A society free from alcohol required to build a strong nation – Sri Shivarathri Deshikendra Mahaswamiji

Mysuru, September 14, 2021: “Alcoholic habits is a social disease haunting our society. De-addicting alcohol habits is very difficult. Alcoholics are found both in urban and rural areas. Usually they experience several mental problems. Though several of them want to get rid of their habit they are not able come out of it and are suffering. It is the objective of the JSS Counseling Center to counsel such people and help them quit their alcoholic habits. If we can make our society free from alcohol, we can build a strong nation,” opined His Holiness Paramapujya Jagadguru Sri Shivarathri Deshikendra Mahaswamiji.

He inaugurated the JSS Counseling Center, in the JSS Mahavidyapeetha premises in Mysuru today. In his blessings he said, “The Jagadguru Sri Veerasimhasana Mahasamsthana Math and the JSS Mahavidyapeetha is conducting alcohol de-addiction camps since 2014 for the benefit of people who want to quit alcohol habits. Efforts are made to educate the alcoholics, through the de-addiction camps. It is indeed happy to learn that people both in rural and urban areas are taking part in it and many of them have quit their habits. I wish all those people will further educate others, as it will be more effective. We are inaugurating the counseling center in Mysuru noticing the requirement of the society. I request you to utilize the services.” He also unveiled the name plate and hand bills on this occasion.

Speaking on the occasion Vatal Swamiji said, “the Jagadguru Sri Veerasimhasana Mahasamsthana Math and JSS Mahavidyapeetha has made considerable efforts to help people with alcoholics to quit their habit. The number of alcoholics in rural areas is increasing as a result of which their family members are facing problems. More efforts should be made to educate the youth in rural areas. However, Parampujya Jagadguru Sri Shivarathri Deshikendra Mahaswamiji is doing this work constantly. Starting the counseling centre in the city will be helpful for many.”

In his address, Dr. C.G. Betsurmath, Executive Secretary, JSS MVP said, “The society is facing lot of problems due to alcoholic habits among the people. Alcohol leads to violence, cruelty, indiscipline and bad behaviour. The effect of alcohol will be different in different age group people. Hence, it was inevitable to start the counseling centre to make the society free from alcohol.”

Sri Krishnakumar of the Parampare Organization expressed his view that commencing the counseling center in the heart of the city will help many people. “The objective of this center is educating the people about the various ill-effects of alcohol, treating addicts and provide counseling services to them. This center will function in helping them quit their habits,” he informed.

Ganesh, Shantaraju, Veeraraju and others also shared their views and opinions.

Dr. M.P. Somashekar welcomed, Smt. M. Geetha rendered an invocation, Sri S. Basavaraju was the anchor of the program. Sri Jayrajendra Swamiji, Junior seer of the Sri Suttur Math, Pontiff of the Huliyurdurga, Madalli Math pontiff, Chunchanahalli Pontiff and administrative officers of the JSS Mahavidyapeetha were present on the occasion.