Kindness is a virtue that is born out of compassion and empathy and it forms the very basis of humanity and brotherhood across the world. All across the world, random acts of kindness for humans, animals, nature or ecosystem, are appreciated and the need to have more acts of kindness is ever increasing. To appreciate such deeds and to promote the culture and acts of kindness, the World Kindness Day is observed all across the world on 13th November. This day was first introduced in 1998 by a coalition of nations’ kindness NGOs, and since then it has been observed annually in many countries and is increasingly being recognised worldwide.
What is Kindness?
In kindness lies the very essence of humanity. It means helping those in need, to be compassionate and understanding towards others and to do our best to help them. You can do small acts of kindness on daily basis; it does not mean that you need to be rich to help someone. Smallest of deeds like helping your elderly parents at home, listening to a friend who is tense and worried, complimenting a fellow being for something good they did, appreciating others, planting trees, helping someone cross the road, all these count as acts of kindness that cost you no money.
Kindness also means not being rude, not bullying or taunting others. It also means to be brave and stand up for one self and for those who cannot. Kindness is strength and virtue.
Kindness: An inherent part of the teachings of Saint Dr. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji Insan
Since the inception of Dera Sacha Sauda in 1948, the spiritual masters at Dera Sacha Sauda – Shah Mastana Ji Maharaj, Shah Satnam ji Maharaj and the current Master, Saint Dr. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji Insan have taught kindness for all living beings.
“Love is God, God is Love” – this teaching at Dera Sacha Sauda promotes selfless service towards every living being and towards the mother earth.
Saint Dr. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji Insan teaches compassion towards all, irrespective of the caste, creed and colour. Out of this all encompassing and selfless love, Guruji started 134 welfare activities that show kindness, compassion and render a helping hand towards the mankind in its entirety.
These activities involve:
- Feeding the hungry, giving water to the thirsty
- Giving clothes, toys and books to the needy
- Providing monthly rations to those who are physically incapable of earning for themselves.
- Planting trees
- Donating blood
- Posthumous Organ and Eye Donation
- Posthumous Body Donation
- Respecting and taking care of the elderly
- Helping destitute pregnant women by providing them nutritious food and medical care
- Mega Cleanliness Campaigns
- Providing assistance and medical support to accident victims
For complete list of welfare activities, follow this link: Dera Sacha Sauda Humanitarian Activities.
Millions of pledges towards kindness and human welfare
Thanks to the teachings of Saint Dr. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji Insan, millions of people across the world have learnt the virtues of kindness and compassion and have pledged to follow the 134 acts of welfare.
This has led to a wave of selfless service that is spreading fast. These millions of followers live in various countries worldwide and make sure to keep the flame of kindness burning. Their regular activities like blood donation, tree plantation, assisting the victims of natural disasters and regular cleanliness campaigns, have been recognized by the local authorities and governing bodies of many countries and have been duly appreciated as well.
Acts of Kindness during the Corona Times
These are very testing times and during these times, we need an increasing number of people to do acts of kindness, more than ever. With the understanding of these tough and unprecedented times, the followers of Dera Sacha Sauda have come to the forefront and with the permission from authorities they have done many appreciable tasks of kindness, some of which are listed below:
- Providing food to the destitute families, especially the daily wagers who lost their daily income due to covid.
- Providing feed and water to the stray animals
- Donating blood to the hospitals and blood banks on receiving request from them
- Sanitising many cities after receiving permission from authorities
- Helping the destitute families and children by providing clothes and stationary items.
- Keeping feed and water for the birds
Following the teachings of Saint Dr. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji Insan, the followers have been trying their best to provide every possible help. This has inspired many others to follow their footsteps and join hands with them.
Pledge to be kind and to be humane
It is the onus of each one of us to extend our helping hand to the best of our capabilities. In fact, it is proven scientifically that those who are kind and helpful are happier, have peace of mind and live a better quality of life. Such people are also respected in the society and as they try to help others more, they receive better exposure and knowledge on various practical aspects of life.
Kindness is actually a gift not just to the society, but to our own selves as well. So let’s pledge to be kinder, more compassionate and more helpful in our lives.
Wish you a Happy World Kindness Day.