Nandita Sarma Goswami
Trustee - Social Worker
Since my childhood, I am fascinated by our rich cultural heritage, the signs of it being borne by our age old Vedas and Upanishads. When people today learn about India's ancient Vedas they discover a tradition perhaps 5,000 years old, guided by illumined seers living in harmony with nature, chanting arcane mantras, and performing mysterious fire rituals. This image of the Vedic world appears captivating but is also difficult to understand, suggesting perhaps a mystical fantasy more than any deeper reality. Yet, this poignant image of the Vedic living is but an introduction into a radically different worldview than our current high-tech society, invoking a cosmic vision that takes us beyond time and space to the origins of the universe much like modern physics, but in an experiential way within our own consciousness.
I really feel inspired by our all-embracing confluence of religions, traditions and customs. The rich heritage of India is but a legacy which is uncompromising and I myself is inclined to the teachings of Bhagavad Gita wherein it is rightly said:
“Charity given to a worthy person simply because it is right to give, without consideration of anything in return, at the proper time and at the proper place, is stated to be in the mode of goodness”…
To me, struggles, challenges and hard times offer us much more value than any other time in our lives. We can’t grow without struggle. We can’t get STRONGER without resistance. Let’s think about a time in our life that may have been hard, but forced us to become better. Let us get grateful for the struggles and WORK on our self to ensure that our future has much more PLEASURE than PAIN. This positive vision in me inspired my intrinsic desire to serve the oppressed people and I left behind a lucrative teaching job to step into the world of social activism. To me, by cultivating the mentality to give in the service of the poor people, we relish a joy that lies beyond both the pain of losing our hard-earned money and the pleasure of being glorified as charitable – the spiritual joy of selfless devotion. This joy eventually brings complete and everlasting fulfillment, which is the best fruit of charity, indeed the ultimate perfection of life.
To me, happiness doesn’t result from what we get but from what we gave and whosoever opens a way to a charitable deed is like creating a Heaven on earth… Keeping this in mind, I becomes the Trustee of ‘BIVA HIMANGSHU MEMORIAL TRUST’ with great commitment and devotion, to practically implement the vision of my husband Sri Sanjay Goswami by way of this public charitable trust, in the days to come……