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Dear Readers,
There is a saying “Give a man a fish and you satisfy his hunger for a day. Teach him how to fish and you satisfy his hunger for life.” The cover story of this issue ‘God’s own children’ is about the above saying. It is a story on the Sathya Sai Deenajanoddharana programme for destitute children, started by Swami.

Many times we come across people not so privileged as us and we are compassionate enough to throw a dime at them or give them some food. We then go ahead not bothering to think what will happen to them the next day. In effect, the value of our ‘help’ is just that dime or loaf of bread.

But suppose we stay back and have a few words with them, ask where they stay and what forces them to beg. May be we will find a way to change their life. If it is a child may be we can help him/her join a local charity school or if it is an adult, may be we can ask some friend of ours in a high position to consider giving him/her a small job. Yes, it is always not possible to do this for everyone we come across. But may be a few people in a lifetime? It is also difficult to do this for someone we absolutely do not know. But we can always take our time and get to know his/her background and see what we can do. As individuals we may not be able to do much (there are exceptions like, for example, Mother Theresa!) but if four or five of us get together, things become much easier.

The idea is not just to help them for a day, but for a lifetime. This is not to say that temporary relief is not worth it. But can we think of going beyond it, in our own capacity? Can we make our ‘help’ worth more than a dime?

The Deenajanoddharana programme launched by Swami, where destitute children have been given a new meaning in their Life, has taught them ‘how to fish’ instead of just giving them ‘fish’. Several others have taken inspiration from it and started similar projects, though on a smaller scale.

Can you teach someone ‘to fish’?

Jai Sai Ram

* If you are already involved in such a service, why don’t you send us your story? The address is [email protected]


Volume - 2 Issue - 11 Radiosai Journal - PSN 2004