Diwali, is celebrated as removal of ignorance with the light of knowledge and triumph of goodness over evil. Nov. 5 is the Festival of Light - Diwali... and we worship Laksmi representing resources - Dhana - of all types.
The theme is DhanaSeva – resources empowerment (serve as resources of wealth of knowledge, goodness and economic empowerment) to do seva projects within and outside our community to promote
- awareness of the festival
- economic recovery
- job fairs
- canned/boxed food to replenish local food banks for Thanksgiving.
- Others to be developed
- literacy by running a book drive at your temple or your organization
- donate these books to those in need
Use the month of Nov. to highlight the seva that is already being done to help educate, whether within the Hindu American community, our local community, our country and our world. Examples of such activities are
- holding language, religious and fine arts (dance) classes at our temples,
- conducting yoga classes and outreach seminars for visiting groups
- AIM for Seva
DhanSeva is being performed around the country. Here are a few examples:
· As part of DhanaSeva, American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) is organizing a health camp for the Wichita community on November 4th, 2010 from 4-6PM.
· With Shree Ram Kabir Bhakta Community of Wichita, organizing a financial education workshop for the residents of Wichita
· Participating in an ‘Amazing Faiths’ dinner, an interfaith event, with ‘Global Faith Action’ to explain the significance and message of Diwali.
Minneapolis, MN: To start DhanaSeva even before Diwali, the Hindu Temple of Minnesota served the homeless community in downtown Minnesota at the Mary Copeland Seva House on October 31st, 2010.
Passaic, NJ: Free yoga classes (YogaSeva) continue to be offered to the residents of City of Passaic.
Chicago, IL: Free Indian cooking classes to teach healthy eating and healthy lifestyle for underprivileged children.
New York City: On November 16th, 2010, explaining the significance of Diwali and service to community at an interfaith dinner for the students at John Jay College of The City University of New York.
National: Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) - The "Salute to Soldiers" program provides troops who have served overseas with free nights of accommodations at participating hotels.