This letter is part of 'LPS od USA Spring Newsletter'. Click here to view complete Spring Newsletter online.
LPS of USA continues to serve our membership for over 30 years now and we find ourselves as a community in the most difficult of times. The organization continues to review and evaluate the best avenues to continue to support our Leuva Community during this situation. Unfortunately, the coronavirus has caused us to cancel all our events that were planned for this year. Our Womens Cruise, Youth Event in New Orleans and Senior Event had all been cancelled a few weeks ago. We also had townhalls scheduled in several different cities but we have cancelled all those events due the restrictions placed by jurisdictions as well as the safety of our membership. We have however begun to offer our members videoconferences from well-known speakers in an effort to support our membership and offer positive messages of hope. The virus has taught us as Leuvas, that we are good at holding our nerve and steadying one another during difficult times. We console each other in times of need and truly support one another during troubling times. As Leuva's we should be proud of our resilience to weather tough personal and economic times that impact us.
The Coronavirus however is something that has completely blindsided us as a society. This pandemic is something else; you can’t touch the virus, see it or even know where it is. It may be spread by those who don’t even know they are infected. It is very serious for some, very mild for many. Nevertheless, the effect of the virus could drive us apart. When someone we care for has it they must be isolated. That is particularly true for our senior community and the most vulnerable, the ones by whose bed we want to sit and hold their hand and express our love with touch. As in epidemics throughout history, the effects of this fear disturb us very deeply and dread comes upon us. The answer to conquering this fear is our faith. The Leuva community has a culture of caring, expressed through our local samajes, working with our friends and colleagues and in many other ways. Our hope comes from what we can do, who we are and our faith in God and our Hindu beliefs.
We must look after one another, knowing that in an uncertain world with a new virus we are best protected with honesty, compassion and care. As Leuva's we already practice these but in these uncertain times we will need to escalate these to ensure that we help our fellow Leuva's as well as our fellow Americans. Our Hindu beliefs remind us that we need to care for each other and ensure we watch out for those who are in distress even if they are those who are often invisible to us. We can find hope and courage in so many ways common to all human beings, whether they are people of our faith or other faiths. This is the time to help your fellow Leuva's and Americans, if we do not see ourselves as being at risk then we can go out of our way to be attentive to neighbors and to those who are vulnerable. Our Hindu faith is the most powerful religion in the Universe and our Leuva Community is one of the strongest and most resilient communities throughout the world.
Our Leuva community is strong and your Leuva Patidar Samaj and its board of directors would like to offer you a message of HOPE and FAITH as we work through these troubled times. We hope that everyone of you work for the common good of all and support everyone when the times of need arise. Please stay safe and do the best you can to help maintain normalcy in your lives. Our Samaj and our membership will get through this together.
Jai Shri Krishna
LPS of USA President