Navasrushti International Trust was founded by Acharya Guru Swami Sachidananda Bharathi and was registered on 8th September 2005 as the controlling organization for all regenerative movements initiated by him. It was registered in Kerala with a global coverage. The registered office of 'Navasrushti International Trust' is Dharma Bharathi Ashram, Mulanthuruthy, Kochi. Swami Sachidananda Bharathi is an Air Force Officer turned seeker of truth and promoter of peace. Membership of Navasrushti International is open to all peace loving people of good will above 18 years of age, from all over the world, who are in full agreement with the aims and objectives of the Trust.

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Happy Childhood Campaign (Khushaal Bachpan Abhiyaan)

 Comprehensive Action Plan of Happy Childhood Campaign
The Freedom Struggle of India under the enlightened leadership of Mahatma Gandhi had a three-pronged comprehensive action plan consisting of a ‘Basic Programme’ (spinning) for the those members who lived and worked closely with him, eighteen ‘Constructive Programmes’ (village sanitation, removal of untouchability, village and cottage industries, communal harmony… etc) that could involve all people of India in a nation-building mission, and issue-based ‘Public Campaigns’ (Chapraran Satyagraha, Salt Sayagraha etc.). Drawing inspiration from this Gandhian model, a three-pronged comprehensive interreligious action plan is adopted and promoted by Tyagarchana Shanti Mission (TSM) for the Happy Childhood Campaign. TSM is the ‘Happy Childhood Wing’ of Dharma Rajya Movement. TSM is also the ‘Promoter’ of the Happy Childhood Campaign.

The three-pronged comprehensive interreligious action plan of Happy Childhood Campaign adopted and promoted by TSM consists of:
1. A spiritual purification programme termed ‘Tyagarchana’.
2. A moral regeneration programme termed ‘Pancha Sutra’.
3. A happy childhood programme termed ‘Khushhaal Bachpan’.
These three interreligious programmes of the Happy Childhood Campaign are briefly explained below.

 1. Spiritual Purification Programme

“Blessed are the pure in heart, they shall see God.” - Lord Jesus Christ

The basic interreligious programme of the Happy Childhood Campaign and Dharma Rajya Movement is a programme for spiritual purification and unity of humankind, beginning with ‘We the People of India’. This basic programme is termed ‘Tyagarchana’. It aims to bring about the much-needed spiritual unity among people belonging to the different religious traditions in the country/world joining the Happy Childhood Campaign and Dharma Rajya Movement. Spiritual purification is essential for spiritual unity and spiritual unity is essential for the success of the Happy Childhood Campaign and Dharma Rajya Movement.
India is a land of religions. She has given birth to four world religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism & Sikhism) and has accepted into her loving fold all other religious traditions of the world. Religion is at the core of India’s national and cultural life. Nothing in India really grows unless it touches the religious sense of the Indian people.
India is a nation with a great deal of human and material resources. Indian Constitution is the largest written Constitution in the world. The root cause of the poverty, caste, corruption and communalism in India today is not lack of resources or absence of laws. It is the moral and spiritual decay afflicting the soul of India.
A spiritual purification and a moral regeneration of India are the most important and urgent needs of the era. These are not political and economic tasks to be taken up by Governments or political parties in India, but are tasks to be taken up by religions in India. In the multi-religious context of India, these are inter-religious tasks.
In the Freedom Struggle of India the ‘enemy’ was an outside country. It was the British who unjustly subjugated and ruled over India. Mahatma Gandhi had developed and used effectively a common socio-spiritual ‘weapon’ termed ‘Satyagraha’ to fight that external enemy. But just as the weapons and strategies to be used in conventional warfare and guerilla warfare are different, the spiritual weapons to fight the external and internal forces of evil also have to be different.
The selfishness, greed, pride, anger and lust lurking in the hearts and minds of ‘We the people of India’ are the root causes of the evils of hunger, caste, corruption and communalism afflicting our motherland today. The ‘enemies’ of the nation today are not outside India, but are inside. They are also inside ‘We the People of India’.
Selfishness, greed, pride, anger and lust constitute our enemies today. They need to be fought effectively by using a new kind of socio-spiritual weapon. A basic interreligious programme termed ‘Tyagarchana’ is developed and authored by Acharya Sachidananda Bharathi for this very purpose.
The term ‘Tyagarchana’ is constituted by two words: ‘tyaga’ and ‘archana’. The word ‘tyaga’ is used here to mean willing and conscious renunciation or sacrifice of something that is dear to oneself. The word ‘archana’ here means an offering made to God with love upon the altar of one’s own life.
No one has seen God who is Spirit as taught and defined by Lord Jesus Christ (Jn. 4: 24). God dwells within each human person. Hence, worship to God is service to needy fellow human beings. True ‘archana’ is rendering selfless service to one’s needy fellow human beings with love. ‘Madhav Seva Manav Seva’ (service to God is service to human beings) taught the saints and sages of ancient India.
Willing and conscious acceptance of pains and sufferings for the good of oneself and others and offering them to God with love for the redemptive purification and spiritual growth of oneself and others following the example of St. Alphonsa, the first Catholic saint of India, is the best and most effective form of Tyagarchana. Offering one’s own life with love for the good of others following the example of Lord Jesus Christ is the highest form of Tyagarchana. Rising above the agony of his own suffering death on the cross, Lord Jesus Christ prayed to God to forgive those who crucified him. Hence, he is the ‘Sadguru’, the perfect teacher and best model in and through whom the truth of Tyagarchana is revealed to humankind.
Tyagarchana can be in terms of time, energy, service or money. Giving up watching one’s favorite TV Serial and spending that time with a lonely and sick person with love is an example of Tyagarchana of time. Doing physical work to help needy fellow humans with love is Tyagarchana of energy. Offering professional help to the needy with love is Tyagarchana of service. Skipping a meal or giving up some things that we like and using the money to serve the needy with love is Tyagarchana of money.
Giving up birthday or wedding anniversary celebrations and using the savings to help a poor family, making use of public transport instead of one’s own vehicle and using the saving to educate poor children, cutting short on luxury items and using the savings for making houses for the homeless, giving up alcohol and smoking and using the saving for medical treatment of poor and sick fellow human beings, using only organic manure and organic pesticides for agriculture and suffering the initial losses for the good of mother earth, using only renewable energy sources and reducing one’s use of luxury items like Air Conditioner for the sake of coming generations, giving up chocolates and ice creams and using the saving for helping poor children, giving one’s reserved seat in a bus/train to an old person without reservation, etc., are examples of the various acts of Tyagarchana that all citizens, social organizations, religious communities, congregations, schools, colleges, industrial/business houses, etc. in India can take up and promote as their own in order to promote spiritual purification of oneself and others.
Voluntary sacrifice and using the time/energy/ money saved from such sacrifice for rendering loving service to one’s poor and needy fellow human beings are the two essential requirements for any act/ programme to be counted as ‘Tyagarchana’.
It is the loving sacrifice behind the act that makes Tyagarchana a powerful spiritual tool for personal and collective spiritual purification and transformation. For example, a birthday gift of one thousand rupees given by one’s poor yet very loving mother from her meager savings, and a birthday gift of five thousand rupees given by a rich uncle from his huge Bank balance will make totally different impacts on oneself. The amount given by one’s poor and loving mother will be used for some good cause whereas the amount given by one’s rich uncle may be used to celebrate the birthday with one’s friends. The mother’s gift has the spiritual power to bring out the goodness inherent in oneself whereas the uncle’s gift has no such power. This spiritual power comes from the loving sacrifice made by the mother. It is such spiritual power that we need to generate today in great measures in order to overcome the evils of selfishness, greed, pride, lust and anger within ‘We the People of India’ that are the root causes for the social evils of poverty, hunger, caste, corruption and communalism in India.
Time/energy/service/money from acts of Tyagarchana are to be used judiciously to ensure that only the deserving persons are helped. ‘Do not cast pearls in front of swine’, taught Lord Jesus Christ. Time/energy/service/money saved from Tyagarchana are like pearls. These should be used only for helping the really poor and needy.
Tyagarchana is not to be confused with acts of charity or compassion or with donations given to charitable purposes/institutions or with CSR contributions made by Corporate Business/ Industrial Houses from their profits because these do not demand renunciation or sacrifice. There is no ‘sacrifice’ necessary to give charity or to show compassion, or to make a generous contribution or to give a donation.
Charity and compassion can also be indirect efforts from our side to compensate for the corruption, exploitation and injustice that are being perpetrated by us. These can also have some ‘hidden agenda’ behind them. ‘Bribing’ God with ill-gotten wealth to seek ‘moksha’ for oneself and one’s family is found to be the most popular ‘hidden agenda’ behind many acts of charity and compassion in India.
Almost all religions have special poojas, yagnas, sacraments etc. whereby the gullible people are made to pay for divine grace, and/or for forgiveness of their ‘sins’, and/or to save themselves from ‘eternal hell’/rebirth. Religious India provides a very profitable and huge market for such ‘commission agents’ of divine grace.
Contributions and donations for charitable purposes are also given by many people for their own name and fame or for income tax rebate. Such contributions and donations cannot also be counted as Tyagarchana.
Time, energy, service and money for the Happy Childhood Campaign and Dharma Rajya Movement have to be mobilized through the time/energy/service/ money from various acts of Tyagarchana undertaken voluntarily by members of this historic divine mission. Only then, and only then alone, can ‘We the People of India’ receive the divine grace necessary to win the goal of spiritual purification and of the Happy Childhood Campaign. Through widespread application of Tyagarchana alone can we awaken this ancient land of religions to her destined role in the divine plan.
Skipping a meal every week and using the savings to feed or educate a poor child living in one’s own locality or in a nearby locality is the common minimum individual agenda expected from all people of goodwill joining the Happy Childhood Campaign of the Dharma Rajya Movement.
Skipping a meal a week is the basic act of Tyagarchana that all members of this interreligious campaign are expected to voluntarily practice and promote sincerely. This is to be done if possible on Mondays in memory of the programme initiated by Sri. Lal Bahadur Shastri, the saintly Prime Minister of India, to help the nation tide over the food crisis faced by it during his time. Such collective acts of Tyagarchana will create great synergy (collective spiritual energy) that will bring showers of divine blessings upon Mother India and the human family.
(NB: For more details of Tyagarchana please refer Chapter-V of the manual of Dharma Rajya Movement)

 2. Moral Regeneration Programme

“First you seek the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness. All other things will also be given to you.” - Lord Jesus Christ

The Happy Childhood Campaign and Dharma Rajya Movement will not achieve their goals without righteousness. This calls for a moral regeneration of ‘We the people of India’.
The spiritual purification programme of Tyagarchana needs to be supplemented and complemented with a moral regeneration programme. Getting on a cycle is not enough. We need to pedal and move forward to keep the balance and reach the destination. Similarly, spiritual purification and unity are not enough, we need a regeneration of moral values in our individual and collective lives.
The interreligious programme of the Happy Childhood Campaign for moral regeneration of India and the human race is termed ‘Pancha Sutra’. This is a five-point constructive action programme that can be taken up and made their own by members of all religious communities and congregations in India and the world joining the Happy Childhood Campaign.
Without a moral regeneration of the people joining the Happy Childhood Campaign we cannot achieve the goal of this first interreligious campaign of the Dharma Rajya Movement.
The five programmes constituting the Pancha Sutra of the Happy Childhood Campaign and Dharma Rajya Movement are:
a. Prarthana Sutra (Prayer)
b. Padhai Sutra (Study)
c. Safai Sutra (Cleanliness)
d. Seva Sutra (Service)
e. Prem Sutra (Love) These five programmes are briefly explained below.

a. Prarthana Sutra (Prayer)

This programme involves praying daily for the peace and prosperity of India and for the success of the Happy Childhood Campaign and Dharma Rajya Movement according to one’s own religious tradition and in one’s own place and time.
True prayer is opening our hearts and minds with an attitude of gratitude to the ever loving and eternally compassionate God, the ‘Heavenly Parent’ of all humankind. It is becoming conscious of the living and loving presence of God in our lives and in the whole creation.
Prayer enables us to live in the divine light of God and under the protection of the divine love of God with the power and wisdom of the divine Spirit of God.
Members of the Happy Childhood Campaign and Dharma Rajya Movement have to be prayerful persons. They should also help and motivate others to become prayerful people. They are advised to keep some ‘holy time’ every day to seek divine blessings upon them, their families, their work and upon the Happy Childhood Campaign and Dharma Rajya Movement.

b. Padhai Sutra (Study)

This programme involves regular study of scriptures, inspirational books, and literature related to the Happy Childhood Campaign and Dharma Rajya Movement. We need to read good books to experience and promote positive thinking, peace and inner harmony. A minimum of 30 minutes a day needs to be devoted for this purpose.
Positive thoughts alone can lead to positive and constructive actions. What we think, we become. Peaceful and positive thoughts will help to make one’s life peaceful and happy. The more we can discipline our thoughts and words, the more effective we can be in our life and mission. The Happy Childhood Campaign and Dharma Rajya Movement can bear abundant fruits only through positive thinking and well prepared action.

c. Safai Sutra (Cleanliness)

T This programme involves keeping one’s body, mind, cloth, home and surroundings clean to experience health, peace and happiness. Purity of heart is cleanliness at its best. ‘Cleanliness is next to Godliness.’ taught the wise and the holy. There cannot be any true spiritual development without cleanliness of body and mind and purity of the heart. Pure thoughts and actions alone can lead to spiritual growth.
Purity of intentions and means is an essential prerequisite for a culture of peace, and for the success of the Happy Childhood Campaign and Dharma Rajya Movement.

d. Seva Sutra (Service)

T This programme involves rendering selfless and grateful service to parents and teachers and to poor and needy fellow human beings with love. Such loving services become devotional services to God.
‘Matrudevo bhava, Pitrudevo bhava, Acharyadevo bhava, Aditidevo bhava’ (mother, father, teacher and guest are to be treated and served as divine persons) says an old Indian dictum. True love leads to selfless service. Selfless service will lead to true peace. This is the path of progress of the Happy Childhood Campaign and Dharma Rajya Movement.
The poor and needy fellow human beings approaching us for help are uninvited guests. Mother, father, teachers and such uninvited guests are channels of divine grace. Serving them with love and gratitude shall bring abundant divine blessings upon oneself and upon one’s family and community.
Members of the Happy Childhood Campaign and Dharma Rajya Movement should aim at rendering at least one such loving service every day.

e. Prem Sutra (Love)

T This programme involves saying and doing things with love so as to become divine instruments of love and peace through the Happy Childhood Campaign and Dharma Rajya Movement. Love leads to harmony and peace. True love is always forgiving, enduring and self-giving.
God is Love Infinite. Where there is love, there is God. The one who loves, lives in God. Perfection of love is consciously and willingly laying down one’s life for the good of others following the example of Lord Jesus Christ. All great saints of the world have been men and women of great love.
Members of the Happy Childhood Campaign and Dharma Rajya Movement have to be men and women of love. Great love and courage alone can lead to great sacrifices. Every great achievement of humankind has behind it a story of the great sacrifices made by one individual or a group of individuals of love and courage. The Happy Childhood Campaign and Dharma Rajya Movement need great sacrifices which can come only from great love.

 3. Khushhaal Bachpan (Happy Childhood)

“If we are to achieve true peace in this world, it must begin with the children.” taught Mahatma Gandhi.

‘Khushhaal Bachpan’ is the third pragramme of the Happy Childhood Campaign. It is a four-point programme to make childhood in India and the world happy, healthy and secure for all children below 18 years of age.
This four-point programme consists of:
a. Caring Love
b. Nutritious food
c. Creative Learning & Value Education
d. Playing, Singing, Dancing & Self-defense
These four elements of the Khushhaal Bachpan are briefly explained below.

a. Caring Love

The most important requirement for happy, healthy and secure childhood is caring love. We need to take good care of our children with great love. The more we love and take care of our children, the more happy and enriching our own life will be, and the more bright the future of the children and the nation will be.
In a busy world where people are running after more and more wealth, power and pleasure, family and children get neglected. We also deny the children the basic joys of childhood in the name of ‘education’. Caring love is the basis of true education.
Home is the first school. Children learn the first lessons of life and love at homes and in the laps of their mothers. We need to give some ‘prime time’ for our children every day with love in a homely environment.
Many poor parents are not able to give time and take care of their children because they have to struggle hard to earn a living for themselves and their children. Poverty also forces them to work without rest. Their children get neglected.
Mother’s love is the true nourishment of the hearts and souls of the children. Economically self-sufficient women with loving hearts who have spare-time at their disposal can render a great deal of service to poor children in their localities by extending caring love to them. They can gather these children in their own houses whenever possible to extend to them caring love which is Tyagarchana in action. They can also start ‘Tyagarchana Mathru Bhavans’ for this purpose.

b. Nutritious Food

It is a sad reality that India accounts for the largest number children in the world suffering from malnutrition. India also accounts for the largest number of children in the world dying every day due to sicknesses caused by malnutrition (more than 6000 every day). It is a painful and shameful fact that Independent India has the largest number of children in the world going to bed hungry every day due to poverty (more than 20 million every day).
Mother’s milk is very essential for the healthy growth of the child. Poor children do not get much milk from their mothers’ breasts. Many poor mothers are not able to breast-feed their children as there is very little milk in their dried up breasts. The de-humanizing poverty and hunger that they are subjected to dries up their breasts.
Poor children do not get enough nourishing food. Nutritious food is very essential for children’s health and happiness. As Mahatma Gandhi had pointed out, for a hungry person God comes in the form of food. Giving food with love to a poor and hungry person is a spiritual virtue of very high order. Food is God for the poor and hungry millions in India, especially for the poor and hungry children.
“I call him a traitor, who having been educated, nursed in luxury by the hearts’ blood of the downtrodden millions of toiling poor, never even gives a thought for them.” These harsh words of Swami Vivekananda point an accusing finger towards those who waste food or overeat while millions in the country and he world are struggling to have one square meal a day. A lot of food is wasted by the affluent people.
An interreligious campaign to prevent wastage of food should be the first step in ensuring that every poor child in India gets sufficient food to eat. Preventing overeating is also an important interreligious campaign to be taken up in India. Over eating leads to a number of sicknesses for treating which much money is being spent today.
Individually and collectively we can provide nourishing meals to the poor children in our locality with caring love. Senior citizens can establish ‘nourishing food centers’, and provide a nourishing evening meal to poor children living in the surrounding areas every day evening with love. ‘Mathru Bhavans’ (Mothers’ homes) can be started in villages and slums to provide nourishing meals to malnourished children. Senior citizens, especially senior women, in India can make this a new mission of their life.

c. Creative Learning & Value Education

Children have great creative potentials hidden within. True education is a process of empowering the children to bring out the best of creativity inherent in them. They also need to be helped to imbibe moral and spiritual values that are common to all religions. The Fundamental Duties of Indian citizens given under Article: 51-A of the Indian Constitution can provide a strong interreligious foundation to creative learning and value education for students. ‘Responsible citizenship’ is essential for building a great and peaceful India. This can be achieved by making the Fundamental Duties part of the educational curriculum. Our education system today tends to kill all creativity inherent in our children. Students are forced to carry heavy bags of books on their tender backs. In the name of education we are denying our children the joy and fun of a happy childhood. We are also destroying their inherent creativity. ‘Creative learning’ implies learning to bring out and express the creativity inherent in oneself. Drawing, painting, robotics, story-telling, role-play etc. are effective tools of creative learning. Above all, loving hearts are required to impart creative learning. A loving heart is the most important qualification necessary for teachers to be effective in this divine mission. Value-based stories and dramas can also be very effective tools in promoting creative learning and value education. The ‘Pancha Sutra’ programmes as mentioned above can be used as an effective creative learning module for the children. Introducing games like Chess can improve the creativity and logical thinking capacity of the children. It has been found from Research studies that Chess can help to make children more creative and logical in their thinking and planning.

d. Playing, Singing & Dancing

Playing, singing and dancing will make children happy and healthy. Learning methods of non-violent self-defense and ways of seeking help at times of need can provide children the necessary courage, physical strength and know-how to tackle problems. It can also develop in them a sense of security and self-confidence. Playing, singing, dancing and self-defense will contribute to the physical, mental and emotional health of children. Hence, children should be encouraged to play, sing and dance and learn methods of non-violent self-defense. The education system and family atmosphere today deny children these simple joys and necessities of childhood. Instead, they are often forced to ‘study’ irrelevant subjects and lessons and memorize them for obtaining marks in examinations. The present competitive consumerist world adds to the problems faced by the children. Many children become drug addicts and some commit suicide because of the unbearable pressures of education upon them. Senior citizens, especially grandparents, can take the initiatives to organize playing/singing/dancing/self-defense progammes and classes for the children in their locality. They can also help to make play grounds, parks and gardens etc. for the children, especially for poor children, in their locality. NGOs, Clubs like the Rotary Clubs & the Lions Clubs, YMCAs, Nehru Yuva Kendras and such other bodies can take the initiatives and create these facilities for the children in their localities/colonies. It is heartening to see that some of them are already doing this. But we need a great deal more such bodies to promote health, happiness and security for the millions of children, especially the poor children, all over India. Senior citizens can find an enjoyable and fruitful mission for their retired life by taking up these and other such programmes for making children in their localities happy, healthy and secure. The three-point comprehensive action plan of Happy Childhood Campaign consisting of Tyagarchana, Pancha Sutra and Khushhaal Bachpan will bring about a spiritual purification and moral regeneration of India and help to lay a strong foundation for the Kingdom of God in India. All religious communities, NGOs, Governmental bodies, civil society groups, political parties etc. in India can take up these programmes and make them their own.

The goal of Bhookhmukt Bachpan Abhiyan is to be achieved  by TSM with the amounts saved by people and students of goodwill from various acts of Tyagarchana undertaken voluntarily by them.
‘Tyagarchana’ consists of  sacrificing voluntarily something one likes (Tyaga) and using the time/energy/money saved from voluntary sacrifices for rendering selfless service to needy fellow human beings with love (Archana).  ‘Tyagarchana’ is a common spiritual exercise that can be shared by followers of all religious traditions for reducing the evils of selfishness, greed, lust and pride lurking in their own hearts.
Bhookhmukt Bachpan Abhiyan is a large-scale application of ‘Tyagarchana’  for spiritual regeneration of religions, and for communal harmony and peace in India. This interreligious campaign of love demands that all those inspired to join it should make a personal commitment to God and Mother India not to waste food anymore and not to eat more than what is necessary for good health.

Those joining this campaign should also skip at least one meal every week and use the savings to feed hungry children living in their own locality with love in the evening. They will further initiate steps to create self-employment opportunities for poor mothers, and to ensure that poor children get their dues from the Government without delay or corruption.
            

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