Giving Back to Society as Senior Citizen

Jivane yavadadanam syat pradanam tato’dhikam,
Ityesa prarthana’smakam Bhagavan paripuryatam.

O God! we pray you to fulfill our desire to give more to the society than what we receive.

Charity need not only be monetary. It can be giving of our time, talent, knowledge, love or compassion. This giving back brings a new purpose to life in senior years. Not only does giving back to society help the less fortunate; it also brings to the giver a tremendous sense of satisfaction and happiness. Those people who give back to society are the happiest and most content knowing fully well that they have contributed in some way to make a qualitative difference to the lives of others. It is but natural that the wise and the secure senior citizens wish to give back to society more than what they have received.

It has been a time span of 5 years as on March 1, 2013 since I retired from the post of Chief District Medical Officer Bargarh Orissa on attaining the age of superannuation i.e. 60 years of age on February 29, 2008. Basing on my efficiency, proficiency and seniority in service during the last 5 years of service I had the rare privilege to serve in my Home District Bargarh as Sub-Divisional Medical Officer Padampur Dist. Bargarh, Additional District Medical Officer Bargarh and Chief District Medical Officer Bargarh with administrative power, public prestige and social honour of the post held in Orissa State Medical & Health Services.

I and my wife after my retirement preferred to stay in a joint family with our offspring than to stay as a nuclear family at our native place in our old age for better physical, mental and emotional support in a joint family set up. On the other hand I had to leave my comfort zone of leading life with friends, relatives and old colleagues in my native place, district and state where I was having a worthy social recognition as a professional doctor amongst the public. Consequent upon my extra-ordinary decision, I had to lead my post retirement life in a completely changed social setup having only company of own family members. After residing in Gurgaon Haryana (N.C.R. Delhi) for about one year, we relocated to Bangalore Karnataka where we are residing at present.

In the changed circumstances, intuitive thoughts came to my mind that the present global world is connected through internet via World Wide Web and it will be wise on my part as a senior citizen to give something back in innovative and creative way to the society of my native place, district and state; and my country India and World as a whole by complementing and supplementing my present activities of Yoga and Spirituality with my scientific knowledge of medical profession.

During 2008 and 2009, I developed Yoga and Spirituality as ways of my life. I created the blog Yoga and Spirituality in 2010, nurtured it in 2011 and got it established in World Wide Web in 2012. On New Year`s Day 2013, I resolved for rejuvenating my life by means of Yoga and Spirituality. Now time has come to assess how far I have succeeded in giving back to society as a senior citizen as far as social obligation is concerned.

Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda

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Dr. Mahesh Chandra Panda, M.B.B.S.,M.D. Date of Birth:29.02.1948 Retd. (29.02.2008) Chief District Medical Officer Bargarh Orissa India
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47 Responses to Giving Back to Society as Senior Citizen

  1. Now residing in faraway Bangalore I have been publishing day to day post in Health Magazine with my scientific knowledge of medical profession for health education and awareness to give something back in innovative and creative way as a senior citizen to the society of my native Sub-Division Padampur , district Bargarh and state Orissa; and my country India and World as a whole through internet in Facebook in addition to my own blog website of Yoga and Spirituality.

    Welcome to Facebook

    Mahesh Chandra Panda in Facebook.

  2. Vinod Varma says:

    Senior citizens are assets to any society as they have seen the world, balanced many turmoils and survived, and learned the true art of living. Sharing vedic and yoga practices in that light, as you do, is very important to world as most of us are destined for routine life of grihastha and yet would like to practice these amidst all these challenges. Therefore please do continue to share your valuable knowledge, experience and thoughts.

  3. Mr.Vinod Verma has nicely summed the comments. Senior citizens are real back bone of any society. Every body should attempt to contribute his best to the society and should not ever think that his contribution is more than received by him. No age is a bar to contribution. New born contributes most by way of joy brought to the family while old age may be at receiving end because of possible handicaps. Satisfaction is mental way of thinking and one should remain at peace and be happy in all circumstances. Hence whatever best can be done at any age should be done as duty. As per lord Krishna, “Our duty is to work and not to bother about fruits”.

  4. Dr.Binod Bihari Naik says:

    Respected Sir,

    Your topic ‘Giving Back to Society as Senior Citizen’ gives emphasis to three words viz. Action, Reaction & Resounding which happen to be encountered by everybody in every moment at every place. But who are to recognise or reap its benefit. The answer is a wise man having spirit, get ignited or tested to your topic. He then becomes swayed & changed to perpetuate the same. Everyman experiences pain between two episodes of pleasures & vice versa in life but none can get ecstasy without thought for society & his birth is purposeless in comparison to other creations .Keeping with that views your marching spirit in post retired life of five years is a burning example to all categories of people to think of today for a healthy, wealthy, dedicated nation & equanimity to each other. So my earnest appeal to all to learn ways from Dr.M.C.Panda how to start Zero life to Yoga life & be spiritualised with him to dispel darkness of own.

    Sir, really the topic giving back to society as a senior citizen in your short span of five years of retired life is highly recommendable and a hallmark like bank deposit in old age & as it is an internet exposure,it definitely brings consideration of world-wide readers for acceptance of your innovative and creative ideas. My prayer to Almighty to let you candle more and long to bring extra & wide bright contrast in society for enjoyable living especially for old deprived parents. As you sow so you reap: your topic Yoga & Spirituality is eternal, your path is eternal, and so you are going towards eternal.

    Thanking You,
    Your Divine Brother
    Sr.Surgery Specialist
    Jt.DHS Level-II(Retd.)
    Bargarh, Odisha

  5. Santhosh says:

    Dear Panda Uncleji,
    It’s been a pleasure and honour for me to have been met you and speaking to such a great person like you almost every weekends. By the articles you post in the blog, I really feel that the society will gradually improve to its best if they learn the deep meaning of your expressions in the interest of the society. For the younger generation, I highly want to recommend the principles you have been followed all your life till now. Each and every article you publish has life in it. Looking forward to read many more such articles.

    Om Sairam 🙂
    Kind Regards,
    Santhosh KV.

  6. Prakash Padhan says:

    In post retirement life you became a Yoga practitioner, then contributing to society through your blog. We get benefit from your articles/ thoughts. Paropakara swargaya…(benefiting others is divine). Ex-President of America(Perhaps Mr Kennedy) says-“Don’t think what you receive from country, but think what you give to country”. Many people think that senior citizens are old persons and useless like old newspaper. Consequently many old people are neglected and ignored by some part of society. But old is gold,old rice is tastier than new rice. There is a proverb in kosli-“Khete dhuda, ghare budha” i.e. old people are valuable resource like pond in agriculture field.

    I want to grasp knowledge from your experience.
    I do hope,you will continue to share.
    Prakash Padhan
    UNICEF Consultant
    Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

  7. Umesh says:

    Respected Brother,

    Senior citizens having perfect knowledge gaining from their own experiences can give the true art of living & leading the life in a peaceful & simpler way.

    I request you to continue sharing your experiences & thoughts for the betterment of Mankind.

    Yours sincerely

  8. Sir,

    The line of your article i.e. “Charity need not only be monetary” could be the real thought of a Senior Citizen like you having perfect knowledge in India. Youngers will be encouraged by seniors, they follow their seniors as well as implement it in their social life. The personality like you always respected by young is only by your social thought which happened by the power of God. Sir sharing of your experience encourage the society for a better future.

    Yours sincerely
    Kedarnath Sahu
    Science Teacher
    Sohela,Dist.Bargarh Odisha

  9. Madhusudan Mahunta says:

    Dear Sir,

    I read your article ‘Giving Back to Society as Senior Citizen’ posted on dt. 01/03/13. So far my knowledge is concerned during your service period you have attained the high level post in govt. job and getting more prestige due to your purity and personality from society and utilising your power also in perfect and sincere manner and also receiving good amount of salary for your Karma Bandhan (Duty Attachment).

    After retirement from govt. job, now you have done something for society (Sansara) i.e called Dharma or Seva. Further you are also now proceeding towards God Shirdi Sai Baba through ‘Yoga and Spirituality’ that is Devotion (Pooja) or called Marma Anubhaba. I and we are thankful for your way of life in the last part of the life. God may bless you for your day to day way of life attaining the age of sixty five years to enlighten us more and more through your knowledge, personality and culture.

    ‘Om Namo Shirdi Sai Baba’
    Madhusudan Mahunta
    Sohela,Dist-Bargarh Odisha

  10. Deepak Sahu says:

    Respected Sir,

    I felt like reading stories while reading your article ‘Giving Back to Society as Senior Citizen’. These stories inspired me and my family friends, I like your article and experiences and some important points,’Transforming your experiences into stories that provide lessons which is an everlasting gift in a beautiful way’.

    Yours Sincerely
    Deepak Sahu
    Blood Bank,S.D.H.Padampur Dist.Bargarh Odisha

  11. V Nageswar Rao says:

    Dear Sir,

    This time your article is very sensitive and person specific that is mostly for a Senior Citizen. ‘Giving Back to Society as Senior Citizen’ is really an Eye catching and Learningful article of your 5 years of Post Retirement Experience and wise spending and proper utilization of the 5 valuable years to make society more yoga and spiritual oriented from the learning from each and every article of your blog Yoga and Spirituality which contains very heart touching theme and make the readers to share with their colleagues, friends, relatives and mostly with the family members.

    Sir, definitely you did wonders by your articles and changed the mind sets of many directly or indirectly. As rightly mentioned by Mr.Vinod Varmaji and Dr.Madan Goyalji and almost all the readers who have so far responded with their comments and maximum do agree that Old Age People-Senior Citizens are more important, valuable and useful for the community as they are seniors, elders and experienced with expertize in many areas. The usage of their learning for the benefit of others, the community in general is person specific and individualistic depends on the particular person and his personality. You are the best example of such people to lead healthy, active life with physical, social, mental peace and prosperity for their own, their family and mainly for others` benefit.

    Your own interest to write and publish en number of good articles in yoga and spirituality is the reality and real learning for all the readers of your articles and people in touch with them.Expecting many more valuable and learningful articles from you in coming days.Big Congratulation on wise-fully spending of 5 post retirement years dedicated for community through Yoga and Spirituality with the blessings of Shirdi Sai Baba.

    With Regards,
    V.Nageswara Rao
    Zonal Coordinator
    LEPRA India, Axshya India GF TB Project
    Bhubaneswar, Odisha India

  12. Dr. Krishna Ch Sith says:

    Dear Dr.Panda,

    Your article “Giving Back to Society as Senior Citizen” is a timely reflection of your thought & activity rendered by you for the benefit of the society as Retirement from Govt.Service does not mean the end of all the activity & services rendered to the society through assigned Govt.Job within the frame work of Govt.rules & regulations.

    It depends upon a person to manage the post retirement life with positive note to serve the people & society as a whole without seeking monetary gain through many ways as suited to the liking of a person`s Attitude, Nature, Knowledge & Experience gathered during the course of active public service. It not only keeps the person busy, active & fit but also gives immense pleasure to serve the common people and derive mental peace, harmony & ambiance.

    With regards
    Dr.K.C.Sith, M.D.
    Retd.Joint Director (Medical)
    DHS Odisha, Bhubaneswar.

  13. Pradip Kumar Bhoi says:

    Respected Sir,

    I shared the article “Giving Back to Society as Senior Citizen” published by you with Liakat Ali Khan & other persons and they were very very happy knowing about the publication of the article. Really the article is very important in the sense,’Transforming your experiences into an article that provide good lessons’.

    Pradip Kumar Bhoi
    Jr.Hospital Manager
    Sub-Divisional Hospital, Padampur Dist- Bargarh

  14. Janmejaya Samal says:

    Respected Sir,

    I can not believe myself that you being a retired senior administrative officer in health care service how you have been able to enlighten the people about the benefits of yoga and spirituality and more so I am astonished to know the popularity of your blog Yoga and Spirituality in World Wide Web.

    I am personally grateful to you for your guidance in correction of drafts relating to establishment of Office of the Chief District Medical Officer Bargarh sent to you by me through Internet from time to time. Sir, it is my prayer before the God to let you live long and continue in your aim.

    Janmejaya Samal
    Senior Clerk (Estt.)
    Office of the Chief District Medical Officer Bargarh Odisha

  15. Purnima Panda says:

    Pranam kaka.

    The article is a learning subject for them who think that after retirement they are off no use and they have done so much, that nothing to do in the rest of their life. After serving the society for a long period still they have enough to do for those who really need a guide. The senior citizens have experience of life that we don’t have. If every senior person would think like you, then the society would definitely get the benefit.Thank you for the learningful article and we are lucky to have a role model in our life.

    • Rajesh Kumar Panda says:

      Respected Dear Kaka,

      While going through your article, I could only say that all the senior people irrespective of their caste, creed, language and post are important for the community at large and more particularly for the family where he / she lived on.

      With regards,
      Yours affectionately

  16. Great Going Sir..You are really an inspiration for all of us, still nobody can match the standard set by you during your tenure at C.D.M.O.Bargarh office.I still remember the diarrhoea epidemic you handled during 2006-2007, overnight mobilisation of all staff including me, camp order I received at 2 O`Clock at night personally by office staff, so much commitment I have never seen by anyone till yet. I hope God will keep you active for another 100 years…

  17. Surabhi Garg w/o Sumit Garg says:

    om sai ram…
    great going uncle, as per my knowledge senior citizens are the back bone of our society and nation; if the foundation are strong, ultimately buildings are also…whatever u serve sir…great; i may wish to god u live a long and healthy life.

  18. Amar Ranjan Mohapatra says:

    Om Sairam…

    Sir, It is a great pleasure to have found you, my like minded professional & feel proud on several issues those are inbuilt in your words. I have gone thoroughly into your article. I may seek advises from you in coming days.Till date I feel that senior citizens are the best experienced adviser who can lead our best ways of the society and nation i.e.we can learn from their experience which reduces time & risk. I may be accepted to wish you for a best healthy life.

    ‘Om Namo Shirdi Sai Baba’
    I want to grasp knowledge from your experience.
    I do hope,you will continue to share.

    Er.Amar Ranjan Mohapatra,
    TATA Consulting Engineers Ltd.
    DEWAS, M.P.
    8982420608, 9437055638

  19. Sr.citizens are the pillar of our society….the theme is simply superb…the Yoga in vedic way is the true way.

  20. Pradeep Rath says:

    Thank you Sir. I am campaigning for ISR (Individual Social Responsibility) to pay back to the society in which ever form you like. It is praise worthy to take a decision to be with your children and more so to devote your time to contribute something to the society. I salute your sincere step and let you get of peace of mind and distribute among others being a torch bearer.

  21. Prasenjit Mishra says:

    I read the beautiful write up Sir ! A real moving read and certainly does inspire us to do something for our fellow people.

    I am of the opinion we can give whenever we are capable and self sufficient and the gift to others can be in many different ways as you have mentioned. I fully agree with your views about life post retirement. My father was also into medical profession and now practices at home as he is also a retired pro. He too serves the community in his own special way. Life is all about giving , sharing and caring is what I have come to know at an early age. That’s why I keep myself busy with lots of activities when it comes to helping people too.

    Thanks for directing me to your post. Will try to be a regular reader of your posts.

  22. Sri Mahesh Chandra Panda is contributing a lot for the modern society.Really Exemplary.Very few can follow/emulate his idealism.

    Salute for a GREAT MAN.!!!!!!!

  23. We (I & my wife Sailasuta) have arrived in New York, U.S.A. on July 30, 2013 on Visitors` Visa & scheduled to stay here for the months of August and September 2013 with our second daughter Gayatri & son-in-law Saikrishna (on Working Visa status), grandson Arnav & granddaughter Maulika residing in this place.I have the strong notion that Yoga and Spirituality of Indian origin have become increasingly popular in U.S.A. basing on country wise blog stat of my blog Yoga and Spirituality for United States. Now, I will get the scope of physical assessment related to Yoga Practice and Sai Spirituality in U.S. during my stay here for two months.

    I will continue to publish my new posts in the blog website of Yoga and Spirituality for the months of August and September 2013 during my stay in New York based on my knowledge gained in involvement of different activities & visiting new places. Simultaneously I will be updating concurrent posts with photos of my visit during my stay in New York, U.S.A. in Facebook for awareness of my friends, relatives & public of India through social networking.

    You may view my Concurrent Posts & Photos published from New York, USA in my Timeline of Facebook.

    • We left New York, USA by flight on October 1, 2013 and arrived Bangalore, India on October 2, 2013 where we are staying with our son Debashish and our first daughter Shibani, son-in-law Sunil & our granddaughter Snigdha after my retirement from Orissa State Govt Service.

      You may read my article & responses on Visit Note as Tourist to USA published on October 3, 2013 in Yoga and Spirituality.

  24. Arjun Bhargav says:

    Hello Dr Panda Uncle,

    I read your article ‘Giving Back to Society as Senior Citizen’. I am very privileged as a teenager to having known a man of experience like you. You are giving back to the society in a great way by dedicating your time in sharing all of your experiences and the knowledge you have gained over these years. Your enthusiasm in spreading knowledge in your post retirement life reflects your charismatic personality. I hope you keep writing more about your experiences for us.

    Arjun Bhargav

  25. Taraprasad Jena says:

    Jane abasaraprapta barishtha nagarikanka jeebanar aalekhya anya karma praban manabku nischit prerana jogaib ethire tile matra sandeh nahin !

  26. Manish Tiwari says:

    As per Lord Krishna,“Our duty is to work and not to bother about fruits”. Every body should attempt to contribute his best to the society and should not ever think that his contribution is more than received by him.

    Sir, really the topic giving back to society as a senior citizen in your short span of five years of retired life is highly recommendable and a hallmark like bank deposit in old age & as it is an internet exposure,it definitely brings consideration of world-wide readers for acceptance of your innovative and creative idea.

    Advocate Manish Tiwari
    C/O Mohini Gift Center Hat Road Guna M.P.

  27. Dear Sir,

    I have started my govt service as my initial posting as a M.O.near Paikmal, Padampur Sub-Division of Bargarh district in the year 1984. In fact as per the govt record I should be retiring by next year as senior citizen, but it appears that I have to continue few more years as the Health Department compelled to increase the year of superannuation for Medical Teachers in Odisha due to acute shortage of faculties. As the Senior Most Prof of Human Anatomy in the State Govt Service during last year in Dec.2012, I had the unique opportunity to host National Conference of Anatomical Society of India where more than couple of dozen of senior citizen (Anatomist) from all over India, few of them 80+ attended and actively participated in academics during the Diamond Jubilee Conference of Anatomical Society of India held in Odisha after 54 years.

    It is great to know coming out of Bargarh and relocated in a Tech city like Bangalore, you are actively working for the spiritual well being of Society.
    May the heavenly blessings be always with you.

    It is often felt to achieve, you have to take risk in life.
    If U win,U can lead; If U lose,You can guide.

  28. Lovely article sir. Sort of inspiration for people like us who are fast approaching the senior citizenship.

  29. Hi Sir,
    Greeting from my family !!!

    You may recall me, I am the youngest son of your colleague Mr.Manabhanjan Pujari (Former Head Clerk at S.D.M.O Office Padampur). I read your article and it’s really worthy. I have not so much idea regarding spiritual thought though while relating that with science I think to some extent your theory holds good here. Yes I do respect senior citizens. They are the best experienced members of Society. I believe they deserve the zenith in the society, though modernization exhales them & their ideology out. That’s an unexpected evil-ism. So, my notion is that being a renounced senior citizen in our locality you should enlighten the society.

    With Warm Regards,
    Pravash Kumar Pujari
    Hamdard Nagar, New Delhi

  30. Satish Panda says:

    Sir, I can see you are doing a great job even after your retirement, benefiting human kind through social network. I read some of your Articles Sir. Haven’t gone through all. Those are very interesting and inspiring. Keep up the good work Sir. Regards.

  31. Hello Sir,

    It’s a nice and inspiring article.It’s a great thing that you serve to the society after your retirement with your knowledge and experiences.

  32. Hello Sir,

    After taking VRS at the age of 56 from Senior Managership of Central Bank of India, Picnic Garden Kolkata Branch, I am following the same path as you do. At least we get some satisfaction by giving to society whatever we learnt in life. There is a lot to learn even today and share the same in the society. Hope your endeavor will bring cheers to the society at large.

  33. Dear Sir,

    You are really great, you did a lot for the society in two ways. I have lot of desires like you to do favour to the society who are in need; but I didn’t get settled myself till now, once I get settled definitely I will fulfill my goals like you.

    Dear Sir, you are one of my inspiration Guides.
    Thanks a lot sir,
    N.Bala Nagaraju

  34. Yoga having immense benefits of physical and mental health is very essential for human beings especially in late stage of life when almost all face health problems. So your strategy and drive for this noble action is really praiseworthy. I appreciate your post retirement thought and activities sincerely. Your valuable suggestions are welcome always. Thanks for your contribution to the society as a senior citizen. All the best !

  35. It’s nice to feel after reading your valuable topic on Yoga.

  36. Oscillation of day/night helps to sustain our planet to this day…Means if only day or night is placed somewhere…That place is not survivable…So achievements and giving away…Makes the balance…For the future generations…Thank You Sir

  37. Respected Mahesh Sir,
    You have taken a great step. Hope this step will inspire the next generation about the morality of giving more than taking.

  38. Good initiative. Good thing is that new generation has already understood the importance of yoga and pranayama better. Especially female are very conscious.

  39. Yoga & Spirituality now is very necessary for our society.

  40. Woh….unbelievable. No word for ur article.

  41. Subrata Kumar Kantha says:

    Dear Sir,

    I really appreciate what you are doing to the society.Even being a man of age > 60 years you are energetic to contribute to the society.I too firmly believe that senior citizens are the assets to the society.They have a lot of experience in life & also the wisdom.If these assets are properly utilised then there can be drastic improvement in the society.So instead of thinking senior citizens as liability ,they should be given the opportunity to contribute to the society with the help of their of huge experience,knowledge & wisdom.

    Wish you a long & prosperous life.

  42. Very much impressed by your decision with determination to do something for society as a responsible elderly person of society.I am honoured to be associated with you.

    Well Done Sir.

  43. Braja Kishor Panda says:


    I have gone through your articles. I read and felt that the articles are the real composition of facts. Excellent articles Sir, keep writing.

  44. Dear Dr.Panda, your willingness to give something back to the society is highly appreciable.But in my opinion our living in it is not a bargain and hence does not call for a give and take relationship.So far spirituality is concerned,it is better, go on doing as much as you can if it is worth giving . Never assess it.

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