Shirdi Sai Stichting Netherlands (SSSNL), a non-profit organization involved in various social projects and volunteering activities in Netherlands, initiated “Cooking for Others” (Annadhana Seva) an activity addressing a social problem. At SSSNL Annadhanam seva , the sacred offering of food is served for free to people. This service is done in community centers (buurthuis) as the service is to involve everyone. Currently, the seva is organised in Amsterdam Zuidoost, Amstelveen, Denhaag and Eindhoven. A three course meal is served in a relaxed and quite environments, that starts with serving of Chai/ Tea and snacks / biscuits.
“Annadanam Samam Danam Trilokeshu Na Vidhathe”
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.
What is Annadhana seva?
Annam (food) + dhanam (charity, giving). There is no greater joy in this world than feeding others. Annadanam improves strength, sharpness of brain and divinity to both the donor and receiver. In every community across the Indian subcontinent, no festival or ceremony is complete without annadanam, or distribution of prasadam.
By doing this Annadhana seva (Cooking for Others ) we at SSSNL try to address the most important problem in Netherlands which is not Poverty but loneliness, so by organizing these seva’s, we
– Bring all volunteers to work for a good cause;
– Improve Team building and Team work skills for everyone involved in the activity;
– Cook and Serve tasty vegetarian food,
– Showcase vegetarian food is healthy and tasty 🙂