Stories of Bharat - Octogenarian wants Swayamsevaks who served her to perform her last rites

    03-May-2020   
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The octogenarian showered her blessings on the swayamsevaks and also said, “Ensure that you are near me when I die…I consider it as a boon to have you people do my last rites for I am sure to attain Moksha”.
 
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Santosh Sogalad, RSS Karyavah of Savadatti Taluk narrates an experience that had Swayamsevaks awestruck. The RSS Swayamsevaks from Belagavi district in Karnataka were on their usual errands to serve the needy. On 15th April, they started on their vehicles to distribute grocery to needy in the villages when they reached Kori Parvatamma’s house in Savadatti of Belagavi District of Karnataka. The house was in a dilapidated condition.
 
The octogenarian seemed to be alone at home. The Swayamsevaks called for the grand old lady and after multiple calls, she came out. As planned she was provided with the grocery kit by the Swayamsevaks.
 
The old lady had tears in her eyes. She had not expected anyone to come home to give her grocery during the time of lockdown. Apparently she had not forgotten as she recollected rightly that it was the same people (Swayamsevaks) who had come home and helped her during the time of floods last year.
 
The lady thanked the Swayamsevaks for their service. The Swayamsevaks were quick to respond saying the money for service activities is donated by people of the same society and RSS as an organization asks us to deliver it to the needy. So the gratitude should be directed to the society and the Sangh and not us who are mere foot soldiers during such emergencies.
 
The octogenarian did not stop there. She showered blessings on the swayamsevaks and also said, “Ensure that you are near me when I die…I consider it as a boon to have you people do my last rites for I am sure to attain Moksha” Well, these words were quite heavy for the Swayamsevaks to digest and considered them as blessings from the old lady who really was in need of help. The Swayamsevaks were also thankful to the society and the Sangh which enabled them to be part of such noble acts of serving the needy.