The Houston chapter of Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh USA (HSS) held its tenth annual Hindu Sangathan Divas conference at Sri Govindaji Goudiya Math on May 30. Representatives from about 50 Hindu organisations of Houston area attended the conference.
Hindu Sangathan Divas provided a platform for representatives of Houston area Hindu organisations the opportunity to network with each other under one roof, learn from each other’s experiences and challenges, while at the same time maintaining their autonomy.
After an introduction session, representatives attended one of three parallel breakout sessions, covering “Community Outreach through International Yoga Day (IYD),” “Synergizing Sewa Activities in Houston Hindu Organizations,” and “Creating Second Generation Hindu Youth Leadership.”
Each breakout session included a presentation from an experienced panel followed by discussion. Following the breakout sessions, attendees heard the keynote address delivered by Prof. Ved Nanda, professor of International Law and the HSS USA president. He saluted the Houston Hindu organisations on coming together as a vibrant and dynamic community. He glorified the Hindu ideals of pluralism, inclusiveness, selfless service, spiritual way of life, devotion and kindness towards humanity and above all the ideal of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam – viewing the world as one family.
The hall was filled to capacity with very excited, enthusiastic members from all participating organisations. The facilities and hospitality offered by the youth volunteers and members of the Shri Goudiya Temple were remarkable.
The day's activities ended with arati and prasad. The conference was executed like a well oiled machine due to the sincere efforts of all volunteers of HSS.