BY JYOTHSNA HEGDE
Atlanta, GA: “Women are the true embodiment of power and do not need anyone else to empower them,” quoted Didi Ma Sadhvi Ritambhara at her Pravachan and Satsang held on July 27 and 28, 2019 at the Impact Hall in Global Mall. Her legendary oratory skills with intermittent bhajans, backed with anecdotes from Indian mythologies offered a compelling two-hour discourse.
“Life is holistic,” said Sadhvi Ritambharaji pointing to Lord Krishna who braved the battlefield just as easily as he danced with the gopikas. If life has love, it also has wars, while there is peace there is also turbulence, there are joys and tears, there is respect and disrespect, there is the pleasure of meeting and the pain of departing, there is gain and loss, and this completeness that encompasses both the good and the bad in equal measure is life. Life may not be chosen only in parts, but needs to be accepted in all its entirety, she elaborated.
Anchored by Manju Tiwari, Director, Startalk Balvihar Hindi School, the event raised generous donations to Vatsalya Gram, run by Sadhvi Ritambhara Devi under the Param Shakti Peeth (PSP) Trust in Vrindavan. Shiv Aggarwal, Owner of Global Mall made a generous donation of $21,000 along with many others. Ram Saran Agarwal from California elaborated on the contributions of PSP to society.
Women community leaders under various categories were recognized for their roles as “Hindu Women in Shaping the Society.” Sita Goal, Padma Char, Arunima Sinha for serving as Longtime community volunteers, Preeti Gupta, Neetu Sharma, Amrita Kumar, Varsha Gupta for serving as Balvihar VHPA’s volunteers inculcating Hindu values through language, Shweta Dhawan for community work, and Dr. Swati Gaur for volunteering in medical field in mainstream. Under young leaders’ category, Veda Balaji, Kids help kids’ founder awarded by presidential volunteer service, for Sewa projects, Saumini Shah – SOAR Projects, Siya Katoch – Aspire Program, Tushara – Inspired Program Bhutanese, and Sripriya Srinivas, Carnatic Classical Singer, Finalist in International Indian Icon 2018.
The VatsalyaGram Gokulam offers a unique family-based model of rehabilitation and mainstreaming of abandoned children, destitute women and widows. Each unit in Gokulam is a residential premise that shelters a family of 5 girls, 2 boys, mother, aunt (Mausi) and grandmother (nani), with no blood relations.
The Samvid Gurukulam Sr. Secondary School at VatsalyaGram, replete with latest facilities and infrastructure offers CBSE-affiliated smart-class formal education to hundreds of abandoned kids every year. The Krishna Brahmaratan Vidya Mandir provides primary education to kids below poverty level families from neighboring slums and villages.
Vaishishtyam, a day care center, proposed to soon be converted into a residential facility serves kids with special needs such as ADHD, Downs Syndrome. The institute is equipped with physiotherapy, speech-therapy and also vocational training.
The Sanskar Vatika acquaints students with ancient Indian scriptures and philosophies. Under the Vasukishreyam initiative, the PSP has adopted 300 kids aged between 6- 14 from marginalized families. The Udyamita program trainswomen through professional courses to foray into entrepreneurship. VatsalyaGram extends its services across India in the states of UP, MP, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan. Gujarat, Delhi and West Bengal.
PSP has made its impact on society educating over 2000 kids, empowering over 1700 women, sheltering over 2000 people, proving eye checkups for over 3000, and relieving over 2000 people from natural disasters.