Public Service is Seva for our country. This is the highest kind of seva for our country as it shapes the direction and policies. Voting is our right to influence the direction of our country and the way political seva is conducted. We must get our vote counted and voice heard! In our tradition, seva (service as awareness of self transformation) is a key expression of our spiritual practice (sadhana). Our actions prepare us for our salvation, moksha, through inner transformation.
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
We can apply our seva values of ethics, spirituality and pluralism to the political process and bring a positive social, political, economic, health, education, geo-political change. But only if we get involved and vote.
We start our seva with a namaste where we recognize there is a Divine spark within each of us and salute the divinity within. Seva transforms our inner self. And externally, we express the spiritual transformation through ethics and values in our civic life, locally, nationally and in the presidential campaign.
We are the change we want to see! Be a part of SevaVotes – a nonpartisan effort to awaken and energize a new demographic of aware, ethical, mindful and pluralistic voters — igniting higher voter turnout among the millions of Americans who practice transformative seva and honor the inner divinity within all. The whole world is one single family!
Our seva, for decades, has influenced the many communities we live in, work and raise our families. We have been feeding the homeless, conducting blood drives, teaching the inner city children, hosting langars, healthcamps….. positively impacting our communities in seva centers in temples, gurudwaras, satsangs, yoga studios, meditation centers, many seva organizations (not-for-profits) and interfaith destinations .
But we have not fully engaged in the civic and political process. We have not brought our transformative seva awareness, the voice of social justice to the forefront.
Many of us who do seva (service as a self realization process), find we are applying the principles of our spiritual practice (sadhana) in many spheres of our lives and are transforming. Our namaste honors Divinity within each of us. We serve understanding the whole world is one single family (Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam). We find our seva affecting our inner self, and see its experience of ethics in the way we work and play, what we buy, the way we treat people, and how we engage in relationships. Let’s extend that transformative awareness to the decisions we make for our schools, communities and our country.
SevaVotes offers an opportunity to infuse politics with the values, the dharma* values, that matter to you. What if we all helped bring the practices of inclusivity, pluralism, valuing the divinity within all beings, compassionate action, non-violence, mind-fullness, collaboration and unity to our country’s highly partisan politics?
Get your voice heard and seva counted.
You can be a change maker, be part of growing the transformative seva movement and play a role in America valuing the talents of its diverse faiths and pluralistic, multicultural communities, faiths and dharma values.
*Dharma or Dhamma means that which upholds, supports or maintains the regulatory order of the universe or Law or Natural Law; a central concept in eastern philosophy and religion. It also designates those behaviors necessary for the maintenance of the natural order of things. Therefore dharma encompasses ideas such as duty, vocation, religion and everything that is considered correct, proper or decent behavior, our very way of existence.
Eastern Traditions agree Service to Others is Service to the Dharma
Open Hearts + Helping Hands = The Dharmic Way (Buddhist)
“Nara Seva, Narayan Seva” – Service to Humanity is Service to God (Hinduism)
“Parasparoo Jivanam” - Live and Help Live (Jainism)
Through selfless service, eternal peace is obtained (Sikhism)
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others” - Mahatma Gandhi