Relief Organizer's Handbook
|Relief Organizer's Handbook|
|Author||Acarya Abhidevananda Avadhuta|
|Subject||Handbook for AMURT (Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team) disaster relief project organizers|
|Location in Sarkarverse|
Relief Organizer's Handbook is the official handbook for AMURT (Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team) workers. While this booklet is aimed primarily at Ananda Margiis, specifically AMURT disaster-relief workers, it may be of benefit to all workers in the field of Humanitarian aid.
In his preface to Relief Organizer's Handbook, Abhidevananda writes:
Relief work is an act of Devotion. All over the world .downtrodden humanity is bleeding... crying out in agony... searching with desperation for a genuine helping hand. We, the Ananda Margiis, are charged with the mission to salve their wounds, dry their tears, and raise them to their feet. This is the will of Paramapurusa. By serving the suffering humanity we not only serve God in human form, we also serve God Himself by fulfilling His desire. And we not only move according to His flow, but we expand our minds at a rapid pace by learning various new and necessary skills and by identifying with a broader spectrum of persons and conditions. Most important of all, by doing relief work we please Him.
Apart from a brief preface, the content of Relief Organizer's Handbook is broken down into three major sections:
- Part 1: Organizing a Relief Operation (general mechanics of a disaster-relief operation)
- Part 2: Perspectives (attitude needed for success)
- Part 3: Appendixes (miscellaneous considerations)
In early 1989 Abhidevananda successfully organized a major disaster relief operation in Zambia, which was declared by Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar to be the standard for all AMURT work. Relief Organizer's Handbook was written by Abhidevananda in mid-1989 at the request of the Central AMURT Secretary of Ananda Marga Pracaraka Samgha.
The first edition of Relief Organizer's Handbook was published in Kolkata, India in 1989. A second edition of the booklet came out in 2005. The most recent publication of the booklet may be found on Amazon.