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Faith-Based Approach to Development
The Hindu and Dharmic community is coming of age in America. It is connecting with America and needs to develop infrastructure capacity to serve. Seva (a sanskrit word for service) is community social responsibility. HASC is working to make service and volunteering a defining part of Hindu American life and culture. Our goal is to increase civic engagement, to increase and promote volunteering and interfaith collaboration while addressing our nation's needs.


To empower the community and address concerns at the local and national levels, HASC documented service activities, liaising with government and interfaith groups to communicate the community's needs and enhance seva social responsibility. HASC is supporting development of "Seva Centers" as a lead example of social innovation. HASC aims to serve as a resource, repository and clearing house of relevant information to connect the community to America through seva.

 

Since 2009, on college campus, temples, yoga studios and standalone in cities and towns, HASC has devised innovative programs and a unique faith based approach through UtsavSeva - Festivals of Service to serve many communities and to impact poverty as a service partner of Corporation for National and Community Service. HASC was formed in 2009 with the guidance of the White House Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.  More.                                          


 Manu I. 86: Austerity was the chief (dharma) in Satya-Yuga, Jnana (knowledge) in the Treta-Yoga,
in the Dvapara sacrifices and in the Kali-Yuga charity/service (seva) alone (is the dharma)

“Service which is given without consideration of anything in return, at the right place and time
to one that is qualified, with the feeling that it is one’s duty, is regarded as the nature of goodness.” (Bhagavad Gita 17.20)


"The best way to find your self is to lose yourself in the service of others. Mahatma Gandhi

HASC journey "When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bounds. Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you will find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world."  Patanjali

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https://berkleycenter.georgetown.edu/interviews/a-conversation-with-anju-bhargava-founder-hindu-american-seva-communities-washington-d-c

Background: In March 2018, undergraduate student Shilpa Rao interviewed Anju Bhargava as part of the Doyle Undergraduate Fellows Program. Bhargava is the founder of Hindu American Seva Communities (HASC) and a former member of President Barack Obama’s inaugural Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. In this interview, Bhargava discusses her perspectives on the Hindu identity and social justice and describes the HASC’s work.

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UtsavSeva? How Indian-Americans can serve local communities, country during Diwali; an HASC approach to community service. News India Times

DiwaliDhanSeva

Starting from October 19, 2017 (Diwali) HASC launched Project Light a Home with Interfaith Assembly on Homelessness and Housing and collaboration with Sai Center and United Way in the Virgin Islands and the United Clergy Task Force in Puerto Rico to bring Solar Lanterns to USVI & Puerto Rico. All proceeds used to purchase lanterns. More

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