On the 19th July, IYA team including Prof Kambhampati Subrahmanyam, Sri DR Kaarthikeyan and Ravi Tumuluri visited Rajarajeshwari Temple and paid their respects to Sri Sri Sri Jayendra Puri Mahaswamiji, the present pontiff of Sri Kailash Ashrama Mahasamshtana. Sri Sri Sri Tiruchi Swamigal was the…
An Initiative by The Yoga Institute
In a country marked by remarkable economic growth, India still grapples with a distressing reality – a quarter of the world’s hungry population resides within its borders. The Yoga Institute (TYI), an organization rooted in the teachings of its founder Shri Yogendra ji, has taken up the noble cause of combating hunger and providing sustenance to the less fortunate through its initiative, Annam Brahma. With an open heart and a commitment to equality, Annam Brahma has served over 10,00,000 meals in the last 3.5 years, welcoming all without discrimination.
Even in the face of unprecedented challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Annam Brahma has remained steadfast in its mission. Throughout the lockdown since March 2020, TYI’s dedicated team has continued to serve twice-daily meals, amounting to over 3000 meals every single day, without interruption. This unwavering commitment to providing food security during such difficult times has been a lifeline for those in need.
Annam Brahma recognizes the importance of the food it provides, beyond mere sustenance. The meals distributed are prepared according to the principles of Saatvik food, which is known for its purity, simplicity, and positive impact on the mind and body. The ingredients and recipe has been specially curated by renowned Chef Ranveer brar and Chef Pallavi brar, keeping on mind the daily macro and micro nutrient requirements and taste. Saatvik food is free from stimulants, and is prepared with love and mindfulness. By offering Saatvik meals, Annam Brahma not only nourishes the body but also uplifts the spirit and promotes overall well-being among its recipients.
The name “Annam Brahma” holds a profound significance. “Annam” in Sanskrit refers to food or nourishment, while “Brahma” represents the divine, the ultimate reality, or the cosmic consciousness. Thus, Annam Brahma embodies the belief that food is sacred, and providing sustenance to those in need is an act of reverence and service to the divine within each individual. It is a reminder that every meal served through this initiative is an offering of love and compassion.
Annam Brahma’s reach extends across Mumbai, where food security remains a significant concern for the underprivileged. Equipped with a fully-equipped customized van, the initiative operates in areas such as Cooper Hospital, V N Desai Hospital, Dharavi, and other locations where poverty makes access to food a daily struggle. We have also tied up with multiple government hospitals where we provide free meal service. The van, stocked with healthy meals, navigates the city throughout the day, ensuring that those in need receive warm and fresh sustenance
To maintain the quality of the meals, Annam Brahma utilizes insulated vessels that effectively keep the food warm and fresh, guaranteeing that every recipient receives a nutritious and satisfying meal. Additionally, TYI has invested in a well-trained staff capable of catering to the diverse needs of the beneficiaries, ensuring that the service provided is not only efficient but also sensitive to individual requirements.
India, with its vast population and socio-economic diversity, faces significant challenges in eradicating hunger and malnutrition. By focusing on feeding the poor, Annam Brahma addresses a critical issue that affects millions of individuals. Malnutrition can have long-lasting effects on physical and cognitive development, hindering individuals’ ability to reach their full potential. By providing nutritious meals, Annam Brahma not only satisfies immediate hunger but also contributes to the overall well-being and future prospects of the recipients.
Annam Brahma represents one of the many social welfare programs initiated by TYI, with a focus on addressing the basic needs of communities. Beyond food, TYI also provides clothing and household essentials, demonstrating a holistic approach to upliftment.
Annam Brahma not only offers nourishment but also fosters a sense of belonging and support within the community. As individuals return day after day to receive their meals, bonds are formed, and relationships are built. Annam Brahma becomes a gathering place where individuals find solace, friendship, and the support they need to navigate their challenging circumstances.
Annam Brahma stands as a shining example of TYI’s commitment to creating a better way of life for communities worldwide. With its unwavering dedication to serving without discrimination, this initiative ensures that no one goes hungry. By providing nutritious meals, Annam Brahma not only satisfies hunger but also offers hope, dignity, and a sense of community to those in need. Through Annam Brahma, The Yoga Institute illuminates the path toward a more compassionate and equitable society.