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October 2, 2010

Hindu American Seva Charities

Prayers and Service filled Gandhi Jayanti

- International Day of Non-Violence -


October 2, 2010


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Ved Chaudhary:, 732‐972‐1489

Niki Shah:,  202-299-7475

Washington, DC, October 2, 2010—In recognition of Gandhi Jayanti (birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi) and International Day of Non-Violence, Hindu American Seva Charities (HASC). promoted seva projects small or large (food bank drives, health awareness, soup kitchens, etal) and yoga workshops, as part of seva, in temples, ashrams, spiritual centers and is now expanding to cities, such as City of Passaic, to address health and promote peaceful mind, healthy living and create healthy communities. 

 “Mahatma Gandhi repeatedly emphasized– Ahimsa Paramo Dharmah – a Vedic statement that recognizes non-violence as humankind’s foremost duty to the extent that it supersedes all other duties—a value Hindus believe in deeply.  In the spirit of non-violence, we will continue to promote interfaith dialogue and seva – service in action - to advance human understanding of religion, culture and history with the aim of better servicing communities.” said Anju Bhargava co-founder of Hindu American Seva Charities

The United Nations General Assembly resolution observes October 2nd  as International Day of Non-Violence “in appropriate manner and disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness." 

America’s civil rights movement lead by Dr. Martin Luther King was inspired by Mahatma Gandhi's Satyagraha effort, which encourages building of peaceful and prosperous society. 

 In the United States, across the country, Indian Americans of all faiths, including Hindu Americans, are observing October 2nd with prayers and community service. 

HASC aims to mobilize the Hindu American community to provide service within communities through interfaith collaboration.