Geeta Vahani offers solution to social crisis in the country
“T&T has lost its moorings. The moral center has collapsed, the ethical standard across all strata of society has fallen to an all-time low. It is very scary time.” Those were the words of Geeta Vahini, President of the Hindu Prachaar Kendra.
“T&T has lost its moorings. The moral center has collapsed, the ethical standard across all strata of society has fallen to an all-time low. It is very scary time.” Those were the words of Geeta Vahini, President of the Hindu Prachaar Kendra. Geetaji was speaking at a gala event with more than 300 families, friends and well-wishers celebrating her 50th birth anniversary on Sunday August 11, 2019 at the Auditorium of the Divali Nagar. The event was sponsored by the Hindu Prachaar Kendra.
Described as calm by Attillah Springer, an earlier speaker, Geetaji went on the offer a solution. She was emphatic that the solution to this problem lies not in parliament, the police and other institutions but in the homes.
But what I found unique and interesting is a thirty-year plan for this work to take root and more so that working with the youths begins at age four. Then Geetaji said that the result of the work would be felt in three to four generations down the road. It also meant that Geetaji, Raviji and so many of us would not be present but yet are engaged in these activities.
I listened to Geetaji paying respects to the so many that work backstage in many projects of the Kendra and said that “while I am the star, they are the superstars.” And we know many of those superstars who are always at every events working silently with those broad smiles on their faces. This trait to recognize the contribution of others toward one success is unique and rare and a mark of a confident human being.
And as Geetaji said, “I have left the best for the last? My husband Krishna, he is my Bhagavan .” Geetaji, displaying her creative talent went on to talk about her husband’s love for dahi and music and being naughty for not wearing the clothes she puts out for him. But then she said that “my husband not for one day displayed a bruised macho ego.”
Geetaji is a success story and that is mainly because of the full cooperation she has from her husband. I sincerely hope and pray that this Krishna-Geeta Cooperation Scheme can be emulated by others. Too many of our “good workers” are imprisoned by their spouses. One friend told me that one year after he married his wife transformed herself into a “tunkey.” Another friend told me that he is not living in a house. “I living in Alcatraz.” I said to him jokingly, “But you are like Clint Eastwood, you can escape.” He responded: “I am going to die in this jail. Dass is my passport!”
Raviji who was scheduled to speak gave his massage in one sutra or verse. “They don’t make them so again.” This was a profound message. It is a summary of the challenges that beseech society today. Our society is overwhelmed with false propaganda and so many of our professionals go about life as though they are above societal obligations.
Attillah Springer, a newspaper columnist, lamented the failure of our feminists to recognize the work that Geetaji is doing. Describing feminism as a concoction of western capitalist society she pointed out the failure of the local feminists to acknowledge the work of women in agriculture, the march from Chaguanas to San Fernando in memory of the jahajis who sacrificed their lives for the right to practice their dharma and prayers offered in the Marian River by Geetaji and Pearl Entou Springer.
Dr Bhoe Tewarie also spoke at the event. He praised the work that the Kendra is doing and revealed that his sons and daughters are godchildren of Raviji and commended Geetaji for the noble work she was engaged in. But Tewarie’s intellect is too huge to stop there. He went on to talk about economic crisis that beseeched the country. He revealed the growing level of poverty in the country and shared with his Hindu audience that approximately 15,000 of the 60,000 Hindu households cannot make ends meet.
Like a Maharishi, Dr Tewerie outlined to his audience the five (5) daily duties or sacrifices (Mahayagyas) that every Hindu should practice. These are: worship of the gods; reading the scriptures; remembering the ancestors who have paved the way for us; development of the human resource and finally, preservation of the environment. Dr Tewarie enjoined his audience the need to fulfill those social obligations.
Many distinguished Hindus were present in the audience and shared their views of Geetaji. This is what they had to say:
Justice Amrika Tiwarie-Reddy: “I was very surprised when she took over from Raviji but from what I have known of her and her husband Krish, they have always been ready to serve. Her performance on the singhasan has been outstanding and as a person she is charming and have weathered many storms and we are proud of her. That’s why we are here.”
Rickson Ramdeen, a teacher at Naparima Girls’ High School, and a chela of Geetaji: “I have the best guru. You could talk to her about any subject. She is very approachable.”
Kamla Tewarie, President of the Hindu Women’s Association: “Geeta is a fine exemplar for we Hindus. She has faced her challenges in life fair and square and has come out victorious.”