Rashtra Sevika Samiti|
Rashtra Sevika Samiti is a unique, Akhil Bharateeya cultural organization of Hindu women. It is generally taken for granted that women should normally look after their home and children only. The implied meaning of home and children has lost its relevance to social and national context. The necessity of some arrangement to revive it was expressly felt.
Due to constant foreign invasions and subsequent foreign rule, the sense of devotion and dedication to our nation decreased, our tradition of regarding Bharat as our Mother gradually faded. We also forgot our origin and divine identity. A person born Hindu started feeling inferior and awkward to introduce and identify himself as Hindu. Self respect and patriotism has been eclipsed by the separatist mentality, selfishness and self-centeredness. When such a state prevails, it is very difficult for the nation to survive for a long time. Presently the problem of our existence has become very acute. It is incumbent on us to safeguard and promote the sense of Hindutwa for our dignified existence.
Vandaneeya Smt. Laxmibai alias Mausiji Kelkar felt the pinch and decided to infuse this thought and feeling among the women. She also observed that the progress and prosperity of a nation couldn't be complete, unless the women of the land, who happen to form half the nation, are trained in that way. She studied the situation, thought over the problem and came to the conclusion that women who are the creators and molders of the nation should come forward and shoulder the responsibility. With this view in mind, she met Pujaneeya Doctor Hedgewar who was already busy in organizing the Hindu youths through Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. Both the genii discussed the matter from every angle. Vandaneeya Mausiji convinced the urgency of the task and Rashtra Sevika Samiti came into existence as an independent cultural organisation of Hindu women. It was the auspicious day of Vijaya Dashami of 1936. P. P. Doctorji was very much emphatic about the independent and parallel nature of the working of these two Hindu organizations.
Being a vital part of the nation the field of activities of women is different and peculiarly important than that of men. Woman is a common bond of affection and attachment in a family, in her capacity as a daughter, a sister, a wife and a mother. The family, society automatically becomes weak and feeble, when this bond looses its grip and power. It is, therefore, utterly necessary to make women strong physically, mentally, intellectually and spiritually also, so that she can get correct and coordinating outlook regarding her duties towards the family and society and create a deep sense of devotion and pride for nation, religion and culture. With this motive in mind Rashtra Sevika Samiti started functioning.
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Principles and Guide Lines
Samiti firmly believes that Hindus form the national mainstream of this land and are responsible for the overall progress of Hindusthan, their beloved motherland inspired by the traditions, having their origin in the Vedas, the traditions honoured and glorified by Shree Ram and Shree Krishna, Rana Pratap, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and Swami Vivekananda. A real Hindu identifies himself with the glory and the gloom of Bharat, takes pride in being a child of Bharatmata and is ready to surrender everything at her altar voluntarily and pleasingly He feels dignified in introducing himself as Hindu. To promote this thought and emotion regarding Hindutwa, is the main aim of the Samiti.
Bhagawad dhwaja, a symbol of our ancient glorious Sanskriti, is a point of honor of our country. Rashtra Sevika Samiti regards this Dhwaja as its Guru and has a firm faith that our honor, pride and our values of life can be safeguarded only by putting into practice the ideals
Anushasan (self imposed discipline) is one of the strongholds of any organization. Samiti Sevikas are very particular in this respect. Anushasan in Samiti is not a self centred dictatorship but has a family touch. They regard Pramukha, Sanchalika as the head of this big family and willingly accept the rules and orders as a sacred bond of love necessary for the smooth running of the organization.
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Samiti has also enunciated the theory that the women are the foundation pillars of the nation taking into account their capacity to mould the family in either way. Samiti worships Goddess Ashtabhuja which is an integral combination of Mahakali, Mahasaraswati and Mahalaxmi. Co-ordination of Strength, Intellect and Wealth elevates the nation to a higher plane. The weapons in all the eight hands symbolize the qualities, necessary for an ideal Hindu woman. She takes inspiration from Her and exerts for just cause and service to humanity.
Enlightened motherhood is a cherished ideal of Hindu woman. Jijabai trained her son Shivaji and his tribal friends for fighting with the foreign rulers to make this country independent. She had a definite aim of establishing Hindu Sovereignty by organizing the various constituents of Hindu Society. A Hindu woman is an eternal mother a symbol of love, sacrifice, dedication, fearlessness, sanctity and devotion. The tenderhearted woman becomes bold and aggressive if time demands. Inherent qualities of leadership as well as chastity of character were clearly predominent in Rani Laxmibai of Jhansi. Her boldness, patriotism, qualities of generalship were highly appreciated by all foreigners although they were her rivals. Rani Laxmibai while escaping from besieged, turned back and fought successfully with British soldiers who attacked her friend. Finding herself helpless, she requested Gangadas Baba to set on fire the hut which she occupied, as she did not desire to be molested by the foreigners. Devi Ahalyabai Holkar, the Queen of Indore (Madhya Bharat) has set an excellent example of efficient administration. Her contribution to encourage free trade and the concept of welfare state is very admirable. Her practices for maintaining integral nationality, her impartial justice, were very effective. She led a very simple and selfless life, not utilising a single pie from the royal treasury for her personal use. Motherhood, leadership and efficient administration are the qualities to be followed from these great lives.
Rashtra Sevika Samiti celebrates birth and death anniversaries of many such great women of Bharat to get inspiration from them.
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