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SPEECH WELCOMING SRI GANAPATHY SACHCHIDANANDA SWAMIJI TO Hanuman Temple JULY 15,2019

Please welcome Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji to Karya Siddhi Hanuman Temple with a loud round of applause. It is my privilege and honor to welcome Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji to this Hanuman Temple. Sri Swamiji has been trekking the world for more than five decades all across the globe bestowing his unconditional compassion, absolute grace, and unrestricted love. His priceless discourses, his silent message, his invaluable meditation camps benefitted innumerable, countless devotees. His healing and meditation music, his championship to mold the personalities of the youngsters, his commitment to bring social justice through Community Services and, his abiding faith in rejuvenating the spiritual dimension, and his passion to preserve and protect dharma affected an untold number of devotees and non-devotees alike.

17 Jul 2019

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SPEECH WELCOMING SRI GANAPATHY SACHCHIDANANDA SWAMIJI TO Hanuman Temple JULY 15,2019

Prakasarao V Velagapudi PhD Chairman, Datta Yoga Center USA Jai Guru Datta, Jai Guru Hanuman. Please welcome Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji to Karya Siddhi Hanuman Temple with a loud round of applause. It is my privilege and honor to welcome Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji to this Hanuman Temple. Sri Swamiji has been trekking the world for more than five decades all across the globe bestowing his unconditional compassion, absolute grace, and unrestricted love. His priceless discourses, his silent message, his invaluable meditation camps benefitted innumerable, countless devotees.  His healing and meditation music, his championship to mold the personalities of the youngsters, his commitment to bring social justice through Community Services and, his abiding faith in rejuvenating the spiritual dimension, and his passion to preserve and protect dharma affected an untold number of devotees and non-devotees alike. As a Guru and Sadguru, he has been advising, prodding, guiding, counseling, chiding, molding the personalities of his devotees. Whether in the physical presence or in the subtle formlessness, Sri Swamiji gets connected with his devotees to help them remove the obstacles. In many of his Healing and Meditation concerts, he spoke about the depth in the nature of seven chakras in the body, how to open them up, how to remove the impurities and how to clean them to maintain harmony and balance in the body through music. To reduce stress, to live with peace of mind, to receive the proper guidance, to awaken the consciousness, to throttle the ego and grow spiritually, Sri Swamiji's guidance, love and compassion are essential. Sri Swamiji is an embodiment of divine qualities such as detachment, contentment, forgiveness, scriptural knowledge, wisdom, and equanimity. Sri Swamiji is in a better position to assess and process the appropriate method to mend the minds of his devotees and render solution even about non-spiritual matters. Without a guru, there is no self-realization, self-examination, and purification. Srimad Bhagavatham says, "Holy rivers, which are only water, and idols, which are made of stone and clay, are not as mighty as the sages. For, while they make one pure in the course of countless days, the sage's eyes by a mere glance purify at once." (Chapter 48, Verse 31) Lord Krishna told Shrutadeva that "you should know that these sages came along for the purpose of blessing you. Wandering with Me, they purify all the worlds with the dust of their feet. (52) The deities, pilgrimage sites and sacred rivers being visited, being touched and being worshiped, purify gradually, but the same thing is attained [at once] by the glance of those [sages] who are most worshipable. (Srimad Bhagavatam, Chapter 86: Verses 51-52) How can we describe the power, energy, might, strength, spike and valor of Sri Swamiji? Let us remember the words of ancient wisdom describing the nature of Guru.  Who has the power to praise His might?  Who has the power to measure His bounty?  Of His portents who has the sight?  Who can value His virtue, His deeds, His clarity?  Who has the knowledge of wisdom  Of His deep, impenetrable thought?   The Guru's word has the sage's wisdom   The Guru's word is full of learning,   For though it be the Guru's word   God Himself speaks therein.  Thy mind, wherein buried lie  Precious stones, jewels, gems,  Shall be opened if thou but try  And hearken (listen) to the Guru's word. A devotee, who is interested in self-improvement and quench the thirst to tread the spiritual path, should approach guru with utmost humility and strong desire to learn the secrets of life. Sri Swamiji knows that the devotees encounter many impediments in life and through his grace, he removes hurdles by fulfilling their material desires only to sow the seeds of spirituality. A person may not reap any benefits by approaching guru if he is filled with pride, ego, arrogance and a desire to test him. There is no way any person devoid of proper knowledge and filled with ignorance can test a guru. A self-realized Sri Swamiji and divine embodiment can easily judge the devotee's real intent of approaching him. Sri Swamiji's WORD is very powerful, is charged with energy, and filled with unlimited power. It never fails. Any word that comes from Swamiji's lips becomes a reality. Very rarely these words come randomly. They are divine words that cannot go wrong. Swami Sivabala Yogi says, "How can the word of the divine Guru go unfulfilled. It is immaterial whether Swamiji is in this form or that form. It is his all-pervasive and omnipotent tapas shakti, which acts, and it is not confined to any particular body. Swamiji still lives in subtle body." (Guruprasad, Laghu Guru Upanishad).  The concept of Guru is widespread in the scriptures of Buddhism, Sikhism, Jainism, Mahavirism, and other Asian religions. The WORD of Guru has taken a central position in the Holy book of Sikhs, Adi Granth. Word of Guru is considered the cure for all cravings, underpinning all existence, supposed to tame the wandering mind, stop the cycle of life and death, and find meaning in life. Shiva Samhita talks about the importance of Guru's word:  [Only] knowledge imparted from the guru's mouth is productive [of liberation]; otherwise it is fruitless, weak, and the cause of much affliction. He who makes an effort to please the guru [through his dedication to self-discipline and service] receives the [secret] knowledge. In due course, he will also obtain the fruit of that knowledge. The guru undoubtedly is father, the guru is mother, the guru is a deity (deva). Therefore, one should follow him in all one's actions, thoughts, and speech. By the guru's grace one obtains everything auspicious. Hence one should always follow one's guru, or else there will be no benefit. Adi Granth admonishes the disciples to heed the words of guru:  O mind, you have not grasped the guru's teaching,  What use are shaven head and ochre robes?  By choosing lies instead of truth,                  Your precious life has gone for nothing,  By using tricks, you have filled your belly,                 And spent your time in beast-like sleep.  Not knowing how to worship God,                 You have sold out to material things.  Caught up with worldly goods, you fool,                  You have not thought of the precious name.  Unmindful ever of the Lord,                 Your life has been quite purposeless  Nanak says: O Lord, recall Your grace                 Your creatures always wander and lost.                 Importance of Guru. The importance of Guru in one's life is difficult to comprehend, understand and digest. Innumerable benefits are accrued by remembering Guru every time and any time. One should remember Guru and chant Guru Mantra even before one starts doing pujas to Gods and Goddesses. There is a story about the significance of remembering Guru before we embark any activity. A young boy goes to a Guru and humbly requests him to teach Vedas. Guru said that it would take at least ten long years and strict disciple and hard work is required to get a certification. The student learned the Vedas in 12 years and went to his Guru and requested him to conduct an examination. The Guru asked the disciple to go back side of the house and start chanting certain Anuvakas. The tree will shed one leaf for every mistake. Guru asked him to count the number of leaves and report him. The student went to the backyard and started invoking Lord Ganesh before he started the recitation of prescribed Anuvakas. The moment he invoked Lord Ganesh, all the leaves from the tree fell. Baffled by the incident, he narrated the whole incident. The disciple learned that meditation on the compassionate Guru and to be thankful for the gift of spiritual knowledge is of paramount importance.One should always remember and treasure Guru's image in one's heart. The way we hide our treasures such as gems, and wealth from others, we should store our Guru in our heart and let Him guide us to grow spiritually and reduce the ego that prevents our growth.  It means that all the devotees must be cognizant of the importance of remembering and reminiscing Sri Swamiji whenever we start any Puja, embark on a long journey, commence a business, begin a new school year and practice yoga and meditation. In fact, we should constantly chant Guru mantra given by Sri Swamiji to be part of our daily life in order to drench our body and soul with vibrations of chanting to avert oncoming hurdles and deter the negative attitude. Swami Papa Ramdas says Guru and God are one. Guru is the spiritual Master that guides the disciple and awakens him to the realization of the Divine within him. Guru is the immanent and transcendent Reality, He is the supreme Deity – the great Beloved of the disciple's heart. When the disciple comes under the redeeming influence of the Guru, his entire life is transformed. He becomes an illumined vehicle in whom God's power and glory are revealed in their magnificence. To attain this blessed state, the service of the Master is essential. Guru's Role in Taming the Mind Guru is the sole proprietor of mending and taming the mind. The mind is compulsive, always wanders incessantly causing more stress and more troubles. The only time we may trust the mind is when we are sleeping. It jumps from one second to another creating more turbulence in our life. It goes after sensual and material enjoyment. Lord Rama says in Yoga Vasishta, "Our minds are infested with evil passions and faults and fluctuate in their observance of duty and service to superiors, like the plumes of a peacock fluttering in a breeze.  Minds eagerly and restlessly rove about at random from one place to another, like a poor village dog running far and wide in search of food … It is never at rest with itself but roams at large like a stray deer separated from its herd."  Sri Swamiji helped many of His devotees to tame and control their minds through his blessings, through His healing and Meditation Music and through Dhyanam. Sri Swamiji says as gold is purified by beating on the fire and scraping the impurities, the mind through meditation gives up its impurities and restlessness. Care must be taken to purify the mind by refraining from the Yamas and by observing niyamas.   "Sri Swamiji's music, originated from the ancient tradition of Raga Ragini system, is aimed at shifting the level of consciousness of the listeners to subtler mind frequencies thus helping them to experience inner peace, harmony, and quietness of mind." Through His music, he can energize the nervous system, massage various parts of the body, balance the imbalanced chakras, and galvanize the energy centers to bring peace of mind. Once you control your mind, you control your thoughts, your anger, your stress, your decisions, your composure and your life itself. Swamiji through his music, meditation, and miracles, He assisted innumerable people. Sri Swamiji believes that if the mind is quiet, all is possible to lead a peaceful life. How do we Come close to Sri Swamiji?  Sri Swamiji comes to us in many different ways to guide us and we must be vigilant and alert to receive the messages sent through discourses, through his smiles, through his looks, through his movements, and through his persona.  Inspiration may come from his books and his songs when Sri Swamiji says that you take one step toward me, I will take ten steps toward you. Paramahamsa Yogananda talked about many techniques to come close to a Guru. He said, "If you do but a fraction of what I give you to do, you'll get there and get there soon." The first thing we need to do is to have darshan of Sri Swamiji as often as we can. Mere darshan can comfort you by removing your sorrows and stresses. The more frequently you have darshan of Sri Swamiji, better your life will be with his unconditional love and compassion. The powerful poem composed by Sant Kabirdas is worth remembering and following his advice: The darshan of a Satguru is like monsoon rain, for spiritual wealth it gives to all around. Run, therefore, for the darshan of the Satguru, As often as you can. The darshan of a Satguru protects you, Against Kal's ever-present terrible deceits. If thou canst not have darshan several times, Have it, Kabir, at least two times each day. The darshan of a Satguru can take you safely and sound across this Ocean of great Dread. If thou canst not have darshan twice a day, Have it, Kabir, at least one time each day. Mere darshan of a Satguru can give you human birth again, and this leads to salvation. If thou canst not enjoy it once a day, Have it, Kabir, at least each second day. The darshan of a Satguru gives permanent salvation. If thou can't enjoy it every second day, Have it, Kabir, at least once in every three days' time. The darshan of a Satguru is precious beyond description. If thou canst not enjoy it once in every three days, Have it, Kabir, at least once every week. The darshan of a Satguru gives birth in human form again. If thou canst not enjoy it once a week Have it, Kabir, at least once every fortnight. Be never slothful in your efforts to obtain the darshan of a perfect Satguru; If thou canst not enjoy it once a fortnight, Have it, Kabir, at least once in each month. Never neglect the darshan of a Satguru; if thou canst not enjoy it at least once a month, b sure, Kabir, to meet Him each six months. The darshan of a Satguru will save you from the dreadful struggle against the Eagle of Death. If thou canst not enjoy it each six months, Have it, Kabir, at least once every year.    It should be emphasized that mere following technically does not yield desired results. We need to combine the practice of following Sri Swamiji's guidance with the practice of full faith in Him to yield better results and achieve the highest spiritual potential.  Taitttireya Upanishad provides guidance for a disciple to follow: "The teacher is the first letter of the alphabet. The student is the last letter.  Knowledge is the meeting place. Instruction is the link." (3.1.1) A disciple should be obedient, egoless and submit himself for the acquisition of knowledge that lifts him from the darkness. The recommended process to become a disciple of Sri Swamiji is to heed the words of Lord. "Just try to learn the truth by approaching a spiritual master. Inquire from him submissively and render service unto him. The self-realized souls can impart knowledge unto you because they have seen the truth." (Bhagavad Gita 4.34). Association with the Guru is Essential How to associate with Sri Swamiji is explained in Mundaka Upanishad. "Surrenderance! Surrenderance by mind, speech, and actions – this is the true way of surrendering to the guru. It is not enough to merely go to him or sit near him physically. One must surrender and become engrossed. Angirasa explains this principle with a nice metaphor. He says, ‘O Somya! That immortal and ever-existing Aksharabrahman is our life, our mind, our all. This is the absolute truth. Therefore, we should penetrate through to him (veddhavyam), i.e., make him our goal and attain him. Therefore, make him your goal and obtain him (viddhi)' (Mundaka Upanishad: 2/2/2).  He then explains the method of attaining that goal, Mundaka Upanishad: 2/2/4). Pranava means Aum; Aum refers to Aksharbrahman. This is deduced from statements in the shastras. Aksharbrahman is described with the word ‘Aum'. According to Mundaka Upanishad (1/2/12) that Aksharbrahman is the Brahmaswarup guru. We must associate Sri Swamiji as Akshara Brahma and Brahmaswaroopa if we want to come close to Sri Swamiji. Being a Para Brahma, Sri Swamiji will be able to create, generate and cause conditions that are conducive for the realization of one's desires. In the seventeenth century, Sant Ramadasa wrote in the Dasabodha on the absolute necessity of a guru: Without the grace of a Guru, we can never attain real knowledge...Even though one may study the sciences and attain all kind of powers, both physical and mental, without the grace of the Guru one cannot realize the Self.  Contemplation and concentration, devotion and worship, would be all useless without the grace of the Guru...Rama and Krishna, and all the Saints and sages of by-gone times devoted themselves wholly to the service of their Master (Dasabodha V, 1,19-43). Forgive us from our Mistakes We all know that Sri Swamiji is an ocean of compassion, ever vigilant to protect his devotees and never fails to provide the kavacham to repel the arrow of sorrows. Disciples should never take advantage of Sri Swamiji's ever-loving nature and keep repeating the mistakes. Sri Swamiji is Sahamaanaya – that means tolerant. He tolerates the mistakes of his devotees; sometimes he may punish them to teach a lesson to make sure they do not keep repeating the mistakes and to grow spiritually. He knows the disciple's past, present, and future. He knows when to be tolerant and when to be strict. A disciple should always seek the blessings of Sri Swamiji to make sure that he would not make mistakes repeatedly.  A disciple cannot hide from Sri Swamiji and sincerely to follow his words. Best way to redress our mistakes is to acknowledge them and beseech his forgiveness. It is appropriate to remember Shri Lakshmi Narasimha Karavalambastotram written by Adi Shankara which describes the perils of samsara, dangers of past karmas, hazards of insatiable desires and requests the Lord to protect him from the deadly crocodiles of day to day life the way the Lord protected Prahalada. Let us request Sri Swamiji to protect us from all the potential dangers that are described briefly here: I have been traveling in the dark forests of day to day life, Where I have been terrified by the lion called desire, And scorched by the heat called competition, and so, I have reached the very dangerous and deep, Bottom of the well of day to day life, And also being troubled by hundreds Of miseries which are like serpents, And am really miserable and have Reached the state of wretchedness and so, I have climbed the tree of worldly life, Which grew from the seed of great sin, Which has hundreds of branches of past karmas, Which has leaves which are parts of my body, Which has flowers which are the result of Venus, And which has fruits called sorrow, But I am falling down from it fast and so, I am drowned in the ocean of day to day life, Please protect this poor one, oh, Lord, Oh treasure of compassion, Just as you took a form to remove the sorrows of Prahlada, so also Please give me the protection of your hands. With full faith and one pointed concentration, let us all request Sri Swamiji to protect us from falling in the bottomless ocean of sorrows and troubles. With this request, Let us welcome Sri Swamiji with a loud round of applause to Hanuman Temple. Please subscribe to Save Temples Telegram channel at https://t.me/savetemples
17 Jul 2019

Speech Welcoming Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji to Houston as Nada Brahma

Prakasarao V Velagapudi, PhD (Delivered in Houston on June 27, 2019) Jai Guru Datta, Jai Guru Hanuman     Prostrations at the Lotus Feet of our Sadguru Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji. On behalf of Houston devotees and the devotees across the globe, it is my privilege to welcome Sri Swamiji to Houston community. Let us welcome Sri Swamiji with a round of loud applause. Today I want to introduce Sri Swamiji as a Master musician, a Celestial Instrumentalist, Vaggeyakara, and a Nada Brahma,  Sri Swamiji’s healing music started about 40 years ago with an experiment on a German devotee who was told that he had incurable cancer. Sri Swamiji started playing different ragas with different tunes directed at the root cause of cancer and got his disease cured. Equipped with this knowledge, Sri Swamiji’s musical extraordinary journey has taken him to more than 30 countries, conducted more than 160 musical concerts to render healing music for the wellbeing of the listeners across the world. Devotees and non-devotees alike benefitted from the music. People with blood pressure, back problems, joint pains, migraine headaches, stomach problems, Alzheimer's decease, concentration problems, nervous tensions, arthritis, eye problems, and autism have reaped the benefits by listening to Sri Swamiji’s divine music. It is difficult to explain how Sri Swamiji can show so much elegance, royalty, majesty and agility in playing the modern veena to reveal the complexity of speed, effortless and precision of intonation. In general, Sri Swamiji talks about the interconnectedness between the planets, mathematics, astronomy, panchabutas, musical tones, ragas, colors, metals, days of the week, chakras, etc. that are basic to any healing and meditation music. Each concert is different. Each musical item will have a different impact on the individual due to the interconnectedness. You will hear the nature exploding, water gushing down from the mountains, raindrops, winds slashing the trees, birds chirping, volcanic sounds, clouds hissing, animals rejoicing, clouds thundering, and other sounds from panchabhutas. The man who is made up of panchabhutas is benefited by His music.             No two concerts are the same. Each one is unique. Ragas are different, instruments are different, sounds are different, and rhythm is different. It would be exhilarating, amazing, extraordinary, exceptional, enthralling, and fast. His fingers will be galloping, his hands crisscrossing, his eyes glistening, his looks emitting vibrations and hisform reavealingdivinity. Vedas talk about Bindu, Brahmanda (cosmic egg), Hiranyagarbha (Golden womb), Bindu Visphot (Dot Or point explosion) and Nada. According to the Vedic concept of creation, it was sound and NOT light that appeared first. In Vedic texts, it is called Nada Brahma or 'The Sound Celestial'. Vedic sages stated that the evolution of the Brahmanda ('cosmic egg') was caused as a result of an explosion of anu(atomic) that produced infinite waves of sound, which were responsible for cosmic expansion. It can be described as Bing Bang theory. The sound that caused the explosion was a monosyllable calledAum. Since AUM is related to the beginning of the universe (and to the dissolution of the universe as well), Hindus consider it the most sacred syllable. Hence Vedic mantras commence and end with Aum.  In fact, Sri Swamiji observed based on Puranas that“The music even stimulates the flowers to give scent and also animals to give milk, and through music, our diseases vanish. The melodious music, anyway all music is music, no problem, both the melodious tunes and soft melodies are especially effective; because each note corresponds to one nerve.” According to Shiva Samhita: "There is nothing as effective as nada to merge the mind." Sri Swamiji considers music as divine that is directed at the attainment of salvation. It is considered the easiest way to mukti. Listening with faith and enjoyment or singing of music forgetting other things leads one closer to God. Listening or singing music with devotion brings peace of mind, happiness, joy, and delight. Many Puranas describe the creation of this prapancha (universe) and it’s a relation to the Nada (sound).  George Gordon Byron expresses amply the connection between cosmos and music as follows: “There's music in the sighing of a reed; There's music in the gushing of a rill; There's music in all things if men had ears; The earth is but the music of the spheres.” Sri Swamiji’s name is synonymous with music, both instrumental and vocal. The whole Ashram vibrates with music. Devotees are drenched in His music. Music Therapy is conducted daily. Yoga classes are organized all over the world. In fact, the Ashram contains the unique Saptaswara temple with seven columns representing seven notes of Music.  Additionally, Sri Swamiji built one of the largest auditoriums known as Nada Mantapam signifying the importance Sri Swamiji gives to the music. Hundreds of musical stalwarts joined Sri Swamiji in conducting numerous healing and meditation concerts and namasankeetanas. The ashram is Nada Mayam. He composed 72 melakarta ragas to address 72 main nerve centers in the body. Very few musicians composed these many ragas. Sri Swamiji recently concluded a historic recording session where he played 400 Indian music Ragas on Synthesizer. This is a historic first never accomplished before. Many of the 400 Ragas are very rarely or never used in concerts by musicians. So, for posterity, we have Sri Swamiji's recordings as a benchmark to access the progress of music. Through his music Sri Swamiji tries to connect the imperfect soul of the man to the perfect divine bliss to stimulate hidden chamber of heart to experience the happiness. Brhaddesi of Matangarevealed the real nature of dhvani (sound) to Narada Muni: "Now I shall expound the highest definition of nada: Without nada, song cannot exist. Without nada, the scale degrees cannot exist. Without nada, the dance cannot come into being. For this reason, the entire world becomes the embodiment of nada. In the form of Nada, Brahma is said to exist; In the form of nada, Vishnu; In the form of nada, Parvati; in the form of nada, Shiva. That inner region which is said to be the abode of Brahma is called the brahmagranthi. Vital air is situated in its center, from this mass of vital air fire arises. From the combination of fire and air, nada is born." Lady Anne Campbell Wilson author of After five years in India, or, Life and work in the Punjab district, says: "An eminently poetical people," as the ancient Hindus were, could not but have been eminently musical also. "The people of India are essentially a musical race.... To such an extent is music an accompaniment of existence in India, that every hour of the day and season of the year has its own melody." Sri Swamiji talks about the relation between the cosmic world, the natural world,and human world. His music is synchronized to bring balance into these three worlds. Hence, we will hear his music sometimes soft and smooth, and sometimes harsh and loud. This music encircles you, surrounds you, engulfs you, absorbs you, drenches you and soaks you. It penetrates the pores of your body, permeates your body, elevates your mood, infuses your chakras, numbs your senses, inflames temperament, intensifies concentration, reduces your stress, creates an unknown ecstasy, generates numbness, and produces drowsiness. Every atom in our body is affected, Certain types of healing ragas in right combinations stimulate our body, organize neural activity, massage our senses, retune our emotions, and establish calmness and peace. Kabirdas, Meerabai, Purandaradas,Dikshitar,Jaidev, Namdev, Narada, Annamayya, Thygaraja, Tansen and many others effectively used music as a powerful means of communicating the subtle and sensitive thoughts and ideas to the people. In addition to conducting bhajans, abhangs and Kirtans, like many stalwarts, to convey the divineness to the people, Sri Swamiji uses Nada, more specifically Nada Chikitsa to improve the health of the people, to cure incurable deceases, to bring harmony between humanity and nature, to balance the chakras in the human body, to bring unity among the body, mind and soul, and to purify the environment and elevate the spiritual realm.  Different ragas are played to affect different parts of the body, different chakras, different nerve centers, different elements of panchabhutas, and different zodiac signs. Sri Swamiji’s music is directed at reducing the stress, lessen the distress, minimize the strain, decrease the worries, lower the anxiety, remove the negative emotions, increaseconcentration, create positive vibrations, and finally calm the mind.  Why would Sri Swamiji concentrate on calming the mind? Sri Swamiji on How Sounds penetrate "The mind, under the sway of the senses, is likened to a raging elephant confined within a garden. Nadam is likened to a goad because it draws and directs the mind toward internal absorption and union with its source. Just as music can calm and relax the mind, making one completely forget problems and worries, so absorption in the subtle nadambrings forgetfulness of the external world."(Hatha Yoga Pradipika 4:91-94) Over the years, He developed or played several ragas that have different effect on the body and soul of the listeners. After much trials and experimentation, He discovered that several ragas like Sriranjani, Keeravani, Amruta Varshini, Chakravakam, Hamsanandi have curative effects and a specific raga can heal the ailments such as cancer, heart, skin, psychosomatic problems and many others modern days urban oriented tensions. Swamiji says, "Raga Nilambari cures sleeplessness, Sri Raga aids in indigestion. For mental equipoise Sama raga is suggested. Dwajavanti quells nervous debilities, Music influences the cells, tissues, and nerves of the body. Tissue breakdown, cancerous growths, skin ailments, mental problems are healed to a great extent by music.”                      He utilizes all seven notes with extreme efficiency and agility to make each raga affect different parts of our body. As per Narada Samhita, "The note Sa is said to be the soul, Ri is called the head, Ga is the arms, Ma the chest, Pa the throat, Dha the hips, Ni the feet. Such are the seven limbs of the modal scale." (2, 53-54). Mr. Percy Brown, formerly of the School of Art, Calcutta, defines a raga as "a work of art in which the tune, the song, the picture, the colors, the season, the hour and the virtues are so blended together as to produce a composite production to which the West can furnish no parallel." Lakshmana Pillay has said: "Thus, each raga comes and goes with its store of smiles or tears, of passion or pathos, its noble and lofty impulses, and leaves its mark on the mind of the hearer."             Sri Swamiji conducts these Healing and Meditation concerts to increase the efficiency, elevate the mood, increase the memory, dispes the fear, create positive feelings, improve sleeping patterns, boost the immunity, and improve the mood.             Sri Swamiji’s music is no ordinary music; it is Para nada (transcendental, beyond or 'the other side' sound). His music is beyond the reach of perception, the panchaindriyas, mind, cognition, consciousness, nadis, and chakras. His music is directed at a super-consciousnesslevel where the sound is heard in different dimensions.  A person sitting in the auditorium does not even know how the music is affecting his body, his mood, heart, chakras, nadis, and indriyas. Because Sri Swamiji takes to a higher frequency where the sound becomes inaudible and can only be perceived subjectively and silently. Once you are taken to Para or transcendental level, as many scriptures describe that Para sound has no vibration, no movements, no motion, no frequency, and no reaction. Because, at a certain level of frequency, Sri Swamiji’s music transforms one to experience silence, stillness, and quietness. At this frequency of music, we hear what we hear but not what we need to hear, because the ears do not have the full capacity to capture all levels of sounds. Similarly, we see what we see, but not what needs to be seen becauseeyes cannot capture the panoramic view of the scene. Thus we, therefore, are not aware of all the sounds that are present in the cosmos. Sri Swamiji says, "The power of vibrations connects in some manner all things and all beings in the universe on all planes of existence. Nada vibrations work through the chord of sympathy existing between man and his surroundings. The human body has 72,000 astral nerves (nadis) which incessantly vibrate in a specific rhythmic pattern. Disturbance in their rhythmic vibration is the root cause of disease. The musical notes restore their normal rhythm, thereby bringing about good health. Listen with your heart and not your intellect." He goes on to say, “Ragas like, Bhairavi, Kalyani, Vasant, Kosala, Hanumathadi, Hamsadhwani, Kirvani, etc., are the unspoiled sounds of eternal nature, the soul of man and Paramatman. All Ragas are energetic indeed, whetherMelakarta or Janya.  Potential exists in all ragas to cure conditions or afflictions. The musical healer will have subtle psychological conceptions of ragas at an intuitive level. It is not mechanical performance of ritual with the intention for material reward. Music therefore is an experience of Truth in spite of intellectual interpretation." In addition to knowing what ragas to play for a particular ailment, and which notes in that raga to emphasize for their healing effect, which chakra and elements to emphasize as well as theinfluence of the planets and their raga relationship, it is of paramount importance to know what musical sound or sounds to use and the effects on the body and mind. It is for this reason that Sri Swamiji uses a synthesizer for his healing and meditation music. The five elements each have particular sounds associated with them and this knowledge adds another layer to the healing methodology. According to Sri Swamiji: There is a definite relation between the seven notes of music and the seven colors of the VIBGYOR spectrum. Further these colors and musical notes also happen to be related to the metaphysical energy centers (chakras) of the human body as mentioned in the below. Ni-Violet-Sahasrara (Crown) Da-Indigo-Agna (Brow) Pa-Blue-Visuddha (Throat) Ma-Green-Anahata (Heart) Ga-Yellow-Manipooraka (Navel) Ri-Orange-Swadhishthana (Pelvic) Sa-Red-Mooladhara (Base). That is the reason Sri Swamiji plays different ragas to affect different parts of the body, different chakras, different nerve centers, different elements of panchabhutas, and different zodiac signs Research Studies Umesh Sharma pointed out that, “Perhaps the best example of healing through music is Swami Ganapati Sachchidananda, the pontiff of Datta Peetham in Mysore, India, who gives musical concerts for meditation and healing. The philosophy of his healing technique is based on the concept of the Akasha Tattva (Akash) being all pervasive. Thus, its attribute, which is also nada (sound), is all pervasive. The Swami preaches that as food is required for the nourishment of the body, so is bhajan (devotional singing) for the mind.” (Stress Management Through Ancient Wisdom and Modern Science, p:241-2) Sri Swamiji’s healing music was utilized in several Intensive Care Units at numerous hospitals. As such, preliminary experiments to study the influence of Sri Swamiji's music on Tamil Nadu State police personnel showed improved behavior with plaintiffs, reduced job-related stress, and an improvement in their overall sense of well-being. When Sri Swamiji’s music was played in prisons, an improvement in convicts’ behavior with co-habitants and better social consciousness was observed. Sri Swamiji has started this unchartered voyage with a mission to spread the music in order to provide much needed relief to people with different ailments. Now the scientists have come to realize the need for scientific research following the footsteps of Sri Swamiji. They been conducting, compiling, documenting, proving and accumulating scientific evidence to the benefits of healing music on the brain and physical and mental health. Ashford University says, “One of the first things that happens when music enters our brains is the triggering of pleasure centers that release dopamine, a neurotransmitter that makes you feel happy. This response is so quick, the brain can even anticipate the most pleasurable peaks in familiar music and prime itself with an early dopamine rush.” David J. Levitin and Mona Lisa Chanda, using meta-analysis of 400 studies found that music improves the body’s immune system function and reduces stress; and also found music to be effective than prescription drugs in reducing anxiety.Lindsay Fleming and Daniel Levitin concluded that “When fed with music, the entire brain-sphere is aglow, showing that the power of music influences every part of the organ. Research confirms that the brain almost dances to the tune, be it to bust stress, improve immunity, or induce pleasure. In addition, studies show that the rhythmic stimulation of music promotes the release of endorphins, dopamine and serotonin, affecting brain chemistry and resulting in stress reduction and mood elevation. Special originally composed meditation music proved to align you instantly with the ‘happiness frequency’.  Music appears to increase the serotonin levels in the brain thereby healing the individual to feel lighter, happier and calmer, eradicating all negativity. A study in the USA Experimental Session: Subject listened to Swamiji s composition for the same length of time and then while engaging in an emotion processing task, her brain was scanned. Investigator(s): Josh Cisler, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Brain Imaging Research Center Psychiatric Research Institute, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Richard Smith, MD. Director, Psychiatric Research Institute, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Conclusion : In the experimental session, functional MRI study showed that the subject who took the music healing session did not react abruptly to the emotional stimuli (fear vs neutral), which suggests that Sri Swamiji's music has potential to shield from stressful situations in day-to-day life. Swamiji appreciates such studies with His music on a larger population, especially with His Zodiac   Now science is catching up with Sri Swamiji’s experimentation and Divyadhristi (divine vision).             When you all go to the concert hall on Saturday, we request all of you to relax and listen with open minds. Try to forget the rest of the world for the length of this concert; sure, you will be taken to a different realm, different world. Listening to Sri Swamiji’s music makes you larger than you were, more peaceful than you were, much calmer than you were, more confident than you were, more spiritual than you were, more blissful than were, experience more ecstasy than you were, more mellower than you were, and more in tune with nature than your before.              Let us join our hands and welcome our guru, Sadguru, and Nada Brahma to Houston.   Please subscribe to Save Temples Telegram channel at https://t.me/savetemples
04 Jul 2019

Ramayana: Timeless message for Human Understanding - Part 2

Revised version of the paper resented at 25th International Ramayana Conference, Mysore, India. (To read Part 1 click on this link) http://savetemples.org/post/ramayana-timeless-message-for-human-understanding-part-1/613 Sita – the Ideal Wife Rama is a dharma purusha - always did the right thing. He never questioned his father’s orders. He accepted wholeheartedly to go to the forest because he wanted his father’s words would remain true. He is highly balanced and composed; never succumbed to the emotions. He never intended bad to anybody. After Rama was exiled as per the wish of Kaikeyi, he did not want Sita to accompanying him to the forests because of potential danger, lack of comforts and arduous journey. He explained the possible dangers of life in the forests. She loved him so dearly that she did not want part with him for fourteen years. To convince him, Sita talked about the responsibility of wife. Her reasoning was so powerful, convincing and exemplified the virtues that made her renowned, famous and ideal wife. Granting that husbands duty is protect his wife, care for her and fulfill her desires. In return wife should show fidelity to her husband by serving faithfully to her husband. In fact, Rama advises his mother who wanted to accompany Rama to the forests by saying, “As long as she lives, a woman’s God and master is her husband. Even a pious woman given over to fasting and spiritual practices … is treading on an evil path if she be not attentive to her lord.” Advancing the same argument, she tried to convince Rama to take her to the forests. She said: "If you had been banished to the Dandaka forest, then so have I. I will go with you, Rama; my place is at your side. With you, I would walk down the paths of ***. The jungle will be like heaven for me. I must disobey you in this, my love; forget my disobedience, as you do the water you leave behind in a glass after drinking” "But a wife, and she alone, bull among men, must share her husband's fate. Therefore I, too, have been ordered to live in the forest. "It is not her father or mother, not her son or friends or herself, but her husband, and he alone, who gives a woman permanent refuge in this world and after death. "If you must leave this very day for the trackless forest, Rāghava [Rāma), I will go in front of you, softening the thorns and sharp kuśa grass. "The shadow of a husband's feet in any circumstances surpasses the finest mansions, an aerial chariot, or even flying through the sky.  “I shall live as happily in the forests as if it were my father's house, caring for nothing in the three worlds but to be faithful to my husband. “I will obey you always and practice self-discipline and chastity. What pleasures I shall share with you, my mighty husband, in the honey-scented forests! "O Rāma, bestower of honor, you have the power to protect any other person. Why then not me? “You need not doubt that I can survive on nothing but fruit and roots; I shall not cause you any trouble by living with you.  “If I were to be offered a place to live in heaven itself, Rāghava, tiger among men, I would refuse it if you were not there. “I will go to the trackless forest teeming with deer, monkeys, and elephants, and live there as if in my father's house, clinging to your feet alone, in strict self-discipline. “I love no one else; my heart is so attached to you that were we to be parted I am resolved to die. Take me, oh please grant my request. I shall not be a burden to you. The values enshrined in Sita are appreciated by Swami Vivekananda who said, "All our mythology may vanish, even our Vedas may depart, and our Sanskrit language may vanish forever, but so long as there will be five Hindus living, even if only seeking the most *** patois, there will be the story of Sita present." Surpankha’s advice to Ravana (Aranya Khanda, Chapter 33) It will be surprising to note that of all the people, Surpankha (Ravana’s sister) talks on administration! After her mutilation (cutting off her nose and ears) by Lakshmana for her foolish misadventure, she rushes to Ravana’s court and criticizes him on his lapses in Public Administration and tenders him advice on good government. ‘A greedy king, who is addicted to sensual pleasures and who acts at his sweet will and pleasure is avoided by his subjects like the cremation fire." "A king who fails to attend to his duties personally at proper moment, hastens his downfall and ruins himself and his realm." "If a king is ruthless, stingy, indifferent, proud and arrogant, his subjects will not come to his rescue in his times of crisis." "A king who thinks too much of himself, who is evasive, self-conceited and ever irritable has to be mortally afraid even of his own kith and kin." "Kings are said to be far-sighted because they can easily visualize the distant calamities with the aid of spies." "That king alone who is discreet, erudite, self-controlled, grateful and who obeys the divine law, can rule his kingdom well." "That king is verily worshipped by his subjects, who though physically asleep is mentally awake, and does not indiscriminately punish or reward them." ‘A slanderer, one steeped in worldly pleasure, one who is not in tune with time and one who cannot discriminate the good from the bad, loses his empire and perishes soon." It will be evident from the foregoing that the rich heritage enshrined in the Ramayana shines through every facet of the epic, like the sophisticated instructions on Public Administration, that have eternal relevance to humanity. That is why the epic ‘Ramayana’ is described as the ocean full of gems and the prime role of the human Avatara (incarnation) is to educate humans on all aspects of the art of living.   Rama’s Gratitude Rama Praises His Devotees Turning to Vibhishana, Rama said, "Dear friend, you have set forth an example of loyalty to truth in face of immense adversity. Against all odds you stood behind me. As an acknowledgment of you steadfastness and devotion I would like you to take the throne of Lanka. Rule with honesty, justice, simplicity and fear of God. May you and your people prosper ever hereafter." But Vibhishana protested. He said, "O lord, a devotee has no value for the riches, wealth, wine and woman. Let me serve your holy feet; do not burden me with this duty of a king." Rama pacified the upsurge of these noble thoughts and said to Vibhishana, "No, you are the fit person to rule your people. They have already suffered a lot. Moreover, let me show to the world through you, that my devotee can be rewarded both with love and material comfort. You will have best of both the worlds." Then turning to Sugreeva, Rama praised his friendship and cooperation. Sugreeva was also given warm send off and was told to rule Kishkindha for the welfare of monkey clan. Lord Praises Hanuman Hanuman was standing with his eyes focused at the holy feet of Rama. He was modesty, humility, and devotion personified. Rama turned to him and lovingly said, "O my greatest devotee, what should I offer you! Your devotion for me cannot be described in words nor can it be compared with any other. Your superhuman efforts in locating Sita and your great feat to bring the whole mountain to save life of Laxmana will be remembered for ages to come. Your intelligence, strength, and devotion will inspire many to worship you as their Ideal God. I bless you and offer a boon that you shall have a permanent seat wherever my story is recited, heard, told, read or written. You will be known as Veer (powerful) Hanuman. O son of wind, whosoever takes your name, seeks your help, prays for assistance, whosoever remembers you in distress or difficulty or calamity, that person with your blessings will become free from the trouble. Therefore, you will also be known as Sankat-Vimochak, waiver of disaster and distress." Humble Hanuman bowed down to Rama's feet and took the dust to his head. Hanuman exemplifies selflessness, courage, devotion, energy, strength and righteous conduct. He stands for the potential that is inherent in all of us. He also represents the air, the atmosphere and thus the life-breath - the prana. Sita is believed to have bestowed on him the boon which made Hanuman ever-youthful, energetic and immortal. Sri Rama’s advice to Bharata The Ayodhya Kanda, the second chapter, contains comprehensive lessons on good governance. When Bharata, the younger brother of Rama, goes to meet the latter in the forest to request him to return to Ayodhya and rule, the two brothers enter a long and instructive dialogue. Highly principled Bharata when he came to know that his mother was responsible for Sri Rama’s exile was tortured by the agonies of grief, anger and guilt. Wearing Jata (hair bound in knot) and bark garments he proceeds from Ayodhya, along with its entire population, to persuade Sri Rama to return. After their momentous and affectionate meeting at Chitrakut, Sri Rama addressed Bharata on the art of administration, which is exhaustively detailed in the Ayodhya Kanda of the epic known as the famous '‘KacchitSarga’. When Lakshamana suspected Bharata’s intentions, Rama pacified Lakshmana by saying that Bharata was coming in agony and solely with the purpose of offering the Kingdom to Sri Rama. Hence, questions addressed to Bharata were obviously not intended for him alone, but they were guidelines meant for the benefit of those who wished to get educated on the principles and art of efficient administration! As Bharata was to rule the kingdom as per the King’s promise to queen Kaikeyi, Sri Rama enquires of Bharata whether he was ruling the Kingdom efficiently. He was also asked to explain by Sri Rama why he had left his post of duty and come to the forest. In this context, Sri Rama enquires of Bharata and instructs him extensively on the finer points of the art of administration. This address highlights the duties and responsibilities of Kingship covering all aspects and the entire range of administration in which a King should attain proficiency if he was really concerned with the happiness and welfare of his subjects. Sri Rama says to Bharata “I hope you do not eat by yourself nicely made eatable and do you share it with your friends, who seek it?, A wise and learned king, having obtained and ruled the entire earth, properly by righteousness and by administering justice to the people, indeed ascends to heaven when detached from the mortal body.”Ayodhya Kand, Chapter 100, Verses 75 and 76)             Rama counsels Bharata on governance. From quality of ministers and the importance of strategy sessions, to temperance in administration to justice, Rama expounds on all the subtleties of statecraft in a lucid manner. Apparently, Rama seems to be inquiring of Bharata his well-being, whether all is well at Ayodhya - in fact, however, in the process, the lessons on effective governance are offered in a powerful manner. Though the dialogue between the two brothers runs into several pages and a thorough reading is required to understand the intricacies, some important lessons are obvious, particularly the ones given on pages 441-449 of the Valmiki Ramayana. A critical factor in good governance is the quality of ministers. Rama asks Bharata whether he has appointed courageous, knowledgeable, strong-willed men with a high emotional quotient as his ministers, because quality advice is the key to effective governance. The emphasis is on competence and confidentiality. Rama's advice to Bharata is to take a decision on a complex issue neither unilaterally nor in consultation with too many people. There should be an efficient core group. A good administrator can ensure high returns from minimum investments. Rama tells Bharata to prefer one wise man to a thousand fools as it is the wise who can ensure prosperity during an economic crisis. Even if there is one minister who is effective, the king will gain immensely. Appointing tested men of noble lineage and integrity for strategic positions is the key to successful government. Moderate taxes should be levied on the people, lest they revolt. Rama wants Bharata to treat his soldiers well and pay their legitimate wages on time. Delays in payment of wages and other allowances can lead to dangerous consequences. Trade and agriculture are important, and Rama wants Bharata to ensure good irrigation facilities rather than being overly dependent on rains. Traders need to be ensured of a fear-free environment and their grievances should be redressed promptly. Protecting the forests and maintaining livestock have also been dealt with as important aspects of effective governance. In fact, the vision of the Ramayana has eternal relevance. Law and justice, finance and business, corruption framing of innocents for monetary gains, injustice to the poor are all mentioned. Rama's words of advice to Bharata are as relevant today as they were in the Treta period, the time when Rama is believed to have lived. It is worthwhile to ponder over the thoughts and deeds of Rama rather than expend valuable time and energy fighting over his birthplace and whether a temple should be constructed there. For the benefit of present and future generations, Rama gave valuable tips to Bharata on good governance. We should focus on this aspect rather than on outward worship. Rama’s timeless pearls of wisdom started with human relations at home, Bharata’s personal conduct and self-discipline, the questions cover his reverence and service to his parents, teachers and elders to ensure domestic harmony. His advice includes the governance of different departments in government such as Home Affairs, Defence, Foreign Affairs, Finance, Labor Relations, Agriculture and Taxation. Examples of his advice are listed below: Tender service to the father Hold high esteem toward gods and manes, dependents, elders, kinsmen of your father’s age, the aged, the physicians as well as the Brahmanas Appoint valiant ministers who have high pedigree and discretion like Bharata Accept advice given by experienced ministers well versed in the laws of truth and virtues Appoint learned people who will bring endless glory by solving knotty problems. Prefer learned men to thousands of fools and evil minded A single minister who is wise, brave, clever and discreet, he will bring fame and prosperity to a King big or small." Appoint Commander-in-chief who is gallant, talented, of spotless character and well-born and devoted and clever. Distribute the monthly salary due to the employees at the proper time without delay.   Do not patronize Atheists Brahmins since they are skilled in perverting the minds of people." Make sure that Vaisyas are they thriving well in agriculture and animal husbandry Income should be sufficiently large to meet your expenses and your expenditure comparatively less. Protect women folks well Keeping milch-cows in abundance with you Greet your teachers, and elders, ascetics, deities and unexpected visitors as well as the trees standing on crossroads Consult in accordance with only four or three (selected) counselors collectively or severally to guard against a split among them and to prevent the secrets from leaking out Sri Rama concludes the illuminating address thus: "Having obtained as his share and ruled in the right way over the entire globe, a wise king holds sway over the earth and administering justice to the people quite in consonance with righteousness, surely ascends to heaven when detached from his body." If people in Bharat are not prepared to learn, understand, digest and practice the ideals of dharma, truth and peace, who will do it?             If people of Bharat cannot protect its heritage, who will do it for her.             If people of Bharat cannot take pride in implementing the advice of Dasaratha, Rama, Vibhishan, Sita, Mandodari, Surpanakha, Hanuman and others, who will implement it?             If the sons and daughters of Bharat openly malign the values of Ramayana days, back stab them for their personal gain and greed, who will preserve them?             If the rulers of Bharat cannot even teach their children the virtues of Ramayana, what right do they have to rule the land.             How long the children of Bharat look the other way ignoring their own rich cultural heritage expounded in Ramayana.             How long do they want to remain silent and allow our heritage to be bulldozed by adharmic forces?  It is in the hands of the children of Bharat to practice it, preserve it and protect it. They must consider appropriate measures to revive, restore and revitalize the dharmic values explicated in Ramayana. Please subscribe to Save Temples Telegram channel at https://t.me/savetemples
21 Jun 2019

Dr Subramanian Swamy Visits Seven US Cities from August 2 - 12

Dear Friends: Dr. Subramanian Swamy agreed to visit seven cities in August. Names of the cities and the names of the coordinators are printed in the flyer. Please contact them for all the details and how to obtain the entrance tickets to Dr. Swamy's program. If you have few friends in these cities, please encourage them to attend. Also circulate this flyer to all your friends through social media.
20 Jun 2019

Ramayana Timeless message for Human Understanding – Part 1

Revised version of the paper resented at 25th International Ramayana Conference, Mysore, India. (Note: Part 2 will follow soon) "Rama, the ancient idol of the heroic ages, the embodiment of truth, of morality, the ideal son, the ideal husband, the ideal father, above all, the ideal king, this Rama has been presented before us by the great sage, Valmiki. No language can be purer, none chaster, none more beautiful and at the same time, simpler, than the language in which the great poet has depicted the life of Rama." - Swami Vivekananda. “The work of Valmiki has been an agent of almost incalculable power in the moulding of the cultural mind of India: it has presented to it to be loved and imitated in figures like Rama and Sita, made so divinely and with such a revelation of reality as to become objects of enduring cult and worship, or like Hanuman, Lakshmana, Bharata the living human image of its ethical ideals; it has fashioned much of what is best and sweetest in the national character, and it has evoked and fixed in it those finer and exquisite yet firm soul-tones and that more delicate humanity of temperament which are a more valuable thing than the formal outsides of virtue and conduct.” Sri Aurobindo Rama's principles alone make him victorious, as he does not deviate from the path of righteousness. And by not deviating from the path of righteousness, he is truly valorous, and the question of his defeat does not arise, because he will abide by his conscience. In Hinduism, Rama is the ideal incarnation of the Divine. Though he is beyond all gunas, he reflects higher qualities such as compassion, gentleness, caring, sympathy, responsibility, purity, forgiveness, austerity, devotion (to his gurus and Lord Shiva), and courage in unlimited amounts. A considerable feature of Rama’s divine play was his extremely restrained use of divine powers. This allowed his beings to interact with and learn from him while treating him as a fellow being. Because of his unprecedented perfection in hiding his own divinity through his maya, recognizing his real nature was difficult for many of his unrealized contemporaries, including some of his “enemies.” During Sri Rama's period, subject's wish was King's wish.  Can we go back to that period where subjects wishes become the wishes of the ruler.  Will we ever have the good fortune to live in such a nation! It depends on the will of the human race to demand and expect the qualities we find in Rama – such as sacrifice, tolerance, will power, devotion to Father, maturity, concern for the citizens, selflessness!  Sri Rama, as the Ruler sacrificed everything for the welfare of His Subjects! Universally regarded as one of the world's most important literary works, Ramayana has had a profound impact on the art, culture, family relations, gender, politics, nationalism and militancy in the Indian subcontinent. The everlasting value of this epic tale has been extolled through the centuries, and it has helped in molding the Hindu character largely. However, it would be wrong to say that Ramayana belongs only to the Hindus. Ramayana is one of the greatest epic poems of the world and that, correctly understood, it leads us to understand the evolution of humanity: The Ramayana shows us also, in the story of Rama and Sita, the ideal of human love, love which is inspired by the noblest of ideas. In India, it is difficult to find  a Hindu family where the essence Ramayana has not been understood, where the divinity of Rama  is not admired, extolled, and adored; where the chastity of Sita is not extolled and venerated;  where the courage of Hanuman is not a subject of conversation, where the loyalty and faithfulness is not talked about, where Dasarath’s agony in sending his son Rama is not remembered. These heroes described in Ramayana are living personages provoking, kneading and tantalizing India’s thought, even in our modern times of upheavals and violence. It is they who would serve as our torch bearers to uphold dharma, who serve as role models for the humanity to follow, who preserve the glory of once Bharat in the India of today and whose ideals of truth and ahimsa could save the human race from it’s own destruction. Every civilization has to remember the past. Violence, terror and brutality are the path to self destruction. Unless all these nations do not adopt the culture of the spirit, they may be doomed to perish in cruelty, brutality and blood. The time has come for rethinking about the future of human race. It is time to follow the long-cherished ideals of Rama, Sita, Lakshman, Bharat, Hanuman and others who serve as best example of a magnificent, inspiring spiritual ideals exemplified by their behavior, suffering, and advise. If all the nations have to live in peace, accommodate the needs of their fellow human beings, allow the freedom of speech to reign across the globe, distance themselves from the destructive policies, then peace and truth exemplified in Ramayana have to be given a chance to work their way to preserve the human race. That means the establishment of Rama Rajya. The question is “What is Rama rajya?”It is the reign of morality, truth, peace, and virtues. "Rama Rajya" means that which engenders happiness ("Ramayathi"). There should be no ill will towards anybody. Samanatva bhava is the main goal to treat people. No body lives in fear. No one should be harmed. That is Rama Rajya. When such feelings arise among the people Rama Rajya will come into existence of its own accord. Bharat is in need of Rama Rajya. It has to practice the ideals of Rama Rajya, it has to take pride in it’s eternal, immortal values, it has spread these values from young to old,  it has to advocate the value of these ideals, it has to convince other nations to adopt these ideals, and be a spiritual leader in mitigating the material supremacy. When we speak of' establishing Rama Rajya, let not Bharatiyas imagine that it is relevant only to Bharat. The whole world needs the advent of Rama Rajya. What this means is that the rulers should have three qualities. They are righteous conduct (Sathpravarthana) good counsel (sadaalochana), good qualities (Sadguna). Dharma According to Aranya Kanda, "Wealth comes out of Dharma. Happiness comes out of Dharma. Everything is obtainable from Dharma. Dharma is the essence of this universe. The adept attains Dharma by disciplining themselves by the conditions of Dharma, with great effort; one cannot get happiness from happiness.". (9-30,31) Dharma is eightfold as: "Sacrifice, Vedic study, Charity, Penance, Truth, Fortitude, Forgiveness, Non-desire." Ten are characteristics of Dharma (Dharma Lakshanam) described in various scriptures: Fortitude, forgiveness, restraint, non-stealing, purity, control over sense organs, intelligence, knowledge, truth, absence of anger. ‘Dharma’ is a term which could be understood but which cannot properly be translated into any other language. This word comes from the root ‘DRI’ which means supporting. That which is the support of this universe is Dharma. The Brihadaranyaka Upanishad (1.4.14) says: "Yet he did not flourish. He created that Dharma which has an excellent form. This Dharma is the controller of Kshatriya. Therefore, there is nothing higher than that. Even a weak man hopes to defeat a strong man by Dharma as one does through the king. Dharma is verily Satya or truth. A speaker of truth is said to speak Dharma or a person speaking Dharma is said to speak truth. Both these are but righteousness." "He (Rama) is the type of a perfect husband, son, and brother. Sita also rises in character far above Helen and even above Penelope, both in her sublime devotion and loyalty to her husband, and her indomitable patience and endurance under suffering and temptation.....it may be affirmed generally that the whole tone of the Ramayana is certainly above that of the Iliad." (Monier Williams) Dharma is used when Viswamitra takes the Lord to Mother Sita and the wedding takes place. “Hey Rama, I present my daughter to you. Sita is beautiful. She has a big dowry, she brings elephants, horses and jewellery with her. But the greatest dowry that she brings is her dharma.” Bharata comes along with the army to request Rama to return to Ayodhya. He wants to occupy the throne which was deceptively denied it to Rama because of the two boons she had received from her husband Dasaratha. Lakshmana grossly miscalculates and says, “Sri Rama, our killer brother, Bharata, is coming. Please get your spears, lances, swords and shields ready.” The Lord said, “You don't need any protection with weapons when Bharata, the great master of non-violence and dharma, comes to you.” Surpanaka came to meet Rama and wanted to marry him. First, she introduces herself the brother of Ravana. She mentions about the cruelty of his brother and describes his three children. She says that, “There is a third brother called Vibhishana who is a dharmatma, a righteous soul. How he came into our lives, I don't know. Every morning he prays to the Lord. He is totally different to us.” 1.  King Dasharatha’s Advice to Sri Rama King Dasharatha summoned his son Rama on the eve of coronation and offered timely advice on the role of a king in the administration his nation and also tendered his advice on the code of behavior. King Dasharatha said: "My son, although you are a storehouse of merits, I wish to offer some friendly advice to you out of sheer affection. Resorting to even greater humility (than before), constantly keep your senses under control. Avoid vices born of lust and anger." What are these vices he is talking about? Many scriptures enumerated these as hunting, playing at dice, sleeping by day, slandering others, fondness for women, vanity, violence, vindictiveness, jealousy, fault-finding, squandering one’s wealth, abusive speech, and cruelty in punishment. Rule according to both the direct and indirect methods of governance Indirect method: 1) Ascertaining the conditions and loyalty of one’s own people and the relative strength and intentions etc., of the neighboring states through a network of spies. Direct Method: 2) To make a tour of one’s dominions and ascertain things personally, to invite direct petitions from one’s subjects, hear their grievances and decide their cases on their own merits. "Please your ministers and others (namely, the Army Commanders and Civic Guards) as well as people responsible for maintenance (against future contingencies) of numerous stores (of useful materials such as jewelry, gold and silver, textiles and ornaments) along with barns and armouries." "The friends and allies of a King, who protects the earth with fostering care and whose subjects are not only loved by him as his children but are devoted to him in their turn, exult in the same way as the immortals did on securing nectar. Therefore, disciplining your mind, my son, conduct yourself well as instructed by me." The importance attached to personal discipline and far-sightedness in matters of efficient administration will be evident from the foregoing. Who is Dasaradha? Dasaratha literally means the human body which has got five working organs and five sensory organs. Dasaratha symbolises this charioteer of the human body which has got ten organs. Dasaratha also attracted three Gunas (qualities) in the form of Kausalya, Sumitra and Kaikeyi. The four Purusharthas viz., Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha are symbolised by Dasaratha’s four sons. Dasaratha was one who proclaimed such a significant inner meaning to the world and he urged the people to lead an ideal life. Dasaratha and Rama were always in touch with People Among the invaluable leadership lessons that Valmiki Ramayana gives us is about the need for a ruler/leader to be in touch with his people. When Dasharatha asks the citizens of Ayodhya why they wanted his son Rama to be crowned crown prince, among the numerous reasons he gives is the fact that he was constantly in touch with the common man. The only time he was not in touch with people on the streets on an everyday basis was when he was away at a war. But as soon as he was back, he again began meeting every day the people whose prince he was and enquiring about their welfare. Samgramātpunarāgamyakunjareṇarathenavā Paurānsvajanavat nityam kuśalampariprchhati; Putreṣuagniṣudāreṣupreṣyaśiṣyagaṇeṣu ca Nikhilenaanupurvyāccapitāputrānivaaurasān. “After coming back from the war, he used to move among the people on an elephant or by chariot every day. He would then ask of their welfare as though they were members of his own family. He would enquire about their children, about the sacrificial fires they kept, about their wives, about their servants and disciples. He would enquire about them in detail, as a father enquires of his sons.” The Ramayana also speaks of Rama’s constant touch with people whose ruler he was in many other places and ways. It says he used ask the brahmanas about how well their disciples served them and the kshatriyas about how fit and ready their soldiers were. And every time there was a festivity in a common man’s home, he used to feel the man’s joy as a father would his son’s and when a misfortune befell any man, such was his empathy that he felt it as though it was his own sorrow. Rama’s Concern for all Rama's concern for everyone, on the other hand, was touching as can be seen from the instance when He chided Sugriva for his daring act of knocking down Ravana's diadem from his head in anger when he sighted him. Rama cautioned him, "Never repeat such an act any more. Had anything happened to you, I would have had nothing to do with Sita, Bharata, Lakshmana and Satrughna or even with My own person." Commentators highlight that one who had befriended Him just a few months ago mattered more to Rama than even His consort. Dharma should be practiced and protected When mother Kaushalya and also the citizens of Ayodhya plead with Rama not go to the forest, Rama replies that Dharma lies in obeying the words of the father and that he, being devoted to Dharma, cannot transgress the words of his father. At this stage Rama’s Dharma is to perform his duty as a son. After returning from the forest, upon being crowned as King, Rama’s Dharma as a king takes precedence over his own self or over his family. The interest of the kingdom or the nation is above that of the individual or the family of the individual (now crowned as king.) In the interest of the kingdom, Rama would sacrifice his own life; would sacrifice his family life (banish his wife Sita). Rama says: "I can renounce my life, Lakshmana, and you, Sita, but I cannot break my promise.” In every man’s heart should ring today the grand and most memorable declaration of Rama: “The fire may abandon its heat, ice its coolness, jasmine its fragrance, but I never break the promise made to my father.” Rama’s own mother, Queen Kaushalya, tries her utmost to dissuade him. She tells him how the mother is even greater than the father for has it not been said, first and foremost: “Matru Devo Bhava” – let thy mother be like a God unto thee. But no, truth is indeed the supreme God of all gods. Who is Rama? Sage Valmiki, with genuine interest and eagerness enquired of Sage Narada, who travels to all loaks, "Who, now living in this world, is the embodiment of virtuous qualities, the one with valour, knowing fully well the tenets of Dharma(Righteousness), possessing the sense of gratitude, uttering truth, adhering to vows firmly, distinct for leading a blameless life, kindly disposed to all living beings, very learned, achieving all tasks, having sweet personal appearance, possessing tremendous strength of mind, conquering anger, radiant, not envious towards others and whom, when engaged in a ferocious battle, even gods tremble to face." Sage Narada admitted that it be difficult to find anybody who possess 16 qualities in this world; but he hesitantly revealed that Rama of Ikshuvaka dynasty is the only one who adorns all these qualitied. Rama is a rare avatara where he never claimed to a God incarnation although recognize him to be. He has been described as ideal son, ideal brother, ideal husband, ideal enemy, and ideal king because of his respect for dharma. He never disobeyed his father. He did not want to live disobeying his parents. He said, “Obedience unto his parents is the virtue of a son. Disobeying the command of my father I am not eager to live…. Truth, almsgiving, honor, and sacrifices with profuse gifts are not so strengthening as the services rendered unto the parents. Health, wealth, grains, learning, son, and happiness, --- nothing remains inaccessible unto us …. Therefore, I desire to follow what my father commends me, treading the path of the path of truth, --- this is the virtual eternal.” (P. 278, Araynakandam)   Rama and Sita were close and know each other’s heart. They never considered themselves as independent of each other. When Rama and Lakshmana were preparing to the exile, Sita wanted to go with him like shadow in spite of the forest dangers and arduous life. Rama said that there are many evils in the forest, roaring lions live in the forest, wind is full of misery, animals with all their madness approach to attack, wayfares are covered with thorns and creepers, rivers are infested with crocodiles and sharks, paths are covered with reptiles and other kind of poisonous animals, and many unexpected dangers await. As an ideal husband he described in great details potential dangers in the forest dwellings. None of these dangers dissuaded Sita.             Lakshmana was to protect Sita when Rama went in search of Golden deer. As he did not return for a long time, Sita coerces Lakshman to go in search of Rama. Lakshman reluctantly agrees with a condition that she should not cross the protective line he draws. Reluctantly she crossed the line not knowing the trick played by Ravana, who then kidnapped her to Lanka. Rama and Lakshman retuned to find Sita, not finding her Rama fainted. After recovered he stated, aid Rama: "Sita is my heart's love. I cannot live without her. For my sake she deserted the royal palace to wander in this fearsome jungle. Now that she is gone, the moments seem longer than years. . . . How can I live on when she is lost to me?" We can decipher how he feels so close to Sita. After Ravana kicked Vibhishan out of the country, Vibhishana proceeded to meet Sri Rama. He was pleased thinking that now onwards he would get a chance to live with Sri Rama. When the monkeys saw him coming, they thought that some spy of the enemy had come. They stopped him at the main gate and went inside to inform Sugreev and Sri Rama about his arrival. Sri Rama asked Sugreev about his opinion. Sugreev had apprehensions in his mind regarding the real motives of Vibhishan. He said, "I am not so sure why he has come. I think it would be appropriate for us to bind him up." Sri Rama said-"Though your policy is appropriate, yet my vow is to protect such people who have taken my refuge." When Hanuman came to know about Sri Rama's decision, he was very pleased. Sri Rama said-"Even if a sinner who has committed the gravest sin of killing crores of Brahmins, seeks my refuge, I will never abandon him. Even if he has been sent by Ravan to know our secrets, it does not matter because Laxmana is capable of annihilating all the demons within seconds."             After Ravana was killed, the duty to perform the final rites fell on the shoulders of surviving brother Vibhishana who hesitated to perform his brother’s funeral rites because of Ravana’s evil deeds. On this occasion, Rama made a very powerful and profound statement for the human race to follow: "Ravana fought like a true warrior and fell fighting like a hero! Death has washed his sins. Ravana has entered heaven. It is for you now, his brother, to do the rites. I, his former foe, even I can rightly perform his obsequies. Your brother is my brother too, is he not?" His benevolence, forgiveness and respect for dharma are unrivaled knowing that Ravana abducted his beloved wife. Please subscribe to Save Temples Telegram channel at https://t.me/savetemples
10 Jun 2019

Open letter to Jagan, administer state for all Andhra people

Open letter to Jagan, administer state for all Andhra people Dear Jagan garu, Congratulations on your being elected Chief Minister of Andhra. NRI from Andhra as well as from all over India residing across the world wish you well. It is our sincere hope that you will administer the state for all people of Andhra irrespective of whether they supported you or not in the elections. Our beloved Prime Minister Narendra Modi is leading the way by working for the welfare of all Indians, working for aspirational India devoid of religion, region and Caste biases and propel India to regain its great economic, cultural and spiritual heritage that leads the world for many centuries. You too have an opportunity today to work the same way for all people of Andhra and play a role in moving India forward. We would like to bring to your attention some of the concerns Telugu people across the world have based on ourexperiences of your father YSR and also past experience of your counters with Hinduism. Your father has done a tremendous job in helping the marginalized sections of people and hope you continue his legacy in helping the most disadvantaged people in the state. However, there are major concerns with your father working closely with Christian missionaries that converted large swathes of combined Andhra, particularly coastal Andhra where more than 20% were converted in a span of 5 to 6 years. You have a choice to build an Andhra for all people of the state, an Andhra Rajyam, or you have a choice of creating multiple Rajyams, a Missionary Rajyam, a Reddy Rajyam and a Goonda Rajyam and bring down the state. The images of large conversion melas engineered by foreign Christian missionaries and then by your sister and brother in law with the active help of your father administration using state public lands and its infrastructure brings enormous concern among Telugu people across the world, particularly Hindus. 40% of Hindu temple lands were disposed at giving away prices to friendly corrupt developers and churches were built right on temple lands. Recently there is a video posted on WhatsApp where your sister openly saying that you will be un-caged and will bring the message of Jesus. In your manifesto Press Conference, you have mentioned that you will provide houses for every Pastor in the state and marry off the Christian brides using State money. In many ways, there are issues with this from legality as well as ethics. From a legal perspective, how can state funds from contributions of taxpayers of all Indians across all religions be used for one religion and worse, when the state is severely straightjacket for funds. Then there is another concern that only Hindu temples are under Government control, particularly Tirumala temple and to this day since 1993 there has been no audit of how the thousands of crores of funds contributed by Hindus are used. In a way, this means the funds provided by Hindu devotees will be used to build homes of Pastors while Hindu priests across the state under Government control arenot even getting minimum sustenance for their survival. Christian pastors who are already known to be aggressively converting will use this economic providence to use their time to convert more people into Christianity. Some of the slides from detailed presentations of assault on Hinduism under your father that are very widely popular on the internet are given below. (Here are links for ‘Death of Hinduism‘ and ‘Save Temples‘ ).   During your father’s regime, there was even an attempt to take 5 out of 7 Tirumala hills for tourism, which is really a front of Christian missionary Organizations the world over first target the native religions and take over them and convert them into museums. Your father, under Christian missionary instructions, has appointed Christians intoTirumalatemple and even the administration of Tirumala funded education institutions was filled by fundamentalist Christians who are openly encouraging conversions into Christianity. Such was a deception that your father engaged in while celebrating Rama Navami with your mother in traditional Hindu costumes in a Hindu temple before cameras, your father has removed Rama Navami from State Government approved holidays and in fact increased holidays for Christians who were an only small fraction of state. In 2007, few of the NRI had organized a major protest in Chicago during your father visit, expressing these concerns and awaken the Hindus across the world. In 2012, it is well known in the news that you entered Tirumala temple without making the required declaration from people of other faiths. You have now appointed Stephen Ravindra, as AP new intelligence chief, who also worked as Chief Security Officer under your father’s administration. Stephen is known to be hard core Christian and there are major concerns that he will allow the Christian conversion activity in the state and intimidate any exposure of that activity by Hindu activists, which happened under your father administration. We hope Central Government will study his credentials in stopping illegal conversion before giving nod to his appointment. There is also concern about the local and foreign Christian missionary organizations making beeline to your administration with detailed plans (covertly and overtly) for small and large scale conversions as is seen from the putting in place of the old infrastructure for protection of their activities. You have now appointed Stephen Ravindra, as AP new intelligence chief, who also worked as Chief Security Officer under your fathers administration. Stephen is known to be hard core Christian and there are major concerns he will facilitate illegal Christian conversion activity in the state and intimidate any exposure by Hindu activists, which happened under your father administration. We hope Central Government will study his credentials before giving nod to his appointment. This causes many concerns among Hindus across the world. During your campaign, you took the blessings of Hindu spiritual leaders. But it remains largely to be seen how you will administer. Your manifesto offerings to only Christiansis unfair and will trigger court cases both in the State and Supreme Courts. You are given a golden opportunity to administer the state and you have to decide whether you will administer fairly for all people of Andhra or only sections of Andhra. As Narendra Modi and BJP is saying, the current mandate across India is from aspirational India that wants to rise above Caste politics. During your father rule, every other person appointed to the state is a Reddy. But your voters are not just Reddy community, people from all communities have voted and it is wiser to select the best from the state no matter who they are. I sense that even if you try to adhere to be a Chief Minister for all sections of people in the beginning, as days go by, you will be prodded by Christian pastors and establishment to get a deal for them in form of state support for conversionand financial benefits, then there will be Reddy community saying that they helped finance your elections and will ask for return in favours to siphon off from the State projects, there will even be NR Reddy organizations looking not just for Photo opportunity but also opportunities to take personal advantage, ahead of others. This is not to say there are wonderful people from all communities including Reddy community who are very patriotic and doing yeoman service for the state and the country and will use your office to serve the state and the country. But you need to see beyond casteand look for contributions from all people of the state to help bring progress to the state. For too long, rich and powerful farming communities Chowdhary and Reddy have ridden roughshod and took undue advantage of the state resources. This is feudalism and this is what Narendra Modi-ji is attempting to go past and build a better ndia for every ndian. It is a shame in this elections we had three parties representing three different farming communities, rather than parties vying for who will do better for all the people of the state. Then there is a goonda Raj. Just a few days ago social media was circulating videos of removing garland from NTRstatue and breaking of car windows of some people, perhaps because they belong to TDP. With instant information insocial media, every single incident will be known across the world. That is not to suggest that things be done behind closed doors because truth has a way of coming out. When the rest of India is marching ahead, do you want to create a goonda Raj or a state where laws are followed un-equally for all citizens? In the United States, a cop will be fearless to give a traffic violation ticket to a Supreme Court judge but in India, the rich and powerful have different laws. Dear Jagan, the combined Andhra has a rich heritage of thousands of years. It boasts 350 years of Krishnadevaraya rule which warded off Islamic onslaught on the country for centuries. Freedom fighters such as Alluri Seetharamarajuare the pride of this state who stood against the oppressive British. Tanguturi Prakasam and Potturi Sreeramulu, and many other great Telugu people representing combined Andhra Pradesh fought selflesslyfor all Telugu people. World over people are following Yoga and meditation and craving for what Hinduism has to offer. In fact, there are many who now profess that Jesus visited India and it is here in India under the guidance of spiritual teachers of our common ancient heritage that he was enlightened and took the message to the middle east. In fact, the Bible talks about ‘Wise men of the East‘ and a channel called Sun Dance channel many years ago in the USA had a full program on this topic on Jesus visit to India. Bible has nothing to say about his early 14 years. Christian missionaries only interest is to bring more converts and rule from Europe and they have little interest in India or its welfare. Mahatma Gandhi, our father of nation abhorred Christian missionaries activities in India and there are enormous literature and writing of his opposing in the strongest terms and he called, “Stop Christian missionaries activity in India, it is the deadliest poison that ever sapped the fountain of truth”. In a recent rally in front of Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC, many NRIs in the USA brought the message of Mahatma Gandhi opposing the fundamentalist, break India forces of Christian missionary organizations in the West. You have an opportunity to bring Christians and Hindus together by declaring given Jesus background he is one more avatar in Hindu parlance. You are at the crossroads of the destiny of Andhra. You have a choice to build an Andhra for all people of the state, anAndhra Rajyam, or you have a choice of creating multiple Rajyams, a Missionary Rajyam, a Reddy Rajyam and a Goonda Rajyam and bring down the state. Copy to The Honorable PM, Amit Shah-ji and the entire BJP leadership. Please subscribe to Save Temples Telegram channel at https://t.me/savetemples
04 Jun 2019

Dr Subramanian Swamy is Visiting USA; Call to organize his Program in your City.

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14 May 2019

Training Hindu Children in INDIA about Sanatana Dharma by TTD is the utmost urgency

            May 2,2019 TO: Sri B. Lakshmikantham, IAS Joint Executive Officer Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanam Tirumala, Andhra Pradesh                   Subject: Training Hindu Children in INDIA about Sanatana Dharma by TTD is the utmost urgency   Dear Sri Lakshmikantham Garu:                 On behalf of Global Hindu Heritage Foundation (GHHF), I want to express my appreciation for your announcement that Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams will take up classes on Hindu Sanatana Dharma to the children of NRIs (Non-Resident Indians). It appears that during your visit to Abu Dubai, you received a request from NRIs to train their children in the tenets of Hindu Dharma, Chaturveda, Ramayana and Mahabharata epics.Also, it was announced that expert scholars will travel to foreign countries in June and July to ”train” NRI children.                 The mission of Hindu Dharma Prachara Parishad (HDPP) “is to promote, propagate and preserve Hindu Sanatana Dharma as the official dharmic face of TTD by organising spiritual discourses, dharmic and devotional programmes.” Children are our future. They would be the torchbearers of our Sanatana Dharma. The future of Hinduism would be in peril if we do not provide adequate training and transmit richness and uniqueness of our heritage. TTD should Fulfill the need to Train HINDU Children                 My purpose of writing this letter is to suggest that TTD should train the children in India under the Hindu Dharma Prachara Parishad for the following reasons: There is no mechanism exists at this time to teach Hindu Children about their dharma and the richness of our scriptures. In our tradition, there is no formal transition of knowledge to the next generation about Sanatana Dharma. Families are not equipped to teach their children. School curriculums are developed to teach minimum amount of Hindu dharma while other religions are glorified. Hindu Temples have not adopted a plan to teach the children about the depth and greatness of Sanatana Dharam. Conduct Classes to Hindu Children in India first                 Thus, it is imperative that HDPP should be the champion of Sanatana Dharma and train the children in INDIA starting from the age 5 and up. Earlier the better. At that age they will absorb easily and retain the maximum amount of knowledge. All the TTD supported educational institutions must teach Hinduism courses for students. TTD should take the lead to encourage all “A” grade Hindu Temples to conduct Hinduism classes in the respective cities It should also conduct Sunday schools for the children who do not go to TTD supported educational institutions. Sunday Schools for Children in USA In USA there are more than 1000 Hindu Temples. Out of which about 20-25 percent of them traditionally built based on Agama Sashtras. Majority of these Temples have been offering Hinduism classes for Children of ages 5 thru 15. They divide them into 3-4 different age groups to make sure they are taught at their levels. The Sunday schools run concurrently with the school year, that is from August thru May. Usually these classes are offered for about 9 months. The content of the material was initially developed by Swami Chinmayananda, the founder of Chinmaya Mission. It conducts classes all over the United States for children. Similarly, Satya Sai Organization and Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji organization conduct Sunday Schools teaching the classes on Sanatana Dharma, Itihasas and Puranas. They conduct dance classes, art classes, Bhajan sessions, language classes, music lessons. Under the leadership of Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji, more than children ages 5 thru 15 have memorized all 700 hundred verses of Bhagavad Gita.. Many of them even know the meaning of these verses. His goal is to train 1000 children to learn Bhagavad Gita in the next 2-3 years.  Many BAPS mandirs teach the arts, language, music, and philosophy that are the roots of Hindu heritage. REQUEST                 As we all know that our children are denied the opportunity to learn about their religion, culture and richness of our storehouse of knowledge hidden in our scriptures. It is this kind of knowledge will make then human. Without knowledge they are like a boat in the ocean without anchor. They will keep circling and circling without aim.                 Knowledge is power. Once you acquire the knowledge in Sanatana Dharma, they will be our future and become our ambassadors. They feel proud of their culture. Once they appreciate the depth and richness of our culture, they develop appreciation to acquire a set of morals, ethics and character.                 First thing first, please introduce Sunday Schools to teach about Sanatana Dharma to our children in India in all TTD supported educational institutions and also in the community in various neighborhoods. The effort should slowly expand to the whole State of Andhra Pradesh.                  I would appreciate your involvement in drafting the plan to enrich our children in India. Dhanyavad   Prakasarao V Velagapudi, PhD President, GHHF  
06 May 2019

Ancient Hindu Scriptures and Stress Management - part 2

NOTE: Please click on the link to read Part 1 of the Article: https://www.savetemples.org/post/ancient-hindu-scriptures-and-business-management-part-1/606   There are many Hindu ancient books dating back to more than five thousand years ago that have addressed issues facing at the time and disposed of them with proper knowledge and time-tested wisdom. That wisdom is as relevant today as it was eons ago.  Mahabharat, Ramayana, Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads, Manusmriti, Chanakya’s Arthashastra, Samarth Ramdas, Bhishmacharya, Lord Rama and many other similar scriptures revealed the storehouse of knowledge. They contain many guidelines that can be used in business management, in the family matters, and in the circle of friends.  The Companies that are concerned with material goals, financing, investments, profit making, bank balances, competition and employee morale are likely to face numerous problems with employees to motivate without proper guidance and channeling them to the higher purpose of life. The employees’ stress and constant expectations of rewards affect the morale of the company resulting in turmoil and chaos.  Hindu scriptures talk about balancing the material and spiritual dimensions.             The CEO is the main person who can guide the organization to function smoothly and achieve the goal. For successful fruition, he must work hard coordinating various departments, supervising the teams, handling the critical issues of the day and upkeep the morale among the employees. The Atharvana Veda compared the CEO as sun. It says, “O King! Take care of the welfare and growth of all your people Then you will grow as the sun grows And shines at dawn and after its rise”             Other scriptures dealt with this subject on business management that are as practical today as they were eons ago. We will examine the pertinence of some of the segments of ancient wisdom. Bhagavad Gita Bhagavad Gita is a universal message applicable to even modern organizations and its leaders and workforce. It can be considered as a manual that helps resolve various kinds of problems, anxieties, troubles, and stress that the human beings have to go through in day to day life. For example, Bhagavad Gita informs that the most crucial and important reason for stress is an attachment to the fruits and rewards. The more one expects, the more he is entangled in the cycle of stress, anxiety, and turmoil.  The relevance of 5000-year-old Gita is acknowledged by all the contemporary business corporations. “The Gita is old in chronologybutcontemporary in essence. When basic business principles cease to work and when the rate of change outside is faster than change within, even businesses need deeper anchor points for decision-making not available in contemporary literature,” says Debashis Chatterjee. Similarly, Vivek Bindra, corporate trainer, and director, Global ACT, says, “Gita is beyond time, place and circumstances. The temporary solutions we are seeking from the West are often inadequate. And that is turning corporates to the Gita.” Many corporations recognize Gita not as a religious book but as an integral part of the business environment. S Y Siddique of Maruti Suzuki says, “Spiritual texts often contain sound management principles that can provide vital lessons in a corporate set-up. In addition to our regular programs, we thought we could turn to the Bhagavad Gita for management insights, … I clearly believe that this has nothing to do with religion or faith per se. We all recognize that the programme is management -focused and not on religious dimensions. It is about identifying the universal principles contained in the Gita and applying them to a corporate setting.” Nishkama Karma Bhagavad Gita teaches us to perform one’s duty without expectations and without rewards. Bhagavad Gita advisespeople to work without attachment which is considered as an impediment to the success in doing the things either personal or professional. “While contemplating on the objects of the senses, one develops an attachment to them. Attachment leads to desire, and from desire arises anger. Anger leads to clouding of judgment, which results in bewilderment of the memory. When the memory is bewildered, the intellect gets destroyed; and when the intellect is destroyed, one is ruined.” (2:62-63). Our sense objects crave for power, money, position, excessive rewards, recognition and so on. Attachments to these objects result in anger, frustration, jealousy, greed, lust, and irritation resulting in the restlessness of mind. In general fulfillment of desires give birth to further desires. Even in Bhagavata Purana, it is recognized that “If one person were to get all the wealth, luxuries, and sensual objects in the world, that person’s desire would still not be satiated. Hence, knowing it to be the cause of misery, an intelligent person should renounce desire.” (9:19:13). Anger, obsession and excess desire cloud the intellect and flog the decision-making process. We become blind to the sense gratification.             The answer to overcoming the anger and attachment is to develop non-attachment. Nishkama karma is an action performed without any expectation of fruits, rewards or results.  It is described as a duty for the sake of duty, not for any outward fulfillment of desires.  As per Bhagavad Gita “you have a right to perform your prescribed duties, but you are not entitled to the fruits of your actions. Never consider yourself to be the cause of the results of your activities, nor be attached to inaction. Be steadfast in the performance of your duty, O Arjun, abandoning attachment to success and failure. Such equanimity is called Yoga, (2:47-48).  By detaching oneself from the desire for fruits, nishkama karma helps to fight the stress and finds peace of mind.             If we work always with a profit motive, we get attached to insatiable desires to acquire more and more. Detachment from the fruits yields better results while attachment for rewards faces turbulence. Gita does not prohibit one from pursuing Purushardhas – dharma, artha, kama and moksha. That means one is allowed to seek money, power, fame, comforts, and other desires. Gita only requires one to pursue them without attachment.              In Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna expounded all kinds of managerial techniques that would lead the company to experience harmony, unity, cohesiveness, and congruence rather than experiencing tension, turmoil, conflicts, dissensions, low productivity, loss of money, high turnover and poor motivation. Management concept of vision, planning, execution, the relevance of the product, leadership qualities, teamwork, motivation, decision making, goal achievement, and profit-making are all discussed with a keen eye and sharp insight.  Leadership and Bhagavad Gita A leader in any organization should be a role model for the rest of the members to pursue and accomplish the mission of the organization. Bhagavad Gita states: “Whatever action a great man performs, common men follow. And whatever standards he sets by exemplary acts, all the world pursues,” (3:21). A leader should practice what he does. He cannot be hypocritical. He should follow certain standards and code of conduct practiced by other great leaders. A leader must be visionary, righteous, goal-oriented, moral, virtuous, positive and dynamic. He also should gauge the changes in the market and adjust to the circumstances. He should inspire, influence and be trustworthy. As Steve Jos once stated that “My job is to take these great people we have and push them and make them even better.” Peter Drucker acknowledges the importance of leadership when he states, “Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to higher sights, raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, and building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.” As per Bhagavad Gita, a leader should possess certain type of qualities that can help the leaders to propel the organizations to move in the direction that can manage and sustain for the future. The future of any organization depends on the leaders who are unique in their ability to adjust the goals to keep abreast of the changes in the market, accommodate diverse needs, and serve as a role model to be pursued by the members of the organization. “Humbleness, sincerity, non-violence, patience, uprightness, service to guru, purity of mind and body, steadfastness, willpower, renunciation of sensory objects, devoid of egotism, understanding the inherent pains and evils of life, detachment from son, wife and home; balanced mind both in favourable and unfavourable circumstances, staunch devotion to Me, living in solitude, avoidance of social enjoyment, fixity of knowledge on the Self by ingesting it to the logical conclusion; all this is known as knowledge. Ignorance is just opposite to this.” (13:7-13).             A leader in any organization must be visionary, dynamic, virtuous, truthful, talented to pursue the dream into reality, capable of attracting good people, and muster a winning team. He should show his talents, skills and be a role model for others to emulate. He should be able to navigate the ship in the troubled waters and avoid getting it dashed. He should be inspiring and exemplary in his thinking, manners, and vision. He should be able to inspire, convince and stimulate others in the organization.  Lord Krishna says, “Whatever a great person does is followed by others; people go by the example he sets up, (3:21).             Arjuna’s despondency, fear, and feeble-mindedness is a typical situation for many people in the management world. Many people try to give up the fight and decide to abandon their dreams. Lord Krishna’s inspiring, soul searching message uplifted Arjuna’s mind, stimulated his thinking, abandonedhis inertia, followed the righteous path and convinced him his dharma in taking up the challenge. Krishna’s powerful words removed the dark clouds in Arjuna’s mind. In the end, Arjuna decides to reject his dejection and concluded that, “My delusion is destroyed. I have regained my memory through your grace, O!Achuyta. I am firm, I am free from doubt. I shall act according to Your words.” (Bhagavad Gita 18:73) CEOs who experienced the Benefits of Meditation             Yoga and meditation have helped millions of people across the globe. Patanjali Yoga Sutra has brought revolution in the way we can bring the wild animal under control. It says “yogashcitta-vrtti-nirodah.”  That means yoga is the cessation of fluctuations created by the subconscious mind. Meditation helps one to focus on a given task allowing us to exclude all kinds of non-relevant thoughts, ideas, tasks, and responsibilities. Much research has been done across the globe which provides enough evidence for all of us to enjoy the fruits of meditation.  Businessmen, athletes, actresses, TV personalities, coaches, and celebrities, are reaping the benefits of doing yoga and meditation. Research has shown that meditation reduces the anxiety level, stress, tension, heart diseases, while it enhances the performance levels, builds confidence level, increases concentration, enhances energy and vigor, improves general health and experience of peacefulness and calmness.             Many CEOs have stressful jobs creating physical, mental and health problems. Now there is a trend for many business people to embrace mediation to find solace for themselves and introduce meditation to their employees also. The CEO’s who practice mediation include Ray Dalio of Bridgewater Associates, Marc Benioff of Salesforce.com, Andrew Cherng of Panda Express, Bob Shapiro of Monsanto, Bill George of Medtronic, Russell Simmons of Def Jam, Oprah Winfrey, Roger Berkowitz of Legal Sea Foods, Robert Stiller of Green Mountain Coffee Roaster, Ramani Iyer of The Hartford Financial Group, Steve Rubin of United Fuels International, Nancy Slomowitz of Executive Management Associates, Marnie Abramson of Tower Companies, and Rick Goings of Tupperware.  Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn: "Part of the key to time management is carving out time to think, as opposed to constantly reacting," William Clay Ford Jr., Executive Chairman of Ford Motor Company: “The practice of mindfulness kept me going during the darkest days.” Marc Benioff, Chairman, and CEO of SalesForce: “I’m trying to listen deeply, and the beginner’s mind is informing me to step back so that I can create what wants to be, not what was … I know that the future does not equal the past. I know that I have to be here at the moment.” Arianna Huffington, Cofounder of Huffington Post and Thrive Global: “Once I’m awake, I take a minute to breathe deeply, be grateful, and set my intention for the day … Then I do 20 to 30 minutes of meditation and 30 minutes on my stationary bike, on days when I’m home. I also practice yoga most mornings.” Oprah Winfrey, Media Proprietor, Actress, and Philanthropist: “Meditation is about getting still enough to know the difference between the voice and you. It's a heightened state of being that lets whatever you're doing be your best life, from moment to astonishing moment.” Katy Perry, Singer and TV Personality: “I’m on a plane more than I am on ground, and this tool helps me find moments of peace — because I don’t have a whole lot of time — that extend my day so I can live my fullest capacity,” Perry said in an interview in 2016 with the David Lynch Foundation. “It gives me two days in one day!” Sir, Paul McCartney, Singer-Songwriter: “I think it’s always very good to get a sort of still moment in your day. Whenever I have a chance in a busy schedule, I’ll do it, if I’m not rushing out the door with some crazy stuff to do.” McCartney said in an interview published in July 2014 at TMHome.com. “In moments of madness, meditation has helped me find moments of serenity — and I would like to think that it would help provide young people a quiet haven in a not-so-quiet world." Steve Jobs, Apple Inc; “If you just sit and observe, you will see how restless your mind is. If you try to calm it, it only makes it worse, but over time it does calm, and when it does, there’s room to hear more subtle things – that’s when your intuition starts to blossom, and you start to see things more clearly and be in the present more. Your mind just slows down, and you see a tremendous expanse at the moment. You see so much more than you could see before. It’s a discipline; you have to practice it.” Mark Bertolini, CEO, and Chairman of Aetna Insurance: By letting go to attachment, we can be present, clear-minded and live life to the fullest both at work and at play. Madonna, Singer, and Actress: "Meditation showed me how much energy silence has,"             CEO’s comments on the usefulness of Meditation include, “ it burns off stress and gives me fresh eyes to clarify what’s really going on and what really matters”;  “a TM course for your employees is probably the fastest, easiest, and least expensive way of getting more out of your workers than you could ever imagine,”  "TM produced tangible, practical benefits in both their professional and personal lives," “The workplace environment soon grew from toxic to harmonious among other positive changes. And surprisingly, the company’s cost of healthcare insurance actually went down due to a reduction in sick claims.” "I have the mental clarity and alertness for both laser-like focus on the details as well as broad comprehension.” "It has demonstrably reduced my stress and helped to maintain my good health, and it has immeasurably benefited my family and business relationships. Importantly, it has helped me to make clearer, more effective decisions on the job.” "Meditation helps develop your abilities to focus better and to accomplish your tasks.'' "I meditate twice a day for 20 minutes, closing my eyes, clearing my mind, and repeating my mantra until I'm in a semi-conscious state. Sometimes, I'm wrestling with an issue before meditation, and afterward, the answer is suddenly clear.” "I enjoy meditation, which I've been doing for over a decade — probably to help relieve the stress I was going through when I was working at Oracle." Chanakya’s Arthashastra and Business Model                   It is amazing to know that Arthashastra was written by Chanakya advising King Chandragupta Maurya as to how to rule the kingdom. What was suggested at the time is as relevant today as it was 24 centuries ago!  Many of his ideas can serve as a guide for any business to establish themselves by preserving the integrity, honesty, and solidarity of the Company. He advised the King to rule the kingdom with clear vision, broad mission and proper motivation. The objectives to rule the kingdom are the acquisition of wealth, consolidation of what is acquired, expansion of the wealth and enjoyment of what is acquired. He also advised the king to avoid the six emotional evils identified as lust, anger, greed, vanity, arrogance, and overjoy.             Chanakya observed that, “The king, the minister, the country, the fortified city, the treasury, the army, and ally are the constituent elements of the state.”  A closer look at the sentence can be applied to modern business management. There are seven pillars that establish the business. The King is like a Founder or CEO who is a trailblazer with vision and a mission to achieve the envisioned goals; the minister is like the Manager of the company who is on the go to execute the plans; the country is like the market that provides the revenue for the operation of the firm; the fortified city is like head office where all major decisions are made based on the perceived demands from the market; the treasury which is the financial hub that is the heart of the financial organization; army is like your team members consisting of skilled people, salespeople and a wide variety of people with diverse talents; and the ally is like your consultants and confidants who can be counted on when the problems occur in the market.             King's happiness lies in people's happiness, the king's welfare is dependson people's welfare. Nothing is dearer to king, nothing is self of the king, whatever is dearer to people, it is dearer to king. It further says that King should not take any decision by himself, he should do it with the consultation of the council of ministers. Radhakrishnan (2005) elaborated in 12 sutras (verses) of Kautilya with regards to self-control, which includes the importance of control over the senses by giving up kama, krodha, lobha, mana, mada, and harsha, i.e. lust, anger, pride, arrogance, and foolhardiness. The first teaching of Kautilya is to conquer the internal enemies before you conquer the external ones. According to Kautilya, by casting out the group of six enemies the leader should acquire control over the senses, cultivate his intellect by association with elders, keep a watchful eye by means of spies, bring about security and well-being by activity, maintain the observance of their special duties by carrying out duties, acquire discipline by instruction in the sciences, attain popularity by association with what is of material advantage and maintain behavior  by what is beneficial (Muniapan and Shaikh, 2007). Bhishma on the Characteristics of a Minister (Manager) Bhishma in Mahabharata expounded a detailed and lengthy discourse of Raja Dharma (code of conduct for Kings). Lord Krishna and all the Pandavas went to see Bhishma who was laying on the bed of arrows waiting to close his eyes at the commencement of Uttarayana. After hearing the essential nature of Raja Dharma, Yudhishtira asked thus: “O Grandsire Bhishma! What are the qualities and characteristics of a Minister?”             To be a proper King (CEO or Leader of the Organization), Bhishma says a King should possess certain characteristics: “Should be able to suppress wrath, be truthful in speech, be able to render justice, have the ability to forgive, purity of conduct, simplicity, and maintenance of dependents. These are common to all persons. In addition, as a Kshatriya to be eligible for kingship, the person should give but not beg, be able to protect people, should be able to comfort and contain the unrighteous, be proficient in battle, and be able to discipline his people to be righteous in conduct under pain of punishment in case of a breach.”  These traits are very important for any CEO to be successful and they should not be overlooked. Bhishma elucidates the characteristics as a Minister (Manager). He stresses that the Ministers and Counsellors “should be men who are modest, self-restrained, truthful and sincere. The King should select them from diverse backgrounds to have a well-balanced team. These ministers should serve as an inner cabinet. They should be wise, have friendly relations with citizens, be good administrators, possess vigor and valor, have a clean mind without any cruelty, have love and affection towards the king, and regard pleasures and sorrows equally. A person with the above qualities alone is entitled to be a Minister. The King also shall show respect towards such Ministers.             Every businessman should learn some of these salient features to be successful in business. These characteristics are applicable to all the CEO, CCO, and anybody in any Managerial positions if they are to be successful in managing any business operations. Rama’s Advice to Bharata             Lord Shiva, considered as the first author of Ramayana, said that every letter ofRamayana has the power to remove even the most heinous sins. In fact, both Valmiki and Tulasidas acknowledged that it was only with the divine grace of Lord Shiva they composed Ramayana at different times. A. A. Macdonell stated, “That probably no other work of world literature has produced so profound an influence in the life and thought of people as the Ramayana.”              Rama's leadership qualities are recognized as being a model for all kinds of people to emulate. He is credited with providing a concrete vision to his followers as in the case of searching for Sita in Lanka; believing in the ability of his subordinates to achieve the aim as in the case of Vanaras defending against Ravana’s Rakshasa army; standing courageously in the face of great adversity as in the case of fighting with Ravana; consulting his subordinates as in the case of accepting Vibhishana by allaying their fears; and following a code of ethics as in the case of allowing Ravana to return the next day as he was rendered weaponless – ethics dictate that an unarmed enemy not to be killed. He is also considered as an ideal son, an ideal brother, an ideal friend and an ideal enemy. He is always known as a man of principles, ethical, moral, and courageous leader.             What are some of the qualities one can learn and / or practice? He had a clear vision where he assembled an army of monkeys to defeat Ravana and others to rescue Sita from Lanka. The second important characteristic was his ability to organize resources effectively by training the army with the skills necessary to face the enemy. Third, he was a team player. He was able to assemble leaders such as Hanuman, Lakshman, Sugriva, Vibhishana and others who worked for his mission. The fourth trait is to have a firm belief in one’s own strength             Bharata came to know that his mother Kaikeyi was responsible for Rama’ exile to forest giving up the Kingdom. Bharata was to rule the kingdom as per his father Dasaratha’s promise to his wife Kaikeyi.  Bharata goes to the forest and requested Rama to return and take the responsibility of ruling the kingdom. After refusing Bharata’s request, Rama advised him to follow the guidelines to establish Ramarajya. Lord Rama rendered a number of guidelines that would benefit not only Bharata but any personnel involved in the management of their businesses. He asked Bharata number of questions about his treatment of his parents, teachers, elders, and people to ensure domestic tranquility. Rama Counsels Bharata on a wide variety of topics such as good governance, home affairs, defense, foreign affairs, finance, and other areas. When building the bridge to cross the ocean, the rocks were sinking when placed in the water. Rama reinforced their belief by asking them to write the name of Rama on each rock that never sank again.             He was compassionate where he treated different kinds of people such as Guha, Sabari, monkey tribes and others as his own kin and kith.             Here we will select the areas that are pertinent to the management of Businesses: Rama counsels Bharata on the comprehensive lessons on governance in question format. His questions range from quality of ministers, the importance of decision making, administration to justice, the subtleties of statecraft, the wisdom of the counselors, confidentiality, and fairness to the employees. "I hope the ministers you have appointed are valiant like you- full of learning, who have controlled their senses, who are born of high pedigrees (cultured family) and know the meaning of signs (discreet and shrewd)." "The sound advice given by experienced ministers well versed in the laws of truth and virtues is the very foundation on which the prosperity of a King rests." "The learned in times of difficulty bring endless glory by solving knotty problems." "I hope you prefer learned men to thousands of fools. No help will come to a king if he seeks advice from thousands of evil advisers or even ten thousand of them." "Even if there is a single minister if only, he is wise, brave, clever and discreet, he will bring fame and prosperity to a King big or small." "He who does not get rid of a physician adept in devices of aggravating a disease, a servant intent on bringing disgrace to his master and a gallant warrior seeking kingly power, is himself destroyed by these persons." "I hope the person appointed as your Commander-in-chief is ever pleased, full of resolution, is gallant and talented, is of spotless character and well-born and devoted and clever." "Are the foremost of your skilled warriors being recognized by bestowing suitable honors by you?" (gallantry awards). "I hope you distribute (daily) provisions and distribute the monthly salary due to them at the proper time in a suitable manner and do not delay their payment (to prevent discontentment). For, salaried servants surely and positively get enraged even at their master when the distribution of their provisions and the disbursal of their salaries are delayed and that itself is very great harm done to the State." (Labor Relations). "Has a man of your own State, who is learned, clever, ready-witted and capable of delivering messages correctly, who is able to distinguish between right and wrong, been appointed by you as an Ambassador, O Bharata?" (Foreign Affairs and Diplomatic assignment). "Do you keep an eye on the eighteen functionaries of the enemies and fifteen functionaries of your side through three unknown, independent spies?" “I hope you do not patronize Atheists Brahmins, for being ignorant and conceited since they are skilled in perverting the minds of people." Samarth Ramdas Letter to Sambhaji When KingSambhaji seized power, he invited his father’s advisor, saint Ramadas to meet him. However, Ramadas displeased by Sambhaji’s brutalities that accompanied his accession refused to meet him. His disciples, however, begged him to advise the prince. Accordingly, he sent him the following letter: “Always be on guard and never lower your guard. Control your temper and be good and kind towards others. Forgive your subjects for their faults and bind them to your person by making them happy. The happier they are, easier would be your task. If they are against you, your task would be hard. If you and your generals break apart your enemies will profit. Let all of you live in unity. Seek out your Mohammedan enemies and remove them from your path. Create fear in others not by your cruelty but by your valor. Otherwise, your State will be in danger. Deal with each difficulty as it arises. Keep your anger under control or at least do not betray it in the presence of others. Make your subjects your friends. Let them love rather than fear you. Make the people one; fill their minds with the single thought of resisting the Mleccha enemy. Guard what you already have, add to it by your own exertions and so extend the Maharatta kingdom. Be dignified and wear the sword of ambition. That way lies the path to success. Bear Shivaji Raje in mind. Consider yourself a mere trifle and place yourself in the quest for fame in this world and thereafter. Keep the model of Shivaji before your eyes and think of his valor and deeds. Remember always what he did in battle and how he acted towards his friends. Give up sloth and love of ease. Keep before you a certain goal and try to reach it. Never forget how Shivaji won Svarajya. If you call yourself a man, try and do better than he did.”     Business Sutras from Mahabharata and Ramayana DevduttPattanaik’s book “Business Sutra: A Very Indian Approach to Management”, describes the relevance of so many stories from Ramayana, Mahabharata and other scriptures to be successful in Business. He used stories, symbols, and rituals drawn from Hindu, Jain and Buddhist mythology to understand a wide variety of business situations that range from running a successful tea stall to nurturing talent in a large multinational corporation.  If we believe that wealth needs to be chased, the workplace becomes a Rana-Bhoomi — a battleground of investors, regulators, employers, employees, vendors, competitors and customers; if we believe that wealth needs to be attracted, the workplace becomes a Ranga-Bhoomi — a playground where everyone is happy. Business Sutra presents a radical and nuanced approach to management, business, and leadership in a diverse, fast-changing, and increasingly polarized world.”              Many myths, stories, images and symbols that we have heard, read, and seen leave permanent imprints on our minds and impact our way of thinking and influence our decision-making process whether it is in business or in family life on our point to the way we think. Since business is about people and their needs, we have to pay attention to their thought process and their cultural background. Businesses should balance the wealth (Lakshmi), emotions and power (Durga) and knowledge and wisdom (Saraswati). Any time we concentrate only on wealth and concentrate on targets without due consideration for the emotions and knowledge; businesses will run into hardships.  Hindu scriptures will provide enough resource material to dive deep into the ocean of knowledge to guide the businesses as well as private life. Please subscribe to Save Temples Telegram channel at https://t.me/savetemples
22 Apr 2019

Dr Prakasarao V Velagapudi is planning three Lectures in California.

Dr Prakasarao V Velagapudi is planning three Lectures in California. April 26 thru 28, he is planning to have three lectures in three different Temples in California. We request you to attend or forward to all your friends in San Jose area.     Please subscribe to Save Temples Telegram channel at https://t.me/savetemples
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Western Media’s voracious Thirst for Depreciating Hindu and Modi Continues

Western media have mostly painted a negative picture of India and cherry picked the topics that discredit the Hindu way of life to please the minorities. These media have been supported by many Muslim countries. They always sided with Pakistan to break India even further. The only major religion that advocated the peaceful coexistence, embraced non-violence as the pillar of peaceful living, practicing democratic ideals for political stability, provided special opportunities to the minorities, allowed the minorities to have a special status in the constitution whereby they do not adhere to the uniform civil law, never condemned the other religions to hell, never called them as kafirs or Satans, and so on.  It appears that the media have been on a mission to wipe out Hinduism and demean the Hindu leaders and denigrate the Hindu customs and traditions.  They seem to abhor the largest democracy on the planet.  With all the basic principles of civility, humanity and freedom so inherent in Hindu philosophy, one wonders why CNN, New York Times, The Washington Post, The Independent, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, BBC and many western journalists haves been particularly revolting against the BJP and repulsive against Narendra Modi, even after he was democratically elected by unprecedented majority. They are engaged in a biased witch-hunt than actual reporting. Swapna Dasgupta writing in the Daily Pioneer stated that, “Since the summer of 2014, the foreign journalists reporting India have increasingly come to live in an ecosystem that is both wary of and hostile to the winds of change blowing over India. The Economist doesn’t seem to have gotten over its disappointment that its endorsement of Rahul Gandhi in the 2014 general election was disregarded and the editorial board of the New York Times seems to be dominated by supporters of the Maoist insurgency and Kashmiri separatism. When Modi visited London in October 2015, the Guardian even carried a long article by a staff columnist arguing that the UK Government should have no truck with him.” British Media                 Nitin Mehta has analyzed the British media by saying that UK media’s Anti India bias is all too evident.  Anti-media did not expect the overwhelming majority that elected Modi as Prime Minister. They did not even expect that his government would even last this long. They are shocked to find that his strength is increasing with UP elections. They do not report any atrocities committed daily in totalitarian Muslim countries and how they reduced the minorities (Hindus) to less than one percent. They do not talk about triple talaaq, sharia law, Muslim women rights in Islamic countries. Their life could be in danger to report on these totalitarian countries. Unable to find their space in Muslim countries, the only country democratic country, India, that allows freedom of speech has become their vicious target to criminalize it, demonize it and dismantle it. They made it a point to write dark stories and blow it to disproportionate level and magnify them multifold to sway the public opinion. Nitin Mehta observed “For the secularists, any expression of India’s heritage, culture and spiritual beliefs is anathema. For these social scientists and economists, most of whom are of Indian origin and live in Britain, India always falls short of their expectations. Democracy? It is caste based; it is corrupt. They did not play any part in nation building.” (The Guardian, September 10, 2017) For more than a decade, his critics have been questioning Mr Modi over his controversial role in the 2002 anti-Muslim riots in the western state of Gujarat. He was accused of having done little to stop the riots in which more than 1,000 people died - an allegation he has always denied. These journalists have no respect for the legal system and keep criticizing Modi even though Supreme Court of India has absolved all the charges against Narendra Modi. The Guardian’s hatred toward Modi is reflected on tits editorial and the article published. In their editorial, it keeps harping on the Gujarati riots. It says that the “role he played in the Gujarat massacres of 2002 remains unresolved.” Some of the titles of the articles published include: “India is a ‘republic of fear’. The UK must keep the pressure on Modi,” “Narendra Modi: the divisive manipulator who charmed the world,” “Modi’s government fails to act on rape,”” If Modi is elected, it will bode ill for India's future,” “Narendra Modi: India's saviour or its worst nightmare?” “Narendra Modi, a man with a massacre on his hands, is not the reasonable choice for India”; “India is being ruled by a Hindu Taliban”; and so on. Mihir Bose’s article on 2 August 2017. After listing some Indian achievements, he had the following to say: “After the victory of Narendra Modi the country seems to be turning its back on the tolerant, secular society that India’s founding fathers wanted. Modi has always ridden two chariots: what one prominent Indian businessman, and an old friend of mine, called Modi’s real business of making India prosperous; and his Hindu business of appeasing his fanatical Hindu followers. Modi has proved a timid reformer, whose tinkering has included an overnight demonetization that led to such chaos that people died. In contrast, his Hindu followers have been given free rein to believe that Ram Rajya, the mythical rule by the revered Hindu god Ram, has finally arrived. This has seen a ban on the slaughter of cows, and a growing intolerance of minorities.”                 Amrit Wilson laments about the horrific rapes committed in the name of Hindu nationalism. He talked about two horrific rape cases in Indi and how India is being rocked by huge protests. (The Guardian, April 18, 2018). Jason Burke scathing attack started even before he was chosen as leader of Bharatiya Janata Party. He says that Modi “is a divisive figure in India. Some see him as an extremist who sided with mobs who attacked Muslims in towns and cities across Gujarat, following a lethal fire supposedly started by Muslims on a train full of Hindu pilgrims in 2002 – a charge he denies.” (The Guardian, October 22, 2012). In another article Jason Burke criticizes him for the 202 riots even though, he was exonerated by the Supreme court.  “Repeatedly accused of allowing, even encouraging, Hindus whipped up by hardline activists to vent their fury, Modi has consistently denied all wrongdoing and has been cleared by a succession of high-powered legal inquiries. It was after a key court decision that the UK decided in 2012 to end a boycott of Modi by senior officials. Only weeks ago, the US followed. Nonetheless, Modi has yet to shake off the controversy.”                 Salman Rushdie, Imran Khan, John McDonnell, Fiona Mactaggart, Pragna Patel, Jayati Ghosh, Suresh Grover and other leftist brains published an opinion letter in The Guardian criticizing the role he played in Gujarat Riots. They say that his political ethics and moral character is incompatible with secular constitution. The they conclude that “Were he to be elected prime minister, it would bode ill for India's future as a country that cherishes the ideals of inclusion and protection for all its peoples and communities.” (April 10, 2014). Similarly, Aditya Chakraborty says that Modi is responsible for some of the worst religious violence even seen in independent India. “Given the enormity of the allegations against Modi, this is frankly pathetic. First, the Gujarat massacres have not safely been consigned to the past”           Anish Kuman in The Guardian (November 12, 2015) says that Narendra Modi is clamping down on tolerance and freedom of expression. The openness to the minorities and regional differences is at serious risk. He says, “a saffron-clad army of Hindu activists who monitor and violently discipline those suspected of eating beef, disobeying caste rules or betraying the “Hindu nation”.”  The writer continues to smear the government with his jaundiced eyes with the statement, A Hindu version of the Taliban is asserting itself, in which Indians are being told: “It’s either this view – or else.”” These journalists are ignoring four important points when they spit out their venom.  First that overwhelming majority of the Indian citizens wanted change and voted BJP into power.  Second, Modi is trying to implement what is written in the constitution about protecting the cow. Third that majority of the people wanted to see changes in the appeasement policies. Fourth, the many foreign funded Christians are using the funds for conversion of Hindus into Christianity by flouting the Constitutions. These journalists have not yet realized the depth of citizens’ passion to see changes in the government policies. They do not acknowledge that that it was not Hindu militant who went on jihad in Mumbai killing several people, nor Hindu militant that bombed Varanasi, or set fire first to the railway compartments in Gujarat in 2002. By comparing Indian democracy to Taliban government of Afghanistan and other countries, the writer is completely shut his eyes to more than 50 countries where the Muslims have declared their countries as Islamic with no concern for the rights of other religions such as Hindus. In many countries, Hinduscannot even carry the Hindus cannot even carry the picture of their Gods. Journalists have become Presstitudes to the cause of Muslims and Christians who know how to woo them and make them as their mouthpieces. Consequently, they live in a moments life ignoring the realities on the ground and the richness of India’s history. Why India is having with these two religions? This is the country that sheltered Parsis, Jews, Buddhists and other religions and guaranteed their right to worship and helped them to maintain their culture. These religions lived in peace and contributed to the richness of Indian culture of tolerance, freedom and non-violence.  After state of Israel was established, they passed a resolution by saying that India is the only country that has not discriminated the Jews out of 126 countries they lived.  Dalai Lamas praise for India’s tolerance and spiritual heritage was unmatched in the human annals. Then, why Muslims and Christians have problems in India. It because of their missionary zeal to convert India into either a Christian country or Islamic country. They have been working relentlessly and tirelessly to break the backbone of India and consign it to past unknown.                 Ever since Modi was elected, BBC has started a vicious campaign against him labeling him as a “mass murderer” and accused him as a man who started persecuting minorities. BBC is in bed with Congress party. When Home Minister Rajnath Singh (August 1, 2015) stated that Congress government has coined the term “Hindu Terror” to undermine the efforts to deal with domestic terror, BBC jumped into the fray to refute the report that charges Muslims are the most likely terrorists in India along with the communists. Pakistan was places in the first tier that list all the countries that represent the worst situation in the world for religious freedom. Additionally, biggest number of asylum requests come from Pakistan to UK, not India. If the Muslims are persecuted why there is no exodus of them to other countries. BBC wanted to support Rahul Gandhi claim expressed to US Ambassador to India that growth of “radicalised Hindu groups” posed a great threat to the country than militant groups like LeT. BBC would not heed the former Prime Minister Tony Blair who warned that “The threat of this radical Islam is not abating. It is growing. It is spreading across the world. It is destabilizing communities and even nations. It is undermining the possibility of peaceful co-existence in an era of globalization.”   BBC held a program on Modi on May 1, 2015 where guest speakers totally slanted and sneered him.  Modi was described as a controversial figure by all the participants with no other person to challenge in the program. The Programs presenter, YaldaYakim, stated that Modi had blood on his hands and he was India’s most divisive politician.  Anish Kapoor quantified him as “India’s dreamed itself a dream with a mass murderer as its main character”. BBC should have contested these statements by demanding the relevant statistics and compare them with other countries. Priti Patel wrote a letter to BBC Director General bring his attention about the anti-Modi program. “Modi’s political opponents have portrayed him as being ‘controversial’, so by using this reference, the BBC, who should be impartial, is giving acceptance to the political position of Modi’s opponents rather than reporting objectively … Claiming someone who is a democratically elected politician is a ‘mass murderer’ is an extremely serious allegation and unless such a claim is substantiated with meaningful evidence, the BBC should not be broadcasting this slur.” Obviously, BBC would not respond with any kind of justification for their one-sided, contemptuous program on Modi.                 Th Economist also joined the anti-Modi chorus denouncing his as a man focusing on the appearance and loosing sheen. Recognizing his popularity in the public and acknowledging the recent victories in different states, it criticized the demonetization as causing great hardship and disruption.  The paper described Modi not as a reformer.  It claims that GST has become unnecessarily complicated and bureaucratic. “If Mr Modi wants to keep winning votes, he must concentrate not just on campaigns; he must also show that he knows how to run the country. Sooner or later, voters will tire of grandstanding.” (November 2 2017). Similarly, The Economist criticized Modi by saying, “Mr Modi, in short, is squandering a golden opportunity. Some apologists claim that he is waiting until he wins a majority in the upper house before taking on bigger reforms. If so, he has given no inkling of what he is planning. In fact, he has not even made clear that economic reform is his priority.” (June 24, 2017)   US Media The New York Times Maligns Narendra Modi and Hindus The New York Times published articles that are mostly critical of Modi, BJP and any other news critical of India. Their bias toward Modi is vicious and groundless. Even before he got elected, NYT accused him of killing so many Muslims in 2002 without ever mentioning the root case of the unrest. They never indicated that the Muslims closed all the doors of the train where Hindu were returning from Pilgrimage and set fire killing all the Hindus. They could not even open the doors of the compartments and were scorched. After he was elected NYT doubled their efforts to charge him as an extreme Hindutva advocate denying the Muslims safely, Al l the studies across the globe revealed that Muslims feel safer, secure, happier and more comfortable in India than Muslims in their own Muslim countries. The newspaper would not dare say about the minority rights of Hindus in many of these Muslims countries. A Hindu cannot carry even the pictures of their own Gods and Goddesses, cannot read their Bhagavad Gita, and cannot do even the pujas to their chosen Gods in many Muslim countries. Any violation by the Hindus would result either in expulsion, imprisonment or death. NYT has nothing to do with human rights violation in these Muslim countries. No other country gives as many privileges, opportunities and freedom to Muslims in India. But NYT times is not concerned about enforcing the Constitution that requires all the states to protect and preserve the cows.                 Would Muslim counties allow pigs to killed and eat?                 Would USA or UK allow slaughter horses in the US or UK?                 Would USA or UK allow killing of pets such as cats or dogs indiscriminately?          Hartosh Singh Bal wrote an Opinion in New York Times (May 30, 2018) listing several incidents such as no confidence, Supreme Court intervention, Modi government, election commissions decisions and Karnataka elections. The writer’s bias is blatantly visible. All the incidents that he described have not violated any aspect of Constitution. The author says, "As India prepares for the national elections next year, Mr. Modi’s ratings are falling" only to create doubts among his supporters. The author has conveniently negligent the opinion poll conducted few days before he wrote his opinion. Mega Times Group reveals that 71.9 percent of Indians say that they would vote for Narendra Modi. He is one of the members of a fringe group that was supported by the elite groups and the Congress Party who were unable wake up to the reality. These journalists are trying to find niche to accept the fact that overwhelming majority of Indians elected Modi as Prime Minister. But they failed. The writer went as far as accusing Modi as subverting the democracy. He stated that “If Mr. Modi was willing to drown dissent and subvert national institutions when his government enjoyed popular support, how far down an undemocratic path might he and his party go to ensure a victory?” Pew Research published on May 2018 the percentage of people who are satisfied with the way democracy is working. India topped the list with 79 percent. The New York Times would not worry about the way people feel and would not reflect the views and trust of Indian people as they are sold to the special interest groups.   The New York Times has a long history of warped, biased and insulting views toward India and Hindu way of life. They will find writers who are offensive and who can aggressively attack Hindus. Wendy Doniger, Joseph Manu, Arundhati Roy, William Broad, Ellen Berry and other leftist writers whose job it is to demonize India as anti-Muslim and Anti-Christian. Even before the elections in 2014, the editorial Board concluded that, “His rise to power is deeply troubling to many Indians, especially the country’s 138 million Muslims and its many other minorities. They worry he would exacerbate sectarian tensions that have subsided somewhat in the last decade …  Mr. Modi cannot hope to lead it (India) effectively if he inspires fear and antipathy among many of its people” (May 2013). Similarly, the prejudiced, hateful and spiteful editorial stated two days after the elections, ... whether he will be the strident Hindu nationalist who might impose a sectarian agenda on a largely secular state…but he can’t achieve those goals if he exacerbates sectarian divisions, for example, by using divisive rhetoric against Muslims.” This kind of editorial is aimed at pleasing the minorities, elites, intellectuals and Congress Party leadership where the journalists cohabit for their livelihood and survival. Why they completely ignore the wishes of one billion people for the sake of 138 million Muslims? With so much terror inflicted all over the world by ISIS, Al Qaeda and other terror groups, why New York Times would not criticize the Muslims. They must be handsomely paid by Muslim countries to be their succors. They are also in bed with their Christian faith which calls for the elimination of Hindus by conversions. Pope Paul was their mentor who wanted to establish cross over India. The New York Times bemoaned and cried out loud in its editorial “India’s Battered Free Press” by saying that, “Press freedom in India suffered a fresh blow on Monday when the country’s main investigative agency raided homes and offices connected to the founders of NDTV, India’s oldest television news station. The raids mark an alarming new level of intimidation of India’s news media under Prime Minister Narendra Modi … Since Mr. Modi took office in 2014, journalists have faced increasing pressures. They risk their careers — or lives — to report news that is critical of the government or delves into matters that powerful politicians and business interests do not want exposed.” (June 7, 2017). In another editorial, NYT talks about alarming rise in the mob attacks and cried out loud that under Modi government “what has actually been unleashed is virulent intolerance that threatens the foundation of the secular nation envisioned by its founders.” (July 17, 2017). It never acknowledges that it is only because of Hindu ideology and principles of tolerance and pluralism, Muslims numbers are increasing day by day, If Hindus are made responsible to threaten the foundation of secularism, why you do not see an exodus of Muslims to other Muslim countries. How many Muslim countries are secular where Hindus can practice their religion and worship their Gods.  NYT never acknowledge the fact that Islam is incompatible with democracy, secularism, pluralism and freedom of speech. NYT’s assessment is a blatant lie and deliberately misleading the readers as well distorting the facts. CBI clearly stated that the raid was not about debt payment but about the collusion between Roys and the unknown official at the bank. It is a criminal conspiracy. CBI says that the raid was financial transgression these investors committed and not interfered with the operation of the programs. NYT conveniently ignored the fact that NDTV had floated 20 wholly-owned subsidiaries in different parts of the world. It would not even acknowledge that CBI raided number of people during demonetization, IAS officers, Bank officials, IT officials, Accountants and so on. This is s not a raid to interfere with free press. New York Time’s vicious, mean, spiteful and rancorous reporting on saree being attributed to the revival of Hindu nationalism and fundamentalism. Even BurkhaDutt, who is an anti-Hindu herself, felt insulted to insult the saree by saying that NYT has become a laughingstock of India. She was appalled at linking Sari to politics and Hindu nationalism.  Sari was the most democratic clothing which cuts across class, caste, religion, region and even counties. The poorest and the richest alike wear sari. Dutt says that any suggestion that the sari is about Hindu identity is rubbish and laments on the accusation of NYT that Indian government is promoting Sari as if it was a crime. She admonishes the editorial board by saying that “To fabricate a conspiracy theory around our beloved sari is not only Orientalist; it’s just plain stupid. And poor journalism to boot.”(Washington Post, November 17, 2017). Why do these Western media paint Hindu leaders and Hinduism in such dark sketches? For these liberal, secular and anti-Hindu journalists to be accepted by their peers they must prostitute themselves with India’s media that is controlled by Muslims, Christians and Communists.  Ideological ghettoization of the foreign correspondents starts developing by mixing with their co-journalists of the similar mentally deranged Indian media particularly in Delhi. The Indian media’s anathema to their own culture, hatred toward Hindu leaders, passion to take up the cause of minority rights at the expense of overwhelming Hindu rights, greed for accumulation of unaccounted income, and deliberate effort to ignore Islamic terrorism, and conscious endeavour to overlook Christian deceptive practices to break up India slowly infiltrate the minds of foreign journalist. To remain in the ghetto and to be accepted by Indian media, the foreign correspondents become the mouthpiece of Indian media. They become traitor like the Indian secular and liberal media who are vowed to burn the Hindu house that has given the unlimited freedom. Consequently, they would not be able to break the ghetto boundaries. They dare not go to the villages and find out how the peasants feel about the present government. A single incident is blown up to new heights to make it appear as a routine and normal course of event. They paint every incident as an incident caused by Hindutva forces and flash them around the globe insinuating Modi and BJP. It must stop.                    It is worth looking at the mindset of western journalist as explained by one of the western scholars, Thomas Jackson who penned an article, “Wrong on Right.”  He went to India with many preconceived notions and earful of biases against India to spend few months with right wing think tank. He realised that the Congress leaders, still bitter that it is out of power, are creating false narrative of their own country in the west. He even heard these liberals equating BJP as an organization supportive of the Nazi Party in 1930’s.  He was even warned to be wary of RSS members who would treat him terribly for a lifestyle that is typical of any Western person of his age. He says that he was relieved to find out that every single preconceived notion was false. In fact, he says, “I am no more out of place in my office than any single one of my colleagues would be in liberal metropolitan London. I now feel rather foolish for having ever entertained any of these ideas.” He was even surprised to find out “how unaware and out of touch Western media and left-wing academics are on the topic of the modern Indian Right. Fake news has been the political buzzword of the last year, but just how fake the news on India is still surprised me.” The western media have become succors of the Indian media in painting a nasty repulsive and revolting picture of India. He summarized his experience with these sobering words. “A picture is being painted of a country where you will be murdered for eating beef, attacked for being out in public in a mixed gender group and where the Government is doing everything it can to encourage such actions. The idea that Indian liberalism and tolerance are dead, if they did in fact ever exist, is firmly planted in the mind of the Western media and academics. My experience suggests that this cannot be further from the truth, and I’ve even heard many people I work with make the claim that Hinduism and the Indian way of life encourage liberalism, pluralism and tolerance. I am inclined to believe this.”(Open the Magazine, June 1, 2018                 Has any western journalist read this article?Is there any consciousness left among western journalists to re-examine their philosophy of hatred and their manufactured fake news? They have sunned their objectivity, eschewed their morals, sold their souls, committed to wipe out rich Indian cultural heritage, and acting like stupid persons. They are acting like fools without regard for accountability, responsibility, reasoning, and logic. They misinterpret all the statistics and ignore the reality. One is reminded of Bhartihari who says that you can never change the mindset of a fool (person who lacks judgement).                 You may boldly take a gem from te jaws ofa crocodile,                 You may swim the ocean with its tossing wreath of waves,                 You may wear an angry serpent like a flower in your hair,                 But you’ll never satisfy a fool who is set in his opinions! Prakasarao V Velagapudi, PhD President, GHHF Please subscribe to Save Temples Telegram channel at https://t.me/savetemples
02 Jul 2018

Welcome to the Global Hindu Heritage Foundation

Welcome to the Global Hindu Heritage Foundation. Our objective is to protect, preserve, promote, and maintain Hindu culture, Hindu temples, mutts, peethams, endowments, Trusts and other institutions globally. To achieve this objective, the Global Hindu Heritage Foundation (GHHF) formed to take the necessary and appropriate non-violent actions against all laws, policies, activities undertaken by any government, individuals and/or any organizations that adversely affect the Hindu religion, Hindu Temples and other Hindu institutions. One of the main goals is to take necessary legal steps to abolish the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowment Acts across India and ensure all the Hindu Temples and other Hindu institutions become independent of state government control. Just as other religions and their facilities are independent of government control, the Hindu religion and its facilities should be independent. GHHF will remain cognizant of the status of Hindu culture and Hindu Temples globally and take necessary action to eliminate discriminatory practices. To this end, our group should do the following: 1. Legally contest the sale or auction of Hindu Temples and other institutions by the state governments (including obtaining stay order and contempt of court order if necessary) 2. Legally contest the overtaking of any Hindu Temples and institutions; and Hindu Temple lands by the state governments. 3. Legally contest the advocated policies of the state governments allowing the people to occupy/encroach the Hindu Temple lands illegally. 4. Take appropriate legal action to evict all the people or organizations that have already occupied/encroached the Hindu Temple lands illegally. 5. Advocate the utilization of all the revenues generated by the Hindu Temples and Hindu Lands for the preservation and promotion of Hindu Temples and Hindu culture only. 6. Take appropriate legal actions to prevent the donations and other revenues generated at Hindu Temples being distributed to other religions and general fund of the state governments. 7. Legally contest any subsidy or aid to any religious institutions or a group of people based on religion. 8. Legally contest any policy and law that allows reservations to the educational institutions, employment, promotions, etc. solely based on religion. 9.  Since no other religious institutions are included in the Endowment Act except Hindu institutions, legally contest the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowment Act in all state governments as illegal and unconstitutional. 10. Ultimate goal is to legally contest the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowment Acts of all state governments at the Supreme Court to make them illegal and unconstitutional in India itself so that no state government would have control of Hindu Temples and other Hindu institutions. 11. Support the renovations of the existing Hindu Temples and the construction of new Hindu Temples where ever the interest is expressed by the Hindus. 12. Management of Hindu Temples and Hindu institutions should be handed over to the Hindus without government interference similar to the management of Churches and Mosques which are not under the control of Endowment Act of the state Governments. All religious institutions must be free from government control or interference. 13. Bring political pressure on the Governments using different organizations and networking with other organizations having similar goals. 14. Educating the public through prominent people about illegal and unethical acts committed by different governments through the guise of Endowment Act and ensuring the issue becomes visible at the political level. 15. Publicizing the unfair legal policies in print, web, mobile, television and other media channels to ensure this knowledge and discussion becomes common place at the political level. 16. Protect, preserve, promote, and maintain Hindu culture, Hindu temples, mutts, peethams, endowments, Trusts and other institutions globally.   Please subscribe to Save Temples Telegram channel at https://t.me/savetemples  
01 Jan 2000

Pro-Hindu Activists Organizations

GHHF takes pride to list some of the very active Worldwide Pro-Hindu Activists / Organizations working all over the globe. Most of the Hindu Activists / Organizations have Global presence working in co-ordination with like minded Hindus. GHHF wishes them good luck for all their efforts.      Dr. Subramanian Swamy (National President, Janata Party) Address: A-77, Nizamuddin(East), New Delhi-110013, India Website: http://swamy39.blogspot.com http://www.janataparty.org Phone/Fax: 011-24357388 (India) Email: swamy39 at gmail.com   Hinduism Today Address: 107 Kaholalele Road, Kapaa, HI – 96746-9304, USA Website: http://www.hinduismtoday.com Phone: (877)255-1540 (USA or Canada), 808-240-3109 (All countries) Email: subscribe at hindu.org   Hindu American Foundation (HAF) Address: 910 17th St, NW, Suite 1180, Washington, DC 20006, USA Website: http://www.hafsite.org Phone: (202)223-8222 Email: office at hafsite.org   Vishva Hindu Parishad, America Address: VHP of America, P.O. Box 611, Iselin, NJ 08830, USA Website: http://www.vhp-america.org Phone: (732)744-0851 Email: office at vhp-america.org   Hindu Devalaya Parirakshana Samithi (HDPS) Swami Kamalananda Bharathi Address: 1-7-145/13, Srinivas Nagar Colony, Musheerabad, Hyderabad – 5000020, India Website: http://www.hinduaalayam.com Phone: 040-27634448; Cell: 94408 96915 Email: hinduaalayam at gmail.com   Sanatana Dharma Foundation Address: 6823 Windrock Road, Dallas, TX 75252, USA Website: http://www.sdfglobal.org http://www.sanatanadharmafoundation.com Phone: (614)668-1668 Email: info at sdfglobal.org   Infinity Foundation Address: 66 Witherspoon Street, PMB 400, Princeton, NJ 08542, USA Website: http://www.infinityfoundation.com http://www.rajivmalhotra.com Phone: (609)683-0548 Email: mail at infinityfoundation.com   Hindu Jana Jagruti Samithi Address: Saurav Banglow, Road no. 1, Sector no. 1, New Panvel, Behind Raigad Bank, Raigad 410206, India Website: http://www.hindujagruti.org Email: contact at hindujagruti.org   International Sanatana Dharma Society Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya (Dr. Frank Morales, Ph.D.) Address: 13917 P St., Omaha, NE 68137-1533, USA Website: http://www.dharmacentral.com Phone: (402)896-4294 Email: info at dharmacentral.com   Forum for Hindu Awakening Address: PMB 220, 3111 Rt.38, Ste. #11, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054, USA Website: http://www.forumforhinduawakening.org Phone: (877)303-3FHA (3342) Email: info at forumforhinduawakening.org   Viveka Jyothi Foundation Website: http://www.vivekajyoti.org http://vivekajyoti.blogspot.com   Hindu Samhati Foundation Sri Tapan Ghosh Website: http://www.hindusamhati.org http://hindusamhati.blogspot.com Address: 5, Bhuban Dhar Lane, Kolkata – 700 012, India Email: hindusamhati at gmail.com   Back to the Roots Project Sudhakar Veeravalli, Director Address: 12 Murphy Drive, Nashua, NH 03062, USA 21st Km., Kanakpura Road, Udayapura, Bangalore South, Karnataka – 500082, India Website: http://www.backtotherootsproject.org Phone: (408)373-6959, (603)943-5846 (USA); (+91) 95337-80640 (India) Email: info at backtotherootsproject.org   Hindu Students Council Address: 5 Rozalyn Lane, Laurence Harbor, NJ 08879, USA Website: http://hindustudentscouncil.org Phone: (856)438-6421 Email: info at hindustudentscouncil.org   Hindu Swayam Sevak Sangh Address: 121 Hawthorne Ct, Rockaway, Nj 07866, USA Website: http://www.hssus.org Phone: (973)500-8HSS (8477) Email: info at hssus.org; abhi at hssus.org   American Institute for Vedic Studies Dr. David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri) Address: P. O. Box 8357, Santa Fe, NM 87504, USA Website: http://www.vedanet.com Phone: (505)983-9385 Email: vedicinst at aol.com   Indian American Intellectuals Forum (IAIF) Narayan Kataria Website: http://narainkataria.blogspot.com http://intellectualsforum.blogspot.com Phone: (718)478-5735 Email: katarian at aol.com   Interfaith Strength Foundation Dr. Richard L. Benkin Website: http://www.interfaithstrength.com Email: drrbenkin at comcast.net   The World Relief Network Stephen Knapp Address: P. O. Box 15082, Detroit, MI – 48215-0082, USA Website: http://www.stephen-knapp.com Email: srinandan at aol.com   World Association for Vedic Studies (WAVES) Address: 780 Ullswater Cove, Alpharetta, GA 30022, USA Website: http://www.wavesinternational.net Sashi Kejriwal, Phone: (972)478-5641 x-221, Email: sashi at kejriwal.net Dhirendra A. Shah, Phone: (770)664-8779, Email: treasurer at wavesinternational.net   Caribbean and American Hindu Organization Website: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Caribbean-and-American-Hindu-Organization/123930631033008 Address: P. O. BOX 2286, NA Chaguanas, Trinidad and Tobago   Notable Congressmen/Politicians supporting Hindu Cause Dr. Subramanian Swamy (India)   Please subscribe to Save Temples Telegram channel at https://t.me/savetemples
01 Jan 2017

GHHF Hinduism Suggested Books to Read

Global Hindu Heritage Foundation (GHHF), Save Temples organization Suggested Reading for Hindus about Books on Hinduism, Books on Hindu Identity, Books on Hindu Temples and history.   "Autobiography of a Yogi" by Paramhansa Yogananda "Crimes Against India and the Need to Protect its Ancient Vedic Traditions" by Stephen Knapp "The Heart of Hinduism: The Eastern Path to Freedom, Empowerment and Illumination" by Stephen Knapp "Hindu Temples - What Happened to Them Vol. I" by Sita Ram Goel, Arun Shourie "Hindu Masjids" by Prafull Goradia "Being Different" by Rajiv Malhotra "Breaking India" by Rajiv Malhotra & Aravindan Neelakandan "Rewriting Indian History" by François Gautier "India's self denial" by François Gautier "Negationism in India: Concealing the Record of Islam" by Koenraad Elst "Decolonizing the Hindu Mind - Ideological Development of Hindu Revivalism" by Koenraad Elst "Invading the Scared" by Krishnan Ramaswamy, Antonio de Nicolas and Aditi Banerjee "American Veda: From Emerson and the Beatles to Yoga and Meditation How Indian Spirituality Changed the West" by Philip Goldberg "How I Became a Hindu: My Discovery of Vedic Dharma" by David Frawley "Universal Hinduism Towards a New Vision of Sanatana Dharma" by David Frawley "Am I A Hindu? The Hinduism Primer" by Ed Viswanathan "Indian Mind Then and Now" by Michael Danino "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Hinduism, 2nd Edition" by Linda Johnsen "An Introduction to Hinduism" by Gavin D. Flood "Hinduism under Siege" by Subramanian Swamy "Rama Sethu" by Subramanian Swamy "Dancing with Siva, Hinduism's Contemporary Catechism"by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami "Living with Siva, Hinduism's Contemporary Culture" by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami "Merging with Siva, Hinduism's Contemporary Metaphysics" by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami "How to Become a Hindu, A Guide for Seekers and Born Hindus" by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami "What Is Hinduism?" by Himalayan Academy "Vedic Experience" by Raimundo Panikkar "Sanatana Dharma: The Eternal Natural Way" by Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya "The Vedic Way of Knowing God" by Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya "Radical Universalism: Does Hinduism Teach that All Religions are the Same?" by Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya "Books on or" by Sri Swami Vivekananda "Biography of a number of Hindu Saints over the Centuries" "Mahabharata; Ramayana; Vedas; Upanishads and Puranas"   Tags: Hinduism Suggested Books to Read, Popular Hinduism Books, Recommended Reading on Hinduism, Suggest good books to students, teachers and research scholars.   Please subscribe to Save Temples Telegram channel at https://t.me/savetemples  
14 May 2012

THE DOCTRINE OF REINCARNATION: What Hindu Scriptures reveal?

“Birth and death are doors through which you pass from one dream to another. Someone is born on Earth in France as a powerful king, rules for a time, then dies. He may be reborn in India, and travel in a bullock cart into the forest to meditate. He may next find rebirth in America as a successful businessman; and when he dreams death again, reincarnates perhaps in Tibet as a devotee of Buddha and spend his entire life in a lamasery… What is the difference? Each existence is a dream within a dream, is it not?” Pramahamsa Yogananada "It is the secret of the world that all things subsist and do not die, but only retire a little from sight and afterwards return again. Nothing is dead; men feign themselves dead, and endure mock funerals… and there they stand looking out of the window, sound and well, in some strange new disguise." —Ralph Waldo Emerson The doctrine of transmigration / reincarnation as a dominant ideology has exercised significant influence on almost every aspect of Indian thought. In fact the belief in reincarnation is usually associated with the philosophies and religions of India such as Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs and Jains. Although the belief in reincarnation is pervasive in the religious tradition of eastern traditions, it is also found throughout the world. It is also remarkable to find that the belief in birth, death, rebirth and other world is prevalent among majority of the countries. Although majority of the Christians have considered the belief in life after death an anathema for many centuries, the twentieth century is witnessing a remarkable change in attracting all great-religions to the idea of reincarnation.   In Hindu religion, samsara and punarjanma are identified with the concept of reincarnation. Punarjanma is simply defined as rebirth while Samsara is defined as the continuous cycle of birth, death and rebirth.  It is body that goes through the continuous cycle of birth and death while soul or jive remains permanent which is connected to the Paramatma. The belief in samsara is closely connected to the theory of karma which states that every action has a consequence. The previous life experience determines the present which in turn determines the future course of action.    The endless life cycle can be terminated by moksha – the liberation from this cycle by uniting with God. Because of our ego, unfulfilled desires, karma, unfinished sadhana, failure to pay off the three runas (debts), and avidya (ignorance), we get entangled in this samsara.   Swami Vivekananda also talks about “the doctrine of the Atman and the reincarnation of the soul; it maintains that innumerable individual souls, having taken body after body again and again, go round and round in the wheel of birth and death according to their respective Karmas; this is Samsâravâda, or as it is commonly called the doctrine of rebirth.” There are four basic principles involved in the explanation of Hindu doctrine of reincarnation. First, the belief in the permanence of the essential self (Soul, atma). Without this belief of Soul's permanent nature, the discussion of reincarnation is meaningless. Second, the belief in avidya (ignorance) which causes the self assume an individuality of its own resulting in multiple births. Third, the belief in the concept of liberation (Moksha), Moksha implies that one has the potential to realize one's own true self. It is considered the birthright of every Hindu to be liberated from human bondage and be united with the Brahman (God, the Supreme Spirit) provided one is released from the ignorance. Fourth, the law of Karma affects the theory of rebirth. According to this law, every action of the individual leads to an inevitable result, good or bad. The actions in the present life conditions future nature of birth the same way as the actions in the previous life impacted the present life.   Belief in the theory of reincarnation is widespread in many religion of the work at one time or the other. However, contribution of Hinduism to the doctrine of transformation is distinction and more significant. Since the Vedic times, the concept of rebirth has been well established and is abound in the Hindu literature --Upanishads, Puranas, Gita, Itihasas and other books written by prominent sages and scholars. The basic tenets of the belief is transmigration are summarized by Bloomfield as follows: "Every living creature is reborn in some organic shape: every living creation had a previous existence; and every living creature is again and again in the prey of death, until in some life all desire and all activity as the outcome of desire shall have been laid aside.” (1908: 258). W. R. Alger describes the importance of the doctrine of metempsychosis in his monumental work, A Critical History of the Doctrine of a Future Life. "No other doctrine has exerted so extensive, controlling, and permanent an influence upon mankind as that of the metempsychosis, ‑‑ the notion that when the soul leaves the body it is born anew in another body, its rank, character, circumstances and experience in each successive existence depending on its qualities, deeds, and attainments in its preceding lives."     Vedic Period It is believed that the Vedic period was not known to expound the doctrine of the Soul's migration. Richard Garbe observed that "in the ancient Vedic period it had as yet no existence. At the time the Indian people...believed that good men ascended to the heaven to the companionship of the gods... [while] the Souls of the wicked sank down into the abyss of hell." (1921: 436), Albert Schweitzer also stated that "the hymns of the Rig-Veda knew nothing as yet of a cycle of birth." (1957:47). However, S. Radhakrishnan observes that the elements of the doctrine of reincarnation are traced back to the Vedas. "The passage of the Soul from the body, its dwelling in other forms of existence, its return to human form, the determination of future existence by the principle of Karma are all  mentioned.: In fact Upanishads themselves ascribe the elements of soul's migration of the Rigveda. Vamadeva, believed to be the poet of Rigveda IV, recognized himself as Brahman and as a proof he indicated his acquaintance with his former lives as moon and sun. "The Rishi Vamadeva saw and understood it, singing, 'I was Manu (moon), I was the Sun'" (26.1) He further goes on to sing that "while still in the womb, I knew all the generations of these gods. A hundred iron fortresses guard me, but still, like an eagle, swiftly flew away." (Rigveda VI. 27.1) This quotation would be meaningful only if we refer to the eagle as the soul and the iron fortresses as the bodies through which the soul wanders. However, Paul Deussen(1966: 319) states that "The hymns of the Rigveda therefore know nothing yet of a migration of the soul, but teach for the good a continued existence with the gods." Although Vedas did not address the issue of the mechanics of soul's migration, they illustrated a number of instances dealing with the concepts of death and rebirth.   “He, born afresh, is new and new forever." Rigveda X: 85:19) "The ancient goddess [Dawn], born again and again, dressed in the same color." (Rigveda I: 92.10) "I seek neither release nor return." (Rigveda V. 46.1) "The immortal self will be reborn in a new body due to its meritorious deeds." (Rigveda I. 164.48) "With your gentle forms, O known of creatures, carry this man to the world of those who have done good deeds... let his reach his own descendants, dressing himself in a life-span. O known of creatures, let him join with a body." (I. 16. 4-5) These statements illustrate that the Vedic man refused to succumb to death as the final of irreversible phase of life and made numerous efforts to bring the decreased back to life again. One of the hymns describes all the possible places where the spirit of the dead man may have gone and urging to come back again to earth. The places the spirit of the dead man may have gone include: Yama, heaven and hell, four corners of the earth, four directions of space, waves of ocean, shining light rays, the waters and the planets, the sun an dawn, highest mountains, the whole world, the farthest realms, and the past and the future. Since return to earth was considered the greatest blessing, referring to the spirit, hymn states: "may it return to you again, that it may live and dwell here" from all the above mentioned places (Rigveda X 58. 1-12). In a similar manner, another hymn appeals impassionately for the dead man's return, for his prolongation of human life and for rejuvenation of live. “Now may his life be renewed and further extended ...let us do many noble deeds to win glory.... May we surpass our foes by deeds of Valor, as heaven surpasses earth and mountains surpass the plains..." (Rigveda, X: 59)   Although the doctrine of reincarnation in Vedas is not as explicit as in Upanishads, which we shall examine next, we cannot deny its prevalence during the early Aryan and Vedic period. Max  Muller argues that if the references seem rare it is because that "we have no right to suppose that we have even a hundredth part of the religions and popular poetry that existed during the Vedic age." (1899: 41) Upanishads The doctrine of reincarnation deals with the rebirth of the atma (soul) in a series of physical bodies which are basically either human or animal in nature. There are also instances where the soul takes birth in divine, demonic, and vegetative embodiments. This doctrine of reincarnation is more elaborately developed in Upanishads over a period of time. They believed in the continuity of life after death of the physical body and also indicate some definite ideas about the destinies of the soul after it departs the body. The soul passes through different paths, experience the consequences of their activities and are reborn as different persons depending on the code of conduct. "According, those who are of pleasant conduct here-- the prospect is indeed, that they will enter a pleasant womb, either the womb of a Brahman, of the womb of a Kshatriya, or the womb of a Vaisya. But those who are of stinking conduct here - the prospect is, indeed, that they will enter a stinking womb, either the worn of a dog, or the womb of a swine, or the womb of an outcast." (Chandogya Upanishad 5.10.7). Similar discussion was also found where the deeds based on the knowledge determined the nature of birth. "One goes into the womb of a mother becoming incarnated in bodily form; another enters into a plant. Each according to his deeds, according to his knowledge." (Katha Upanishad 5.7). The character, that determines one's position in the future life, is formed not only by action but also by knowledge." Either as a worm, or as a moth, or as a fish, or as a bird, or as a snake, or as a tiger, or as a person, or as some others' in this or that condition, he is born again here according to this deeds, according to his knowledge." Kaushika Upanishad 1.2). Brihadaranyaka Upanishad deals with the subject of death and rebirth. The knowledge gained by performing various deeds in this life along with past experience follow the self after leaving its present body and enters another physical body: "An just as a leach moving on a blade of grass reaches its end, takes hold of another, and draws itself together towards it so does the self, after throwing off his body, is to say, after making it unconscious, take hold of another support and draw itself together towards it." "And just as a goldsmith takes a small quantity of gold and fashions [that of it] another -- a newer and better -- form so does the self, after throwing off his body, that is to say, after making it unconscious, fashion another -- a newer and better -- form suited to the Manes or the gandharvas, or the gods, or viraj, or Hiranyagarbha, or other beings." (IV: IV: 3-4) Based on these statement, it is evident that the new body will engage in somewhat similar activities depending on the previous life’s experiences. The individual self is believed to enter a new body made of five gross elements - ether, fire, wind, water, and earth. What kind of body the soul enters and what kind of individuality it develop depend on desires, words and actions. "As a man acts, so does he become. A man of good deeds becomes good, a man of evil deeds become evil. A man become pure through pure deeds, impure through impure deeds." As a man's desire is, so is his destiny. For as his desire is, so is his will; and his will, so is his deed; and as his deed is, so is his reward, whether good or bad. A man acts in the new life depending on his previous life’s experiences, desires and sadhanas. After death he goes to the next world, enjoys the fruits of his deeds, and then returns to the next life to fulfill the unfulfilled desires. No desires, no rebirth. More desires, more births. "But he in whom desire is stilled suffers no rebirth. After death, having attained to the highest, desiring only the self, he goes to no other world. Realizing Brahman, be becomes Brahman. "When all the desires which once entered into his heart have been driven out by desire knowledge, the mortal, attaining to Brahman become immortal. As the slough of a snake lies cast off on an anthill, so lies the body of a man at death; while he, freed from the body, becomes one with the immortal spirit, Brahman, the light eternal" (Brihadaranyaka Upanishad: IV: 5-7). Karma theory is a very powerful doctrine that holds an important place in the Hindu religion. According to this theory, one's actions, bad or good, in this life one passes into the body of a higher or lower embodiment after the soul departs the body. The numbersamsaras one goes through depends on the kind and qualities of actions. “According unto his deeds the embodied one successively assumes forms in various conditions. Coarse and fine, many in number, The embodied one chooses forms according to his own qualities. [Each] subsequent cause of his union with them is seen to be because of the quality of his acts and of himself."  (Svetasvatara Upanishad 5.11-12) Upanishads provide their own explanation of rebirth. Since Karma (actions) is believed to be an accurate determinant of the state of the mind, it determines the rebirth. They explain the process through which one attains rebirth. A person consists of desire. As is his desire, so is his will; as is his will, so is the deed he does, whatever deed he does, that he attains." (Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 4.4.5)   Bhagavad Gita “As the embodied soul continually passes, in this body, from boyhood to youth to old age, the soul similarly passes into another body at death. The self-realized soul is not bewildered by such a change.“ Bhagavad-gita 2.13  “For the soul there is never birth nor death. Nor, having once been, does he ever cease to be. He is unborn, eternal, ever-existing, undying and primeval. He is not slain when the body is slain.” Bhagavad-gita 2.20 “As a person puts on new garments, giving up old ones, similarly, the soul accepts new material bodies, giving up the old and useless ones.”      Bhagavad-gita 2.22 “It is said that the soul is invisible, inconceivable, immutable, and unchangeable. Knowing this, you should not grieve for the body.”Bhagavad-gita 2.25 After explaining the concept of samsara – the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth – Lord Krishna explains that nobody can escape from being engaged in some kind of activity which traps one to repeated births. But there is a way to escape the samsara to attain moksha.  Lord Krishna says, "Not by abstaining from work can one achieve freedom from karma, nor by renunciation alone can one attain perfection" (3:4). It is through nishkama karma - detachment from its fruits - one is freed from the bondage, free from the repeated births. According to Krishna: “Be focused on action and not on the fruits of action. Do not become confused in attachment to the fruit of your actions and do not become confused in the desire for inaction.” (2:47). As a result, Krishna advises Arjuna thus: "Always act with detachment to the fruits of actions. The one who is acting without attachment attains God" (3:19)   Karma theory explains the reasons for the repeated births and deaths. It is karma that explains the apparent disparity among people, inequality, injustice and partiality. When we look around we see that some people are born poor while others rich; some ignorant, others intelligent; some paupers, others philosophers; some born with deformities, others with good physical forms; some with health problems, others with excellent health; some starve, others over eat; some uneducated, others highly educated; some suffer continuously, others enjoy life; some born in royal families, other in poor families; some with tranquility, others with bad temper; some born in one country, others in other countries; some die within few minutes after birth, others live be more than hundred years; Some always successful, others always a failure; some honest, some dishonest; some commit crimes, some practice nonviolence; some are vegetarian, some non-vegetarian; some are women, others are men; some tall, others short; some with excellent talents and skills, others with no skills, etc. The list goes on. These disparities are mainly the result of their actions in previous lives and the present conditions.  Men's present dispositions are the results of their past, and their present actions create their future.  What is called fate or destiny is nothing but the accumulation of tendencies created by past actions and thoughts.  The present station of the individual can be altered by new actions and thought process.  A man can shape his own future either for this life or for future lives. If we accept that the present condition is the result of the past deeds, a thoughtful man should engage in actions that are conducive to improve his current status and also willingness to avoid the sinful acts. Veil of ignorance must be lifted to allow more knowledge to flow to reach moksha and avoid the samsara trap. Every action has a consequence. A good deed always brings its good fruits while bad ones bad fruits.  You will find in Mahabharata: “Just as a calf finds out its mother among a thousand cows, so also an action that was performed in a previous birth follows the doer.” Yadrisam kriyate karma tadrisam bhujyate phalam, Yadrisam vapyate, bijam tadrisam prapyate phalam. The Karma theory teaches us that we reap what we sow. The fruit of the tree corresponds to the seed that has been sown. Similarly, rewards or punishments always correspond to the kind of activities. That is the nature of law. A person who engages in evil actions cannot expect happiness, peace and prosperity either in this or in his next life.   Yoga Vasishta also describes the past and future lives. “Many are the times we have been together in the past, and also been separated and so again shall it be in the future. Even as a heap of grain removed from granary to granary ever assumes new order of arrangement and new combination, so is the case with Jiva (human being) in the universe through his arrangement.” In a similar vein, Thirumantiram stated that at the time of death, the soul is simply released from the current body and moves on to another. "Even as the snake sloughs off its skin, even as the bird leaves its shell, even as in its waking state the soul forgets happenings of the dream state, thus does the soul migrate from one body to another..." (Tirumantiram 2132) Adi Shankara, the great Advaita philosopher, believed that the whole world is maya (illusion). It is like dream. Ignorance (avidya) of the real nature of life has trapped one into this cycle of birth, death and rebirth. After repeated births, one would realize that the real happiness (ananda) does not come from this physical body but only through higher forms of spiritual experience.  Thus, Adi Shankara begs Lord Krishna to redeem us from samsara in his composition entitled “Bhaja Govindam:” pun arapi jananam punarapi maranam punarapi jananii jathare shayanam iha samsaare bahudustaare kripayaa apaare paahi muraare ("Born again, death again, birth again to stay in the mother's womb! It is indeed hard to cross this boundless ocean of samsara. Oh Murari! Redeem me through Thy mercy."). The question is how do we redeem ourselves from the cycle of birth, death and rebirth? According to Adi Shankra only the knowledge of the saintly seer can bring that moksh (salvation) which recognizes the close relationship between self and the universe, Atman and Brahman, soul and God, and the merging or absorption of the part in the whole. Only when this absorption is complete, the cycle of birth and rebirth stops. 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28 May 2015

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01 Jan 2017

Swami Paripoornanda Lecture on May 12 in Frisco. Find out Who He is?

Invited to attend his lecture on “In Danger of Losing Hinduism in India? Khadreme Hindu Samaj (In Hindi/English) Date: May 12 at 6:00pm Venue: Billy Thompson Vandeventer Middle School            6975 Independence Pkwy, Frisco, TX   Who is Pujya Sri Paripoornananda Swamiji? Born (1972) and brought up in a traditional family, he took his early schooling in Nellore of Andhra Pradesh, followed by study of Sanskrit and basics of Vedic literature at Gurukulam. Inspired by his mother, he got initiated into Sanyas Ashrama at the world-renowned Guru Pujyasri Swami Dayananda Saraswati’s Ashram, Rishikesh. Under the able guidance of his Guru, Swami Paripoornananda Saraswati imbibed knowledge of Vedanta and Hindu literature, and later chose Telugu soil for restoration of erstwhile glory of the Hindu Dharma. Swamiji established ‘Sree Peetam‘in a serene ambience at Kakinada in the beginning of this millennium.   A temple of Goddess Aiswaryambika and Sudareswara, spacious Gow-saala with all indigenous cows, Veda Paatasala and Nityaannadana facility adorn the pious hub of spiritual and service activities, i.e‘Sree Peetam’. In no time, he endeared lakhs of people of all sections with his scintillating, convincing and thought-provoking discourses in almost all districts Telugu land. His discourses made him as one of the most sought-after Gurus as they are known for inspiring messages with direction to youth on purpose and values of life, guidance to women to make their role more meaningful in family and society, and motivation to senior citizens on leading peaceful and spiritual life. Driven by his innate vision, Swamiji embarked upon a 3G-mission, Gurukulam-Gokulam-Gopuram, making vigorous campaign for the uplift of orphan children, protection of cows and cow-based farming, and restoration of temples in dilapidated conditions respectively. Construction of this mission is at different stages. Swamiji’s activities include …. Installation of Reverse Osmosis water plants in agency areas for supplying protected water to tribals Construction of Hindu temples, in association with Hindu Dharma Parirakshana Trust and SSF (an NGO), in neglected villages/hamlets Promotion of Bhajan Gurus to encourage satsang in villages/hamlets in the form of dancing and singing keertans in groups  Distribution of blankets to tribals suffering from severe winter in agency areas Relentless efforts for protection or reconstruction of temples in dilapidated condition (Bhagyalaxmi temple in Hyderabad, Vakulamata in Tirupati and so on) Establishment of ‘Sandhya Gurukulas’ (free tuitions in evenings) to inculcate samskara to school going children in association with SSF Publication of ‘Sreepeetam’ monthly journal to spread spiritual knowledge Launch of a mass movement on Vijayadasami day (September 30, 2017) in the form of Hindu SarvajanaSanghatanto promotea sense ofoneness among allHindus so that Hindu Dharma could be protected from onslaught of Christianity and Islam. 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02 May 2018

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Global Hindu Heritage Foundation condemn the government for house arresting Swami Paripoornananda Saraswathi.

It appears that Government is supporting and sponsoring the people who are hurting the sentiments and feelings of Hindus. Swamiji is only interested in expressing the sentiments of all Hindus who have been denied of their rights. The government is working against Dharma and supporting the unrighteous activities. Dharma is taken back seat in Telangana and adharma is being encouraged. Dharma is stabbed at the expense of adharma                 It is shameful to realize that the government has not taken any concrete steps to arrest people who demeaned Hindu Gods and Goddesses.                   It is disgraceful to see that Sri Swamiji is arrested, in spite of his announcement that it would be peaceful, the government cancelled that permission granted earlier.                 Global Hindu Heritage Foundation condemns the government for arresting Swami Paripoornananda for this reckless, inhuman, political and anti-Hindu action.                 We demand the release of Sri Swamiji and grant permission to proceed with peaceful march from Hyderabad to Yadagiri Gutta. We also demand the government apologize to Swami Paripoornananda and all Hindus for their anti-Hindu decision in denying the permission.   Hundreds of Hindus who were planning to participate in the march peacefully are being arrested, bullied, harassed, humiliated and put in jails. {{album_17}}   Please subscribe to Save Temples Telegram channel at https://t.me/savetemples
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