Amma's Pacific Northwest Region

July 2016 Newsletter - Read More!


Vancouver Satsang - Seva at Quest

Food for the body & Nourishment for the soul



"The beauty and charm of selfless love and service should not die away from the face of this earth. The world should know that a life of dedication is possible, that a life inspired by love and service to humanity is possible."
- Mata Amritanandamayi

 
Growing up in a deeply spiritual household, “Seva” or selfless service is one of those tenets of Hinduism that I imbibed, almost by osmosis. Upon moving to BC, I connected with the Vancouver Satsang as a way to find community – others that shared my values and aspirations; kindred spirits that could help me feel more connected to this city that was now my new home. The monthly Seva that the Vancouver Satsang does - repacking food at a local not-for-profit - was a wonderful way for me to get involved in the Satsang and in the community.
 
Quest Food Exchange is a not-for-profit organization that offers accessibility to a variety of affordable and healthy foods for low income and marginalized individuals. Serving the communities of East Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey, Quest operates four not for profit grocery markets, offering a full range of food and other products for a fraction of the retail cost.
 
The wonderful members of the Satsang that come from all over the lower mainland every month make the seva at Quest so much fun. My most cherished memories are of the day that we were just finishing our job and one of the volunteers asked, “what do we do next?” and the Coordinator replied, “Now We Dance” and everyone danced – with the same abandon that we have seen AMMA dance on numerous occasions. It was as if a tiny bit of AMMA had entered all our bodies that day.
 
We meet at Quest on the 3rd Saturday of every month under the able leadership of Tushti (Sue). Come join us and become a part of the wonderful AMMA group. We would love to see you there! More details about this seva can be found at http://amma.org/groups/north-america/vancouver-bc-satsang/events/quest-food-exchange.
 
- Sangeeta

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