CHENNAI:Eyes are the most important of sensory organs and therefore it is important to take good care of them, Kanchi seer Jayendra Saraswathi Swamigal said citing the Vedas.
He made this observation while speaking at a function organised by the Medical Research Foundation at Sankara Nethralaya, a premier eye care hospital and research institute, to express its gratitude to donors and well wishers on the occasion of its 37th anniversary on Saturday.
Highlighting the pioneering work of Sankara Nethralaya, he said the hospital is considered as a role model in the field of eye care and research.
“Everybody should come forward to support this venture,” he stressed adding that lot of activities carried out by the institution were benefitting the poor.
Explaining the activities of Sankara Mutt, Jayendra Saraswathi spoke about the various health and educational institutions being set up in various areas of the country including Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh.
Reiterating the value of eyes, Vijayendra Saraswathi, Jayendra’s successor, said there are a number of cases in mythological texts that spoke about eyes being the most important of all the senses.
Further, he said Sankara Nethralaya was an institution where people with similar mindset - that of serving society - were contributing to the field of science as well. “Those who undertake research here learn the quality of serving the society as well,” he said.
Stating that India is a country which will serve other countries unconditionally in all fields including education medicine and spirit after achieving growth.
Further, Vijayendra Saraswathi expressed hope that Sankara Nethralaya would extend its footprint to more areas in the country and serve more number of poor people.