This long weekend, many members of the Hindu Society of Calgary will reflect on the power of sacrifice for the greater good. It’s an idea with profound relevance during this pandemic when barren public spaces remind us of what we’re all giving up to keep each other safe. Each of us asked to prioritize lives over livelihood, community over self, to flatten the curve of COVID-19. It’s a weighty reminder of how deeply we’re all connected, and how easily our actions can affect those around us.
It will take our collective efforts to weather this storm.
Everywhere I look, all members of the HSC are using this time to care for one another—from checking on their elderly members, delivering groceries to the vulnerable, plastering windows with paper hearts to boost community spirit. Our members are looking for a good and embracing the simpler things in life. Homemade food left on friend’s doorsteps. Children are discovering the joys from pen pals. Extended families are sharing meals over video conference. And through all, I am happy to see people kind to themselves—doing little things that make a big difference in emotional wellbeing. I finally understand why dogs get so excited over a simple walk or drive; it is about feeding the soul.
At the Hindu Society of Calgary, one of the things that bring us joy is celebrating you, our members. Since the building of this unique Hindu Temple. At the Temple, we are collecting non-perishable food like Atta, Moong yellow Dal, Rice, Gur (Jaggery), Sugar, Salt, Haldi (Turmeric Powder), Jeera, Edible oil, Ajwain and ghee. We also collet washed or new white cotton sheets (bedsheets) to make scrub-bags for our frontline Nurses and doctors who can use it to wash their used clothes without spreading germs and viruses to their loved once. If you are willing to sew bags, please follow the below Facebook link for more information.
By donation of the above items in a Bin outside of the Temple, you can Give Blessings and Take Blessings.
Let’s help our seniors who are stuck and home alone with their need for food. Stay connected with us on Facebook for the live Darshan of our deities and keep your donation on the side so that the Hindu Society of Calgary does not lose its HUNDI donation from the members and devotees. Deepanjali is ready and will be available at the Temple at the end of the pandemic.
As per the instructions of the City of Calgary, the HINDU SOCIETY OF CALGARY will remain close till June 30, 2020, due to Pandemic COVID -19. I encourage you to do something this weekend that nurtures your spirit. We are all together in this.
Hindu Society of Calgary