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US CONGRESSWOMAN MS.TULSI GABBARD'S DIWALI 2014 MESSAGE HD

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DIWALI MESSAGE FROM THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, CONGRESSWOMAN, TULSI GABBARD (23 OCT 2014) TULSI GABBARD - THE FIRST KRISHNA CONSCIOUS U.S CONGRESSWOMAN WHO TOOK HER CONGRESSIONAL OATH WITH THE BHAGAVAD GITA. . https://forms.house.gov/formsgabbard/webforms/email-me.shtml https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jor62fwRmEM - Original video HER MESSAGE Namaste and aloha from Hawaii. I wish you and your family a happy Diwali. The essence of Diwali is love for God, bhakti yoga. This love for God flooded the hearts of the residents of Ayodhya upon Lord Rama’s return from exile. And it can fill our hearts as well. No matter who we are, no matter what our race, religion, economic status, gender, age, or any other material consideration, each of us can use our lives in the loving service of God. This is one of the great lessons of the Ramayana. When Lord Rama was constructing the great bridge from India to Sri Lanka, his powerful, devoted servant Hanuman was leading the endeavor, throwing huge boulders into the sea. As Hanuman tossed one such boulder into the sea, he glanced down and saw a small spider kicking dust with his tiny legs into the water. Hanuman, one-pointedly focused on getting the job done, strongly told the little spider to stay out of his way—that what he was doing wasn't of any help. But when Lord Rama heard Hanuman, He, out of His love, chastised Hanuman. Lord Rama taught Hanuman and all of us that this tiny creature was in fact also engaging in the Lord’s loving service by contributing as much as he was capable of, according to his abilities. God is interested in the quality, not the quantity of our offering. And what determines the quality of one’s offering? This is made clear by Lord Krishna in the Bhagavad-Gita when He says: “If one offers Me with love and devotion a leaf, a flower, fruit or water, I will accept it.” ~ Bhagavad Gita 9:26 The Supreme Lord is so kind that He accepts even a tiny little offering like a flower or a little water if it is offered with love. This means that what God wants from us is our love. So as we light our lamps for Diwali, let us light the lamps of love for God within our hearts, and take shelter in His unconditional love for us. He is eager to embrace us with His love and to accept our loving service to Him, no matter how insignificant that service may seem to be. Namaste and Happy Diwali! Tulsi ------------------------- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tulsi_Gabbard Tulsi Gabbard (born April 12, 1981) is an American politician who has been the United States Representative for Hawaii's second congressional district since 2013. She is also a Vice-Chair of the Democratic National Committee. She is the first American Samoan,the first Hindu member and along with Tammy Duckworth, one of the first female combat veterans in the United States Congress. Gabbard previously served on the Honolulu City Council and in the Hawaii House of Representatives; she was the youngest woman in the United States to be elected to a state legislature. She is currently a Military Police Company Commander with the Hawaii Army National Guard, and has served on two deployments to the Middle East. Early life and education Tulsi Gabbard was born in Leloaloa, American Samoa, the fourth of five children of Mike Gabbard and Carol Porter Gabbard. Her family moved to Hawaii in 1983 when Tulsi was two. Tulsi grew up in a multicultural, multi-religious household. Her father is Samoan/European heritage and is a practicing Catholic who is a lector at his church, but also enjoys practicing mantra meditation, including kirtan. Her mother is white and a practicing Hindu. Tulsi fully embraced Hinduism as a teenager. The Gabbard family homeschooled Tulsi through high school, except for two years she attended a girls-only missionary academy in the Philippines. Gabbard graduated from Hawaii Pacific University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in international business in 2009.