Serving the Needy in Houston, Texas
On February 24, 2019, the Houston youth got together once again for their monthly Seva as an offering of love to their divine Master. This month’s Seva activity consisted of preparing and handing out lunch bags to the needy, homeless people in various downtrodden areas of the city. Each bag consisted of Tofurkey sandwiches made with vegetarian tofu slices, mayonnaise, mustard and pickles, cheese crackers and a water bottle.
Following the chanting of Aumkars and Gayatris, invoking blessings for the Seva, the youth headed out to the streets and underpasses of downtown Houston for their distribution. They felt blessed that they discovered a few new areas in addition to existing places where there were quite a bit of people direly in need of food and water. As always, they were greeted with loving smiles and gratitude as they handed out the lunch bags.
The youth had made it a point to not only hand out the lunch bags, but also to interact with them by providing them an attentive ear, listening to their experiences and problems and thereby understanding what more can be done to help. Through this interaction, the youth felt that Bhagawan was utilizing them as instruments to impart His boundless love to these souls who probably felt very deprived of love and compassion.
After concluding another wonderful Seva, the youth reflected on having completed almost two years of doing this Seva activity. Every month, along the way, they had learnt something new and tried to improve the quality of their Seva to help with the problem of homelessness in their own city, which would otherwise be completely unknown to them. They felt immensely grateful to Bhagawan for allowing them to contribute in their own small way to His divine mission and for being given the opportunity to become more selfless!