More than 50 listeners came to the kick-off event of the annual program 2018 at 17:00 o’clock in the cultural center HNKKJ in Waldkirchen in the Bavarian forest under the motto “Indian evening – a somewhat different travel report” and was organized by KS-plus e.V.. Tea lights and flower decorations between the chairs, the gentle smell of Indian spiced tea and soft piano tones put the visitors in the right mood. The pianist Tatiana Sverko had put together ten well-chosen musical contributions, from Indian Bhajan to the late Romantics Satie and Debussy to arrangements of current compositions. They divided the lecture with the emphasis on health (Dr. Walter Stadlmeyer), education (Martina Stadlmeyer) and current projects, embedded in a personally colored report on the development of Kirpal Sagar. For the break, busy hands had conjured up a buffet: cakes and tarts, coffee and the typical North Indian spiced tea, as well as finger food and snacks. It resulted in many stimulating discussions, the last visitors went shortly before 21 o’clock. “One can hardly believe it that so many listeners for such a special topic came” was the comment of a visitor prevented because of other date, an estimate, to which the scarcely 20 participants, aids and musicians could only follow.
The means test in Kirpal Sagar consists of the following elements:
- A request for waiver of fees, school fees, treatment costs or similar is presented and fixed in writing, signed by the applicant, in an office of the partner BSK Welfare Society or with the bearer of Kirpal Sagar itself.
- Then the applicant brings a written confirmation by the mayor of his municipality.
- Now a commission advises locally whether and if so in which height a cost assumption can take place.
- in the last step the applicants are visited at home. If everything is in order,
- the costs will be covered. That can be a certain OP, a cost exemption for one year in hospital, a scholarship.
Help for self-help is the “magic word”, so that no one has to feel like a helpless supplicant, who does not let the gap between the giver and the receiver become even deeper.
Many great minds have thought deeply about the topic of help and being helped. The truth probably lies somewhere between loving giving without preconditions, demanding and encouraging, joy and gratitude, as in an ideal family.
How is the result supposed to be?
It should be an incentive for the person helped, as it were, a starting capital on which one can build.
It should fill the helpers with joy instead of arrogance and know-it-all, in short, help should connect people and bring them together.
Save the world en passant once more and jet restlessly from here to there, like this?
We at KS-plus have decided to concentrate our forces. We have decided to (try to) reconcile different aspects of helping people to help themselves instead of focusing on one topic in many places. No, it’s not quite true, actually it’s more of a contribution to support a local effort to bring this “under one hat”.
In the course of time one becomes somehow more humble when one notices that one is only a cog in the clockwork. From a Western individualistic point of view, this initially caused discomfort.
After some time one wondered how one had been changed, more content, more relaxed, more grateful for the possibilities one had received. At first glance, it feels like being dropped from time; at second glance, it’s a change you don’t want to miss anymore.
Who was it who said that the helper ultimately receives much more than he gave? Somehow there is some thruth in it…
We believe it is our duty to help people help themselves. So-called charity is a special form of self-adulation.
Nothing is more helpful than a challenge to bring out the best in a person.
If everyone wanted to help each other, everyone would be helped.
In concrete terms, the hospital’s list of patients in need who are exempt from costs currently includes slightly more than 1,000 people. They receive an identity card similar to the German fee exemption card of the statutory health insurance funds. About 10,000 patients per year benefit from free basic examinations. In the schools about 300 pupils receive a complete or partial exemption from the fees. Both with the charitable support of needy ones in the hospital and in the schools Kirpal Sagar is supported also by several associations and private people from abroad. Good contacts to the surrounding communities facilitate the means test considerably. The goal is that the donations reach the needy directly, the administrative effort remains within narrow limits with a high accuracy… were there not other periods of reporting in English-speaking countries? Right, the reporting period is the English financial year, from April to March of the following year, instead of January to December.