RURAL DEVELOPEMENT WING(RDW)
RURAL DEVELOPEMENT WING (RDW), branch of the Rajayoga Education and Research Foundation strives through its programmes to awaken villages through education, cleanliness, good health and self-reliance by encouraging positive lifestyle rooted in values. RDW plays a key role in the holistic development of the country by empowering farmers, men and women and youth in villages.
- To improve the condition of rural children and youth through leadership programmes, child development camps, and character development programmes which emphasise moral values.
- To eliminate mistrust, superstition, blind faith and unhealthy social practices through awareness campaigns, slide shows and lectures.
- To foster healthy lifestyles through educational programmes in health and hygiene, special medical camps, and exhibitions and lectures aimed at reducing the incidences of smoking drinking, tobacco chewing and drug addiction.
- To eradicate illiteracy through value-based educational activities for the young, as well as adult education programmes.
- To enable individual spiritual empowerment of the indigenous masses through courses in Raja Yoga meditation.
Views and Perspectives
In the not-too-distant past, India's rural villages were settings of simple, healthy living. Farming and cattle-breeding were even considered ideal professions. When India achieved independence in 1947, more than 90% of India's total population lived in rural villages and were primarily dependent on agriculture for their livelihood. Father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi, referred to this vast human resource as 'the soul of the nation'. However as towns and cities began to attract industries, educational institutions, engineering advances, and health services, the development of rural areas fell drastically behind that of urban areas. A significant percentage of the rural population migrated to the cities, resulting in urban tenements, poverty and squalor. While the advances of civilisation did not come to the countryside, negative side-effects of modern progress, in the form of inflated desires, selfishness, disease, addictive habits and violence, found their way into rural lifestyles. Handicapped by illiteracy and disenfranchised by the shift of economic resources towards urban development, India's rural masses have lapsed into a backward state. Currently about 70% of the populace reside in villages and, although a number of rural development schemes exist, they primarily supply basic services such as roads, water, electricity, transport, etc.
The Agriculture and Rural Development Wing believes that spiritual empowerment can help the rural populace develop self-respect, co-operation and positive human values which will automatically motivate them to transform their habitats into havens of cleanliness, healthfulness, social harmony and productive human enterprise. With this aim, the Wing organises exhibitions, video and film presentations, and peace processions, and conducts camps, educational programmes and meditation courses at the village and district levels. Wing members also believe that rural development means not only educating the farmers and herdsmen, but also the administrative officials at the village and district levels (Sarpanak, Gram Sevak, Patwari, etc.), the officials and Board members of rural co-operative societies, the personnel of village development agencies, and others. The Wing arranges special seminars and conferences for such individuals and groups at the local level as well as in Mt. Abu.
With the spiritual empowerment of the rural populace, India's villages will not only become clean and beautiful once again, they will become Gokul Gaon (ideal villages).
Dadi Hridaya Mohini Chief of Brahma Kumaris
“This methodology is very essential to produce pure & pious food, fruits & vegetables for good health. My good wishes are always with the farmers following yogic agriculture methodology by experimentation of Rajyoga Meditation, preperation of Organic Manures, adopting various ancient methods of conservation of crops - which will result in achieving 100% success.”
Chairperson Agriculture and Rural Devp. Wing
“This is a farming process based on Rajyoga Meditation, which will have its valuable contribution in the creation of the new age. I express my best wishes to all the farming community for adopting this sustainable yogic methodology.”
B.K. Raju Vice-Chairman Agriculture and Rural Devp. Wing
“ This novel project will guide the farmer brothers & sisters all around the world & inspires them for a life style filled with total bliss & peace. It leads to imperishable prosperity by means of holistic & healthy crop production. I wish you all the success, which is your birthright.”
Prajapita Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya & the sister organisations RajYoga Education & Research Foundation and Brahma Kumaris Academy for the Better World have set up various Wings & Departments that conduct courses for various sections of society. Seminars, workshops & conferences are held in order share with them the applications of spirituality, the art & experience of Meditation for achieving excellence in their fields, overcome work related stresses & inspire them to have for themselves, a code of conduct to follow. Each Wing or Department does various kinds of services with a spirit of dedication. The services and facilities of the institution are free and no fee is charged. Details about various Wings of the institution are mentioned below in below link.