Tuesday, August 27, 2013

What great leaders and sayings have inspired you?

As we prepare for our next National Seva Conference with the White House and celebrate Swami Vivekananda’s 150th birth anniversary we wondered what great leaders and sayings have inspired you, the Next Generation Seva Leader? As Rg Veda says let good thoughts come from all directions. The following are 9 notable quotes which have inspired us:
·         “When an idea exclusively occupies the mind, it is transformed into an actual physical or mental state. Swami Vivekananda 
·         “Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.” – Dale Carnegie
·         "There are only two ways to live life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is." – Albert Einstein
·         "Do not look for approval except for the consciousness of doing your best." – Andrew Carnegie
·         "The true measure of a person is how they treat someone who can do him absolutely no good." – Samuel Johnson
·         "You've got to be very careful if you don't know where you are going because you might not get there." – Yogi Berra
·         “Expect more than others think possible.” – Howard Schultz
·         "If people aren't calling you crazy, you aren't thinking big enough." – Richard Branson
·         “Never, never, never give up.” – Winston Churchill
What great leaders and sayings have inspired you?

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Application open for National Seva Conference co-hosted with the White House on September 27, 2013

Announcement                                                                                                                                            August 18, 2012
Media Contact: Dr.Ved Chaudhary  ved@hinduamericanseva.org (732-853-2666)
 Dr.Siva Subramanian siva@hinduamericanseva.org (301-983-9699)

White House and Hindu American Seva Communities cohost 2013 National Seva Conference
Dharmic Seva: Transforming Our Self, Our Community, Our Country*
Application open now until September 6th 2013.  Conference Date -September 27th 2013

Washington, D.C. August 20, 2013. On this auspicious week of Rakshbandhan where we tie bonds of friendship and protection, Hindu American Seva Communities (HASC) announces it is open to accepting application for the fourth annual conference, “Dharmic Seva: Transforming Our Self, Our Community, Our Country*”, in the nation’s capital on Septmber 27th to promote seva and civic engagement to address social justice issues.  Join us this September and be a part of our transformative journey! 

HASC is co-hosting the conference and the briefing with the White House Office of Public Engagement on September 27th, 2013 celebrating an inside-out approach to development through seva and tradition.  *The conference theme is inspired by Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) on his 150th birth anniversary; the first Hindu monk who came to America in 1893.

 “Even the Least Work Done for Others Awakens the Power Within, Gradually Instills Into the Heart the Strength of a Lion…….Arise, Awake, and Stop Not Until the Goal is Achieved…” Swami Vivekananda
Seva is an important part of our Dharma and sadhana (spiritual practice).  We hope with this understanding, the participants will use seva to alleviate current social justice issues.  Faith plays a significant role in the political landscape and moral values provide a common ground for diverse communities to come together to develop solutions.

The inspired conference will focus on self-transformation leadership, youth, women, environment, strengthening of our community, places of worship and country through global Diaspora engagement:

Swami Vivekananda said: “…On The Basis Of Being Right and Doing Right - The Whole World Can Unite…
…It Is Our Privilege To Be Allowed To Be Charitable, For Only So Can We Grow…
..My Faith Is In the Younger Generation, Out Of Them Will Come My Workers. They Will Work Out The Whole Problem…
…The Earth is enjoyed by Heroes...
Come Out Into The Universe Of Light. Everything In The Universe Is Yours, Stretch Out Your Arms And Embrace It With Love...
..The Uplift Of The Women, The Awakening Of Masses Must Come First, And Then Only Can Real Good Come About...
...Women must be put in a position to solve their own problems in their own way. No one can or ought to do this for them…”

HASC invites the community to participate in the conference and the briefing.  We request you to send your statement of interest (500 - 750 words).  We will give priority to students and invite them to be part of the Next Generation Seva Leaders (NGSL) program.   With your ideas, you can be a change maker, be part of growing the seva movement and play a role in America valuing the talents of its diverse faiths and pluralistic, multicultural communities.

We invite you to visit HASC website for details, and click here to complete your statement of interest by Sept 6th, 2012.  This program is open to all. Contact us at seva2013@hinduamericanseva.orgwith any questions you may have.