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According to M. C. Satyanarayana, Sewa or service to the poor and suffering is a principle advocated by all religious faiths. To serve the poor and distressed is enjoined as a duty of human beings whatever be his religious faith. In Hinduism, in particular, our ancient seers have gone in great depth into this principle and have laid down guidelines which are distinctive features of Hindu thought and philosophy. Our Rishis have considered Sewa in all its aspects including questions like - What is sewa? Why Sewa? How sewa is done? To whom is sewa to be done? What is the best kind of sewa? To what extent should a human being do sewa? and so on, some of these questions have been answered by them in a unique way.

What is Sewa?

Sewa is considered a part of human Dharma in Hindu thought. Sewa dharma is a duty. But if one thinks deeply, the concept of sewa is deep and difficult to comprehend in its entirety.

Sewa Dharma Parama Gahano Yoginamapyagamyah

It is said that Sewa is a very deep concept which even sages find it difficult to understand. But for a common man they have put it in simple words by saying Paropakaraya Punyaya, Papaya Parapeedanam ie what ever conduces to the good of others is noble deed and should be followed. By the term Sewa, the common understanding is that it implies an act, word or thought which helps to mitigate the sufferings of others and increases their happiness.

Why Sewa?


The motives that inspire human beings to do an act of sewa have been varied and many. The feeling of compassion, feeling of humanity, and sympathy are usually mentioned as reasons why human beings do sewa. All these motives imply that the server and the served are separate and distinct entities. In Hindu thought, things are looked at in a different way. The cardinal principle is that God is residing in all beings human, animal, bird, plant or inanimate.

Iswarah Sarva Bhutanam Itruddesha Arjuna Tishtati

The same God who is present in me is also present in other human beings. Therefore serving another human being or a being is serving God. Doing sewa is to worship God and to work for one's salvation and ultimate eternal happiness. So sewa is done for one's own happiness and progress. This idea was expressed beautifully by Swami Vivekananda who preached the worship of the poor. It is said that serving man is serving God; Nara Sewa, Narayana Sewa. This concept is the basis for sewa work in Hindu thought. Sewa is done for one's own joy and comfort.

How is sewa done?

Our seers have said that sewa is done in three ways - Tan, Man, Dhana Sewa namely through one's body, through one's mind and through one's wealth. No sewa is complete if it is not done in these three ways. Service through one's body implies physical service, and making all efforts to help a suffering person/being. Service through the mind consists in thinking about the mitigation of sorrow and misery, talking about it to others in order to motivate them to do sewa, expression of the sewa feeling through art, literature, drama and other means. Service through wealth is sharing one's own resources - money and material - with others. At first thought, this concept of service in three ways may appear to be hard and difficult to follow. But we do see examples of this comprehensive sewa in actual life also. If one observes how a mother serves her child, it becomes evident that she devotes a lot of time and physical effort for the comfort and well being of the child. Whatever she may be doing or wherever she may be, her child is always in her thought. All resources available to her - money or material - are also available to the child. Whenever the child speaks, plays or eats she takes a great pleasure in it and sometimes feels that her child is Lord Krishna himself in her home. Serving her child is serving Lord Krishna, God himself.

To whom sewa is to be done?


The scope for sewa in Hindu thought is very wide. It extends to all beings whether human, animal, birds, plants or any other. It extends to the environment and points out the joy in living in harmony with nature and in the attitude of "live and let live", our scriptures contain many examples of this service - service to mother, father, teacher, guests, friends, animals, birds, other human beings md others. There is the wellknown story of King Shib's who was prepared to cut out flesh from his own body and sacrifice himself in order to serve a pigeon from an eagle. All the saints in our long period of history have set example in the service of man. There are also instances of Kings and emperors who parted with all their wealth for others and willingly became poor.

What's the best kind of sewa?

The best kind of sewa is one that is done without the expectation of any reward, return, name or fame, one that does not destroy the self respect and confidence of sentiments of the beneficiary, the one that helps a beneficiary to help himself.

It is said in Bhagvad Gita (chapter 17, verse 20)

Datavyamiti Yaddanam Deeyatenupa KarineDeshe Kale cha Patrecha Taddanam Sattvikam Smarutam

"That gift which is made to one who can make no return, with the feeling that it is one's duty to give,and which is given at the right place and time and to a worthy person, that gift is held sattvik" (best type).

Real charity is that which provides permanent source of honest earning to the poor. Charities of all kinds are good but the best of them is that of imparting divine knowledge. The great law giver Manu says :

Sarvesharmeva Dananam Brahrnadanam Vishishyate

"Imparting of divine knowledge is the best of all charities." For it is through knowledge that man achieves happiness in this world and salvation for himself.

The Gita also says

Adeshakale Yaddamapatrebhyascha Deyate Asatkrutarnavajnatarn Tattarnasamudahrutam 

The Gift that is given at a wrong place or time to unworthy persons, without respect or with insult, that is declared to betamasika (the worst type of gift).

No charity with vanity.

To what extent sewa?

The question of the extent to which a person may give his time, efforts and wealth in charity has been a question facing us at all times. Is there a limit to charity? In Hindu thought, all wealth is given by God and a person receiving or collecting it should not 

go on accumulating or hoarding it. To hoard more than what a man needs is a sin. The wealth not needed by man should be given to others for use. One can amass wealth with hundreds of hands but distribute the same with thousands of hands. 

Shatahasta Samahara, Sahasrahasta Sankira

"Earn with hundreds of hands,and distribute with thousands" (Atharvaveda 3 -24-5)

It is also said, in relation to charity,

"To live is to give. Give as long as you live". Sewa is a thus a continuous life long process.

What's the place of Sewa in Life?


Hindu philosophers have attached a very great importance to sewa as a selfless and loving service to others. Sewa occupies a high position in one's spiritual life and advancement. One should not only seek to relieve the misery of his fellow-men but also identify himself with them and become a part of them so as to undergo their suffering and share in their misery. "He alone lives who lives for the sake of helping others" Says the Rig Veda: Pareshamupakarurtham Yajjivati sa jivati. This thought is exemplified in the story King Ranti Deva contained in Bhagvata written by Sage Veda Vyasa. It so happened during his reign that his kingdom was gripped once by severe and devastating famine is subjects were hungry and distressed. Moved by their suffering, the king determined that he would share in their misery and decided to fast himself until all the hungry were fed. His fast lasted for forty eight days during which period he took no food and not even water but served his poor subjects. At the end of forty eight days of fasting, he wanted to break his fast by taking a morsel of food and a glass of water. His ministers and councillors were with him at the time of breaking his fast. Just when he was about to drink a glass of water, he heard the potious cry of Pulkasa asking for water to drink desperately. The King immediately ordered that his glass of water be passed on to Pulkasa in spite of the remonstrations of his ministers and his own condition. He then proceeded to eat a morsel of food. Just at that time a guest came at his door asking for food. The King gave all his food to the guest. The people around him pleaded with him not to do so since his life itself was in danger. The reply that the King gave at that time stands out as the altitude of the true sewa karta (server).He said :

"I do not seek from God the Highest bliss attended with eight types of powers (suddhis). Nor do I care for my own salvation or freedom from the cycle of births and deaths. My only desire is to be present in all beings (share their feelings) and undergo suffering with them and serve them so that they may become free from misery, hunger, thirst, fatigue, loss of strength in limbs, distress, grief disappointment, delusion - all these undesirable features of my distressed -soul have all disappeared upon my giving water to one who was suffering from acute thirst ".

God was pleased with this. No need to say that King Ranti Deva was blessed with eternal happiness. He has shown us a noble example of ideal sewa! (Mahatma Gandhi was quite impressed with the sayings of Ranti Deva. He adopted this quotation (original in Sanskrit) for all his sewa work).


The name ‘Sewajyoti ‘ (सेवाज्योति) owes its genesis to two Sanskrit-Hindi words; Sewa (fervice) and Jyoti (flame or light). The combination of words, meaning a ‘flame of service’, appropriately represents the spirit, ideals, objectives and philosophy which form the very basis of our organization. Apart from being a social service organization, Sewajyoti has a spiritual side to it as its founder, Sh. Gautam R Morarka, has a deep-rooted faith in the principle of 

                                                                     Parhit saris dharma nahin bhai,

                                                                   Par peeda sam nahin adhmahi.

Humanity is the foremost religion. If we can help people even beyond our capacity, nothing can match the satisfaction emanating out of it. On the other hand, if we hurt someone, this will be the most inhuman act. Sh. Morarka wants ‘Sewajyoti’ to work exactly as a flame of service spreading light of hope and happiness among those who are not in a position to meet their basic needs such as food, education, shelter and medical aid.

Sh. Gautam Morarka is a noted industrialist, Managing Director of Dwarikesh Sugar Industries Limited, and son of former parliamentarian Late Sh. R.R. Morarka. He has received Rajasthan government's prestigious 'Bhamashah Award ' twice; in 2006 and in 2011. He is a keen contributor to the cause of social development and has expressed his commitment to work in the fields of education, health, employment generation, agriculture and industrial development.


He says, if we truly want to make India a developed nation, we cannot ignore the people of villages and small towns. In order to make a meaningful and visible impact on the peoples’ lives, the process of development must cover all those areas that have traditionally been overlooked and ignored. Culturally rich Sekhawati area of Rajasthan is one of them. 

Sewajyoti works in a host of areas including education, health, rural development, self-employment training, women’s empowerment, rehabilitation of the handicapped, agriculture, environment, preservation of art and culture, handicrafts, rural sports, flood relief, family planning and child labour welfare. Its services have benefitted people of all religions, castes, regions and sections of the society as it works without any bias, discrimination or favouritism. 

Sh. Gautam Morarka had founded two social service organizations in the 1990s in the memory of his parents Late Sh. Radheshyam Morarka and Late Smt. Narbada Devi Morarka. These organizations, namely R R Morarka Charitable Trust (1994) and Narbada Devi Morarka Charitable Trust (1995) conduct their activities in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. Sewajyoti works as the Rajasthan chapter of R R Morarka Charitable Trust. 

A continuing journey

Sewajyoti began its activities in Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan on 19th July 2004 when a 0.68 acre plot was purchased in Nawalgarh to formally construct an office building. Since then, it has conducted a plethora of social service related programmes and activities in the area. Such activities continue throughout the year. 

One of the major achievements of Sewajyoti is the construction of Sh. Radheshyam R Morarka Govt. Post Graduate College building in Jhunjhunu, and subsequent dedication to the people of the state. The building, constructed at the cost of Rs. 2.45 crores, was inaugurated in March 2006 by the then chief minister of Rajasthan, Mrs. Vasundhara Raje. The college, then a graduate level educational institution, was subsequently upgraded to post graduate level. Sewajyoti, considering the growing demand for space to accommodate more faculties and seats, undertook an expansion work at the college in 2010 costing Rs. 53 lakh. 


Another milestone in Sewajyoti’s work was the Radheshyam Morarka Medical Institute (RMMI), which was established in Jhunjhunu with an objective of bringing high quality medical facilities to the people of this area who had earlier no other option but to travel to Jaipur or Delhi in order to get their seriously-ill patient treated. The hospital has brought enormous relief to the old and poor of the area. Apart from providing in-patient and out-patient services, the hospital also conducts health camps covering serious and common diseases on a regular basis, attended by a large number of people. 

In year 2011, Sewajyoti constructed a large bus terminal in Nawalgarh costing Rs. 1.05 crores, under central government’s ‘Integrated development of tourist circuit’ scheme. The building was dedicated to the people on 21 April 2011 by Sh. Brij Kishor Sharma, Minister of Transport, Sanskrit Education and Devasthan, Rajasthan in the presence of Dr. Rajkumar Sharma, Minister of State for Health, and Science and Technology. 

As a vibrant and dedicated organisation, Sewajyoti doesn't stop at this. It has many more plans for the area's development and make people's lives easier and happy. No single organisation can change the scene completely, but a genuine beginning and a strong resolve do make a lot of difference.  

  • Shri Radheshyam R Morarka Govt. Post Graduate College building was constructed in Jhunjhunu in a record time. It was dedicated to the people in 2006.

  • The college building was constructed by Sewajyoti at a cost of Rs. 2.45 crore.

  • Expansion of the college building took place in 2010 at a cost of Rs. 53 lacs.

  • Sh. Radheshyam Morarka Memorial Government Bus Terminal, Jhunjhunu was developed at a total cost of Rs. 1.05 crores.

  • The Bus terminal was inaugurated on April 21, 2011.

  •  Radheshyam Morarka Medical Institute (RMMI) was inaugurated in 2006. It is a modern 32 bed hospital equipped with state of the art technology.

  • As demand rose, capacity of RMMI had to be expanded, and four new cottage wards were added.

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