Thursday, March 4, 2010

Dr Pargat Bhurji - Rose Charities Canada

Dr Pargat Bhurji: Leader 1st Rose Charities Pediatric team. Haiti. Feb 2010.  Leader of 3rd Sri Lanka post tsunami team 2005


  




Dr. Pargat Singh Bhurji’s philosophy is: “The more we do seva [service], the higher consciousness we achieve.” For him, serving others is not just a duty, but a way of life. “When you lift somebody, god lifts you.”

Dr. Pargat Singh Bhurji is a pediatrician and neonatologist in Surrey, so making a difference in people’s lives is a given. But Bhurji, who studied at Lokmanya Tilak Medical College in Mumbai before coming to Canada in 1988, does even more than what the doctor ordered.
Currently, he is an assistant professor at UBC, and also enjoys spreading his knowledge through regular appearances on local radio and television programs. “The more we teach, the better we become,” he says. His love for storytelling and his spiritual approach to his work is evident in everything he does. He is living proof that one person can make a difference.

Bhurji’s philosophy is: “The more we do seva [service], the higher consciousness we achieve.”
For him, serving others is not just a duty, but a way of life. “When you lift somebody, god lifts you.”

It all started in 1993 with his first fundraising efforts. Bhurji worked with others to raise funds for BC Children’s Hospital, and hasn’t looked back since. A member of many social, religious and medical organizations, he has volunteered in many different ways.

In 2005, Bhurji was the leader of the fourth Rose Charities medical relief team sent to Kalmunai, Sri Lanka. There he set up a pediatric clinic after the Tsunami disaster.
“Children are the building blocks, the caretakers and leaders of our future. It is important to look after their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs. That is why I chose to specialize in this area,” he says.

This year, when the earthquake devastated Haiti, Bhurji volunteered once again with Rose Charities to provide disaster relief. “It was not easy to be one of the first ones to go there physically. We were literally paving the way, clearing the thorns so that those after us could pass more easily.”

But Bhurji knew that children’s lives were involved, and he wanted to help them. He says he asked god for guidance along his journey: “God I am doing this out of my duty for mankind. I am doing this for you, so please help me out.”

One thing that Bhurji has learned from his volunteer experiences is that he wants to do more. He wants to assist in the improvement and implementation of services locally and globally.
“There is so much more to do. However, if there is devotion, there is a way. What we think we can do is more important than anything we do. The infrastructure comes,” he says.
“Let us all be full of nothing but love, kindness, respect, passion, brotherhood and consciousness.”

With that mindset, giving back is truly a given.