|The worst thing
that can happen to a moral and religious man, who is overtaken by calamity, is his Joss of
faith in the ultimate goodness of the universe and in the perfection of all virtues,
values and powers in the Eternal Absolute. Finally, before we pass on from the subject of
virtues, we may point out the importance of social
service in any scheme of moral and spiritual progress of a religion.
It is sometimes said that Hinduism does not sufficiently stress the
cultivation of social virtues. But this is rather a prejudiced view. We should remember
that from time immemorial India has been called the land, of charity
and, in recent
years it has been humorously described as a Beggar's Paradise.
Also throughout the country there were innumerable Dharma sastras and Anna satrams for the
convenience of the traveling public where free food used to be given.
All this shows the charitable disposition of the people,
fostered and strengthened by the teachings, of Hindu scriptures. But we must confess that
at the present day our social service schemes are not properly and efficiently organised
on up to date lines. The good work is mostly left to the individuals and therefore it is
only sporadic, inefficient and ineffective. An excellent example of organised social
service is proved for us by the work of Christian Missions in the country, who run
hospitals, nursing homes, lepe asylums etc.