Founder and Global chairman of World Hindu Economic Forum (WHEF) Guru Swami Vigyananand and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard met for the second time at the 5th annual WHEF held in Los Angeles. Hundreds of Indian American and NRI professional attended the event at the Grand Ballroom of Orange County's Hotel Irvine from Nov 18-20.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard gave her talk on "Finding Happiness and Success Through Karma Yoga" She said Mahatma Gandhi has taught us, the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. Like Gandhi, I believe that we cannot overcome the divisive challenges facing our communities, countries, and the world if we do not recognize and respect all others as children of God, despite our differences of nationality, race, ethnicity, religion, and so forth."

Tulsi went on to talk about "servant-leadership" a topic close to her heart. She said "For you, as executives and renowned businessmen and women, and for me as a person in political life, it is especially important to make sure that we never forget that we are servants of God and the people, not the master. Sometimes when people get into positions of power, they forget who they are. But if every day you remember God and remember your relationship with Him, that you're His servant and not the master, then you won't get swept away by the trappings of power. This is the attitude of a karma yoga practitioner:  I live to serve--not be served."

Guru Swami Vigyananand spoke about dismantling the many stereotypes related to wealth creation and the role of wealth in Hindu dharma. He said "We must break free from the shackles of individual brilliantness and graduate to collective success." He went on to talk about the work done by WHEF in creating an ecosystem to help Hindu business flourish locally and globally by promoting a business networking platform.

WHEF's approach is based on the foundational wisdom in the Bhagwad Gita: "Think in future, for the future". It is that step towards creating "That, which sustains". The end goal is is to generate surplus wealth and make society prosperous. The Bhagavad Gita is respected by many spiritual teachers, gurus and yoga masters around the world. The teachings of the Bhagavad Gita directly come from the God through a disciplic line of self realized bona-fide spiritual masters.

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