Showing goodwill and extending its warm hands, the Indian Army donated computers, play station for kids, heating system in the winter for old age home and dental X-Ray machine for Mahabodhi Karuna Charitable Hospital at the Mahabodhi International Meditation Centre in Saboo Dho on June 23.
Lt Gen SK Patyal, General Officer Commanding (GOC) of Army’s 14 Corps, visited Devachan Campus and, showing great generosity, donated these things for young students, patients and old people.
Welcoming LT Col Patyal and other guests, Venerable Sanghasena, founder president of MIMC, thanked the Indian Army for their kind gesture. “The Indian Army is one of the best in the country and I must say that the development in Leh would not have been possible without the help of the Indian Army. Credit must go to them and we are really indebted to them. People of Ladakh have enjoyed a cordial relationship with the Indian Army and we are very fortunate because Mahabodhi has enjoyed a friendly relationship with the Indian Army. It would be our privilege if we could help them in any way. We look forward to keeping a cordial relationship with them and serve the motherland together. Also, I would like to tell that the discipline I learnt while serving in the army helped me a great deal in life.”
Speaking on the occasion, Lt Gen Patyal said, “This is my second visit to Mahabodhi. Before coming to Ladakh, I always believed in karma but once I reached here I realised there’s something beyond karma. You have some social responsibility and this I learnt in Ladakh. We are trying our bit to help the people of Ladakh. I would like to say that no other community has made more sacrifices than people of Ladakh. I will try to start meditation classes for Army personnel with the help of teachers from Mahabodhi.”
Earlier, Ms Tsewang Dolma, principal of Mahabodhi School, welcomed the chief guest. Thereafter, students from the school gave a wonderful performance.
Operation Sadbhavana (meaning Goodwill), launched in 1998, is an unique attempt to apply the healing touch to win the hearts and minds (WHAM) of people by promoting development activities focuses on their basic needs.