America's first Hindu legislator, Tulsi Gabbard, said that certainty, strength, and peace can be found in the chaotic times in the Bhagavad Gita.
In a message during a virtual speech, the 39-year-old Hawaiian congressman said it's a messy time and no one can say for sure what tomorrow will look like.
"… but we find certainty, strength and peace in the practice of Bhakti Yoga and Karma Yoga that Krishna taught us in the Bhagavad Gita," said Tulsi Gabbard of the & # 39; 2020 class for Hindu students & # 39 ;.
Her speech came amid protests in the United States against the murder of African American George Floyd by a white cop in Minneapolis.
The country has been hit by protests since George Floyd's death on May 25, and thousands of people have been pressured to make changes to law enforcement practices.
The first virtual Hindu launch was organized on June 7 by the Hindu Students Council, which attracted thousands of viewers on Facebook and YouTube Live who came together in solidarity during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
The contagion has infected over 76,000 people worldwide and killed more than 4.25,000 people, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. The United States is the worst affected country with over 2.04 million cases and more than 1.14,000 deaths.
COVID-19, which originated in China's Wuhan city last December, has also affected the global economy. The International Monetary Fund said that the global economy will face a "severe recession".
Scientists are fighting time to find a vaccine or drug to treat.
Hundreds of graduates from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, India and Australia have graduated in a unique way – celebrating their shared Hindu values.
Professor Subhash Kak served as the Grand Marshall of the ceremony.
"When you think about this new chapter in your life, you wonder what my purpose in life is. It is a deep question if you can now see that your purpose is to serve God and God's children and to practice karma yoga then you can live a really successful life, "said Tulsi Gabbard.
"Success is not defined by temporary material things, trinkets, glittering objects or achievements – but by a deeply successful and happy life that is about service," she added.
The Iraq war veteran ended her presidential campaign in March and offered her full support to former Vice President Joe Biden, 77, who is supposed to challenge Republican incumbent Donald Trump, 73, in the November election.
The speech focused heavily on topics from the Bhagavad Gita, a timeless historical text that many Hindus consider their moral framework.
Professor Kak, Regent Professor at Oklahoma State University and Padma Shri recipient 2019, read out the names of the graduates.
"I exhort you – the graduates – to be the leaders of the new world, in which education is less the purpose of a vessel filled with information (usually forgotten after the semester is over) than a flame that lights is envisaged like our Vedic sages, "he said.
The speakers came from many university campuses, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton and Stanford.
The program included offerings for Hindu prayers, recitation of a traditional graduation message from the Upanishads, and a symbolic awarding of degrees to high school and university graduates.
The Hindu Students Council was founded in 1990 and is North America's largest pan-Hindu youth organization.