"All human beings of all countries belong to one race, the race of humanity. Every one of us must take ownership of the problem and remove poverty from every land. Removal of poverty must become the cherished desire of every well wisher in the world."
Dr Rasiklal Bhavana Chawda
'Hindu reflections on poverty'
Hinduism and Debt - Bharat Vadukul
Photos: Jane Baker / Greensnapper Photography
'A key concept in Hindu philosophy is 'sewa' or selfless service, expressed today in the international relief organisation of the same name.
Mahatma Gandhi preached the philosophy of welfare or 'sarvodaya' - meaning not wanting what the least of the inhabitants of the earth cannot have. This compassion creates an intimate sense of felt connection with those who are less fortunate than us. Form this awareness arises a sense of compassion and caring that extends beyond the boundaries of the nation to include all human kind, acknowledging the underlying unity of the human race.'