Every Moment is an Opportunity to Serve Others
Always responsive to what is unfolding across our world, Sai Maa focuses where support is needed most at any given time. She encourages her students—and anyone who wants to help—to offer their time, talent, and treasure in the delivery of relief and aid.
SAI MAA’S HUMANITARIAN EFFORTS
Empowerment for Women
The Gift of Sight
“Yesterday, we took food and clothing to an orphanage–hot meals of chicken, rice, beans, and juice. The children gathered around a table, a tarp barely protecting them from the deluge, and they waited in absolute silence for everyone to be served before they would touch their food. Eventually, they picked at their meals, saving the rest for later. We drove away, committed to changing the lives of these children. How could we do anything else? How could anyone?” ~ Caroline Thonon, Florida, United States
A recent survey ranks India as the fourth worst country in the world related to the treatment of women. The United Nations reports that up to 60 percent of Indian men commit violence against their spouse or partner at some point in their relationship. Empowerment and equality for women has been a powerful thread woven throughout Sai Maa’s humanitarian work. Sai Maa founded a women’s shelter and empowerment center in Varanasi, India, to support women and children facing violence. This center offered a way for victims to reclaim their lives and dignity by providing: education in practical and psychological life skills; counseling; medical, police, and legal aid; and vocational training. This was the first women’s center with an associated “safe house” in Varanasi managed by women, specifically for women. (2014-2017)
In the United States, Maa’s commitment to serve women is exemplified by the work of the Light Legacy Foundation and through partnerships with different women’s centers and organizations.
The Light Legacy Foundation brings to life Sai Maa’s humanitarian vision of serving the under-served, displaced, and vulnerable to ensure their basic needs are met, so they can rise up and live powerfully in the face of grave life challenges. Currently the focus is on those impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Our light uplifting the world remains at the forefront of their mission.
The more you do seva [selfless service], the more your life is transformed without effort. When you do seva, you are serving the Light, you are serving your consciousness. When you do seva you are supporting others. Do you know who is busy supporting you? It is God.”
~ Sai Maa