Shirdi Sai Stichting Netherlands (SSSNL), a non-profit organization involved in various social projects. They are volunteering activities in the Netherlands, initiated “Cooking for Others” (Annadhana Seva) an activity addressing a social problem. At SSSNL Annadhanam seva, we serve the sacred offering of food for free to people.

We offer this service in community centers (buurthuis) to ensure inclusivity for all. Currently, the seva is organized in Amsterdam Zuidoost, Amstelveen, Denhaag, and Eindhoven. We serve a three-course meal in tranquil environments, beginning with the serving of Chai/Tea and snacks/biscuits.

Cooking food for others - Annadhana seva, Amsterdam, Netherlands

“Annadanam Samam Danam Trilokeshu Na Vidhathe”

Serving the Community Through Annadhana Seva

Shirdi Sai Stichting Netherlands (SSSNL), a non-profit organization dedicated to social welfare in the Netherlands, has launched a transformative initiative known as “Cooking for Others” (Annadhana Seva). This program aims to address pressing social issues by providing free meals to those in need, inspired by the humanitarian teachings of Sai Baba.

Upholding a Sacred Tradition through annadhana seva

At SSSNL’s Annadhanam Seva, the tradition of offering food is upheld with utmost reverence. This service goes beyond mere sustenance. Thereby, it fosters a sense of community and togetherness among participants.

Inclusive Locations and Operations

Held in community centers, or buurthuis, across key cities such as Amsterdam Zuidoost, Amstelveen, Denhaag, and Eindhoven, Annadhanam Seva ensures that everyone, regardless of background or circumstances, can partake in the act of giving and receiving.

A Wholesome Dining Experience

At Shirdi Sai Samaj Annadhanam Seva, we treat guests to a serene environment and a wholesome three-course meal. Initially, the experience begins with the serving of chai or tea, accompanied by snacks or biscuits, creating a welcoming atmosphere for all.

Fostering Social Inclusion and Solidarity

Beyond addressing immediate hunger needs, Annadhanam Seva serves as a platform for social inclusion and solidarity. Volunteers from diverse backgrounds come together to contribute their time and effort, embodying the spirit of selflessness and compassion advocated by Sai Baba.

Spreading Kindness and Hope through annadhana seva

Through “Cooking for Others,” SSSNL spreads kindness and hope within the community. This initiative serves as a reminder of the power of collective action in tackling societal challenges and fostering a more compassionate society.

Embodying Sai Baba’s Teachings through annadhana seva

As the program continues to expand its reach and impact, it exemplifies the enduring legacy of Sai Baba‘s teachings in promoting service to humanity. Annadhanam Seva stands as a testament to the transformative power of compassion and community service.

These are the verses from the Vedas, meaning Annadanam is supreme and incomparable to any charity. Food is the basic requirement for all humans. Thus, according to Vedas, the one who does annadanam, attains heaven (Punya Loka) in this Universe (Brahmanda) itself. In this whole universe, the creation and its progression depends on food. Hence, giving food to the devotees is more than attaining heaven.

“Gaja turaga Sahasram Gokulam koti danam

Kanaka Rajatha patram Methini sagarantham

Upaya kula vishuttam Koti kanya pradanam

Nahi nahi bahu danam Annadanam samanam”

– Bhagavath Gita

One aspect of taking to the spiritual path is to make every aspect of life conscious, which is why offering food in a certain way is given so much importance at Shirdi Sai Samaj Netherlands.

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