In 1990 His Holiness Vishwaguru Mahamandaleshwar Paramhans Swami Maheshwarananda Puri laid the foundation stone of a large-scale project called the “Om Vishwa Deep Gurukul Swami Maheshwarananda Ashram Education & Research Centre” (commonly referred to as the “Om Ashram”) under the shelter of Sri Devpuriji Ashram Trust and the International Sri Deep Madhavananda Ashram Fellowship. Om Ashram is a part of Om Vishwa Deep Gurukul Swami Maheshwarananda Ashram Education & Research Centre. The main purpose of this Centre is to promote the ancient Indian science of Yoga and the invaluable spiritual treasure of Vedic culture. This Centre is dedicated to the protection of all life, the environment and world peace. It hosts various charity events and supports education and healthcare. The building of Om Ashram has already brought many benefits to those engaged in the work, including jobs and material security for millions of local people and their families.
What does it mean when God speaks through us? It means that you get a duty to do something that is of benefit to all; to protect all creatures, the environment and humankind; to serve them by helping them to solve their problems. When you do it from your heart, as a volunteer, you are already an instrument of God. God works quicker than we work. It is maybe not easy to be in His hands. It is like being in the fire. You may have your limitations, you may be tired, but in that minute extra energy comes and you will be able to go on. You will get power again. You don’t feel tired, you don’t feel exhausted. And there comes a point when you enjoy it. That means that now God is working through you consciously. Now you are a true channel of God's love. Now His love is flowing through you to serve, to love, to help.
Paramhans Swami Maheshwarananda
To address the major water crisis in the desert state of Rajasthan India, the International Sri Deep Madhavananda Ashram Fellowship has launched a Desert Rainwater Harvesting initiative. This Rajasthan initiative will utilise traditional Rainwater Harvesting techniques in conjunction with community based watershed management plans, to provide a sustainable model to be used in drought affected areas throughout the world.
This is the desert region of Rajasthan, dry & arid, and subject to long years of drought. Conditions are hard for those who live here - opportunities are limited. It is often the case that families cannot afford to send their children to school and frequently it is the girls that miss any chance of an education. By the grace of His Holiness Paramhans Swami Maheshwarananda, Jadan's school was established in 2002. One of the most remarkable projects is the “Gyan Putra” scheme that commenced in 1998. It is designed to provide financial support for school children from poor families.
The Sri Swami Madhavananda Austria Hospital Project in India aims to offer compassionate service to the sick and needy; promotes a holistic approach to health care; fosters high standards in health-related education and research; and aims to provide adequate medical services for people.
In the Shiva Maha Purana it is written about charities:
Sanatkumara said, “All the big charities, which have been described as such,
should be daily offered to the able persons and only then they bestow welfare on the donates.
The desert region of Rajasthan is a harsh environment to live in and the current drought is particularly hard on cattle that have been set free by villagers who can no longer afford to feed them. The Ashram has established an animal refuge called Om Shree Deveshwar Mahadev Gaushala, which provides a home and humane veterinary care for several hundred old, homeless and sick animals.
Following the call of Swamiji to all Yoga in Daily Life groups to contribute by planting trees for the conservation and enhancement of natural habitats, his disciples are participating in reforestation actions in many countries around the world. Thousands of trees have been planted in the last two years and every month new reports about reforestation are coming.
The Jadan Ashram also has a long term project of reforestation. To date, approximately 200,000 trees have been planted in a bid to 'turn the desert green'.