Celebration of selfless service on his 75th birthday – Thara Narasimhan
“Work and live to serve others, to leave the world a little better than you found it and garner for yourself as much peace of mind as you can. This is happiness”, David Snaroff quotes, a Russian born American Inventor pioneer in the development of both radio and television broadcasting. (1891-1971).This message reflects the sentiments which are described in the 17th and 18th chapters of Srimad Bhagavad Gītā, where Krishna deals with topics on Uttama Karmani, in other words Uttama Karmas are those Karmas where you give more and take less. So the greater is your giving, the greater is your growing. Therefore our Hindu culture is a giving of selfless service to mankind.
Many of us follow Hindu faith, yet most of us have not understood the essential values of “Sanathana Dharma” which is explained as way of life where “Sanathana” means eternal, without a beginning or an end and Dharma is from Sanskrit word “Dhri”“"that which contains or upholds the cosmic order in nature and human life behavior.
pioneer in the development of Voice of Sanathan Hinduism Radio program and “Sanatan Hindu Center”, with his intuition and ideas was to promote Hindu Dharma and to serve the Hindu community. In the year 1986 the goal was to implement and study the principles of Sanathan Vedic Dharma. It started with weekly Satsang, that not only included Bhajans and Vedic chants but also to strengthen spiritual growth through study and discussion on various Vedic scriptures.
Sanathan Hindu center also conducted Annual Symposium and invited many Vedic scholars and intellectuals and noted among them was David Frawley Aka.Vamadeva Sastri, an American Hindu author, of many books related to Hinduism, Yoga and Ayurveda.
One of the important services that Padmakant Khambhati arranged through Sanathan Hindu Center is to offer help when it was crucially needed. At a time when there was no facility in Houston area in early 1980’s to provide Hindu Cremation services, SHC started the service to be available to all with less cost. Funeral service for Hindus is arranged with just one phone call to SHC and the essential information and services are provided by one phone call to 281-459-0866..
Khambhati is also one of the founders along with Shri Raj Syal and Shri P.C. Sharma in 1989, to celebrate a major Hindu festival in Houston under the banner of “Hindus of Greater Houston". Janmashtami festival is now an annual celebration of Lord Krishna's birthday with more than 5000 attendees to publicize the richness and values of one of the oldest religions in the world, Hinduism and highlights its essential principles.
In 1994 Padmakant Khambhati started Hindu Religion Radio program "Voice of Sanatan Hinduism" first one of its kind in North America, which can be heard in Houston, Radio
KULF, 1090 AM Station, every Sunday from 9-00am to 12 noon. This is broadcast on the website www.kulfradio.com . For the past eighteen years Padmakant has dedicated himself to broadcast the essence of Hindu scriptures, Vedas and Upanishads “On Air” with courage of his convictions and limited funding.
We all have different types of duties and responsibilities towards our family, our society, our spiritual life and our Dharma. Giving back to community is an essential part of Hindu Dharma and that selfless service to mankind will contribute to the welfare of the world. Padmakant Khambhati has candidly shown the way by his unstinted faith to serve in the cause of Sanathan Vedic Dharma, He turns 75 this year and Sanathan Hindu Center and Voice of Sanathan Hinduism radio and the Houston Hindu Community wishes him long and healthy life with prayers and blessings.