Charity is basically providing drinking water, food, clothes and shelter which are primary needs of life to the distressed and needy persons. Charity need not only be monetary; in broader sense, it can also be giving one`s time, talent, knowledge, technique and service to those who need it without expecting anything in return from the beneficiaries.
I and my wife after my retirement as C.D.M.O. Bargarh Orissa on February 29, 2008 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. After residing for one year in Gurgaon, Haryana (N.C.R. Delhi), we relocated to Bangalore, Karnataka. However I had to leave my comfort zone of leading life with friends, relatives and old colleagues in my native place, district and state of Odisha 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.
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. I created my own blog Yoga and Spirituality on May 2, 2010 which has been carried forward as monthly Internet Journal uninterruptedly till date. Readers of many countries throughout World read my articles posted in my blog Yoga and Spirituality as documents available for public view through Google and other search engines in Internet. I have the pleasure to mention here that readers of more than 100 countries of world from India and abroad are reading and posting comments on my articles posted in my blog website Yoga and Spirituality. In the 9th year of its publication, Yoga and Spirituality blog stat has more than 1, 32,500+ views with 180 publications (178 posts+ 2 pages) supplemented by more than 3,170+ comments in discussion part of the topic. I thank the readers and comment authors worldwide for such phenomenal quantitative and qualitative growth of my blog website Yoga and Spirituality.
I registered my name as a user in social networking website Facebook on June 15, 2011. My relatives, old friends and colleagues with whom I had worked during my service became friends in Facebook. Moreover I started creating a new circle of friends world-wide through social networking in Facebook.I have more than 3,000+ friends and followers in Facebook. I have been posting photo & post on inspirational quotes, Yoga and Spirituality, social events, tours & travels and Heath Magazine in News Feed and day to day management as member admin of Bargarh. Budasambar groups comprising mostly Facebook users of my native district Bargarh in Odisha and Health Bulletin group comprising mostly Health Professionals in Facebook. I am mentoring as Admin-in-Chief and monitoring as moderator 2 Facebook groups of my native district Bargarh Odisha comprising 40,000+ members of Bargarh and Budasambar groups. I would like to thank all members of both the groups for remarkable quantitative and qualitative growth in participation of members active in viewing/reading and posts/likes/comments/shares in micro-blogging in Social Networking Facebook.
I have been donating funds every month to SSSSS (Sri Sadguru Sainath Seva Samithi ) managing Shri Shirdi Sai Baba Anand Ashram BTM Lay out Bangalore towards Annadhan, Charitable Clinic & Ashram during my visit to Ashram from May 2009 to my last visit in August 2017 but due to my casual irregular visit to Ashram since May 2015 as a cancer survivor with post-surgery radiation complications I have started online monthly donation since September 2017 towards Annadhan, Charitable Clinic & Ashram to SSSSS (Sri Sadguru Sainath Seva Samithi ) managing Shri Shirdi Sai Baba Anand Ashram BTM Lay out Bangalore.
I have been donating towards Corpus Fund of Shri Sai Sumiran Times on line periodically. Shri Sai Sumiran Times is an internationally circulated printed monthly magazine published from New Delhi for last 14 Years both in Hindi and English medium on Shirdi Sai Baba spreading message of Sai Baba`s Service to the distressed in his lifetime and thereafter by His devotees worldwide . I am a regular reader of Shri Sai Sumiran Times getting monthly complimentary printed copy in my postal address at Bangalore regularly sent by Editor, Shri Sai Sumiran Times New Delhi. Many articles on Shirdi Sai Baba written & posted by me in my blog website of Yoga and Spirituality have been published in Shri Sai Sumiran Times in its English Section which have been appreciated by readers in India and International Forum.
I had my last visit to Shree Shirdi Sai Mandir Padampur for Darshan of Shri Sai in my native town Padampur Dist. Bargarh on October 29, 2014 during my last Odisha trip in October-November 2014. Due to my physical indisposition as a cancer survivor, I could not visit my native State Odisha for last 3 Years during 2015, 2016 & 2017. Probably Shirdi Sai Baba wished that I might serve the purpose of helping devotees, poor & needy persons at his abode at my native town Padampur by Donation for Annadan from Bangalore ( on line transfer (t) friend ) which I have started from February 2018 as Monthly Donation. Shri Satchidananda Sadguru Sainath Maharaj ki Jaya.
I have immense pleasure and sense of generosity that I could provide 10 blankets on December 2, 2017 as charity for distressed senior citizens of my native district Bargarh Odisha to protect them from winter cold through my Facebook friend and social activist Subrat Kumar of Bargarh. This is an extraordinary event through Involvement in Social Media contributing to Value added Life of Senior Citizen in Physical Distress when I had not been able to visit my native district Bargarh Odisha since November 2014 for last 3 years due to my physical indisposition as cancer survivor with post-surgery radiation complications residing at Bangalore.
I could provide 50 New Dress as Charity for Distressed and Poor Primary School Children of my native district Bargarh Odisha on eve of New Year 2018 through my Facebook friend and social activist Subrat Kumar of Bargarh. This is another extraordinary event through Involvement in Social Media contributing to Value added Life in Physical Distress when I had not been able to visit my native district Bargarh Odisha since November 2014 for last 3 years due to my physical indisposition as cancer survivor.
I have immense pleasure and sense of generosity that I could provide Clothes Sarees & Dhotis ( Bastradan ) and Fruits ( Phaladan ) on occasion of my 70th Birth Anniversary ( D.O.B.-29/02/1948 ) on 28th February 2018 ( last day of February 2018 ) as Charity to Distressed Senior Citizens residing in Parbati Giri Anatha Bruddhashram Samaleipadar Bijepur in my native district Bargarh Odisha through my Facebook friend and social activist Subrat Kumar of Bargarh. I have got strong belief that the beneficiaries` Blessing Counts much more for me especially when I had not been able to visit my native district Bargarh Odisha since November 2014 for last 3 years due to my physical indisposition as cancer survivor residing at Bangalore.
God is my healer. No matter what my body is telling to me, I trust God to heal me.I have got strong belief that the Countless Blessings of Beneficiaries by Act of Charity Counts much more for me. With my supportive family at Bangalore home and countless blessings & good wishes from my relatives, friends and fellow citizens known & unknown and Grace of God, I am quite hopeful to lead a better health in days, months and years ahead fighting cancer as Cancer Survivor.
Dr Mahesh Chandra Panda