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