Last Updated on 17 August 2023 IST: Social reform is generally a movement undertaken by an individual who is a part of a certain society with an aim to change the ongoing unjust and oppressive practices focused towards a certain segment of the society. There have been many social reforms throughout the world, but India in particular, has witnessed a few socially and economically important social reforms such as abolition of the practice of Sati and emancipation of women, uprooting untouchability, eliminating casteism.
These social reforms are carried out by either persuading people to give up their old ways of living and adopt a more fair and just practices of living or by enforcing laws and restrictions thereby forcing people to give up their old ideologies and adapt the new ones. In this Article, on the occasion of 73rd Avataran Diwas (Incarnation Day) 2023, we’ll learn about the social reforms the Great Saint Rampal Ji is undertaking in order to fulfill His objective to turn Earth into Heaven.
What Is the Need of Social Reforms?
Mankind has many times deviated from normal behaviour due to their dependence on superstitious practices and beliefs. Due to this, social vices manifest in society. Reforms are movements which aim at eradicating these social vices which are deeply rooted in the social system. India has witnessed many social reforms being undertaken by social reformers like Raja Rammohan Roy, Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar and many more. They paved the way to the modern India we presently live in.
Current Social Setup and Values
In the present scenario, when we observe the social behaviour of people we do see women getting fairly equal opportunities in the fields of education, health and employment, we see casteism completely eliminated at least from the educational and corporate set up, we are able to see some reduction in female foeticide cases, untouchability completely eradicated. This is good but there are other social vices which have manifested on account of modernization such as alcoholism and intoxication due to substance abuse. Both these activities are very much looked upon as a trend amongst the people both young and old.
Social reforms in uprooting these vices have been undertaken by the government but all efforts are in vain. No noticeable change has occurred due to these reforms. As a matter of fact, many families have been destroyed, lives have been ruined on account of alcoholism and intoxication. Substance abuse and alcohol addiction impairs the rationality of an individual which gives rise to aggressive behaviour and hence criminal offences take place.
Social Reforms: Contributing in Making Intoxication-free Society
Children of those who indulge in intoxication lack mental and physical development as they live in a constant state of fear. People lose their abilities to reason after being intoxicated and end up committing crimes like robbery, rapes, murders and even suicide. As per the statistical records of 2021 monetary cost of these crimes was estimated at $205 billion in the USA, £7.3 billion in the United Kingdom. People addicted to these substances fail to give up their addiction even after being put into rehabilitation centers. Despite so many programmes and policies initiated by the government to eradicate alcoholism and substance abuse, the situation is getting grim by the day.
Is It Possible to Eradicate Alcoholism and Substance Abuse?
Well, even medical science does not have an answer to this question because they do not have enough evidence to prove that people can easily give up addiction to intoxicants. But, with true knowledge and guidance one can easily quit these habits and lead an intoxication free life.
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Many NGOs and government organisations have set up rehabilitation centres to help people come out of their addiction. But as mentioned above the success rate of people leading a life free from intoxication is very low. The reason being these organizations simply rely on scientific methods to help people curb their urge of consuming intoxicants. With proper guidance balancing both scientific and spiritual aspects of effects of intoxication an individual will surely be able to give up addiction to intoxicants. The question arises: whom do we look for such guidance?
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Who Is the One Trying to Eradicate Alcoholism and Substance Abuse?
There is one such person who has taken the responsibility of completely eradicating alcoholism and substance abuse. He has guided several people who were on the verge of ruining their families and their lives due to intoxication. His name is Saint Rampal ji Maharaj from Barwala, Hisar, Haryana.
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He not only lets the people know about the ill effects intoxication has on their physical self, their family and social life, but also on their spiritual growth. He has informed people as to how all Holy Scriptures look upon any form of intoxication as a grave sin for which a soul has to go through hell and then suffer in the life forms of animals where they would be deprived of all the facilities they are getting by being in a human body.
Food Distribution to Flood Victims
Sant Rampal Ji Maharaj’s followers have been involved in various charitable and humanitarian initiatives to help those in need, including flood victims. These efforts reflect His teachings of compassion, selfless service, and helping those who are suffering. Recently there was a severe flood situation in 12 districts in Haryana where the disciples provided food and other related material to flood victims.
Help During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Sant Rampal Ji Maharaj’s followers have been involved in various humanitarian efforts, including helping during the COVID-19 pandemic. During the first lockdown, many laborers were stuck up in cities in the state of Haryana. The local administration was unable to handle the situation. The disciples arranged for their stay, food, water, and other necessities. When the government arranged the buses, the disciples gave them packed food and water bottles along with Sant Rampal Ji Maharaj’s sacred book Gyan Ganga.
Acts of Honesty
It’s commendable that Sant Rampal Ji Maharaj’s followers have been involved in acts of honesty and kindness, such as returning lost materials to people on the road. Acts of honesty and compassion align with the teachings of spiritual and ethical traditions that emphasize the importance of selflessness, integrity, and treating others with respect. There are a number of examples where the disciples have returned the lost purse, bags, and mobiles.
Returning lost items to their rightful owners is not only a reflection of moral values but also a practical way to contribute positively to society. Such acts can inspire others to adopt similar behavior and create a sense of trust and community.
Prohibition of Post-Death Feasts
Sant Rampal Ji Maharaj emphasizes the importance of living a simple and ethical life. He prohibits post-death feasts. His teachings could discourage elaborate rituals, ostentatious displays, or practices that lead to unnecessary expenses or wastefulness. His one disciple from a village in Sambalpur district in Odisha state preferred offering free medical treatment to very poor and people with disability for eleven days after death of his father.
Sant Rampal Ji Maharaj Tree Plantation Drive
Sant Rampal Ji Maharaj has been actively involved in promoting environmental conservation and awareness through various initiatives, including tree plantation drives. These drives aim to contribute to the restoration and preservation of the environment by planting trees and promoting the importance of a greener and healthier ecosystem. Tree plantation drives organized by Sant Rampal Ji Maharaj and His followers have taken place across various locations in India. These drives encourage people to come together and actively participate in planting trees, thereby enhancing the overall green cover, and combating deforestation.
Social Reforms by Saint Rampal JI Maharaj: Get Rid of Intoxication by Taking Initiation
When people take initiation from Him, they are given a set of rules that they are required to adhere to. Staying away from alcohol and intoxication of any form is one of those rules. It has been observed that once an individual takes initiation from Saint Rampal ji Maharaj, they lead an intoxication-free life. Once people listen to the discourses delivered by Him, anyone and everyone will not only be able to quit intoxication but also live their life free from intoxication. There have been several examples where an individual has taken initiation and is now leading a life free from intoxication.
Who is the biggest Social Reformer of India?
Sant Rampal Ji Maharaj is the biggest social reformer of India and World who has freed the country from the problems of dowry, feticide, casteism, bribery etc.
Social Reforms by Saint Rampal JI Maharaj: Some Habitual Drinkers Who Are Intoxication-free Now
Following are the few of many names who are now leading an intoxication-free and happy life.
- Rashpal, Singh, Punjab an addict of Alcohol, tobacco gave up his addiction after taking initiation from Saint Rampal ji Maharaj.
- Rishipal, Ambala, Haryana took initiation in March 2017. He gave up his addiction which he started since he was 11 years old.
- Watch this video to get a glimpse of how His disciples are able to quit intoxication:
The life of a Saint is devoted to philanthropy. And, when the Saint is Tatvdarshi then His philanthropy is of next level. In the same line of action, Saint Rampal Ji Maharaj is not only making our society free from the vices of alcohol but is also making it ethically correct.
Social Reforms by Saint Rampal JI Maharaj: Dowry Free Weddings ― Ramaini
Apart from eradicating alcoholism and substance abuse, Saint Rampal ji Maharaj is also focusing on encouraging dowry-free marriages. Dowry is the prime reason why a girl child is looked upon as a burden by the parents and fearing that they commit crimes like female foeticide. Under the guidance of Saint Rampal ji Maharaj, marriage (Ramaini) takes place within 17 minutes without any expenses being borne by the bride’s father. Many disciples have got their children married as per the rules laid down by Saint Rampal ji Maharaj without indulging into any kind of show off, music and dance in the marriage, without making any difference of castes and without any give and take of dowry. Disciples of Saint Rampal ji Maharaj are known to be righteous and never indulge in any give or take of bribery, adultery, and committing fraudulent activities.
Social Reforms by Saint Rampal Ji Maharaj: Blood Donation Camps
During these testing times of the pandemic, many blood donation camps, body donation camps have been organized under the guidance of Saint Rampal Ji Maharaj. Followers of Saint Rampal ji Maharaj are donating blood for this noble cause. Blood donation certificates are issued as well for the ones who donate blood for the cause. For that matter, even the ashram is being offered to be converted into Covid centres.
On June 2, 2023 there was a horrific train accident in Odisha, in which around 300 people died, while around 1000 were injured. World famous social reformer Sant Rampal Ji Maharaj came forward as a messiah to help the injured. 278 units of blood were donated by the followers of Sant Rampal Ji in Sambalpur, Odisha on 16th June and in this way He helped the injured in their hour of grief.
Organ and Body Donation Camps
Medical fraternity has been exploiting the weak and downtrodden in need of body organs for their survival. To relieve all criminal activities such as human organ trafficking many organ donation camps have also been organised by the disciples of Saint Rampal ji Maharaj where His followers have pledged to donate their organs post their death free of cost for the ones who would be in desperate need of them.
Followers of Sant Rampal ji Maharaj refrain from any kind of quackery because according to the teachings of Saint Rampal ji Maharaj indulging in celebration of festivities, offering prayers during final rites and other associated rituals are opposed to the injunctions of our holy scriptures. He tells the scripture-based way of worship and the Holy Scriptures forbids keeping fasts, worshipping any other deity than God Kabir, etc. Following that way of worship and knowledge, the followers of Sant Rampal Ji Maharaj experience extraordinary miraculous benefits from God Kabir ―which they didn’t earlier by following the arbitrary or prevalent way of worship.
Free Food to the Hungry
Under the guidance of Saint Rampal ji Maharaj, His followers have arranged food for the hungry in the ashrams of saint Rampal ji Maharaj. During the entire lockdown last year and this year food and shelter was provided to many who were stranded on the streets due to unavailability of means of transportation.
Society Free From Vices
According to the spiritual knowledge given by Saint Rampal ji Maharaj, people are quitting their addiction to intoxicants, stopped taking bribes or corruption oriented activities, do not indulge in adultery and so on. Followers of Saint Rampal Ji Maharaj are far away from vices like greed, rage, lust, etc. If everyone takes initiation from Saint Rampal Ji Maharaj, this world will become like heaven where people will live in peace and brotherhood. Turning Earth into Heaven is one of His objectives for which He is restlessly working day and night.