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Manava Sevaye Madhava Seva  <ul><li>“ The  Lord dwells in the hearts of all beings , O, Arjuna, causing them by his illusi...
Religion a powerful influence in life, isn’t it? <ul><li>I keep asking one question to myself: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Why a...
Hindu Dharma Emphasizes…..  Our context <ul><li>Service to our faith community and service to larger community is --- serv...
Types of Service/Seva Activities <ul><li>Our service/seva activities I see in two categories: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1. Ser...
Manava Sevaye Madhava Seva through Hindu Community to Toledo Community (1) <ul><li>Feeding the homeless  </li></ul><ul><ul...
Manava Sevaye Madhava Seva through Hindu Community to Toledo Community (2) <ul><li>“ Habitat for Humanity ”  </li></ul><ul...
Insights from our experience… <ul><li>Since we see God in every human being, our view of service should be free from any e...
Backup -  Other Quotes from Scriptures (translated) <ul><li>“ There is none other who does great good than the one who rem...
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Manava Sevaye Madhava Seva: Toledo Case Study - Dr. Sudershan Pasupuleti (s06a-1)

  1. 1. Session 6a Social Services – Hallmark of Hindus Manava Sevaye Madhava Seva: Toledo Case Study Dr. Sudershan Pasupuleti Hindu Temple Of Toledo September 11-13, 2009
  2. 2. Manava Sevaye Madhava Seva <ul><li>“ The Lord dwells in the hearts of all beings , O, Arjuna, causing them by his illusive power, to revolve, in accordance with their nature, as if they are mounted on a wheel of the body.” --- Bhagwad Gita. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Therefore, helping (serving) other human beings ( Manava Seva ) is a way of serving and worshipping God ( Madhava Seva). </li></ul></ul><ul><li>In other words, any service to Jeevatma is service to Paramatma (Narayana), hence it is Narayana Seva . </li></ul><ul><ul><li>When one gives of oneself in a spirit of Dana , one is not only relieving the suffering of another , but engaging in an act of spiritual self-upliftment ( renunciation of selfish attachments). </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Religion a powerful influence in life, isn’t it? <ul><li>I keep asking one question to myself: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Why am I the way I am today? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>One thing clear in my mind is my upbringing in a “Hindu Family”. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>I am not an expert in Hindu religious scriptures to quote and elaborate on what Vedas, Puranas, Bhagwad Gita, Ramayana, Mahabharata, etc. say but I learned through my socialization and practice of Hindu faith. </li></ul><ul><li>Hindu religion is rich in philosophy that guides our life on day-to-day basis. The following quotes from the scriptures reflect a gist of that rich philosophy and how Hindu religion views service/charity. </li></ul><ul><li>The scriptures underscored the importance of Seva/Service to mankind: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>through dāna (charitable giving), </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>not only for the betterment of the lives of those suffering, and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>but also for the giver's own spiritual well being. </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Hindu Dharma Emphasizes….. Our context <ul><li>Service to our faith community and service to larger community is --- service to mankind. </li></ul><ul><li>We, as a community, are very engaged with our community we live in by contributing to various ongoing social and outreach activities in the city. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Hindu community is active with 450 families (about 2500 population) within and outside. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Our larger community is Toledo, a medium-sized city with 300,000 population. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It is pretty diverse community in both ethnic and religious respects. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The town is confronted with unemployment, crime, school drop outs, abused and custody children, homelessness, and health disparities. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Types of Service/Seva Activities <ul><li>Our service/seva activities I see in two categories: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1. Service to our faith community members </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2. Service to larger community we live in </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Our service activities within our community include : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Helping elderly persons (giving rides to attend temple, special arrangements for worship and Lord dharshan, and serving food, etc). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community lunch on every Sunday after religious service. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Organizing pilgrimages and tours for elders and youngsters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Organizing educational service and camps for community children </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Celebration of festivals and cultural and social events </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Visits and potlucks for community building </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Helping new families in move-in and move-out process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Providing assistance (financial and in-kind) in fire, storm, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Visiting our members when they are sick and offering support </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Manava Sevaye Madhava Seva through Hindu Community to Toledo Community (1) <ul><li>Feeding the homeless </li></ul><ul><ul><li>preparing and feeding about 60 persons on every Sunday morning. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Giving gifts and clothes to Displaced Children </li></ul><ul><ul><li>to celebrate Christmas. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Feeding homeless families with children </li></ul><ul><ul><li>during the “Thanks Giving times. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Fundraising and donating nonperishable food items </li></ul><ul><ul><li>for Northwest Ohio Food Bank to ensure food supply to soup kitchen in the town. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“ Interfaith Hunger Awareness Event” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>sponsor, support, and participate in every year. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Interfaith Blood Drive </li></ul><ul><ul><li>helping in in the community. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Volunteering for Service Organizations including Metro Parks, Zoo, etc. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Donated more than 1000 hours a year. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Scholarships to college-bound high school students. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Two temple and one in collaboration. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Manava Sevaye Madhava Seva through Hindu Community to Toledo Community (2) <ul><li>“ Habitat for Humanity ” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sponsor, support, participate in build program through Multi Faith Council of Northwest Ohio. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>fundraising for families in crisis </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Organize for natural calamities, other difficult situations in local community and in India. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“ Free Medical Screening and Counseling Camps” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Organize for homeless people. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Annual fundraising event for ASHA </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Organize for India projects. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“ Faith Gardening Program” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Participating in to increase Seva opportunities for children and elders” on the temple premises and donate food to Food Bank and soup kitchens. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Time and Effort </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Annually several thousands of dollars and hours of time contributed by community for charity and in service of others. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Starting an elective course, annual lecture and workshops on Hinduism in collaboration with The University of Toledo. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Starting from 2009-10 year </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Insights from our experience… <ul><li>Since we see God in every human being, our view of service should be free from any egoism, attachment, and expectation. </li></ul><ul><li>Treat human person with dignity and kindness. </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage men and women to be service-oriented, serving the humanity in crisis and need is considered greatest virtue in Hindu tradition. </li></ul><ul><li>Since what we do is learned by our children, parents and grand parents need to be role models for our children. </li></ul><ul><li>Building our community through our service activities is a great way; please try to create more opportunities for bringing our community together for a cause. </li></ul><ul><li>Undertake incremental steps to initiate and institute Seva activities because they build and reflect the character of our community. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Sarve Jana Sukhino Bhavanthu! Sarve Jana Sukhino Bhavanthu! Sarve Jana Sukhino Bhavanthu! </li></ul><ul><li>Om Shanti Hi… Shanti Hi… Shanti Hi. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Backup - Other Quotes from Scriptures (translated) <ul><li>“ There is none other who does great good than the one who removes the hunger of those in a difficult situation, helpless, weak, and disturbed”. - Mahabharata XIII.59.11. </li></ul><ul><li>“ He who feeds a stranger and tired traveler with joy attains infinite religious merit.” - Mahabharata XIII.7.7 </li></ul><ul><li>“ Acts of sacrifice, charity and austerity should not be abandoned, but should be performed because sacrifice, charity and austerity are the purifiers of the wise”, - Bhagwad Gita 10.5. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Even for the ill-minded, a fondness of giving makes one feel great.” </li></ul><ul><li>- Ramayana II. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Help, support, charity, gifts, protection, and rescue are all virtues that embody the grace of God.” - Ramayana II. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Of the divisions in one’s moral duties, sacrifice, study, and charity form the first.” - Chandogya Upanishad. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Give. Give with faith. Do not give without faith. Give with sensitivity. Give with a feeling of abundance. Give with right understanding.” - Taittriya Upanishad. </li></ul>-

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