I live a very open life, a life where I practise what I preach. There is no compartmentalisation of who I am and how I want the world to see me. This honesty with myself and to the world makes life simply unpretentious. As readers of my blog, you know about me, my trysts and stints and my story of hair-raising grief and profound resilience. My humble beginnings and unending struggle to come out from a poverty-stricken household to be able to empower generations is known to all. The struggle for running and maintaining two institutions of a massive scale and scope is enormous and continues even today. I have not got leisure or time to study, read, research and indulge in watching movies or the content on OTT’s. I have just worked in the field without taking any sort of break. However, in the last one and a half years of the pandemic, with almost no work related travel, I have got time to catch up on what I like besides the work that is going on.
I have been watching many mythological TV Shows during this time of social distancing – Ramayan, Mahabharat, Jai Shri Krishna, Devon ke Dev Mahadev and the likes. These shows are very riveting as I find immense value in epics. These shows are also a perfect reminder of the golden times and guiding light for how we wish to lead life from here on. It is a mix of purpose, nostalgia and great narrative. From these episodes, I have earmarked three instances which are practically very close to my life. These are the three kernels of my work, my priority for which I have dedicated my life and continue to struggle till date. These three incidents from various episodes of Devon ke Dev Mahadev have a special significance in my life which I recount here.
Once when Goddess Saraswati, the deity of wisdom was disappointed with Lord Brahma because of some reason and left the surface of earth, the weight of ignorance increased on the earth. Lord Shiva had to incarnate and come to life to restore the balance and ensure that wisdom and intelligence prevails. According to him, there is no progress in the society and state if there is no wisdom, culture and values. I could relate this to my life that without being learned, just acting upon my sixth sense, I have dedicated my life to educate the children. No child should be deprived of education – that’s the objective of my life. Through our efforts, we have enabled, empowered and educated millions. Education empowers and that is why I say it is the third eye of a child.
I recall a second episode when all demons and gods once come to pay their service to Lord Shiva. They all waited to pay their tribute as Lord Narayana was late at that time. When Lord Shiva asked, “Why are you late?” “I had stopped to give food to a hungry father and son. Lord”, replied Narayan. “Please don’t be angry on me and excuse me.”, he added. Lord Shiva replied, “ I can never be angry. Your purpose was divine. You were late because you were feeding the hungry. On earth, even if one child remains hungry, the Gods also starve.” For the last thirty years, we have worked at the intersection of nutrition and education. Through our efforts at KISS, we have been providing nutritious meals to tribal children for the last 30 years. Even at the time of pandemic, we have extended a helping hand to provide food relief to people at margins. There is nothing in this world that gives me greater contentment than feeding the hungry and enabling millions to have a life of dignity and earn their own livelihood.
The third episode relates to the respect to be given to women. Where women are not respected, the society and civilisation doesn’t prosper. I respect women and it comes innate to me. I feel women are more courageous and strength-providing creatures than men could ever be. Every day, women face discrimination, poverty and violence just because they are women. Globally, at least one in three women experience violence in their lifetime. Women work longer hours and are paid less. Fewer than one in four parliamentarians worldwide are women. Women’s rights are human rights, yet women and girls everywhere are still denied their rights. However, at KIIT and KISS, we have created a gender sensitised work environment where women are respected and we have non negotiable zero tolerance policy on gender related harassment and abuse. I always explain my girl students at KIIT & KISS how they can learn and lead without fear.
I have been diligently working without introspecting on it – Is it a good way to work? Is it yielding correct results? Is it sustainable? These questions kept springing up in my mind but I have never answered them or given a deeper thought. But this pandemic has given me opportunity to reflect. Now after watching this mythological series, I realise that I have been working in the right direction and for a just cause – Education, Food and Women Empowerment in true letter and spirit. I also commit to passionately work towards these causes, till the last breath of my life, as lessons learnt from God.
The noble work which was started with your sixth sense is now able to wipe out the tears from millions of little eyes. These cute eyes are able to dream for a safe future only with your passion and committment to continue the work life long.
Such an awe inspiring linkage of mythology with our Life. Wao
Our Mythology is full of moral science but very few are reborn in this era with the ethics to gain these knowledge. You ar a heavenly body reborn to spread the peace of education for children and respect for women.
This is indeed true we can’t see God but our I do have firm believe he sent always some one on a regular interval to flourish love to all sort of people. God has chosen you to help thousands and Lakhs of children. Yes indeed you are Son of God.
May God bless you and you keep inspiring us .
By the way a good blog to read.
That is such a great inter connectivity in your work and the mythological descriptions..the three causes of education developing the third eye of a child ..feeding the needy and the hungry and empowering women folk as a societal and cultural upliftment …well connected ..Samantha sir hats off to you.. ??
Well drafted in deed.. ?????
Sir, noone has seen God physically, but through your selfless noble work, the deprived innocents are seeing God within you. Pranam Sir ?
You learn to be resilient, once you struggle to survive but when you know you are capable of making worthy contributions to the world you fight it and take care of thousands of deprived. Now when you have nothing to loose you are living for others gain. The important thing sbout you is you serve others in difficulties without expecting anything in return. Long live sir.
You have that sixth sense and it is gifted by Lord Jagarnatha and by Guidance of Your Lovable Mother… and that You have done that is Your Nobility , heard work, clear Vision , all after by the Grace of Mahavir and Mahaprabhu Sri Jagarnatha ???
Wonderfully written blog…
Great connection between your real life experience and noble work for the society. Sir, you have given your entire time for the upliftment of social and human development through education. ?
Wonderful and hearttaking words.??
Beautifully connected your real life experience for upliftment of the society with mythology. You have spent your entire time for the social and human development through education ?
Excellent blog. ??
Your thoughts and actions based on the above principles bringing smiles to many faces in addition to making them completely fit for the modern society by giving them education with the right direction to lead the life to making a prosperous and sustainable world which is completely incredible. Sir your dedication determination and continuity in tireless service to mankind will make you respected remembered and worshipped for ever.???.
The most importantly many will be inspired and motivated by your activities.?
Excellent blog ???
The very fact that your intentions r pure n pristine,defines it all…….
Today it is about Education,Food n Women Empowerment but tomorrow it can be something else,but every time u would come out a winner……
We all know about importance of practising value in life. We too often link it when ever it get reflected in any film or mythological drama but not able to practice in our side. We failed often as we still wondering and do not know oursrlf much. But you are doing exactly opposite. Your daily practice keep you composed and down to earth, so you are feeling satisfied which comes within……applying commonsense is what many times important from doing research n study….could connect very much…
Hon’ble sir namaskar. Sir your dedicated work for education and women empowerment is world wide appreciated.
Sir, you are a true example of ‘service to mankind is service to god’. Your actions and life has inspired thousands across the world, and today’s blog signifies the fact that our rich culture and heritage in mythological texts give us true lessons of life.
Thank you for enlightening all of us with these words.
Warm regards. ?
Thank you, sir. Pranam. Very much, power ful, ana heart touching true story. I, am very much, inspired. Sir truely, you, are a, dreamer for the noble cause & you ara a winner. Jagannathe apananku, ghantaghodei, rakhithantu. Jay jagannath
Nicely penned down. ?
Truely Hon’ble Founder Dr Achyuta Samanta sir is a spiritual person and has been a role model for all of us .Through his 3rd eye and sixth/ seventh sense he has endowed himself with E.Q , S.Q by dint of which he has contributed immeasurable towards poverty alleviation of the tribals vide education , empowerment n respect for women in the institution, true to his commitment and persistence .
Very nice blog connecting with apt story from mythology.
Hearty salutations sir .
The three stories are the three lessons of life. So nicely written, it directly touched our heart.
Truely said. Society need more and more people like you
Sir ? very nice lesson
Fully agreed with you dear Sir. I am a big fan of you because your selfless devotion for mankind is worth admiring and adorable too. I knew its easy to say but difficult to carry out but you just different dear sir, you are doing your works for mankind without much saying about what and how you are doing this noble thing. I pray Almighty to keep you always healthy so that common people will solely benefited. Truely speaking you are true son of Almighty. I value your contributions to mankind a lot. Stay blessed always dear Sir.
Rarest of rare the case.. People think for others.. But Sir, you have devoted your whole life for others.. To lift up the poor, to make stand the unprivileged, to support the needy. In this Kaliyug.. You are the Devon ki Dev who thinks for all..drinks all pain and poison without thinking for self.. for the sake of all. You are the person with the great heart.. The heart of a King. ??
Wonderful and hearttaking words.??
It’s really inspiring to read your thoughts through this .
Wonderful and hearttaking words.??
Connecting with mythology and practical implications has been done with great enthusiasm and love that gives happiness to all.
Sir..It’s a well written blog on education,food and women empowerment..interlinked with the mythological stories..the preaching and practice when it’s comes together ..it’s makes a person more respectable..that’s what you are ..?
Really nice sir
The very simple man with a noble heart can do wonders … and … You are the apt example of that… May Lord Jagannath create many persons like you sir in making the earth into heaven… You are the Guiding light of the deprived , the poor , the needy children and the women in difficulty…loads of love to you… ??
Really nice sir
Wonderful and hearttaking words.??
Absolutely correct sir
God will be happy upon you because you following the God’s advice in your life by dedicating your life for society without any willingness.
A dream to make others capable of dreaming is the path of godly act which will make you alive for days to come. Thanks sir ?
Great inspiration for our selves sir ???
Prof. Dr. Achyuta Samanta Sir is a Great person in the whole world.
Really sir you have written with very heart touching words.
Sir pranam, wonderful and heart touching words, stories are three lesson of life.
Service to Mankind is service to God which is truely reflected in your selfless work.
Manab Seba e Bhagaban seba which is truly reflected in your selfless work.
With your vision, mission, and action you have been providing education, employment, health, social security, equality, and what not! You are our star and guiding force. May God shower his choicest of blessings on you!!!
Great personality sir
You are a great inspiration for us
Sir, Your tireless work and selfless contribution truly resemble to mythology and inspire others to follow.
Pray God to give you more energy and happiness.
your simple life, jovial expression and great social work have no parallel. We look at you as a pedestal of success, simplicity and inspiration. Thank you
Very nice sir ???
Very nice sir ??
Sir man kind is god
Your reflections have shaped the world of millions. Keep spreading smiles!
The mythological stories cited in the blog have immense relevance to the noble deeds
aimed at societal transformation of the deprived and disadvantaged in humongous scale taken up at KIIT and KISS.Three pillars of humanitarian activity such as education to disadvantaged to empower as third eye,feeding the hungry with nutritious foods and empowering women without any discrimination with equity and justice are unique and created special niche with glory both nationally and internationally.Salute to your noble and selfless efforts for zero poverty, zero hunger and education for all children which are unparalleled.
The blog penned by you is really inspiring.Your ceaseless endeavour during last three decades for uplifting the disadvantage children through education as the panacea for all ills, feeding the hungry n giving equal status to women deserves big applaud n praiseworthy.God Bless you for your noble works which will make your life more fulfilled…..??
Being submerged, but with indifference to the returns, is the rarest quality that nears the Doer to the Divinity, is reflecting here in practice and radiating wisdom for the Z-gen to imitate for making a world better than the one is given by the Almighty. You are immensely blessed with such quality of nishkam karma . Mahaprabhu Bless you and the spirit you uphold !
It’s nice one sir
THE SPIRITUAL & MORAL ASPECTS OF MYTHOLOGY ARE PRAGMATICALLY IMPLEMENTED BY SIR. WE MUST ALSO DO SOMETHING USEFUL IN OUR LIVES AND MAKE THIS WORLD MORE HAPPIER.
When men start and believe themselves as immortals, it is then the inevitable happens. God saves humanity.