Civic Awareness

Seva  Connects Ethical Values with Politics

One of the highest kind of seva for our country is Public Service to shape the direction and policies.  Voting is our right to influence how and who will shape our country and the way political seva is conducted. 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.

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.We start with a namaste where we recognize there is a Divine spark within each of us and salute to the divinity within.  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.

Dharma* and Values-Based Voting

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 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.

What is Dharma*?

*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 may encompass ideas such as duty, vocation, religion and everything that is considered correct, proper or decent behavior.