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January 14, 2011

Hindu American Seva Charities



Media Contact: Ved Chaudhary;
                          Dr. Siva Subramanian;

ShantiSeva in January:
Advancing Peace and Harmony

January 14, 2011, Washington, D.C., – Today, more than ever, we all need to advance peace and harmony.  UtsavSeva, the signature program of Hindu American Seva Charities, supported by Hindu and Dharmic faith based and secular leaders, is promoting the understanding of ShantiSeva—or peace and harmony—across the United States—through service activities.  We strongly believed in the power behind the Vedic statement — “Ahimsa Paramo Dharmah”— or nonviolence—as mankind’s foremost duty.

During January the Indian-American secular and faith based communities celebrate many festivals - Makara Sankranti, Pongal, Thaipusam, Lohri, Indian Republic Day  as well as MLK Day of Service. Our presentation highlights the importance of the festival and suggests related seva activities.

"The essence of the festivals calls for withdrawing from unethical and disturbing behavior and making a commitment to uphold universal values that promote harmony and mutual respect. It is thanking Mother Earth for all Her Gifts.": explained Anju Bhargava, Founder of Hindu American Seva Charities.

This month, in the spirit of ShantiSeva, HASC is partnering with HandOn Network as it introduces America's Sunday Supper, a new American tradition. Inspired by the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who was inspired by Mahatma Gandhi, America’s Sunday Supper invites people from diverse backgrounds to come together on Sunday, January 16, 2011 to share a meal and discuss issues that affect your community and the possible actions you can take, highlighting the power each one of us has to make a difference. Please click to document your participation.

We urge the community to serve. As a start we have suggested a few ideas for consideration. We request you to send your UtsavSeva activities details.

Many Hindu American communities are serving during this time for harmony and peace
..........Your stories need to be told.....
We request you to share your ShantiSeva
stories (Advancing Peace and Harmony through Service) to develop a report!

Hindu American Seva Charities (HASC) is progressive organization whose mission is to advance seva or community service and promote pluralism, interfaith dialogue, tolerance, social justice, civic engagement and sustainable activism to ignite grassroots social change and build healthy communities. Seva is an integral part of Hindu and Dharmic traditions and sadhana (practice) and is transforming. To achieve its mission, HASC seeks to mobilize community resources in the United States, bridge the gap between the U.S. agencies and Hindu institutions to connect with America.  HASC is a non-religious NGO formed in 2009 under the guidance of the White House Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and is a service partner with the Corporation for National and Community Service


A unique program: UtsavSeva invokes the spiritual values of the festivals through
Community Service throughout the year!


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