The disastrous earthquake in Gujarat
The extent of damage to life and property in the devastating earthquake in the Indian state of Gujarat has started coming to light as relief agencies reach these areas. The three Vipassana centres in the areas affected by the earthquake have escaped damage but are surrounded by wanton destruction.
Vipassana meditators on their own have started efforts to help in relief operations. Many have already reached the affected areas with aid.
The psychological rehabilitation of the survivors is perhaps the most challenging and, often neglected, task. The survivors of this calamity have experienced intense mental trauma. Alleviation of their mental agony is a difficult and yet an important task. It is a big challenge for relief agencies. This is where the three Vipassana centres in this area can play an important role by organizing maximum number of courses for the maximum number of people. This will help these people to have fortitude to face the loss of their near and dear ones, and the loss of their possessions. It will give them the mental strength to build their lives again. Meditators who wish to share the merits of this meritorious effort of alleviating the suffering of survivors in Gujarat may send their donations to:
Sayagyi U Ba Khin Memorial Trust
F.C. A/C No. 28/118
State Bank of India,
Please send the details of money transfer to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org and write Gujarat Earthquake in the subject of the message. This fund will be used to run Vipassana courses for the survivors of this catastrophe.