‘Service is part of Indian culture’

Staff Reporter

VIJAYAWADA: It was an astounding discourse on ‘why service’ by Vedic scholar Samavedam Shanmukha Sarma for the people who are into the social service activities, here on Sunday.

Addressing Rotarians, who gathered to attend two-day annual conference of Rotary International (RI) district 3020 here, Mr. Sarma eloquently spoke on service and Indian culture. Referring to Yajurveda and other scriptures, he explained about service, the do’s and don’ts of service, and philosophy of social service in ancient scriptures.

Quoting widely from Vedas, Ramayana, Mahabharata and Bhagawadgita, he said, “The service to the society is part of life and is imbibed in Indian culture.

The ancient scriptures like Vedas underscored that a person, who does not serve the society, has no right to live.” And, the person who does not help or assist others is treated as a sinner. A person who cooks just from himself is considered to be eating sin, he said, “We believe in Athidi devo bhava (guest is god).”

Indian culture also believes in service combine with selflessness, humility and with no eye on returns.

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