The novel coronavirus, which originated in Wuhan, China, has created a panic situation across the world. Dark clouds loomed large over the United States as the number of coronavirus cases is continuously increasing day by day in the country. By far, confirmed positive cases of coronavirus have surpassed 2.16 million, while at least 118,000 people have died in America from the infection.
Meanwhile, America’s first-ever Hindu lawmaker Tulsi Gabbard said that one can find certainty, peace and strength in Bhagavad Gita, amidst the uncertain times.
While addressing the class of 2020 for Hindu students, the 39-year-old Congresswoman from Hawaii urged the Hindu students to find solace and strength in Bhakti Yoga and Karma Yoga as preached by Shri Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita.
Gabbard said, “As you think about this new chapter in your lives, ask yourself what is my purpose in life? It is a deep question that if you can recognise now that your purpose is to serve God and God’s children, practicing Karma Yoga, then you can lead a truly successful life”.
“Success is not defined by temporary material things, trinkets, glittery objects or accomplishments – but a deeply successful and happy life centered around service,” she added.
Her address came amidst violence which broke out across the USA in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death. Following his death, people expressed their outrage over the incident and a massive crowd reached out to the White House to demand justice for George Floyd.
Tulsi Gabbard who ran for the post of President, before giving up her election campaign, said that success could not be defined by accomplishments and material benefits but rather by the happiness one derived through service to the society. She was the first Hindu woman to run for the coveted post and had served as an army veteran in Iraq.
According to Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, the deadly virus has infected over 8.1 million people and killed more than 4,35,000 across the world so far.
Scientists are trying their best to find a complete cure to combat the fast-spreading disease. Unfortunately, for now, there is no vaccination or cure available to help patients recover the deadly disease.
The virtual event was organised by the Hindu Students Council, the largest Hindu youth organisation in North America founded in 1990, on June 7. The event received thousands of viewers on Facebook and Youtube.
The student speakers, who attended the event, were from the US, Canada, UK, India, and Australia. The students belonged to several premier universities including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Princeton, and Stanford.