SOCIAL INITIATIVES

MUSS is a very 'grassroots' organization. All spiritual and social welfare activities of each district centre around the local ashram. Mahatmas (both male and female) live in these ashrams. They conduct weekly public satsang, usually on Sunday afternoons, in the ashram and also hold programs in private homes and other local venues. These programs aim to promote peace, harmony and goodwill among the diverse sections of Indian society.

Besides its primary objective of spreading spiritual Knowledge, the Society has the following ongoing programs:

  • It mobilises medical and relief teams to provide immediate assistance in times of natural disasters such as the earthquakes in Garhwal and Gujarat, the plague in Surat and the cyclones in Gujarat and Orissa
  • It provides free and clean drinking water facilities in many towns and villages.
  • It runs schools and colleges charging only nominal tuition fees.
  • Mahatmas (instructors) from M.U.S.S. hold satsang meetings in prisons. These meetings have helped many inmates rethink their lives and goals and this facilitates their rehabilitation and reintegration into society.
  • Shri Maharaj Ji, assisted by M.U.S.S., has undertaken padyatras (long marches) in various parts of India. This means he has taken his message of social and spiritual renaissance, on foot, to hundreds of villages and towns, mixing with people from all walks of life, listening to their difficulties and calling upon the authorities to alleviate endemic regional problems. He also urges people not to rely solely on the government but to rise above mental and social barriers to work together for the sake of society as whole. The most recent padyatra, through strife-torn Gujarat following the route of Mahatma Gandhi’s ‘Dandi March’, had a considerable impact.
  • Dharmshalas (pilgrim accommodation) have been opened at various places of pilgrimage such as Badrinath and Kalimath in the Himalayas. One such dharmshala is situated near the public hospital in Srikot, Garhwal, where relatives of patients can stay free of charge.
  • It maintains clinics at many of its ashrams. These offer a variety of treatments. The Delhi Ashram in Punjabi Bagh has a large and well-stocked homeopathic clinic. A small hospital at Satlok Ashram, Muradnagar, offers both homeopathic and Western medical treatment. From time to time, either in conjunction with satsang programs, festivals or at times of natural disasters, medical teams provide free treatment to local people.
  • Shri Hans Ayurved Bhavan, at Prem Nagar Ashram Hardwar, manufactures the full range of ayurvedic medicines. In conjunction with the Indian Government, it operated a three-year comprehensive “Village Project” to reacquaint villagers with their traditional low-cost, freely available, safe and environmentally sound methods of healing. Its team of qualified physicians also operates a research centre and a farm to preserve and cultivate medicinal plants.
  • ‘Eye camps’ are held from time to time across the country to offer free eye checking and treatment to the poor.
  • M.U.S.S. promotes various services such as blood donation camps. It runs cleanliness drives in hospitals and streets as well as anti-drugs and anti-alcohol campaigns.