Green Drive at Delhi Public School
Pujya Swamiji and Sadhvi Bhagawatiji were Guests of Honour at a special programme at the Delhi Public School in RK Puram.The programme started with a large-scale tree-plantation on the school campuses. A campaign to support plantation of fruit trees in over 70 other schools was also launched which DPS,will coordinate and support in the planting of fruit trees on their school campuses.
Sadhvi Bhagawatiji spoke to the auditorium filled with children by sharing, “You must not only grow but you must thrive. You must not only follow but lead. The best tip I can give you to live in the ocean of life is to know your roots, be grounded in your sanskriti- your culture. In our digital era of social media and computers, you must remember the three C’s: Culture, Connection and Compassion. Culture helps us stay grounded, connected to our roots, our sacred heritage. Connection to the Divine, in whatever name or form we may worship it is the greatest wealth in our lives and we must remember that while we may gain information and knowledge from so many sources, learning math, science and so many other subjects, we gain inspiration and wisdom to fill our lives with true meaning and purpose from this Divine connection. Lastly, with our connection and culture we gain great compassion towards ourselves and others so that we not only learn but that we return and serve those in need as well as serving Mother Earth and Mother Nature, as we did by planting trees today.By understanding that another is Self, we see their suffering as our suffering and their hunger asour hunger. As you grow and thrive, remember these three C’s and keep them at the center of your consciousness and your awareness.”
Pujya Swamiji said, “Sadhviji spoke to you about being leaders, today I would like to give you an example of an exemplary leader who faced great failure in his life but never gave up and one day became the President of our nation. You all must know who I am talking about, none other than the respected Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. Let us take inspiration from his life. With his passing, it is the first time the the U.S.flag was flown at half staff for an Indian President.It was in his honour that on his 79th birth anniversary the UN declared October 15th as World’s Students’ Day. It is because of visionary leaders like him that Bharat’s profile is changing and now it’s your turn.”
Pujya Swamiji also shared that Global Interfaith WASH Alliance, Ganga Action Parivar and Divine Shakti Foundation took the pledge to plant trees for one whole month in honour of Dr. Abdul Kalam. The one month green yagna saw its first month completion with the DPS tree plantation. Pujya Swamiji inspired the ‘Jitne Bache Utne Ped’ Initiative (every school should plant at least as many fruit trees as many as the number of students they have) and inspired that from Raksha Bhandan to Krishna Janmastmi the students take up tree plantation in their schools and communities. He also encouraged them to make every birthday holiday, and festival a green one by planting trees.
He honoured and lauded Dr. D.R. Sainiji, President of DPS, and Ashish Pandit, CEO, Zee News, with a sacred Rudraksha plant and encouraged them to continue the green campaign.