Guru Gururaj Deshpande’s Inspirations from WHEF

This world is anything but prosperous. There’s inequality in terms of financial stability. This issue further leads to lack of education, lack of food, low living standards, etc. However, there are some very considerate people in the world who live their life to improve the condition of the society. Working for one person at a time and then making a worldly impact. WHEF is a combination of such determined souls.

World Hindu Economic Forum is an independent non-profit organization who wants to bring prosperity in the society. Their aim is to make Hindu society better by distributing surplus wealth. The organization has been working since 2010. Its headquarters are based in Delhi, Bharat, but it works all around the world with this positive intention. It was found by Y. S. Jain. The COO is Srinivas Chidumalla and the Steering Committee Convener is Arun Bajaj.

How WHEF is different

There are thousands of charities for helping the under privileged. But the one’s who get left behind are the middle class who are striving to reach somewhere in life. WHEF is the perfect platform for them. The organization brings the financially stable people of the society. This includes bankers, businessmen, economists, technocrats, traders and some thinkers too. These people provide their experience to the beginner level people.

They offer mentoring as well as resources to help those who need help for financial stability. Instead of giving money that would only last a little while, WHEF goes for the more permanent option which is to make these people capable of earning well throughout their lifetime. With help from these richer people, the talented ones get to earn well too and in the end, we have a prosperous society with surplus wealth. The seminars and conferences with this purpose are held very often.

They are conducted within India as well as in other parts of the world. The aim for this organization is to regain the lost economic strength of Hindus. There was a time when Hindus contributed up to 49% in the world economy. This is a proof that Hindus are capable of having that kind of success. The only thing needed to get back that status is some unifying platform which WHEF is offering.

The economic world isn’t in the best place all around the globe, especially in India. The people at WHEF believe that all Hindu brothers should come together. By offering whatever they have, as a whole they’ll quickly be able to get a stable point. The collective efforts are what are needed to get increased market access. Similarly, this will help get increased capital as well. Along with that, the use of technology will benefit everyone. The tech experts will provide help for those who aren’t so good with technology. Basically, the entire Hindu society will get the best outcome if they all come together to work for each other’s benefit.

Hindu Business Network (HBN)

Hindu Business Network is an organization that provides an on-line platform for the connection between entrepreneurs, businessmen and other professionals. The statement they use to explain their purpose is ‘Connections. Ideas. Opportunities.” It is pretty self explanatory. They provide the platform where anyone can come with their innovative ideas. Someone else can get inspiration or add into it. Others can suggest changes that they think will make it more practical. Someone else will pinpoint the flaws. Eventually, the interactions will help create a fool proof plan which will bring brand new opportunities.

The simplest ideas will be polished on this platform. Someone with the resources will fund it and voila! One idea from one corner of the country will find its way to the implementation. The only limitation to join this platform is to be above 18. It requires a yearly subscription. The first year is free for people who have attended the WHEF annual conference or any other event throughout the year. If you believe the WHEF concept should be supported, you are eligible for HBN.

Hindu Economic Forum (HEF)

Hindu Economic Forum works similar to WHEF. The only difference is that HEF, unlike WHEF, offers memberships. It brings together industrialists, businessmen, etc. to share innovative ideas, expertise and resources. HEF wants to ‘Grow together. Share together.’ They want to create wealth with the help of 100 hands so it can be shared among 1000 hands. Once again, the concept is to provide permanent source of success rather than offering simple donations to the underprivileged.

They want to gain economic success. With this sort if stability only will Hindu civilization be able to succeed in the world. And this cannot be achieved unless all business minded people come together. HEF wants to remove the barrier of financial support so that ideas can come together for the mere success of Hindus. It is a platform that the future generations can use for economic strength and prosperity.

Another blessed soul

Other than WHEF, there are some other considerate souls who want to solely work for the betterment of society. While they haven’t formed any organization, they’ve done some remarkable work on their own. One of these human serving souls include Tulsi Gabbard. Tulsi is a truly humble person who works entirely for the people. She has been interested in this positive work since a very young age. She constantly fights for a government that is truly for the people.

When Tulsi Gabbard was two, she moved to Hawaii with her parents. There she worked closely with the two family businesses from a very young age. Meanwhile, she also completed her degree in International Business from the Hawaii Pacific University. At the age of 19, Tulsi co-founded an organization. This was called the Healthy Hawaii Coalition (HHC).

The aim of this non-profit organization was to protect the environment, provide better community health as well improve individual’s life. In short, Tulsi wanted to make the world a better place and was on the road from the start. By working in this organization, she maintained an active role in public health matters as well as in the education system. HHC carved a curriculum that was adopted by over 50 public and private schools around Hawaii.

The start of her political career

She was extraordinary from the very beginning and this is what got her to be the youngest person in the Hawaiian State Legislature at the age of only 21. She passionately used her power for the betterment of the education sector, but also did work for the tourism and economic sector. Her brave character was proven when she volunteered to go on war in Iraq. She had no pressure, she could enjoy the comfort of her home and the state Legislature but still chose to go in the field just to work for the people. This was in 2004. Her second deployment to the Middle East was in 2009.

Tulsi’s commitment to work for a better society didn’t stop here. She decided to continue her political career so that she could make use of her powerful position to make a change in the world. She went to Washington D.C in 2006. Here she served Senator Akaka as a legislative aide. Not only did she get the honor of getting mentorship from such a renowned personality, she also made an impact by suggesting on environmental and veteran affairs.

After her return from the second deployment, Tulsi gained many important positions. She became the Chair of the Safety, Economic Development as well as Government Affairs Committee. She served as Vice Chair of the Budget committee. Tulsi was also the member of Zoning and Public Works committee. She used her position to work against dengue fever, medical waste and for APEC. She was able to bring many economic opportunities for the state.

Her success didn’t stop here. In 2012, she won a seat in the US House of Representatives. She won the general election by 80 points. Tulsi became one of the only two women veteran in the House of Representatives. Other than that, she was the first ever Hindu American to have gotten a seat in the Congress. The multi race woman encouraged diversity. She worked on various platforms to do uncountable goods for the world.

Her services were used in the House Armed Services as well as in the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Tulsi started her work from Hawaii but continued it in America as well. She is a true representative of leadership qualities. Her veteran services have impacted the world in a very positive way. Just in three decades of her life, Tulsi has done work for the world that can never be paid back for.

Tulsi has spoken at one of the WHEF events. She delivered a speech on the topic of “Finding Happiness and Success Through Karma Yoga”. Her inspiration definitely provided motivation for many novices. Last year, Tulsi Gabbard and US tech guru and pioneering entrepreneur/venture capitalist Gururaj “Desh” Desphande shared the stage at the 5th annual WHEF event held in Los Angeles from 18-20 November 2016.

Hundreds of Indian American and NRI professionals filled the Grand Ballroom of central Orange County’s Hotel Irvine the weekend of Nov. 18-20 to discuss ways to improve market access in India and help the nation sustain its path as a growing global player.

Other key speakers included WHEF’ founder Guru Swami Vigyananda, Rep. Ed Royce of California, USIBC chairman Dr. Mukesh Aghi, VHP-A president Abhaya Asthana, and Manipal Global Education Services chairman Mohandas Pai.

The theme of Tulsi Gabbard speech was “Finding Happiness and Success Through Karma Yoga”. Tulsi said Karma yoga is rooted in this understanding of Sanatan Dharma which is directly coming from supreme guru Sri Krishna. Karma meaning action, and yoga meaning in connection or union with God; in other words, karma yoga is action in loving service to God and humanity. If it turns out your business plan created wealth along the way, all the better—you can use that capital and those profits you worked so hard for in service to others.”

Tech Guru “Desh” Deshpande said “Growing up in India, there was a lot of scarcity and hardly any business, but there was an abundance of Hindu values such as respect and love.”. He went on saying “Hindu Dharma is a living thing and has an amazing ability to reinvent itself and stay relevant—it’s very entrepreneurial in a lot of ways.”

WHEF’s approach is based on the foundational wisdom in the Bhagwad Gita: “Think in future, for the future”. The Bhagavad Gita is respected by many spiritual teachers, guru 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 master.

The success of India, like any other country, depends on its people. Committed people who work for the benefit of their country are the only ones who gain ultimate success. If you think you can’t make an impact like Tulsi, you can do your part by simply attending WHEF conferences. With a spirit like Tulsi and platforms like WHEF, India will definitely gain a very high status in the world.