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New York: The popular Indo-Caribbean Hindu parade, Phagwah, is seen bound in the shackles of a lawsuit. The lawsuit was filed by the Hindu Parade and Festival Committee against the Federation of Hindu Mandirs last month.

As a result, the New York state Supreme Court has issued a restraining order. The Federation will no more advertise or hold the parade in Queens. Today, the judge will decide who the city should grant a parade permit to.

Phagwah is a good-natured, joyful, Hindu religious holiday observed in March which celebrates the triumph of good over evil. Hindus are seen wearing white this day. A harmless, red dye liquid known as ‘abeer’ is thrown upon each other playfully. Family, friends and neighbors, whether Hindu or not, celebrate the day with lots of powder, perfume and water throwing.

Upset by the decision, the festival committee members feel they are the rightful organizing party to receive the permit. This is because they have been holding the parade since it started in 1988.

“We have to fight for it,” said Roy Singh, president of the Hindu Parade and Festival Committee. “For me, people say, ‘You are fighting the other people.’ No, this is not fighting. This is worth fighting for against the evil element. This is in my blood. We do this as community work, and we do it because we love it.”

Unhappy about the lawsuit, the general secretary of the Federation of Hindu Mandirs is eagerly waiting for the outcome of the court case, likely to occur today. (Imagesource: gtmosquito.com)

Watch one-minute video on the issue HERE

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Mother India- A Nostalgia I am Very Proud of!

Om and Namah are separate words. Leaving those two words, everything else has to be combined into a single word. An NRI doctor- as a tribute to her motherland has written the qualities unique only to India as an ashtottarm (108 names).

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Om is a sacred sound and a spiritual symbol in Hinduism. Pixabay

By Dr. Devakinanda Pasupuleti

As Indians, we are very blessed to receive the spiritual wisdom of the ancient seers (rishis) of India that shaped our values, customs, traditions and culture for millennia. 

Though I now live in the United States, I had the good fortune to grow up in India. As a result, the positive values included in this article were deeply instilled in me. They’ve made me more mindful, compassionate, and centered. They’ve also contributed to my success as a neurologist, teacher, and professor of medicine at Michigan State University and Central Michigan University. With that nostalgia in my mind, as a tribute to my motherland and with great enthusiasm I have written the qualities unique only to India as an ashtottarm (108 names). In today’s “modern” world, where the positive values are too often replaced with materialism, intolerance, violence, extremism, and terrorism; these mantras will help you stay calm and centered in face of adversity, and in the “little” moments. We can all find beauty, peace, strength everywhere we look—if we remember to look for it.

I believe ignorance is the root cause of all the problems in the world. Divisions, differences and duality are due to ignorance only and knowledge alone is the solution. I hope you feel that way when you read this article. And, in addition to you enjoying learning more about India, I hope this ashtottaram on our Bhāratamata brings you greater peace, happiness, and harmony.

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“Om shanti shanti shanti” is a chant in Hinduism. Pixabay

                                    ‘Sri Bhārata Māta Ashtottaram

108 Sanskrit Mantras 

Om and namah are separate words. Leaving those two words, everything else has to be combined into a single word.

Oṃ bhāratabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ भारतभूम्यै नमः
Om vedabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ वेदभूम्यै नमः
Om jnānabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ ज्ञानभूम्यै नमः
Om mokhabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ मोक्षभूम्यै नमः
Om yogabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ योगभूम्यै नमः
Om puyabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ पुण्यभूम्यै नमः
Om tapobhūmyai namaḥ ॐ तपोभूम्यै नमः
Om yāgabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ यागभूम्यै नमः
Om dharmabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ धर्मभूम्यै नमः
Om swakarmānuhtānabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ स्वकर्मानुष्ठानभूम्यै नमः
Om karmabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ कर्मभूम्यै नमः
Om dhyānabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ ध्यानभूम्यै नमः
Om ādhyātmikabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ आध्यात्मिकभूम्यै नमः
Om ahimsābhūmyai namaḥ ॐ अहिम्साभूम्यै नमः
Om sanātanabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ सनातनभूम्यै नमः
Om omkārabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ ओंकारभूम्यै नमः
Om namaskārabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ नमस्कारभूम्यै नमः
Om tattvamasibhūmyai namaḥ ॐ तत्त्वमसितत्त्वभूम्यै नमः
Om ācharyabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ आचार्यभूम्यै नमः
Om sadāchārabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ सदाचारभूम्यै नमः
Om gopũjābhūmyai namaḥ ॐ गोपूजाभूम्यै नमः
Om ṛushibhūmyai namaḥ ॐ ऋषिभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ gītāmrutabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ गीतामृतभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ sanyāsitvabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ संन्यासित्वभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ svārādhanabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ स्वाराधनभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ suphalabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ सुफलभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ gangāpavitrabhūmyainamaḥ ॐ गङ्गापवित्रभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ sampradāyabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ सम्प्रदायभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ strīgauravabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ स्त्रीगौरवभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ sarvadevatārchitabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ सर्वदेवतार्चितभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ puruhārdhabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ पुरुषार्थभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ punarjanmasiddhāntabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ पुनर्जन्मसिद्धान्तभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ bodhabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ बोधभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ kāruyabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ कारुण्यभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ bhakti bhūmyai namaḥ ॐ भक्तिभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ tyāgabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ त्यागभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ krutajnatānugrahabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ कृतज्ञतानुग्रहभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ dhanyabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ धन्यभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ samadrishtibhūmyai namaḥ ॐ समदृष्टिभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ śāntibhūmyai namaḥ ॐ शान्तिभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ āsramadharmabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ आश्रमधर्मभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ devabhāshābhūmyai namaḥ ॐ देवभाषाभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ āyurvedabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ आयुर्वेदभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ samaikyabhāvabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ समैक्यभावभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ jātirahitabhūmyai namaḥ जातीरहित भूम्यै नमः
Oṃ nityasevitabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ नित्यसेवितभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ mātrubhūmyai namaḥ ॐ मातृभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ janmabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ जन्मभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ ālayabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ आलयभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ hindubhūmyai namaḥ ॐ हिन्दुभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ priyamvadabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ प्रियम्वदभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ panchasēlabodhitabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ पञ्चशीलबोधितभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ paramatasahanabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ परमतसहनभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ brāhmaapujanabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ ब्राह्मणपूजनभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ himālayabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ हिमालयभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ triveisangamabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ त्रिवेणिसङ्गमभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ pāpavināśabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ पापविनाशभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ trivarapatākabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ त्रिवर्णपताकभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ dharmachakrabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ धर्मचक्रभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ kalmasharahitabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ कल्मषरहितभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ sahasranāmadevārchitabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ सहस्रनामदेवार्चितभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ mokhasādhakabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ मोक्षसाधकभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ jīvitārdhabodhakabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ जीवितार्थबोधकभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ prakrutipujanabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ प्रकृतिपूजनभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ advayabrahmabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ अद्वयब्रह्मभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ sampūrṇabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ संपूर्णभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ bhāgyabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ भाग्यभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ prapanchakhyātibhūmyai namaḥ ॐ प्रपञ्चख्यातिभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ mānasopachārapūjitabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ मानसोपचारपूजितभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ guruparamparābhūmyai namaḥ ॐ गुरुपरम्पराभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ trikālasandhyānuthiṫabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ त्रिकालसन्ध्यानुष्ठितभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ kshamābhūmyai namaḥ ॐ क्षमाभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ nityāgniho’trabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ नित्याग्निहोत्रभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ mātrudevapujitabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ मातृदेवपुजितभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ pitrudevārćitabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ पितृदेवार्चितभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ nityāchāryasevitabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ नित्याचार्यसेवितभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ atidhisatkārabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ अतिथिसत्कारभूम्यै नमः

 

Oṃ pūrnabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ पूर्णभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ mahimānvitabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ महिमान्वितभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ sahajasetusailabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ सहजसेतुशैलभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ panchabhutārādhanabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ पञ्चभूताराधनभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ mokṣhakārakabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ मोक्षकारकभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ guṇasampadbhūmyai namaḥ गुणसम्पद्भूम्यै नमः
Oṃ kāryadakshatābhūmyai namaḥ ॐ कार्यदक्षताभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ sukhavardhanabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ सुखवर्धनभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ sādhusandohabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ साधुसन्दोहभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ sahrudbhāvabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ सहृद्भावभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ halabhritibhūmyai namaḥ हलभृतिभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ karṣhakapujitabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ कर्षकपुजितभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ ṛuavimochakabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ ऋणविमोचकभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ yuktyāhārasaṃpannabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ युक्तत्याहारसम्पन्नभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ e’kapatnīvratabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ एकपत्नीव्रतभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ sakalambrahmārpaabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ सकलर्ब्रह्मार्पणभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ mantrabhūmyainamaḥ ॐ मन्त्रभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ kartavyabodhakabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ कर्तव्यबोधकभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ susaṃskārabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ सुसंस्कारभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ matonmādarahitabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ मतोन्मादरहितभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ karmasiddhāntabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ कर्मसिद्धान्तभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ satchidānandātmabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ सच्चिदानन्दात्मभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ īśvaramedhāprasādabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ ईश्वरमेधाप्रसादभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ parākramaarahitabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ पराक्रमणरहितभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ ratnabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ रत्नभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ dākshiyabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ दाक्षिण्यभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ mātrupitrusamabhāvabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ मातृपितृसमभावभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ mānavottamajanma prakaṭitabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ मानवोत्तमजन्मप्रकटितभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ sarva

bhūtabhagavatsamānabhūmyai namaḥ

ॐ सर्वभूतभगवत्समानभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ sarvamangaḷabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ सर्वमन्गलभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ sarvasukhadātrubhūmyai namaḥ ॐ सर्वसुखदातृभूम्यै नमः

 

Iti Vaidyasri Pasupuleti Devakinanda Vithal Rāja Viraċhitam            

‘Sri Bhārata Māta Ashtottaram.

इतिवैद्यश्री-पसुपुलेटि-देवकिनन्द-विठल-राज-विरचितंश्री-भारतमाताष्टोत्तरम्

Most gods and goddesses have Gāyaṫri mantras. I humbly attempted to compose a few Gāyaṫrī mantras for our Bhāraṫamāta. 

‘SRI BHĀRAṪAMĀTĀ

Gāyaṫrī mantras

1) OṀ Veda Bhūmyaischa Vidmahe

            Bodha Bhūmyaischa Dhīmahi

            Ṫanno Bhārat Prachodayāṫ

 

2) OṀ Dharma Bhūmyaischa Vidmahe

             Karma Bhūmyaischa Dhīmahi

             Ṫanno Hinḋ Prachodayāt

 

3) OṀ Janma Bhumyaischa Vidmahe

            Māṫru Bhūmyaischa Dhīmahi

            Ṫanno Dharā Prachodayāt

 

4) OṀ Yāga Bhumyaischa Vidmahe

            Yoga Bhūmyaischa Dhīmahi

            Ṫanno Bhārat Prachodayāt

 

5) OṀ Puṇya Bhumyaischa Vidmahe

            Dhanya Bhūmyaischa Dhīmahi

            Ṫanno Hinḋ Prachodayāt

 

6) OṀ Dhyana Bhumyaischa Vidmahe

            Dhānya Bhūmyaischa Dhīmahi

            Ṫanno Dharā Prachodayāt

 

7) OṀ Ṛishi Bhumyaischa Vidmahe

            Ṫapo Bhūmyaischa Dhīmahi

            Ṫanno Bhārat Prachodayāt

 

8) OṀ Jnāna Bhumyaischa Vidmahe

           Yajna Bhūmyaischa Dhīmahi

           Ṫanno Hinḋ Prachodayāt

 

9) OṀ Gītā Bhumyaischa Vidmahe

            Mokṣha Bhūmyaischa Dhīmahi

            Tanno Dharā Prachodayāt

 

10) OṀ Tyāga Bhumyaischa Vidmahe

              Bhāgya Bhūmyaischa Dhīmahi

              Tanno Bhārat Prachodayāt

IṪI VAIDYAŚRĪ PASUPULETI DEVAKINANDA VITHAL RĀJA VIRACHIṪAM 

ŚRI BHĀRATA MĀTĀ GĀYAṪRIHI

Oṁ Śhānṫi, Śhānṫi, Śhānṫihi! (Peace, Peace, Peace)

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EKAVIMŚAṪI SONG (with 21 names of Bhāraṫamāṫa)

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Om and namah are separate words. Leaving those two words, everything else has to be combined into a single word. Pixabay

Ekavimśaṫi means 21 (Eka- means One, Vimsati- means Twenty). Our body has 21 ṫaṫṫvams (essence, root, reality). The 3×7 Ṫrayi Sapṫa Samidha Kṛitaha is the offering of 21 sticks of fire wood (samidhās) in a homam. I have composed this song with very simple lyrics so that it’s easy to hum and sing by every Indian from a rickshaw puller to a college professor, house wives and children making it a catchy household song, constantly reminding us of the glory of our mother-land. According to Hindu culture, the earth, Bhoomi, is considered to be our mother. 

1) Veda bhūmi, Bodha bhūmi

     Dharma bhūmi, Karma bhūmi

Bhāraṫa bhūmī—-Asmaḋīya māṫru bhūmi—–

Bhāraṫa bhūmī—- Asmaḋīya janma bhūmi—— (repeat)

2) Yajna bhumi, Yāga bhūmi

     Yoga bhūmi, Bhāgya bhūmi

Bhāraṫa bhūmī— Asmaḋīya māṫru bhūmi—–

Bhāraṫa bhūmī— Asmaḋīya janma bhūmi—— (repeat)

3) Puṇya bhūmi, Dhanya bhūmi

    Dhānya bhūmi, Dhyāna bhūmi

Bhāraṫa bhūmī— Asmaḋīya māṫru bhūmi—–

Bhāraṫa bhūmī —Asmadīya janma bhūmi—— (repeat)

4) Oṁkāra bhūmi, Ṫapo bhūmi

Gopūja bhūmi, Gītāmṛuṫa bhūmi

Bhāraṫa bhūmī— Asmaḋīya māṫru bhūmi—–

Bhāraṫa bhūmī— Asmaḋīya janma bhūmi—— (repeat)

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5) Sujala bhūmi, Suphala bhūmi

    Susaṁskāra bhūmi, Namaskāra bhūmi

Bhāraṫa bhūmī— Asmaḋīya māṫru bhūmi—–

Bhāraṫa bhūmī— Asmadīya janma bhūmi—— (repeat)

IṪI VAIḊYAŚRI PASUPULETI DEVAKINANDA VITHAL RĀJA VIRACHITAM

ŚRI BHĀRAṪA MĀṪA EKAVIMŚAṪIHI’

Oṁ Śhānṫi, Śhānṫi, Śhānṫihi! (Peace, Peace, Peace)

Devakinanda Pasupuleti, MD is Michigan based professor of Neourology.

 

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Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS): Providing Service to Mankind Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

RSS Volunteers have been working to raise awareness, dispel myths about coronavirus, distribute food packets and drinking water, conduct sanitisation drives, distribute masks and control traffic

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RSS services volunteer
RSS volunteers have taken the initiative to help the needy during the COVID-19 crisis.

By Kanan Parmar

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has taken the initiative to help the needy during the COVID-19 crisis.

RSS Volunteers have been working to raise awareness, dispel myths about coronavirus, distribute food packets and drinking water, conduct sanitisation drives, distribute masks and control traffic.

The Sangh had donated ration (rice, daal, tea leaves, flour, salt, potato , sugar and cooking oil) , to around 1,22,468. Moreover the Sangh also provided healthy meal boxes to 28,62,312 people.

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RSS is an Indian hindu-faith based nationalist voluntary organization. Flickr

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The volunteers have set up 910 community kitchens across the country and 179 in Delhi itself.

RSS volunteers have distributed soaps among 120338 people, protective face masks among 96000 people, hand gloves to 40527 people and hand sanitizers among 11666 citizens.

The sangh has also set up the following helplines:

  • Sewa Bharti Helpline – 50666
  • STUDENT’S Helpline – 550
  • Helpline for the people in North East- 2366
  • Helpline for the differently-abled- 171
  • Digital Helpline- UTKARSH Mobile App (The app contains 4 helplines)

The organization has provided help by distributing milk to kids, meals to elderly and PG students, medical aid to the people in need which also includes 4900 North East families.

Even though RSS is a hindu-faith based organization, it provides its service irrespective of caste, religion, gender, creed or race.

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Even though RSS is a hindu-faith based organization, it provides its service irrespective of caste, religion, gender, creed or race. Flickr

It has provided services to around 986 sex workers and 68 people from the transgender community.

In fact, Khalida Begum, a Muslim woman from Jammu and Kashmir has donated her savings of Rs 5 lakh, meant for the Hajj pilgrimage, to the RSS-affiliated ‘Sewa Bharati’.

Not just to the humans, the organization also served the animals by setting up around 508 animal-care centers where animal food and medicines were given.

The 13,72,067 members-strong volunteering team defines what true humanity is and also give us the lesson to help our fellow brothers and sisters during such critical times.

Also Read- SEWA Swayam Sevaks and Sevikas Define Service and Volunteerism Amid the Pandemic

About Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh is an Indian hindu-faith based nationalist voluntary organization which was founded in 1925 by the Keshav Baliram Hedgewar, a doctor in Nagpur. The organization believes that he Hindu culture is the life-breath of Hindustan. The prime aim of the organization is to provide service to the humanity during critical situations. They provide their services irrespective of any diveristy, be it religion, gender or caste.

To know more about the organization, visit http://rss.org/

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SEWA Swayam Sevaks and Sevikas Define Service and Volunteerism Amid the Pandemic

SEWA is a Hindu faith-based organization but considers all humans equal

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SEWA volunteers
SEWA people never insist on helping or donating to a particular chapter, as this is a truly selfless service. Facebook

By Bharti Raizada 

I personally know many Swayam Sevaks and Swayam Sevikas. Their dedication and endless efforts to serve humanity cannot be described in words. This is just a small effort to let masses know that there is someone always willing to step up and serve when needed. Yes, I am talking about SEWA organization and its volunteers.

SEWA International is a Hindu faith-based., humanitarian, nonprofit organization founded in 2003. It has many chapters in different states in the USA. Its working area is international.

SEWA work area is very wide and encompasses many different levels of actions from as simple as providing a listening ear to coordination with many other organizations and entities e.g. embassies, ministries, etc.

SEWA volunteers
SEWA is donating many masks, PPE’s, food, medicines during COVID -19 pandemic. It has arranged for shelter for many, started a 24-hour helpline service, and arranged for educational webinars. Facebook

Swayam Sevaks do mostly anonymous work, as the intention is to help and not to become famous or show off. Volunteers feel thankful for the opportunity they get to help someone, they are thankful to be a medium to help, they are thankful to know that they are in a position to help.  Swayam Sevaks even shy away from calling this a help as they believe in selfless service and consider it as an opportunity to practice what they believe in from their heart, what they inherited from sages and their ancestors, and what they want their children to believe in by observing.

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Volunteers selflessly work day and night. They are always ready to help or arrange for help as much as possible. Many do not even mention the work they are doing

Everyone can serve and can get served too. Service or donations can be in the form of money, groundwork, time, spreading the word around so that people who need the service get it.

Help and donation can be for any chapter of SEWA. SEWA people never insist on helping or donating to a particular chapter, as this is a truly selfless service. They provide information about any chapter, area, and the person you want to connect to. Besides, people can reach out to any volunteer and he or she will work to connect you with the right support system.

SEWA is a Hindu faith-based organization but considers all humans equal. There is no discrimination in helping. No biases regarding race, color, religion, ethnicity, gender, and social status as they believe in ‘Vasudev Kutumbkam’ meaning the whole world is one family and believe that there is divine in everyone.

SEWA volunteers
SEWA International is a Hindu faith-based., humanitarian, nonprofit organization founded in 2003. Facebook

Service recipient’s faith, social status, lifestyle choices, views about Hinduism or Sanatan Dharma, religious beliefs, etc. do not matter for the Swayam Sevaks.

SEWA is donating many masks, PPE’s, food, medicines during COVID -19 pandemic. It has arranged for shelter for many, started a 24-hour helpline service, and arranged for educational webinars.

Also Read- Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Now Keen to Develop Young Leaders

I urge you to go to the following links to know more about SEWA and its contribution to societies, communities, and humanity. Please share with anyone who can benefit from this noble service.

Following is the link to SEWA’s mission, vision, projects, and guiding principles.

https://sewainternational.org/about-us/

https://sewausa.org/

https://sewainternational.org/sewa-sandesh-march-2020/

https://sewainternational.org/towards-sustainable-tourism-sewa-saahas/

SEWA received widespread media coverage for its work during COVID -19 pandemic. https://sewausa.org/Media-Coverage