Archive for October, 2009

How to stay young

October 26, 2009


How to stay young.

1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height.
     Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay ‘them’
2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.
3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever.. Never let the brain idle. ‘An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.’
4. Enjoy the simple things.
5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.
6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person, who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive.
7. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it’s family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.
8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.
9. Don’t take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county; to a foreign country but NOT to where the guilt is.
10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity. AND ALWAYS REMEMBER :
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
 all need to live life to its fullest each day!! Worry about nothing, pray about everything then remember to do all things in moderation

Help us help the helpless elderly

October 19, 2009


Help us help the helpless elderly.

Become a member
lend a helping hand.

This request is being sent to you as yo are a friend and well-wisher of ours with a deep concern for the care of the elderly. At Omashram Old Age Home we have 35 old, forlorn helpless souls being cared for. By becoming a member, you will be endorsing your concern in a positive way. Please opt for any one of the following memberships:

1. Patron Member One-time contribution: Rs. 1,00,000/-
2. Life Member One-time contribution: Rs. 10,000/-
3. Ordinary Member Annual contribution: Rs. 500/-
Patron Member & Life Member can choose a day on which a lunch will be hosted for the residents of Omashram once a year. There will be an annual get together for the local members at Bangalore. Local members can also celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, etc. with the elders at Omashram. Please fill in the following coupon and mail it to us along with your payment. You can also do direct credit into our bank account. Your contributions are also tax deductible under 80 G of the IT Act.
Blessings from the elders at Omashram.
Mohan Pai
Founder & Chairman.
Bangalore. October 17, 2009
Name:______________________________________________Address_______________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ Phone:Membership opted for: Patron/Life/OrdinaryPayment made by Cash/Cheque/DD/ in the name of Omashram Trust, Bangalore. Amount__________________________________Bank:_________________________________Direct credit may also be made into the account of Omashram Trust at ICICI Bank, 16th Main, BTM Layout, II Stage, Bangalore 560 076.
A/c No. 029701004820 Bank Code: ICICI0000297
Omashram Trust, 850, 5th Cross, 11th Main, Vijaya Bank Colony, Bilekahalli, Bannerghatta Road, Bangalore 560 076, INDIA. Phone: 080-26581682 Mobile:9845567663

‘Joy of Giving, Week at Omashram

October 7, 2009




0 The ‘Joy of Giving’ week started with a prelude on Thursday, September 24,2009. Mr. Milind Joshi, Senior Vice President, Bharti Axa, hosted a lunch for all the residents & staff of Omashram. Mr. Milind Joshi & family and their friends graced the occasion.
0 On Friday 25, 2009 Mr. Imbarajan & friends hosted lunch for all the residents and staff of Omashram.
0 Mr. Manjunath & team from Mysore came with gift of towels for the residents as well as spent some time with the elders.
0 Ms. Shilpashree & friend dropped in and gave cash donation as well as had a chat with the elders.
M. S. Ramaiah Medical College brings a gift of ‘Free’ Medical-check up for the elderly at Omashram.

Dr. Range Gowda addressing the SAP Volunteer Group

On the morning of Saturday, October 3, 2009, a team of 10 doctors and senior nurses headed by Dr. N. S. Range Gowda, MD,from M. S. Ramaiah Medical College, Bangalore, decsended at Omashram with medical equipments for the camp that had been scheduled earlier with the kind co-ordination of iVolunteer of Bangalore.


Doctors at work

SAP Group Volunteers drop in on the elders at Omashram on October 3, 2009. Twenty members of the SAP group dropped in and spent the morning chatting with the elders at Omashram. The group brought a gift of 30 coffee mugs for the elders. iVolunteer, Bangalore co-ordinated their visit.


SAP Group members chatting away with the elders.
Joy of Giving Group, Bangalore visited the Elders of Omashram bearing the gift of food provisions and spent the whole afternoon with the residents of Omashram spread out in three different premises.

Joy of Giving Group members with the elders.
iVolunteers Role

Ms. Prarthana Unkalkar & Archana not only took the lead in organising the Medical camp and SAP Group visits but spent the whole morning with the elders at Omashram.
Mohan Pai, Founder, Omashram Trust.
Bangalore. October 4, 2009

World Elders Day & Gandhiji’s Birthday

October 7, 2009

The World Elders Day will be observed tomorrow (1.10.09) followed by Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary the next day (2.10.09). Mohandas Gandhi was born on 2.10.1869 and assassinated on 31.1.1948 at the age of 78.


World Elders Day

October 1, 2009

Tomorrow at Omashram we shall be observing the World Elders Day. We now have 35 lonely and isolated souls as residents. Volunteers, well-wishers, donors drop in often and spend time with them and chat with them. Events like Independence Day, X’mas, Independence Day, Birthdays, etc. are organised by volunteers and donors. A number of kind-hearted donors have been hosting lunches for the residents on the day of the donor’s choice and spend a good deal of time with the residents And all this helps a great deal in alleviating their feeling of isolation and loneliness. Today, it is sad to see that this day which ought to have been celebrated at home is celebrated more outside in old age and destitute homes. The reason: today there is an increasing impatience among young men and women and this has forced many elders, willingly or unwillingly, to move into homes for the aged.
Psychiatrists believe that fulfilling the physical, psychological and emotional needs of elders is the key to keep them healthy and happy. Intentional or unintentional neglect, impudence and maltreatment inside the families and in the society often lead to high levels of stress among elders. This in turn could lead to various physical ailments, psychological and emotional disorders and even cause death in some cases.
Elders are like children with their mood swings, sometimes too quickly not allowing us enough time to grasp. Elders need attention at homes and if we don’t give it, they start demanding it. When the elders begin to feel they are neglected, they adopt ways to attract attention from us and at times irritating. Mental agitation, restlessness, falling sick often, nausea, vomiting and even suicide attempts could be just reactions to this neglect by family members. Immediate medical care, physical and psychological alone may not be enough. We need to spend some quality time with them showing genuine concern. They deserve love care and respect for the simple reason that they brought you up with a load of problems and sacrifice.
To understand the plight of the elderly in India today please read my document “The Elderly”. Kindly log on to:
Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday
October 2, 2009
“I have nothing to teach the world. Truth and non-violence are as old as the hills”
– Mohandas Gandhi
The Elder that was…
Passages from ‘Introduction’ to “An Autobiography OR The Story of my experiments with truth” (1925)
…My experience in the political field are now known, not only in India, but to a certain extent to the ‘civilized’ world. For me , they have not much value, and the title of Mahatma that they have won for me has, therefore, even less. Often the title has deeply pained me; and there is not a moment I can recall when it may be said to have tickled me. But I should certainly like to narrate my experiments in the spiritual field which are known only to myself, and from which I have derived such powers as I possess for working in the political field. If the experiments are really spiritual, then there can be no room for self-praise. They can only add to my humility. The more I reflect and look back on the past, the more vividly do I feel my limitations…
…But for me, truth is the sovereign principle, which includes numerous other principles. This truth is not only truthfulness in the world, but truthfulness in thought also, and not only the relative truth of our conception, but the Absolute Truth, the Eternal principle, that is God…
…In judging myself I shall try to be as harsh as truth, as I want others also to be. Measuring myself by that standard I must exclaim Surdas:
Where is there a wretch
So wicked and loathsome as I ?
I have forsaken my Maker;
So faithless have I been.
For it is an unbroken torture to me that I am still so far from Him, who, as I fully know, governs every breath of my life, and whose offspring I am…