Though the Kabir Peace Mission was established in early 1990, it was almost on the ground for about a decade. One can also say that it was running on the tarmac before taking-off. In fact, it now appears that it was really so as is evident from what followed. In January 2000, I dedicated my first book to Kabir Peace Mission, which was a Hindi translation of two English books of mine. The title of the book was LoLFk fpUru ds iFk ij(Swastha Chintan Ke Path Par) and the book was released by the then Human Resource Development minister of India, Dr Murli Manohar Joshi, in a well-attended function on 14th January in Lucknow. Dedicating the book to the mission meant that all proceeds from the book were to go to the mission. I have no hesitation in admitting that I thought several times before taking such a decision. But I reached a conclusion that in doing so, the overall gain was to be more than the pain. Subsequently, I dedicated all my books to the mission only.
With this clarity of mind, the mission got its receipt books printed and the first receipt was issued on January 14, 2000. At that time, I also wished and prayed that let Nature send at least one help to the mission, so that we could serve its cause with greater confidence and concentration. Perhaps, God found us worthy of His blessings as since then, the average help has been more than one every day. A large number of persons came in contact with the mission through various forums and programmes. This enriched the mission both ways, in terms of serving its purpose as well as harnessing resources. In a book written by Gandhiji, I read that for the success of any social activity, the required ingredients are – right objective, selfless service and transparency in working. Our effort has always been to achieve these qualifications and our prayer to God is also to keep us on this path. It also proves that any sacrifice is not a matter of self-deprivation but of self-preservation. When we give, we get more, maybe in a different form.
...any sacrifice is not a matter of self-deprivation but of self-preservation