Feed The Need Seva
March 24 , 2019
Feeding the hungry with reverence and humility is the selfless service that is urgently needed today. The cry for food is being heard everywhere, though if each one worked hard, the problem would not arise at all. We talk of stomachs to be filled, but each stomach arrives in the world with two hands. Those hands, if they are kept idle or unskilled, cannot fulfill their assignment of finding the food for the stomach. Work hard; that is the message. And share the gain with others. The harder you work, the greater your gain, the more you can share. Work hard and more important still, work together with others in loving kinship.
Sathya Sai Speaks 14.18: January 25, 1979
Deserve the grace of God by helping the weak and poor, the diseased and the disabled, the distressed and the downtrodden.
Sathya Sai Speaks 13.4: January 28, 1975
Serve society, help the poor and needy in distress and thus manifest the human quality of compassion. By doing Seva (selfless service), service to people, you are doing service to God.
Sathya Sai Speaks 27.24: September 4, 1994
The Houston Young Adults once again gathered together on Sunday, March 24, 2019 to take part in the monthly ‘Feed the Need’ Seva. This month’s Seva, as always, consisted of preparing 108 brown paper lunch bags. Each bag contained one delicious sandwich, one pack of crackers and one juice box. The sandwich is made of thinly sliced tofurkey (soy based meat substitute), mustard, mayonnaise and sliced pickles between two healthy, whole grain slices of wheat bread.
Despite being short-handed this month, due to the absence of two volunteers in an already small group, everybody else stepped up by arriving early and with Bhagwan’s grace were able to complete the Seva on time!
After packing the 108 brown paper lunch bags in the delivery bags/boxes, the Young Adults chanted three Oms followed by nine Gayatris and three Sai Gayatris to invoke Bhagawan’s blessings. Soon enough, they loaded the bags/boxes in the host’s van and headed out for delivery. Their first stop was an abandoned parking lot directly across a Fiesta Supermarket where several people lined-up.
After that, they drove to Downtown Houston, under the US 59 freeway where several homeless people have put up their tents for shelter. Most of them gathered around the vehicle as quickly as they could and the volunteers were able to hand out one bag each to almost everyone present! This not only provided the Young Adults with a sense of fulfillment but also the desire to do more! They pray to Bhagawan to bless them with the ability to expand and serve many more people in the years to come.