Oct 11, 2011

Nepalese Hindu Forum UK (NHFUK), in accordance with the great philosophy of donation in the Hinduism, fed over 100 homeless and poor people at Lincon’s Inn Field Square, Holborn London on International Sewa Day on 25th September, 2011.
Vegetable Biryani, fruits, cakes and juice was provided to the people on the occasion. Members of the NHFUK, Shree Sai Kendra and other volunteers volunteered on the day. Sewa Day is observed internationally on September 25 with the basic principle of “Help relieve hardship / poverty, Bring a little joy, Help the environment.”
The NHFUK decided to feed the poor and homeless people that bring little joy and relieve hardship for the time being to these people. The Sewa Day programme ran from 6.30 to 8.00 PM in the evening. This was the first time that the NHFUK, which came into existence nearly a year ago with the concept of preserve, present and protect Hinduism through various youth oriented programmes in the UK, marked the Sewa Day. Similar programme was organized at Devghat, confluence of Trishuli and Kali Gandaki in Nepal at the initiative of NHFUK Chairman Maj. (retd.) Surya Upadhya on the same day.
Devendra Manandhar, Durga Pokharel, Bharat Paudyal, Jagannath Adhikari and Chiranjibi Paudyal of the NHFUK and Devendra of Sai Kendra and other volunteers from Sewa Day and Sai Kendra volunteered on the day. Sewa is a secular and non political charity registered in the UK.
NHFUK follows the footsteps of great religious tradition of Hinduism which states “every sacrifice is a boat to heaven.” “Donation (Daan) has a great meaning in Hinduism as Rig-Veda states: “He who gives liberally goes straight to the gods;

on the high ridge of heaven he stands exalted.”
Sharing food with those who do not have the opportunity of joining hand and mouth together is one of the commonest forms of giving Sewa in Hinduism. Providing food to an unexpected guests or even strangers is selfless tradition of Sewa in Hindu culture as people in the orthodox tradition eat food only after reverently offering to God, ancestors and deities- means dependent on them- those who have not eaten. So Hindus provide Anna (grain or food to the charitable organization or needy people) on special occasion as it is considered to be the supreme form of Sewa. Impressed by the Hindu religion through Rabindra Nath Tagore, famous Nobel laureate poet T.S.Eliot in what the thunder said writes about the concept of donation:
Datta: what have we given?
My friend, blood shaking my heart
The awful daring of a moment’s surrender
Which an age of prudence can never retract
By this, and this only, we have existed
Which is not to be found in our obituaries
Or in memories draped by the beneficent spider
Or under seals broken by the lean solicitor
In our empty rooms.
For more information Sewa Day read the information in the following website: