This simple statement of Dr. Safaya opened my eyes. I immediately took this to heart. I hired a Maruthi van from Bangalore, got the seats removed and converted it to make it an ambulance. I opened an account in a whole sale pharmacy in Bangalore and arranged for constant flow of additional supplies from Bangalore as and when we needed them. Thus we cut our dependence on ashram authorities for ambulance and super-specialty hospital for additional supplies. We did this from then onwards with every medical camp. We started to inquire with both general and super-specialty hospital about their needs and started providing those needs with voluntary contributions by our team members. Example of such contribution is like the backup generator and ultrasound equipment for the general hospital and Echo equipment and other supplies to the super specialty hospital.
Once we became self reliant and be of help to them, instead of a drain on their resources, there is quantum shift in the attitude of the ashram authorities as well as with super-specialty hospital authorities. There is paradigm shift in our attitude of service. That is we now learnt to do service that is fully self reliant. We decided only to give but not seek help from others. We used this important life lesson in all the projects we have undertaken at Prashanthi Nilayam and later on in all our medical service activities in Texas, USA.
I am grateful and thankful to Dr. Safaya whom I consider is one of my mentors in teaching this important lesson of self reliance. This lesson is not just for service work. it is a life lesson in all circumstances and in all events. At the end of each day I now evaluate, if I give more than I received that day.
Life is a water bubble. While this water bubble lasts we should be giving more and more to the people and society around us. At any moment we are destined to leave this world we should leave with a positive balance of giving rather than with negative balance of receiving.
Dr. Safaya left this physical abode today (Jan, 10, 2013) to expand into Omnipresent abode of Oneness. Thank you Dr. Safaya for this important life lesson of self reliance. You are one of my mentors. I Love you. You live in the memories of all of us, for ever.