SEVA Foundation

Seva Foundation (photo of Ram Dass)

Ram Dass

By Cat Saunders

I found out about Seva Foundation from Ram Dass. As far as I’m concerned, if Ram Dass helped create Seva, it must be good! Aside from this personal bias, Seva Foundation has also won my support by virtue of its own merits, which are substantial.

Seva, which means “to serve” in Sanskrit, was founded in the late 1970s by Ram Dass and a group of his friends and colleagues. While the organization’s main purpose is to relieve suffering in the world, those involved in Seva also use the work to help themselves grow spiritually, and they try to keep their humor alive, no matter what’s happening around them.

This can be quite a challenge, considering the fact that Seva’s worldwide projects include the eradication of blindness, refugee survival, emergency health care, and the alleviation of homelessness.

I bet if you explore Seva’s website, you’ll discover many wonderful ways that you can benefit Seva—and Seva can benefit you. To watch a short video of Ram Dass talking about Seva, please click here.



Cat Saunders, Ph.D., is a counselor in private practice in Seattle, Washington. She is also the author of Dr. Cat’s Helping Handbook: A Compassionate Guide for Being Human (available through Amazon). Contact Cat by emailing her or by calling 206-329-0125 (24-hour voicemail).