In the face of increasing war, poverty, hunger and greed, we introduced a social experiment four years ago by the name of Seva Café.
Seva Café is an experiment in the shared joy that comes from humble giving and selfless service. Our wholesome meals are cooked and served with love by a dedicated team and volunteers and offered to our guests as a genuine gift, paid for in full by previous guests.
As more participate in the joy of giving, the more the experiment thrives. It begins with a single gift: first given, then received... multiplied, and given again, in a growing chain of kindness and care. We hope this Circle of Giving leaves our guests feeling more nourished, and inspired to carry the experiment forward.
All costs and income are made transparent, and profits are used to support social service projects.
Today Seva Café has slowly transformed into a movement that has inspired Karma Kitchen in Berkely, California (USA), Washington D.C. and Chicago. It has been a seed for Seva Café in Long Island, California and Pune, Maharastra.
Seva Café is based on five important principles: the spirit of volunteerism, Vasudeva Kutumbakam (Global Family), Atithi Devo Bhava (Guest is God), Gift economy (selfless and heartfelt offerings), Circle of Giving (supporting the experiment and creating a sustainable movement by contributing-what-you-wish).
Through the circle of giving, we can help shape a future rooted in celebration of abundance rather than fear of scarcity, trust rather than trade, in shared commitment rather than selfishness, in connectivity rather than isolation, in participation rather than exclusion.
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