Gabbard, who is the US representative for Hawaii’s second congressional district, follows the preachings of the Gita. Her services are not limited to that of a political leader, she has volunteered for military services too.
Speaking to the audience here, Gabbard narrated the turning points in her life which led her to believe strongly in the Gita. In fact, after elections, she even took her oath by the Gita, she said. But what it means to her is more than the symbols of religion. For her, the teachings in the Gita are life principles that all leaders must follow. There is a dearth of leaders who are not selfish and who truly care for the society, she said.
Gabbard gave the example of Hawaiian greeting “Aloha” which means that you offer respect and you tell the person that your heart is open. “There are not many leaders who follow the spirit of Aloha. They take decisions with selfish interest.”
After the 9/11 massacre, Gabbard volunteered for military services. She felt that the world needed servant-leadership that transcends religion, artificial labels, faith and race. “Every single one of us should work in the spirit of Karma Yoga and Bhakti,” she said.