Sarvodaya at Stanford University and Pakistanis at Stanford
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Sarvodaya means awakening of all, and points to the tremendous realization that we are all connected, and another’s pain is our pain. The only way we can grow as human beings is when we expand the notion of who we are and what is in our circle of concern.
We seek to achieve this by slowing down and focusing on the basics. We do this by coming together when an opportunity presents itself. In many respects, Sarvodaya at Stanford is a training environment for the leaders of tomorrow, helping support and nurture each other in their self-development journey.
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Sarvodaya’s intrinsic value lies in “Being the Change.” Everything we do rests on this foundational value.
We operate on the following principles:
- Serve Others: We serve those around us in the most authentic way possible, creating meaningful connections with the world
- Help Ourselves: Through these connections, selfless service brings real joy to one’s heart and an inner transformation, which is the reward. As the Dalai Lama said, “Be selfish, be generous.”
- Quality over Quantity: As Mother Teresa said, “You cannot do great things, only small things with great love.”
- Impact Assessment: The test of our success is if we are able to love more and hate less in our daily life
There are no agendas at Sarvodaya. The core operates in a servant-leadership frame – we aim to nurture and support people’s journeys and bring our best gifts to the table. Although each member of the core has designated responsibilities (i.e. finances, website, etc.), we expect core members to be flexible to step up to help each other when the need arises. Also, we do not operate through hierarchies, but rather as a team.