It is very easy to start social work….or that is what everyone seems to think. Middle-aged housewives, senior citizens, even teenager kids think that it is their great responsibility to save the society from something bad….and bad is always outside their house…in someone else’s life!
No matter how much their own lives be messed up…they like to go out and help the so-called needy! Anyone gets up and starts a counseling center when they have no clue how to deal with their own family members. But giving advices to others…oh! They are good at it!
It is not wrong to help others…it is definitely not wrong to be considerate to those who are less privileged than us….but any such act of benevolence if is generating ego satisfaction is no more benevolent. No matter how many people you may have helped…you have damaged your own self…your own soul in the process. There are very few examples of real social revolutionaries, who have managed to resurrect their own selves and taken many others along to a greater plane of living. But often such people are only clad in ornate frames and hung on the wall of plush social Organization offices. Nobody bothers to look at them closely and take real inspiration….
You cannot do any good to others if you cannot do good to your own self! Hence it is first and foremost requirement to have clear idea about our own life before we start interfering with others lives. You are nobody to teach good values to others….never be in any such misunderstanding. If any good happens to others through you…always remember that you are only a mediator through whom god’s benevolence has reached the needy. Without the divine will, you are nothing but a ragdoll, because you cannot even guaranty your next breath….how can you guaranty a good life to someone else?!
I am not proposing fatalism….on the other hand I am only trying to emphasis on a greater responsibility of our lives….and the greater responsibility is to know our own selves first….which unfortunately goes down the list of priority in most of our cases. We are too busy correcting others to look down at ourselves and see the mess we have created within us…..Social work starts from your own self first. If you can clean your heart….raise your family in the right way….only then you can do any good to a larger family…that is the society in which you live.
It is good that more and more people are awakened, and sensitive towards the less privileged part of the world…. It is indeed a great step towards living in a world that is global village, where everyone is bonded with love and concern for each other. But we must make sure that we do not ride on the tides of fashion trends…. Social work is no fashion trend….it is not about attending social clubs, arranging cultural camps for kids, providing free and immature counseling to the women in familial problem… and then writing a book or paid interview in the local daily about “my experiences in social work”!
Most of the social programs revolve around betterment of material side of life, donating cloths and food and money etc. A better category of programs involve making people economically independent…like women self-help groups. But there are very few social agencies that manage to touch the core of social deceases, who strive for betterment of soul…
There is indeed a hope…a dream of utopia…. And the tiny invisible steps of good times are always seen through the haze of corruption….. There are many spiritual organizations…and saints who are actively working to trigger the forces of reform….there are people who may not belong to any spiritual or religious sect but are no less awakened souls than any saint, who are serving the needy with a humble and loving heart, without a trace of self-pride…. Nothing done by anti-social forces and media-hunters causes hindrance to their purity and love for all…..
There have been so many revolutions in the history of world…. Each revolution adding to mankind’s progress….accelerating the speed of time…. each revolution is deeper, more subtle and more effective than the previous. Now we are standing at the threshold of another revolution…which is most subtle yet most effective than industrial, political, technological revolutions that have brought us so far in time…. It is a revolution of the spirit of not just limited mankind but the spirit of this world. It is time to weed out the bad…to remove the dirt….first from our own heart…and then from the entire world…. It is time for another revolution that can start only from within our hearts….the revolution of spirit.