Hindus of Greater Houston was founded in 1989 with a unique concept to bring together the entire community at one place and celebrate the most popular festival, the birth of Lord Krishna. The festival is to showcase the rich traditions and culture and bring out the core tenets of the Hindu faith that reinforces love towards all living beings. Over the years Hindus of Greater Houston collectively organized community volunteer driven events throughout the year. We celebrate our youth who are the future leaders of the community and appreciate their dedication to carry the Hindu values forward and make this world a better place for all. We unite all Hindu organizations and periodically arrange meeting of all Hindu community leaders.
Gripped by a sense of urgency as Covid19 raged unabated across the world, Board members and Trustees of Hindus of Greater Houston have stepped up their efforts to help the community during this crisis.
In a conference call on March 22nd, Sewa International, the organization leading the relief efforts, shared an update of their activities.
About 400 Sewa volunteers are on the ground across the nation coordinating the relief endeavors from providing food to doctors and first responders to procuring masks and gowns for hospitals.
Sewa has put together a team of attorneys who are volunteering their time to help with immigration issues along with a team of doctors who have been helping people with their medical concerns. Sewa’s helpline 281-909-7392 is manned by volunteers round the clock.
Stranded students are being placed in volunteer homes. Several more organizations, Sewa leader Nikhil Jain noted, have joined Sewa in their efforts.
Star Pipes CEO Ramesh Bhutada urged Sewa to ensure that the vulnerable sections of society – senior citizens and international students were also helped. He also advised people to review their stocks and 401k plans.
Sewa leaders Vasudev Singh and Gitesh Desai highlighted the dire need for funds to support their work and are working to raise $450,000. Advisor Rasesh Dalal urged all the leaders to communicate this to their members and help in raising funds. Ramesh Bhutada immediately pledged $25,000, Patanjali Yogpeeth President Shekhar Agrawal contributed $5000 while Ravi Goel President of Hindu Worship Society donated another $5,000 on behalf of the Society.
Hindu American Foundation Houston Chapter Coordinator Rishi Bhutada was pressed to start an email campaign immediately to include faith based houses of worship in the Governments’ relief package. Advisor Parthasarthy Krishnaswamy highlighted the dilemma of Hindu temples who need to cover the costs of running the temple but are no longer receiving donations as members have stopped visiting the temple.
Board of Director and IACCGH Past President Swapan Dhairyawan spoke of the Chamber’s efforts to organize several webinars to provide small businesses with relevant information on how to tackle the financial fallout. An Employment Law webinar is being held on 25 March by Nehal Anand, Shareholder with Littler Mendelson PC. Other webinars will deal with how to get a loan from the SBA and Tax deferments. To attend the webinars, visit www.iaccgh.com
The call concluded with a sobering warning by one of Houston’s top cardiologists – Dr. Randeep Suneja who described these trying times as being “the tip of the iceberg” and warned that the situation would get worse. He urged everyone to act like they are infected, practice personal hygiene and social distancing and go to the hospital only if the symptoms such as fever, dry cough and breathlessness worsen. Testing facilities are available at Methodist Hospital in Katy, the Legacy stadium as well as multiple mobile testing centers.
A glimmer of hope comes in the form of hydroxychloroquine, a medicine that is showing promise in treating the virus. Pharmaceutical company Novartis is working to make 300 million doses of this medicine available and there are 6 to 7 ongoing trials on a possible vaccine. The test is normally covered by insurance, is free at government hospitals and is $150 at a private lab. Dr. Suneja also cautioned people to stock up on 3 months of medication as there could be possible shortages.
Earlier in the call, participants heard a somber and timely reminder of how we need to live our lives in a more mindful manner from Vedanta teacher Joseph Emmett. Speaking on the Hindu approach to this crisis, Joseph spoke of how the human race has been living irresponsibly and is now facing the consequences. This, he cautioned, should serve as a wake-up call for all of us to live a peaceful and balanced life both internally and externally.
The call concluded with a peace prayer.
By MANU SHAH
“Bringing Hindus together” is the prime purpose of Hindus of Greater Houston
We conduct two very important meetings where all Hindu organizations meet together
Advisory Board members Meeting at Arya Samaj
July 29th 2017
Houston Hindu Leaders Meeting at Ashtalakshmi Temple
Aug 5, 2017
Tulsi Gabbard the only Hindu US Congresswoman
United States Representative for Hawaii’s 2nd congressional district Message on Janmashtami Day 2017
Thursday, August 10, 2017
When someone has a birthday, we try to please the person whose birthday we are celebrating. Maybe we may buy them some presents or bake them a cake. We try to do something for them that will make them happy.
Likewise, on this very wonderful day celebrating Lord Sri Krishna’s appearance, we should consider what we can do that would be most pleasing to Him. The Supreme Lord is the owner and controller of everything. There is nothing that He is lacking. He doesn’t need anything from us. But there is one thing that He wants from us. Our love. This is the one thing we have to offer that makes Krishna very happy.
But our love can only be offered as an expression of free will. Love can’t be taken or forced. That’s not the nature of love.
5000 years ago, Krishna appeared on this planet in His original form. He came for many reasons. He came so we could come to know of the absolute reality of His existence. He came to display His wonderful pastimes and loving exchanges with His devotees. He came to speak the Bhagavad-gita, which is His personal and direct instructions to each of us.
And as we hear about Sri Krishna, and His wonderful pastimes, and become more attracted to Him, something wonderful happens. The love that we begin to experience for the Supreme Lord attracts Him to us. And He begins to reveal Himself to us more and more. This is the ultimate truth that Sri Krishna reveals to us in the Bhagavad-gita.
So today on Janmashtami, and every day, let us be prayerful of how we can use our lives to be pleasing to God and grow our love for Him. This is Sri Krishna’s birthday wish. If this is our heart’s desire, then our love for God will forever grow. Krishna will be more and more pleased, and we will experience true happiness and peace.
Best wishes and aloha to you all.
Jaya Sri Krishna”
7th Annual Hindu Youth Awards Gala
Chapter 3 Verse 9
यज्ञार्थात्कर्मणोऽन्यत्र लोकोऽयं कर्मबन्धन: |
तदर्थं कर्म कौन्तेय मुक्तसङ्ग: समाचर || 9||
yajñārthāt karmaṇo ’nyatra loko ’yaṁ karma-bandhanaḥ
tad-arthaṁ karma kaunteya mukta-saṅgaḥ samāchar
Selfless service to others and diligently work without any attachment to fruits of action is the best way to attain liberation.
To promote Hindu Solidarity
To provide guidance and function as a support as an umbrella organization protecting the needs of all the Hindus in the Greater Houston area and beyond.
To inspire Hindus the splendor of our convictions and traditions.
To propagate understanding and dispel misinformation about our faith.
To coexist with camaraderie, cooperation and compassion with all factions of other faiths.
To build a strong community that continues to thrive amongst unity in diversity.
To persevere cultural and religious activities of our community.
To provide a platform for all Hindu causes
To serve and nurture Hindu Values
To uphold lofty ideals of Sanatana Dharma, its values and its principles.
Hindus in America need a forum to forge distinctly an identity and be tightly woven into national fabric of USA. To keep up with the spiritual needs of Hindu community in Houston we have built many Hindu Temples and Institutions that will provide an atmosphere to recreate a religious setting for our next generation. Only through the united effort undertaken by The Hindus of Greater Houston we can help create better awareness of our faith and expel misconception in the main stream and and accomplish enviable legacy of success along with unity of purpose.The richness of Hinduism was introduced by Swami Vivekananda to USA in 1893, bringing the world attention to both tolerance and universal acceptance.
Hindus of Houston diligently will pursue to preserve its pristine purity.
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Youth can have a huge impact about a change in this world, if only they can realize and manifest their own full potential.
Hindus of Greater Houston are doing an exemplary job to promote a sense of service in Youth. I really appreciate their effort.