AS AN ULTIMATE "SEVA"
This week the world is reminded of a natural disaster
the like of which the world had not witnessed in our
life times. Our thoughts and prayers are with the
surviving families of victims,national and spiritual
leaders and especially those engaged in rebuilding
hope and healing, and with all who have brought these
unimagined events and concerns before the world and
into our living rooms as we go about our personal
pursuits, celebrations, and challenges. From such
distances, we can hardly understand the full scope
and magnitude of the 2004 Asian Tsunami disaster or
the task ahead to bring back semblance of normalcy
for the survivors and those who witnessed this tragedy
up-close and in person. We salute the courage, emotional
strength, resourcefulness, and professional commitment
of those who continue to draw the world's attention
to this extraordinary story and event in human history.
Our prayers are with the people and nations that
were devastated by the 2004 Tsunami and are observing
the first solemn Anniversay of a cataclysmic event.
The images are etched in our memory and the victims
must know the world has not forgotten. Thought that
you may read the sentiments ("2004 Asian Tsunami
- A Prayerful Reflection" - October 2005) and
a piece for The Indianapolis Star, "Face of Global
Compassion" written in January 2005) of one Sikh
American thousands of mile away from your eyewitness
experience of the day. We join others, here and everywhere,
with our prayers and hopes for a better tomorrow and
especially for those engaged in valiant effort at
recovering from their deep scars and unimagined anguish.
By sharing our thoughts and prayers with victims and
their families, others, and cyberaudience, we hope
that we provide some comfort and may inspire greater
involvement in ideas and endeavors that concern us
all as a human family and as a civilization.
The fact that times and technology has made it possible
to connect with humanity's extended family in faraway
places and distant cultures is in itself a miracle
of our times. The resilience and courage of those
who are struggling to move forward against incredible
odds is a story of our times. The story of unimagined
generosity from around the world is a symbol of "Faith
at Work in Service of Others." Whether one believes
in God or not, but surley the noblest instincts of
humanity as revealed in sacred scripture of all faiths
are at work before our eyes. What a wonderful testimony
and triumph of the human spirit!
It is marvellous to witness this continuing "circle
of love" and help expand; witness interdependence
as the utimate "SEVA" and concern without
frontiers; cooperation among culture faith community
with the traditional divides and indifferences; and
governments often caught in prides and dispairing
dischords to come together and fully engage in rebuild
human trust and provide hope and shelter to the countless
millions, across countries and continents rimming
the Indian ocean, that many we were meeting for the
first time and whose lives were turned upside down
on the fateful morning of December 26, 2004 by the
massive waves of the earthquake-triggered Tsunami.
May such cooperation continue to be the true legacy
of our times.
With prayers and hopes for a new dawn for those who
were caught in the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami and all
other natural disasters of recent months.
Kanwal Prakash "KP" Singh
Indianapolis, Indiana USA