Serve Love Give Purify Meditate Realize – Swami Sivananda
The Dainik Jagran National Daily Newspaper – 25 March 2018
Karma (Sanskrit, also karman, Pāli: kamma) is a Sanskrit term that literally means “action” or “doing”. In the West’s never-ending quest for high-speed, user-friendly spiritual growth, an ancient solution to the problem, karma yoga, is usually overlooked. The Bhagavad Gita touts karma yoga—the Hindu path of service to others—as the fast lane to spiritual fulfillment.
The flooding of The Ganges River in June 2013 left the poor and homeless community of Rishikesh to face the harsh elements. Many ‘Babas’ (Sadhu – a religious ascetic or holy person) lost what little they had and what they received from begging was reduced to nothing.
With the help of donations Pamela was able to fulfill the same service she provides in the Western Cape’s retirement villages and healthcare centres on the streets of Rishikesh. Working on dirty streets surrounded by dogs, cows and monkeys, extra care had to be taken to ensure that equipment was clean and without any gloves that the necessary precautions were taken to avoid any transfer of bacteria. Pamela handed out food, clothing, shoes, towels, soap and other important first aid supplies to those in need.
Pamela continues to provide on site home based care; specialist foot treatments (Chiropody), first aid and personal hygiene education to those in need and through her actions hopes to inspire western yogis to do Karma Yoga, to expand on their current yoga practice towards a more holistic way of living.
One of the greatest Yoga masters of the 20th century, Swami Sivananda, is the inspiration behind the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres and the author of more than 300 books on yoga and health, including teachings on karma yoga. Swami Sivananda was a medical doctor before renouncing worldly life for the spiritual path.
Based on the teachings of Swami Sivananda and with the understanding that what we ‘do’ and who we ‘touch’ has a vital impact on everything around us and a rippling effect on society.