together and were having fun. The giant wave lashed her and as she was a swimmer wanted to leap up, but her feet was stuck under the sea sand and fell down. It was just 30 seconds and everything went topsy- turvy .
Preethi has broken her neck and her spinal cord got affected which left her quadriplegic and she had her dreams shattered and couldn’t take life as easily. Till her 18 years, she was a normal girl like any one and this incident made her stressed. To overcome this her parents took her to Thiruvanamalai , Ramana Ashram and they gave her mental strength and she has been told that , everything in life happens with a purpose and she has to choose the purpose of her life. This made her think of other people who have been injured like this and doesn’t have support. Preethi came to know that two young girls got spinal cord injury has been left out by their family forcing them to commit suicide. This made her to start an organization and hence ‘Soul Free’ has emerged.
The initiative that she has taken is a herculean task for the people (particularly for the under privileged and also for those whose family don’t support them after the accident or so) who accidentally get affected and suffer the irreparable loss . Preethi told that she want to establish it like a village(one of its kind in India as there are not any voluntary health centers to support this kind of illness(can be told as ill luck though) where these people, can do some work based on the disability and earn a living and live the life they deserve. Now, she is forty and has lived the past 20 years like this and heels on wheels, helping herself and others. When the interview was completed and switched off the TV, there was lump in my throat (don’t fear it is not virus) due to emotional outburst. There are many corporate who already has a tie up with her organization, also she is a motivational speaker and doesn’t accept anything as felicitation instead tell them to directly contribute it to the trust. The maiden step has been set with the help of her mother and we shall wish or help, Preethi to achieve more.
I shall conclude the write up with Tagore’s poem; Gitanjali, verse 36. (The poem has been awarded Noble Prize in Literature; 1913) My oft quoted one too.
This is my prayer to thee, my Lord-strike, strike at the root of penury (poverty) in my heart.
Give me the strength lightly to bear my joys and sorrows.
Give me the strength to make my love fruitful in service.
Give me the strength never to disown the poor or bend my knees before insolent (impolite ones) might.
Give me the strength to raise my mind high above daily trifles.( over less important problems)
And give me the strength to surrender my strength to thy will with love.
Sanaathana Dharma Saampradaayam for the invocation prayer .
Rabindranath Tagore ‘s Gitanjal i verse.
Sankara TV for the telecast of Achievers program.