We don’t have and we are not sorry that we don’t have such work. Do you think every work can be seen from outside, can be caught, measured, weighed, and valued? Everything can be valued, of course, in some way, but the valuation may not always be in dollars, rupees, etc. Certain things have only qualitative values. Then, how can you value the work of the Mahamandal? It will be valued on the basis of the number of proper human beings who have come up through this work. It is not like building schools, colleges, libraries, etc. or construction of factories with some materials. This is a new thing; no other organization has ever done it. So it is difficult to understand its value. How will people measure the work the Mahamandal has been doing? It has to be seen whether proper men are coming up or not through this work. Yes, in the last forty years men of proper character are coming out of this work, and if it is continued, more men will come. Those who are working in the Mahamandal and conducting all its activities, wherefrom have they come? They were not recruited with advertisements in the newspapers, they did not apply, interviews were not taken, they were not selected, appointment letters were not given. All of them came of their own accord. They offered themselves, their time and energy, for the work, because they could understand the value of this work. So, it is to be understood that all work cannot be identical. The nature or method of assessment cannot be the same everywhere.
Concrete action for social welfare is organized on a huge scale by the governments and on a much smaller scale by many associations and institutions. Huge sums are pumped in for all these, much of which vanishes into thin air. It is the want of character that leads to the failure of schemes meant for the deprived. Therefore, the work of character-building is the fundamental work, without which all else is bound to fail.
However, the Mahamandal units organize many social service activities throughout the year in accordance with the means available to them and the needs of the people in and around their localities. Through such work they get a scope to develop feeling for others and an urge to serve others. They learn to work without selfish motives, to plan properly and work efficiently in an organized manner. This forms a part of our training programme for the youth. So, the quantum of external work is not at all important in this scheme