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Sugguna Karunakar of Shiva Shakti interviewed Prakasarao Velagapudi

The YouTube link given below is the result of an interviewing Dr. Velagapudi Prakasarao by Sri Sugguna Karunamakar. The interview was done in Telugu language. Hence, this brief in English is presented.                 Karunakar introduced me by saying that he has been living in USA for about 55 years and we will find how fashioned his life in the religious and spiritual life. I introduced myself as hailing from a small village called Akunur about 25 kilometers from Vijayawada. After high school graduation, I spent two years in Hindu college and two years National College in Machilipatnam to receive BA degree and received MA degree from Andhra University. After working for two years in New Delhi, went to USA in 1965. I received MA from Michigan State University and PhD from Mississippi State University. After working for 36, I retired as Chairman of the Department of Sociology at Jackson State University MS.

10 Jan 2020

Sugguna Karunakar of Shiva Shakti interviewed Prakasarao Velagapudi

The YouTube link given below is the result of an interviewing Dr. Velagapudi Prakasarao by Sri Sugguna Karunamakar. The interview was done in Telugu language. Hence, this brief in English is presented.                                 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrAmTgyM9Vo&t=97s                 Karunakar introduced me by saying that he has been living in USA for about 55 years and we will find how fashioned his life in the religious and spiritual life. I introduced myself as hailing from a small village called Akunur about 25 kilometers from Vijayawada. After high school graduation, I spent two years in Hindu college and two years National College in Machilipatnam to receive BA degree and received MA degree from Andhra University. After working for two years in New Delhi, went to USA in 1965. I received MA from Michigan State University and PhD from Mississippi State University. After working for 36, I retired as Chairman of the Department of Sociology at Jackson State University MS.                 When I went to USA, I had no knowledge about the richness of Hinduism. I used avoid any discussion about Hinduism.  When my son was about 7 years he came back from school and wanted to find out when we will go to Church. That was the turning point that lead me to start conducting Sunday School.  It snowballed to start a Hindu Temple Society of Mississippi as a Co-Founder and Chairman from 1985 to 1991.                 In 1990, I had the opportunity to meet Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji and later I was appointed as Chairman of Datta Yoga Center (DYC) with many centers in USA. With his blessings, I coordinate different activities of Sri Swamiji including the construction of one of the largest Temples in USA –Karya Siddhi Hanuman Temple in Frisco, Texas USA. Recently, DYC bought two Churches in Chicago and California to convert them into Hindu Temples.                 After my retirement in 2006, I returned to India. On August 23, I was reading Enadu newspaper to my surprise and shock that AP government issued GO 21 allowing crores of rupees for the construction of new churches and renovation of old Churches. Consequently, Global Hindu Heritage Foundation (GHHF) was started in 2006 by a group of highly professional people in USA with the purpose of freeing the Hindu Temples from the government control by challenging the Endowment Act in the court of law, and protecting and preserving Dharma.  Serving as President of GHHF since its inception.                 In the interview a number of activities and accomplishments are described.                                        Please CLICK this link to watch the video.                               https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrAmTgyM9Vo&t=97s
10 Jan 2020

Memorandum of Concerns about TTD submitted to Sri A K Shingal, Executive Offer

December 23, 2019 Sri Anil Kumar Shingal EO of TTD Tirupati, AP Dear Sri Shingal Garu: Sub: Concerns about TTD  I want to submit our concerns related to the activities related to a number of decisions your government had over the last 7 months. I sincerely hope that you will look at these concerns with open mind and fairness. 1. Christian Menace in TTD     There is rampant presence of Christians in Brrd Hospital and Devasthanam. As per our information from several sources, there are about 15-20 per cent working in TTD. There are more than 15,000 employees in TTD. That means there are as many as 3000 employees practicing Christianity. Except those 44 employees who revealed their identity as Christians at the time of their employment, thousands of employees willfully and deceptively hide their identity.  Some of them may have joined by falsely filling up the application for employment or some of them may have been converted to Christianity while being employed at TTD. These Christian Converts are making the life of the practicing Hindus employees miserable, depressed and disheartened.  They are insulting the practicing Hindus, demeaning Hinduism and insulting the images of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. 2. In BIRRD Hospital Following are the comments by some of the Christian employees of BIRRD (Sri Balaji Institute of Surgery, Research and Rehabilitation for the Disabled ( BIRRD) Trust hospital to Hindu employee:              Why do you worship that Shila / stone without even mentioning the name of Lord Sri Venkateswara?             Many Christian employees call the Hindus fools to worship that idol without mentioning Lord Venkateswara name.             They refer Sri Venkateswara as Saitan.             They ridicule them for putting big Tilak on their forehead.             One of the supervising nurses insults them constantly.             Some of the Christian nurses make Hindu nurses sick mentally and physically.             They are supposed to attend the Puja on Saturday morning, do pradikshna and take prasdam. They rarely attend this puja. If they attend that puja to show their presence, they do not do pradakshina and do not take prasdam.             They do not take Prasadam at any time because it is called saitan food by Christians.             Some of them got smart recently and putting a tiny tilak on their forehead which is hardly visible.             Some of the nurses’ husbands are the pastors who built churches. They go to churches regularly. Some of the Christian nurses talk about Jesus to Hindu patients and emphasize that they will recover soon if they believe in Jesus. They will put the Bible under the pillow of the vulnerable patient. 3. In Devasthanam             Many of the Christian officials in their offices avoid not only doing namaskaram, they do not even look at Balaji and Padmavati picture.             Where there is back entrance to the office, they prefer to enter that way to avoid accidental glimpse of the Lord’s face.             They discretely engage in conversion tactics targeting junior and lower level employees. One more Observation             It appears that some of the Managerial staff and even priests come to their duty drunk – after consuming alcohol.              In Balaji colony on the Tirumala Hills, some of the employees eat non-vegetarian food. It is inexcusable to allow them to eat non-vegetarian food and drink alcohol. Abuse of Privileges About 3 years ago during Brahmotsava time, all the employees were given Sri Venkateswara Gold Coin wrapped in a box. These Christians took the box, did not open the box to avoid looking at Lord Venkateswara image, called the Jewelers and sold them. Many of the practicing Christians do not have these Golden Coins in their houses. If they really believe in Lord Balaji, don’t you think they would not keep it either in their Puja room or in a special place in the house?             All the TTD employees are entitled to have 10 Laddus per month. Many of these Christians buy them at Rs 5 and sell them there itself for Rs 50-100 to the pilgrims. Before AP Chief Secretary L.V. Subrahmanyam was transferred, he announced that non-Hindus who are employed in Hindu Temples should leave their positions. He requested the Endowment Commissioner to visit the employees’ houses unannounced to find out if they are practicing Hindus. Few days later during his visit to the Tirumala temple in August 2019, he said that surprise checks would also be conducted at the houses of the employees to ensure that they are not practicing non-Hindu religions. He had said that they are aware that many employees have converted to other religions. Though the government cannot stop them from converting, they cannot continue in their jobs at TTD, he said. On August 28, even the Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy announced that non-Hindus will not be allowed to work at Tirupati Temple. Queries             What action have you taken to see that non-Hindus are identified and removed from their positions as per the announcement of L V Subrahmanyam and Chief Minister Jagan?             Have you made any surprise visits to the suspected non-Hindus homes as announced by L V Subrahmanyam?             Have you even identified the suspected non-Hindus working in TTD and BIRRD Hospital? Appoint a Special Committee to investigate We request TTD Board to investigate all the allegations surrounding the employees who are practicing Hinduism and insulting the very institution they are working for. Many people have no confidence in the management of TTD Board since it is appointed by the State government. A long as TTD and other Temples are under State government control, the Board cannot be impartial, independent and unbiased. They cannot resist the pressures from the government to warp the investigation. Since RTI (Right to Information Act) cannot be applied to TTD activities, it is almost like a secret organization without accountability, transferency and openness. As we all know there are no audit reports of TTD for decades. Requests for audit reports are never fulfilled. A Special Committee must be appointed on the basis of the recommendations of many Hindu organizations who are only interested in maintaining the sacredness of the Temple and who have a track record of working for the preservation of Hindu Temples and Hindu Dharma. Install CC Cameras             TTD should install CC cameras in every patient room and offices of Supervisors, head nurses, nurse stations, and other rooms where two or more people meet in the Hospital to find out how Hindu nurses are insulted, disparage Hindu customs, and disrespect for Lord Venkateswara             On the Hill, install all the offices of the TTD employees to monitor their activities to find out if they have any faith in Lord Venkateswara.     Presenting book to JEO (joint executive Officer)  Basant kumar         4. Dress Code Dress Code for Employees      On December 5th, as an NRI we had darshan of Balaji. As we keep walking in the line we noticed that more than 80 percent of employees did not wear Govinda Namas (Tilak/Bottu) on their forehead. Is there any Dress Code policy for employees of TTD? How can we create spiritual and religious ambience in the most sacred place on the earth for Hindus if the employees look like zombies with no energy, enthusiasm and devotion.             Can you provide a copy of the Dress Code for the employees? They should be the role models for all the pilgrims by creating spiritual and religious ambience. Dress Code for Pilgrims:  As you’re aware that to enhance the spiritual ambience among the devotees visiting Tirumala to have the darshan of Lord Sri Venkateswara Swamy, TTD had introduced traditional dress code in 2013. Pilgrims who are taking part in Arjitha Sevas and VIP pilgrims seeking general pilgrims who go for Rs.300 and Rs.50 darshan. For men the dress code is dhoti or pyjama with upper cloth. For women the preferred dress code is a saree or a half-saree with blouse or churidar with pyjama and upper cloth. Few days ago the EO assured the caller that TTD will slowly take up a campaign on dress code so that even the general pilgrims follow the traditional dress code. 5. Mishaps after mishaps Bus tickets with information on Jerusalem pilgrimage advertisement. Why nobody even monitored before the tickets are shipped. Sri Yesaiah Sri Venkateswara in the Panchangam. The website would have access to only few people from TTD. Vigilance officer indicated that non-Hindus might be responsible for this action. What is revealed in your investigation and what action is planned against persons responsible? Pushkarini was not filled with Water during Karthik Masam denying lakhs of devotees to take a dip in the auspicious month. To our knowledge it never happened before in the recent times. Vaikunta Ekadasi Uttara Dwara darshan - Who made the decision to keep the door open for ten days in the beginning itself and how it was decided to reverse. Bus tickets changed from Rs.55 to 65. What was the reason? Room charges were hiked – Why they were increased? Sri Y V Subba Reddy, TTD Chairman was invited as Chief Guest (Aatmeeya Visishta Athithi) by Christian Committee, Y S R C P, Rajamahendravaram. How can he take action against people who shared in the social media? The Chairman said he has nothing to do with Christian Committee and he expressed his anger. Public Relations Officer of TTD released a statement by saying that Chairman was not invited by anybody and somebody intentionally doing this to discredit him. He said he will report to the police. Is he going to register a police case against the Christian committee who printed the invitation card without his knowledge or people who circulated it? Some of the devotees have been manhandled by Security force/ any action taken against? Were they ever had a training to be sensitive to the needs of the devotees? 6. Golla Mantapam So much discussion is going on the alleged dismantling or moving to another location of ancient, historical and sentimental Golla Mantapam. This discussion is not new; it was deliberated for many years. In 2004, the High Court already gave judgment saying that the dismantling of Golla Mantapam is “arbitrary, discriminatory, unjust, unwarranted, mallacious, contrary to the customs, Hindu Rites especially offending Yadava community at large which is in violation of the rt. 14, 16 & 21 of the Constitution of India and set aside the decision of the respondents and consequently restrain the respondents from damaging or removal of the said structure called as “Golla Mantapam.” (February 23, 2004). It has a long history and a moving legend behind the construction Golla Mantapam. Let us preserve our heritage and culture and teach our children to make them proud of their rich heritage.      By making a clear statement, it will allay the fears of all the devotees. 7. RTI (Right to Information Act) should be made applicable to TTD             Devotees of Lord Venkateswara should be able to obtain information about various conducted activities, religious practices, Christian infiltration, financial management, responsibility to devotees, sacredness of the Temple, employees’ code of conduct and sacredness of TTD. No audit reports have been submitted for nearly decades.             TTD should be accountable to devotees. People against Corruption stated that “It’s absurd, immoral and illegal to plead that TTD is not accountable to people under the RTI Act. Such an unreasonable plea raises suspicion that something is rotten in it, and it wants to hide. Being one of the most efficiently administered organization, the TTD has no reason to fear the RTI Act and escape the accountability or answerability… people have every right to demand every bit of information about the way they are spending the money they have donated to Lord Venkateswara.”                 It is obvious that something is wrong with the administration. What could be the reason for not sharing the information?  Over the years some EOs felt that it would not only unnecessarily embarrass them but they are obviously abusing and misusing the funds. They do not want devotees to have access to the way they spend money and how they safeguard the jewelry. Hence,  they decided to refuse RTI.                 We request the TTD to honor the RTI for the sake of accountability and transferency. 8. 50 Percent Reservations is wrong Global Hindu Heritage Foundation (GHHF) requests you to withdraw these two resolutions to respect the Indian Constitution. As you are aware that a certain percentage of reservations are made for socially and educationally backward communities and the scheduled castes and Tribes in the public sector units, union and state civil services, union and state government departments in all public and private educational institutions except in the religious/ linguistic minority educational institutions.  It means that percentage reservations for backward classes are excluded from the religious institutions. Any attempt to enforce the 50 percent reservations in the Temple Board is only to interfere with Hindu Religious Temple management and appoint Christians in the Temple management positions which is against the Indian Constitution. Among these backward communities there may be as many as 50-60 percent Christians. By appointing them to Temple Boards, you are appointing Christians to the Temple management positions.  Since it is the obligation of the Christians to proselytize and engage in missionary activities, the government is deliberately appointing them to Christianize Hindu Temples. It is tantamount to ruining the sanctity and sacredness of Hindu Temples. Since nothing is mentioned about only Hindu candidates of SC, ST and BC will be appointed to the Temple Boards, it is certain that Christians are more likely to occupy the Temple Management positions. If the government is interested in maintaining the sanctity and sacredness of Hindu temples and not interested in tampering with the rituals and practices of Hindu tradition, government should openly declare that only Hindus from backward communities will be appointed by issuing a different G.O. It is morally and ethically wrong to appoint either Christians or Muslims to the Temple Boards. As Chief Minister, it is your dharma (responsibility) to make sure every religion is able to follow their way of life as long as no religion threatens the very existence of another religion. No government has the moral or legal right to interfere with the management of their religious institutions. There should be strict separation of state and religious institutions. Christian churches should not be interfered by government by appointing Hindus or Muslims to manage them. Similarly, Mosques should not be managed by either Hindus or Christians. Hence, we request you to withdraw the resolution allowing backward classes – SC, ST and BC communities - to be appointed in Hindu Temple Boards. 9. TUDA Chairman appointment to TTD Board is equally wrong GHHF is opposed to the appointment of Chairman of Tirupati Urban Development Authority as ex-officio to TTD Board. There is every possibility the TUDA chairman can be either a Christian or a Muslim. Appointment of such person may bring Christian perspective to the Temple management and engage in missionary activity on the Hill.                 We request you to withdraw this resolution as soon as possible before TUDA chairman is appointment to TTD Trust Board. 10. Resume to Build 500 Hindu Temples in Poor Hindu Population As per GO R T. No. 820 dated August 2, 2016, TTD has agreed to build 500 Hindu Temples in the weaker section localities.  To our knowledge no Hindu Temples were built in 2017. In 2018, 500 Hindu Temples were built under the aegis of Hindu Dharma Parirakshana Trust (HDPT) through Samarasata Foundation. It appears that the Board of Trustees of TTD during previous administration has discontinued the funding for 2019 thereby a successful program was axed. We feel TTD should find few other organizations to give this responsibility of constructing Hindu Temples in the weaker section localities. We earnestly request you to see that the resolution is passed to build 500 temples in the year 2019 as per GO. 11. Sunday Schools for Children to Teach About Hinduism             As we all aware that Sanatana Dharma has no systematic method of transmitting the richness of Hinduism to the youth. Parents do not have enough knowledge to transmit to their children. Schools do not teach about Hinduism as they are considered secular institutions. The only institutions that can transmit and educate our children are our Hindu Temples.             Realizing the importance of teaching our faith, many Hindu Temples are conducting Sunday schools in USA. As you know that there are more than 1200 Hindu Temples in USA. I would estimate that nearly 20 percent of these Hindu Temples are conducting Hinduism classes to our children from ages 5 thru 15.              We request TTD to conduct Hinduism classes to our children in and around Tirupati to equip them with invaluable knowledge about their religion. You can start with may be 2-3 Sunday Schools programs in different neighborhoods. TTD will be able to make them proud of their religion and who would be our ambassadors to the future survival. 12. Funding of Educational Institutions TTD manages about 33 educational Institutions. Some of them are designed to promote Hindu art, dance, Vedas, Music and scriptures. TTD funds these institutions at the rate of about 120 crores per annum. Many of the professional high schools, junior colleges, universities, Engineering colleges and others receive the funds from TTD. We request that TTD should require all these institutions to offer 2-3 courses on Hinduism that would enable the students to know about their culture and meet the requirement that TTD funds are used for religious purposes only. Why should TTD support financially any educational institutions if they do not even offer 2-3 courses on Hinduism and make it mandatory? TTD should not fund institutions that do not require all the students to take courses on Hinduism. 13. Hindu Dharma Prachara Parishad Hindu Dharma Prachara Parishad of TTD should concentrate its mission to preserve, propagate and promote Hindu Sanatana Dharma to our youth by organizing different devotional methods to equip them with richness of Hindu Dharma which would help them to counter misinformation propagated by other Abrahamic religions.  TTD cannot be a silent spectator for the missionary activities of other religions. TTD cannot close its eyes to the impending danger to its very existence. It should have investigative branch to find out the deceptive Christian conversion tactics and take necessary legal action against these illegal converts.                    Should provide priests to the needed temples. Should conduct Srinivasa Kalyanams in Dalit communities Regularly Develop Bhajan Mandals in as many villages and Temples as possible. Conduct Youth programs for extended period for them to absorb and digest the depth of knowledge in the rituals and scriptures. 14. Christian Employees at TTD – Revisit High Court             As we know that TTD identified 44 Non-Hindu working in Devasthanam following the release of video showing an employee attending Church by taking TTD Vehicle. Many Sadhus and other Hindus agitated demanding the identity of the Christian employees and to reveal the number of employees working in Devasthanam. TTD identified 44 Christians and Muslims as employees working at Devasthanam and agreed to terminate their jobs. These employees went to High Court demanding that they be allowed to work in Devasthanam. High Court agreed with the Christian employees and issued stay order until further order. Speaking to reporters, TTD Executive Officer Anil Kumar Singhal, said, “As per our guidelines in tune with GOs issued in 1989 and 2007, non-Hindus will not be recruited either in teaching or non-teaching categories of TTD. We have identified 44 people who got appointed in the TTD against the guidelines since 1989. Majority of them are employed under the compassionate ground category. We are now contemplating sending them to other State government departments.”             We request TTD to move the High Court requesting that it should take up the case and make a final judgment at the earliest possible time.             TTD should request the High Court to expedite the matter and allow transfer to other departments.             TTD should in fact request the State government to transfer these Non-Hindu employees to other secular departments instead of keeping them at Devasthanam.             As we all know that believers in Abrahamic religions believe in proselytization and it is the WORD of their chosen God they are required to follow. High court’s decision will encourage them to engage in missionary activities on Devasthanam grounds             De we have any mechanism in place to find out that they are not engaged in conversion of other Hindu TTD employees to other faiths. The longer we keep them on TTD payrolls, more conversions may take place unless an investigative team is appointed to oversee their activities. 15. Islamic University            Global Hindu Heritage Foundation was the first one to expose the existence of Islamic University with photos in September 2013. Ms. Shaik Nowhera was building the structure illegally and in violation of the plan approved by TUDA. The permission sought from TUDA was only for constructing a building with ground floor and first floor. In spite of the efforts by Thondavada Village Panchayat’s efforts, the building was being constructed with a ground floor and 6 floors. District Collector K. Ramgopal has instructed the revenue and police officials to demolish the unapproved floors of the building that houses the Heera International Islamic University in Thondavada village of Chandragiri Mandali. Now it is being litigated in the courts.             TTD should acquire the building and use it for educational purposes. It should move the courts to resolve the issue and see that influx of Muslims is avoided so that peace and tranquility will be maintained near the foothills of Sri Venkateswara Temple. Hope that you will provide a meaningful response to this letter by taking appropriate measures to rectify the concerns expressed.   Dhanyavad   Prakasarao V Velagapudi, PhD President, GHHF India Phone: 8500738140 US number: 601-918-7111                                                                           Copy to: Sri Srinivas Vellampally, Endowment Minister                                                                                       Sri Y V Subba Reddy, TTD Chairman Board                                                                                       Sri Anil Kumar Shingle, EO, TTD                                                                                       Sri Minoan Singh, Principal Secretary                         
03 Jan 2020

[GHHF] Celebration of Christmas: Hindus should open their Eyes and Read Few Passages in the Bible

Joseph Atwill wrote in his blog that "Christianity may be considered a religion, but it was actually developed and used as a system of mind control to produce slaves that believed God decreed their slavery.” THE man and story behind Jesus Christ was a Roman hoax designed to control the people as this scholar. "Although Christianity can be a comfort to some, it can also be very damaging and repressive, an insidious form of mind control that has led to blind acceptance of serfdom, poverty, and war throughout history.” Atwill even goes so far to say that “to this day, especially in the United States, it is used to create support for war in the Middle East”. He says he first discovered this revelation when noticing Jesus is “the only fictional character in literature whose entire life story can be traced to other sources”. Many Hindus due to ignorance celebrate Christmas. Many of their children go to Christian schools where they are taught about the birth of Jesus and why they should celebrate. Is there any date mentioned about the date of birth of Jesus. Or is there any Christian scripture that might have mentioned about his birth?   Nobody really knows about the real birthday of Jesus! No specific date is mentioned in the Bible. Then why do Christians and some Hindus celebrate it on the 25th December? The early Christians certainly had many arguments as to when it should be celebrated! Also, the birth of Jesus probably didn't happen in the year 1 but slightly earlier. Bart Herman says,   ‘There are no birth records, no trial transcripts, no death certificates; there are no expressions of interest, no heated slanders, no passing references—nothing. In fact, if we broaden our field of concern to the years , his death—even if we include the entire first century of the Common Era—there is not so much as a solitary reference to Jesus in any non-Christian, non-Jewish source of any kind. I should stress that we do have a large number of documents from the time—the writings of poets, philosophers, historians, scientists, and government officials, for example, not to mention the large collection of surviving inscriptions on stone and private letters and legal documents on papyrus. In none of this vast array of surviving writings is Jesus’ name ever so much as mentioned.” (pp. 56-57) The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine (he was the first Christian Roman Emperor). But it was not an official Roman state festival at this time. Jesus is a jealous GOD; Do not want any competition Jesus is a jealous God. That means he cannot love, forgiving, and tolerant. Worshipping images/idols is a sin, horrible, and loveless. By worshipping idols you do not respect Jesus, you distance yourself from him, and you offend him. Idolatry is serious to God. So much so that He tells us to flee from it and to not associate with people who call themselves believers but are idolaters. By saying that he is jealous and asks people not to worship any other God, Jesus feels threatened, insecure, vulnerable, self-doubting and inferior. If he is really a God who is usually described as omnipresent, omniscient and omnipotent, do you think that he will feel jealous. This is a defeatist personally with no self confidence in himself. By being jealous, he wants no competition with other Gods. He wants to have monopoly over all the Gods and hence he does not want to people to worship other Gods who may be powerful than himself.  When do you feel jealous? When you do not have confidence in yourself and do not believe in your own strength. Let us contrast this with Hindu Gods. Al-Biruni, who visited India around 1030,wrote that the Hindus believe with regard to God that He is one, eternal, without beginning and end, acting by free-will, almighty, all-wise, living, giving life, ruling, preserving; one who in his sovereignty is unique, beyond all likeness and unlikeness, and that he does not resemble anything nor does anything resemble Him. Hindu God is not jealous. He is more tolerant, loving and all inclusive. Few Examples of Christian hatred toward Idolatry All Hindus must be cognizant of various verses that demean Murti (Idol) worship. An overwhelming number Hindus go to the Temples to a darshan of the presiding deity to seek his/her blessings. We all believe in one Supreme Go (Shakti) which can manifest in any number of forms. Just like a Sun can generate billions of rays, the Shakti can also manifest infinite number of forms. Whenever we worship any God or Goddess, we worship the energy behind the image.                  For some reason, Christians abhor murthi worship and Bible has numerous verses demeaning idol worship. One wonders why. Since Jesus is a jealous God, he felt that his importance will diminish and may become insignificant. That thought might have given shivers to his body. Hence, you will find these verses cursing the idols and demanding the followers to condemn and demean the idol worship.                   These verses are listed for your intelligent mind to absorb and reflect: Exodus 20:3 "You shall have no other gods before me. Exodus 20:4 "You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the   earth beneath or in the waters below. Exodus 20:5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me. Exodus 20:23 Do not make any gods to be alongside me; do not make for yourselves gods of silver or gods of gold.   Exodus 23:13 "Be careful to do everything I have said to you. Do not invoke the names of other gods; do not let them be heard on your lips. Exodus 32:4 He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool. Then they said, "These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt." Exodus 34:14 “Do not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.” Deuteronomy 4:24 “For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.” Deuteronomy 4:25 “You must burn their idols in fire, and you must not covet the silver or gold that covers them. You must not take it or it will become a trap to you, for it is detestable to the LORD your God. Deuteronomy 7:25 “But thus shall ye deal with them; ye shall destroy their altars, and break down their images, and cut down their groves, and burn their graven images with fire.” Deuteronomy 7:26 “Do not bring a detestable thing into your house or you, like it, will be set apart for destruction. Regard it as vile and utterly detest it, for it is set apart for destruction.” Deuteronomy 7:16 “You must destroy all the peoples the LORD your God will deliver to you. Do not look on them with pity. Do not worship their gods, for that will be a snare to you.” Deuteronomy 12:3 “Tear down their altars, smash their sacred pillars, burn up their Asherah poles, cut down the idols of their gods, and wipe out their names from every place.” Deuteronomy 13:16 “And you are to gather all its plunder in the middle of the public square, and completely burn the city and all its plunder as a whole burnt offering to the LORD your God. The city must remain a mound of ruins forever, never to be rebuilt.” Deuteronomy 6:14-15 “You shall not go after other gods, the gods of the peoples who are all around you (for the LORD your God is a jealous God among you), lest the anger of the LORD your God be aroused against you and destroy you from the face of the earth.” Deuteronomy 5:9 “You shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, Deuteronomy 7:4 For they will turn your sons away from following Me, to serve other gods; so the anger of the LORD will be aroused against you and destroy you suddenly. Deuteronomy 11:16-17 Take heed to yourselves, lest your heart be deceived, and you turn aside and serve other gods and worship them, lest the LORD's anger be aroused against you, and He shut up the heavens so that there be no rain, and the land yield no produce, and you perish quickly from the good land which the LORD is giving you.  1 Corinthians 10:14 “Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry.” 1 Corinthians 5:11 “But now I am writing you not to associate with anyone who claims to be a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a verbal abuser, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat.” Eze 6:4-6 (NIV) "... I will slay your people in front of your idols. I will lay the dead bodies of the Israelites in front of their idols, and I will scatter your bones around your altars... your idols smashed and ruined, your incense altars broken down, and what you have made wiped out." Donations Requested: We request you to donate by the end of this year to continue our efforts in India. Please send your donations to: Global Hindu Heritage Foundation 14726 Harmony Ln, Frisco, TX 75035   Examples of Real absurdity in the Bible 1) Sabbath –Put them to death if they work on Sunday Overwhelming majority of Christians believe in Ten Commandments. About Sabbath, Exodus 35:2 commands: For six days, work is to be done, but the seventh day shall be your holy day, a Sabbath of rest to the LORD. Whoever does any work on it must be put to death. Who will put them to death? Who has the authority in Christianity to put these people to death? You know that millions and millions of people work on Sunday (Sabbath day). All the shops are open where millions are working. Many sports are played on Sunday. Even Christian Book stores are open defying the word of God. I am sure that you thought about it since you are a Christian who you would not go against your God. How do we deal with these people and put them to death? Exodus 20:9 even specifies as to who should not work: “you shall not do any work – you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock or the alien resident in your towns.” Do you work on Sunday? What about your children? 2) Daughters as Slaves – You can sell your daughters Exodus 21:7 states that "When a man sells his daughter as a slave, she will not be freed at the end of six years as the men are.” It appears that a man can sell his daughters as slaves and she cannot be freed even after six years. Do you know if anybody is selling his daughters and what is the fair price now? If Christians do not sell their daughters, don’t you think they are denying the GOD? Why your Christian religion is discriminating people based on sex? Do the Christians need permission from the government to sell Christian Daughters. 3) Rebellious Sons –If your children do not obey, they are killed Deuteronomy 21:18-21 says: “If someone has a stubborn and rebellious son who will not obey his father and mother, who does not heed them when they discipline him, then his father and his mother shall take hold of him and bring him out to the elders of his town at the gate of that place. They shall say to the elders of his town, ‘This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious. He will not obey us. He is a glutton and a drunkard.’ Then all the men of the town shall stone him to death. So, you shall purge the evil from your midst; and all Israel will hear, and be afraid.” How cruel it is to take your rebellious son to the town to be killed. 4) Women - Must be Submissive 1 Timothy 2:11-12; “A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. Do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent.” Corinthians 14:34-35; “Women should be silent during the church meetings. It is not proper for them to speak. They should be submissive, just as the law says. If they have any questions, they should ask their husbands at home, for it is improper for women to speak in church meetings.” We all know that there are millions of Christian women teachers and Christian nurses in authoritative position in India and all over the world. What do we do with them? Is it time to fire them because God forbade them? Do you advocate their removal because they are not permitted to be in authoritative positions over men according to the Lord? 5) Amputation – Cut off your hands and feet; gauge your eyes out Mathew 18: 8-9; “If your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire. And if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell.” Mark 9:43 “If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out.” It is somewhat troubling to understand. First of all, according the Bible, everybody is a sinner. If that is the case, anybody that is born should have been thrown away into eternal fire? Is there an exception where somebody is born as a non-sinner? Since everybody is a sinner why don’t we burn them when they born. Who is going to cut off the hands and feet that caused a person to sin? Who is going to gouge the eye and throw it away? Who in the Church is responsible to cut off the hands and foot and gouge the eyes? Christianity is a Monotheistic Religion There is no tolerance or inclusiveness in Christianity. The whole motto of Christianity is “one book, one God and one way.””That means Bible is the only book, Jesus is the only God and Christianity is the only way. Monotheistic religions are dangerous, sexist, hateful and full of revenge. Monotheistic religion Christianity is authoritarian, undemocratic, totalitarian, intolerant, total obedience, cannot question; - killing, torture, excommunication, burning, Conversion, deception, (Eg: Christianity, Islam Judaism) Any opposition or questioning lead to crusades, inquisitions, reformations, witchcraft, repentance,    Polytheistic religion like Hinduism is democratic, tolerant, open for discussion, dialogue, questioning, more freedom, inquiry prone; liberal, scientific, George Bernard Shaw: “The apparent multiplication of Hindu Gods is bewildering at first glance. But soon you discover that they are all same God in different aspects and functions. There is always one uttermost god that defies personification. This makes Hinduism the most tolerant religion in the world because its one transcendent God includes all possible Gods.” Gore Vidal: “From barbaric Bronze Age text known as the Old Testament, three anti-human religions have evolved - Judaism, Christianity and Islam. These are sky-god religions … The sky god is a jealous god, of course. He requires total obedience from everyone on earth, as he is in place not for just one tribe but for all creation. Those who would reject him must be converted or killed for their own good. Ultimately, totalitarianism is the only sort of politics that can truly serve the sky-god's purpose.” He also says, “Many of the Christian evangelists feel it necessary to convert everyone on earth to their primitive religion, they have been prevented- so far- but they have forced most tyrannically and wickedly - their superstitions and hatred upon others. So it is upon account that I now favor an all-out war on the monotheists.” Deceptive Tactics to Convert Dalit Christian missionaries blatantly lie and tell them that there is no caste system in Christianity and everybody is equal.  They we do not practice caste system and they will not be recognized as dalits. After they are converted, to their surprise they find out that they have separate doors to enter the church, seating is allotted at the back and they cannot mix with upper caste people. Marriages take place among the similar caste people. Cemeteries are different for Dalit and upper caste Christians. Christian church authorities used every trick, deceit and deception to convert gullible and innocent Hindus into Christianity. They do not even mind going against their own religious scripture, Bible. Why do they use so many deceptive techniques to convert people?  Billions of dollars are pouring into India from many foreign countries. The Christian preachers have to show that they are converting in order to get more and more money from these countries. Father Joseph Menengis, priest of St James Church in Mariyannapalya, Bangalore, confessed before the Justice B K Somashekara Commission of Inquiry on Wednesday (March 11, 2009) “The duty of every Christian is to convert non-Christians to Christianity by any means.”  When he says “by any means” what does it mean? That means Christians can go against their own Bible teachings, ignore their own Bible, and insult their own God to their selfish monetary motives. They use such method as deception, deceit, force, manipulation, allurement, tricks, treachery, exploitation, violence, killings, educational indoctrination, defame other religions, demean other gods, denounce other scriptures, sexual exploitation and the list goes on. Father Joseph Menengis also said “Hindus believe in idol worship. So to attract them to Christianity, idol worship is performed in churches.” During cross-examination, the priest said that “despite idol worship being prohibited in Bible, we have idol worship in churches.”  Most of the churches have adopted the policy of what is called “enculturation” in order to attract Hindus to these churches.   In fact some churches are using Hindu methods of worshiping such as offering arthi, performing abhishekam, chanting names, singing bhajans etc only to convert and modifying the churches to look like Hindu Temples.  Some Preachers are dressed like a Hindu saint with long saffron robes to mislead Hindus.    The Outlook magazine observed that “Om Namah Jesus could well reverberate inside hundreds of Catholic churches in India very soon, if the changing physical face of these places of worship is anything to go by.” A number of shrines for Mary Mata, different saints are springing up. How can that reconcile to the injunctions of Bible condemning the idol worship.  For example in Vijayawada thousands of pilgrims queued up to visit Mary Matha shrine at Gunadala on the second day of the three-day Gunadala Matha festival on Tuesday….Many pilgrims had their heads tonsured on the hillock before offering something. (The Hindu Feb 11, 2009).                 To allure innocent Hindus, now they are building Churches resembling Hindu Temples with Rajagopurams adorned with cross instead of kalasas on the top. Now they are putting Jesus in chariot in front of Churches resembling Lord Krishna in Chariot giving upadesa to Arjuna. Now they are putting posters all over India with Jesus as a Yogi – in meditation posture. As David Frawley, an American Hindu teacher and author states in one of his article, ”In India today, the image of Christ as a yogi is not used by Christians to honor the teachings of Yoga. Jesus as a yogi is a new form of conversion propaganda employed by those who do not follow Yoga at all, but use the story to subvert a deeper questioning of their motives and the biases of their theologies.”                 In no other country you will see Jesus being worshipped, arthi  being offered, agarabathi lighted, breaking coconuts, offering prasadam,  distributing teertham, reading ashtottaranamas, worshipping cross in a manner similar to Ayyappa 18 step padi puja, singing bhajans, playing Carnatac music and so on. It is only in India, the deception is rampant with the aid of Politicians, secularists and billions of dollars pouring in from USA.                 It appears that Christianity in India is different from any other country. Bible is translated differently to suite the Indian people. Practice of praying is totally different from any other country.  It is all make them convert and force them to behave like sheep or a slave. When anybody confronts them, they pull the Atrocities Act from their arsenal and file a case against anybody who questions them. Hindus have become sacrificial goats by this Act.                 Is this the kind of Christianity, the Hindus are supporting by celebrating and participating in Christmas celebrations? The whole Christian religion was meant for Sheppards. If one sheep goes, others follow without thinking. Many Hindus follow this sheep mentality without thinking and without realizing the consequences of their support and silence. Let us shed our sheep mentality and protect our dharma by routing out the termites that are stealthily collapsing our Hindu edifice. Donations Requested: We request you to donate by the end of this year to continue our efforts in India. Please send your donations to: Global Hindu Heritage Foundation 14726 Harmony Ln, Frisco, TX 75035   Please subscribe to Save Temples Telegram channel at https://t.me/savetemples
24 Dec 2019

GHHF Activities participated and/or organized from November 10 thru December, 2019

November 10 Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji inaugurated Varanasi Ashram Sri Swamiji inaugurated Datta Peetham Ashram in Varanasi very close to Chintaamani Ganapathy and Kedarinath Temple. In the ashram Shiva Linga, Sri Hanuman and Sri Dattatreya murthies bedecked. Many people came from different parts of India and different countries. Donations Requested: We request you to donate by the end of this year to continue our efforts in India. Please send your donations to: Global Hindu Heritage Foundation 14726 Harmony Ln, Frisco, TX 75035   November 13 - 24 Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji started Ati Rudra Yaga Sri Swamiji performed Sri Chakra Puja as Kalasa sthapana was taking place at Chet Singh Palace in Varanasi.  More than hundred priests participated in Ati Rudra Yagam. Eleven Homa Gundas were built for the purpose. More than 4000 devotees attended the program. Sri Swamiji spoke about the significance and importance of Kasi and how Kasi has been described as the center of the universe as per our scriptures.            Many dignitaries came to witness the Ati Rudra Yagam. Union Minister Sri Ashok Kumar visited and received Sri Swamiji’s blessings.   November 26 Dwaraka Temple land sale stopped It was brought to our attention about the sale of Temple lands of Dwaraka Temple. I talked to Sri Sudhakar Garu, Chairman of Dwaraka Tirumala Temple. I have known him for few years. He agreed to stop the auction. We will be meeting with him in few days to talk about issues. The announcement to sell the land is related to a small piece of land in the middle of Eluru. It is a housing site. He said it is costing more money to protect it than the value of the land. Anyway, the sale is stopped and we will meet and discuss the future course of action along with other related issues.   November 28 Honorarium to Muslim Mullahs and Christian pastors Good news - AP high court taken up the PIL filed by Sudhish on the honorarium to the Muslim mullah and Christian pastors, the Government was planning to give. With this PIL, the High Court asked government explain as to why they should be paid. Government is given nearly five weeks time to respond. Case is scheduled for December 30. Let us pray that the court will make the right decision   November 30 Christianization started in TTD with the publication of Panchangam. It says Sri Yesaiah Sri Venkatesaya Namaha In TTD, other faiths are allowed to willfully tarnish the image of Hinduism. Vigilance officer accepted the fact that in TTD website Christian prayer is found. They took immediate action. Let us see if they will investigate and reveal the names of other faith people and take appropriate action against all non-Hindus from TTD. An article was published in Deccan Chronicle today on December 1, 2019.   December 3 Visited TTD Gaushala on December 2 We visited Gaushala maintained by TTD. There are about 12 sheds. There are about 80-100 cows are housed in each shed. They are well maintained. We had a long meeting with Dr. K. Haranath Reddy, Director of SV Gosamrakshana Shala. I gifted my book “Reviving Hinduism” which contains two articles on Gomati. Donations Requested: We request you to donate by the end of this year to continue our efforts in India. Please send your donations to: Global Hindu Heritage Foundation 14726 Harmony Ln, Frisco, TX 75035   December 4 Petition to remove the construction of Church in a village near Tirupati On December 1, we were informed that church is being built within 15 feet from a Devi Temple in Pulittavari palle village about 20 kilometers from Tirupati. We went to the village and saw a Cross on top of a building. Villagers were told that it was a house. All of a sudden Christian Cross popped on Nov 30. When we went to the village, they were upset and asked for our help to submit a petition to different officials including the collector-to remove the structure. As per IPC 153 and 154, no activity should be undertaken to disturb the peace and harmony in the community. Also, as per G O Ms number 376 dated November 29, 2012, no minority religious structures could be built near a temple without the permission of the District Collector. They can be removed if they are built without permission. We went on December 3 and met with villagers who signed the petition to remove the church. We encouraged them to do bhajans every day and gifted the Sound system on behalf of Global Hindu Heritage Foundation/ Savetemples. They agreed to play religious songs every day and do bhajans. The signed petitions will be submitted to Collector and other officials on December 4. Let us hope they will heed the villagers’ request,   December 5 UPDADATE on Petition to Remove Church As you all know that GHHF/ Savetemples organized a Petition drive to remove Church building which is only 20 feet away from Devi Temple in a village. We are very happy to report that the Pastor approached the villagers and begging them not to submit the Petition. He already removed the cross and said that he will use the building as a house. We are not sure how far he will keep his word. We are going to submit irrespective of his promises. Here I am posting the Church building where he removed the cross. Few other villages are approaching us to help them. We will be visiting these villages soon.   December 6 Planning Meeting on Dr Subramanian Swamy program in Tirupati On December 5, Savetemples organization arranged a meeting to discuss the arrangements and program of Dr Swamy scheduled for December 29, in Tirupati. He along with Swami Paripoornananda will be the main speakers. They will address issues affecting Hindus and Ayodhya Verdict. What are the plans to recover Krishna janmasthala, Kasi Viswanatha temple and Taj Mahal? Dr. Sundera Murty, Sri Subramanya Yadav and me spoke about the arrangements. More than 65 people attended the planning meeting. We are expecting at least 1500 people to attend the program.   December 7 Vakula Mata Temple progress On December 6, we visited Vakula Mata temple to look at the progress made since our last visit. As you will see that Rajagopuram and Vakula Mata temple gopuram are almost complete. Now they will soon work on the sides of the temple. It appears it may be completed very soon. As many people are aware that GHHF started the agitation in 2012. Many people are involved in the agitation. Finally TTD agreed to take up Vakula Mata temple. As there are pictures of Vakuka Mata, GHHF came up with the picture which was agreed to sculpture the image as per the sketch. December 8 CM Jagan Party colors are painted all over in Andhra Pradesh Party colors are painted on Village Panchayat Buildings, water tanks, electrical polls, some schools, funeral places and even garbage bins on the roads. To our knowledge nothing like this happened before. We all believe that the panchayat buildings are not the property of any given party, whether it is in power or not. They are the village property belonging to every resident irrespective of what party one belongs. This kind of act only reveals the arrogance and vengeance. Similarly, electric polls, garbage cans, schools etc do not belong to any one party. I sincerely hope the party echelon will reflect and reverse the decision. Nobody is invincible. History has shown many examples. It is a matter of time before one learns the lesson Even Shirdi Sai baba did not escaped the party colors. It is a sad situation to witness. History is a great teacher if we open our eyes. Donations Requested: We request you to donate by the end of this year to continue our efforts in India. Please send your donations to: Global Hindu Heritage Foundation 14726 Harmony Ln, Frisco, TX 75035 December 12 Sadguru Tattvam book was released by Sri Swamiji Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji release our book "Sadguru Tattvam-2' on December 11 during Datta Jayanti celebrations. The book contains articles on Guru purnima, Paduja puja, Sri Swamiji, Bhagavad Gita chanting and all the welcome speeches. It is customers for me to welcome Sri Swamiji whenever he visited USA. After my welcome speech which dealt with healing and meditation music, Sri Swamiji commanded me to publish this book. It also contains about the importance of a guru in one’s life.   December 14 Christianization of Vijayawada Police Department in AP This is how the things are shaping up in Andhra Pradesh. Now even the Vijayawada Police is being Christianized. Did this ever happen before? It reads the chief of police in Vijayawada in inviting everybody to enjoy the meals being offered in December 16. This is an invitation on the half of entire police family. Did he do it for all Hindu Festivals? Why only Christmas Festival? It should be condemned by all fair minded people. December 15 AP High Court directed the government to avoid painting Party Colors On December 13, the high court was petitioned that painting public buildings with party colors are arbitrary and unconstitutional. High court asked the Guntur collector to submit a report in ten days about the cost incurred in painting the buildings and the reasons for painting party colors. Petitioner argued that painting with colors influence the voter. Times of India published this article on 14th  
17 Dec 2019

Lecture scheduled on "Raising Hindu Children in USA" at Hindu Temple in Brandon, October 27.

We request all interested parents and youth to attend this lecture which focuses on the need for inculcating the richness of our Sanatana Dharma, what kind of knowledge to be transmitted, how to create pride among our youth and also how to discuss about various facets of Hinduism with others. Knowledge is power. More we know about our culture more we can explain and defend ourselves customs, traditions, practices and rituals. My own experience of raising my own children and grandchildren and and observations of other parents' struggles to raise their children may provide necessary information for parents and youth to channel their resources in proper direction. Lecture is scheduled on October 27 at 11:00 am at Hindu Temple Society of Mississippi, 173 Vernon Jones Road, Brandon, Mississippi.
23 Oct 2019

[GHHF] Andhra Pradesh Government Reversed its Decision: Not Distributing Hindu Temple Lands for the Poor

GOOD NEWS Andhra Pradesh Government decided not to distribute Hindu Temple lands for poor people. Global Hindu Heritage Foundation has written a very strong letter asking the government not to use the Temple lands. Many other organizations also dis the same. In fact, we were preparing a Writ Petition challenging the government decision to distribute Temple lands. We will keep monitoring all the government actions related Temples, Temple money, Temple management and temple lands. Please read the NEWS Item Andhra Pradesh govt not to distribute temple land for the poor Press Trust of India | Amaravati Last Updated at October 20, 2019 19:55 IST Bowing to pressure from different quarters, the Andhra Pradesh government has decided not to give away temple lands in the form of house sites to the landless poor. The government had announced it would distribute house sites and housing units to over 25 lakh beneficiaries on Telugu New Years Day 'Ugadi' next year. In line with this, Special Chief Secretary (Revenue) Manmohan Singh issued a memo to all district Collectors asking them to identify land available village-wise. He also asked the Collectors to identify endowment lands, which the "temples and choultries are willing to auction with the permission of the High Court. This stirred a controversy with the BJP and some Hindu religious organisations strongly opposing the move to dispense with temple lands. The issue came up for discussion during a review meeting on lands Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy conducted here recently. The Chief Minister was categorical that no temple land should be touched. Instead, he wanted the required land acquired for distribution to the poor, a senior official, who attended the meeting, said. Officials estimated that over 40,000 acres of land would be required for distribution to the landless poor. So far, over 20 lakh prospective beneficiaries were identified under the programme. While 21,948 acres of government land was identified for distribution, another 19,000 acres has to be acquired from private persons. In some districts, lands earmarked for industrial promotion are also being converted into house sites since there has been no industrial development in the last few years, official sources said. The land acquisition will cost us anywhere between Rs 8,000 crore and Rs 10,000 crore. We will complete the process of beneficiary identification by this month-end and then go for land acquisition, a senior official added. (This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.) Link to the original Article. https://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/andhra-pradesh-govt-not-to-distribute-temple-land-for-the-poor-119102000635_1.html
21 Oct 2019

[GHHF] Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji is Rewriting the History every year inspiring Children to Memorize and Chant 700 verses of Bhagavad Gita in USA

"If the Upanishads present the aim and purpose of human life, the Bhagavad Gita indicates the way to attain them and live a life of fulfillment. By faithfully following that path shown by the Bhagavad Gita, man can make his life sublime, leave behind his footprints on the sands of time." --Parama Pujya Sri SriSri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji Realizing that Bhagavad Gita has all the answers for the modern day turbulence and turmoil, in August 2015, Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji commanded the Children and youth, who were sitting in a newly inaugurated Karya Siddhi Hanuman Temple in Frisco, Texas USA to memorize the entire Bhagavad Gita that contains 700 verses and chant them by the time He comes the next year. Many children with so much enthusiasm, gusto and determination agreed by saying “Yes, Appaji,” “Yes, Tataji,” and “Yes, Swamiji.” With that announcement history was in the making. Sri Swamiji asked Srikanth Challa to take the responsibility. The arduous, laborious, grueling and the very difficult task of memorizing the Bhagavad Gita verse by verse started. Parents and children went through the hard task of adjusting their time, foregoing their holidays, working around their school schedules, sacrificing their leisure time, and postponing their travels to make sure that the children will attend the Gita classes on a regular basis. They all realized that it would be hard to catch up with the memorization even if they miss one class. Parents and children spent countless number of hours memorizing to make sure that they will be ready to chant all 700 verses by the time Sri Swamiji arrives in July 2016.                 History was made on July 17, 2016 with 43 children ages 6 thru 14 sitting for about four hours chanting all 700 verses of Bhagavad Gita with Sri Swamiji sitting next to them admiring and appreciating the discipline, dedication and devotion of the children. More than 4000 people along with special invited guests for this historical event listened with awe, amazement, excitement and astonishment. The sounds, rhythm, energy, and vibrations created by chanting touched the audience, infused them with vigor, infiltrated their body, touched their hearts and penetrated their soul.  By the time they completed chanting, several people shed tears appreciating the commitment, dedication and discipline of the children. Some of them have seen even Sri Swamiji wiping His tears. Many of them became speechless and left numbed cherishing the unprecedented historical event.  Sri Swamiji’s power and blessings permeated the majestic Temple and cleansed the hearts of the people and purified the atmosphere. Since that event, Sri Swamiji himself is breaking his own records by inspiring more and more children year after year to memorize Bhagavad Gita. In 2017, 139children qualified as memorizers; in 2018, 126 children memorized Bhagavad Gita and on July 20, 2019, 236 children memorized all 700 verses of Bhagavad Gita. Dr. Subramanian Swamy attended and appreciated this unique event and tweeted few pictures and a video clip.  So far, 543 children memorized the entire Bhagavad Gita. Furthermore, 318 adults are qualified to be “fluent Readers” meaning they can chant the verses as per the required rhythm, clarity and style by looking at the book. One wonders as to why Sri Swamiji selected Bhagavad Gita instead of one of the other scriptures, why did he select the children rather than all age groups, and why did he ask them to memorize. Sri Swamiji also aware of the power of mantras, and the significance and value of Sanskrit. Why Bhagavad Gita?                 Sri Swamiji with His divine vision, felt that Bhagavad Gita would equip the children and youth to cope with the challenges they face in life; trials and tribulations they encounter daily; problems they meet in the modern world; frustrations they may be bumped into the competitive world of work;and adjustment they have to make in the family life. Bhagavad Gita would enable them to utilize the ancient wisdom that might help them to differentiate between the dharmic and adharmic values;exercise their freedom to make wise decisions; and cope with the stress they might face in their hectic, hurried and materialistic world.  Bhagavad Gita would teach the high morals that promote peace and harmony. Sri Swamiji wanted to impress upon the children the timeless and universal Gita can offer them for the rest of their life by learning the basic principles of life that will shape, guide and mold their personalities. One would learn about discharging his own dharma, doing his responsibility with no attachment for the fruits of the action, establishing the balance between material and spiritual fields, importance of Sadguru in one’s own life, learning the art of maintaining Stithipragna (controlling the mind), the virtues of freedom and independence, acquiring the courage and strength in face of distraught and hopelessness, and handling with the confusion and troubles that beset the modern world. Sanskrit is a marvelous, majestic, scientific and spiritual language. Its depth, fullness, splendor, simplicity and complexity at the same time is peerless. A. L. Basham, former professor of Asian Civilization in the Australian National University, Canberra, writes in his book The Wonder That Was India: "One of ancient India’s greatest achievements is her remarkable alphabet, commencing with the vowels and followed by the consonants, all classified very scientifically according to their mode of production, in sharp contrast to the haphazard and inadequate Roman alphabet, which has developed organically for three millennia. It was only on the discovery of Sanskrit by the West that a science of phonetics arose in Europe."(P:390)   Why Children?                 Why did Sri Swamiji encourage children to learn Bhagavad Gita? Do they learn faster and better than adults? Do they absorb and digest better than adults? Do they retain more information than adults? According to science, a brain contains about 100 billion brain cells called neurons. The question is how the children learn faster and remember better than adults. The main difference between children and adults is found only in the number of connections among the neurons.  Children’s brains are more active, more flexible and more absorbing than adults. The connectivity to each of the neurons changes as we grow older thereby memory power decreases. There is a common adage that children’s brain can absorb and soak up information like a sponge. Is there any scientific evidence to prove it?  Sri Swamiji is aware that childrencan establish more and more connections with other neurons as they start learning. Every sound they hear, every sensation they experience, every movement they make, and every stimulation they are prodded to are all stored in the brain.  These neural connections cause the brain to learn anything and everything as the brain is developing at a faster rate with very little effort. This learning process is known as synaptogenesis. Whatever is learned in childhood stays with them for the rest of their life. According to Alison Gopnik, children’s “brains are more active and more flexible, with more connections per brain cell, than the brains of adult human beings, the researchers have discovered. By age three, the child's brain is actually twice as active as an adult. It has some 15,000 synapses or connections per neuron, many more than in the adult brain.” The more you stimulate their brain, the more connections to neurons are established. With more connections, they will think better, learn faster, and draw logical conclusions.   Why Memorize? Why did Sri Swamiji say that the children should memorize and chant? Are there any benefits of chanting that may help children as they grow up? Memorization of information based on repetition is as old as human history. It served the purpose of preserving the cultures and helped develop the individual personalities. In every society we find children learning the alphabets of their mother tongue and other languages.  Similarly, if we look at all school going children, they will be learning the multiplication of the tables and the spelling of the words. As they move up to middle school and high schools, they will be memorizing several mathematical formulas, algorithms, chemical numbers, poetry and historical dates.  At the high school level, the elements and their chemical numbers must be memorized by rote. Many times, teachers use rote learning without even realizing they do so. Memorization will allow us to absorb the information that can be stored and retrieved at one’s will. Memorization will help you to learn the elusive phrases at early age; permit you to hammer every word for precise pronunciation; make you twist your tongue for proper clarity and crispness; and save so much time that could have been wasted by repeatedly looking for the same information, and infuse confidence in knowing that he can retrieve the information from the memory bank. According to Brad Leithauser, “The best argument for verse memorization may be that it provides us with knowledge of a qualitatively and physiologically different variety: you take the poem inside you, into your brain chemistry if not your blood, and you know it at a deeper, bodily level than if you simply read it off a screen.”   Sanskrit: Its Unique features As Sri Swamiji announced several times that Sanskrit was considered as "Dev Bhasha", " Devavani "or the language of the Gods by ancient Indians. The word samskrit, meaning "refined," “complete”, “perfect,” “definitive,” or "purified," is the antonym of prakriti, meaning "natural," or "vulgar." It is made up of the primordial sounds and is developed systematically to include the natural progressions of sounds as captured by the human mind. Our ancient rishis were able to capture the natural sounds of panchabhutas such as wind blowing, raining, hissing, roaring, ocean waves, thunder, fire, silence, and bird chirping and translate them into oral language and finally into written language.                 Sanskrit is considered as a most wonderful language with clarity, accuracy, exactness and precision. Every letter and word have a vibrant sound and should be uttered without any deviation. It should be pronounced properly and meticulously. Uttering of alphabets of Sanskrit causes resonant vibration within the Chakras of the human subtle body.                 Sri Swamiji mentioned that learning of Sanskrit has many benefits: improves brain function, enhances memory power, stimulates energy points in our body, relaxes the mind, reduces stress, control bodily ailments, improves blood circulations, activates all nerve centers on the tongue, and instills confidence and creativity. Sanskrit language will permeate the whole body, and vibrations stay with them and guide them forever.   Benefits of Mantras                 Every word, a combination of words, a sentence, or a verse when uttered in a particular manner will become a powerful mantra. Mantra means “revealed sound.” “Man” means mind and “trai” means liberate.  Mantra also means to liberate the mind. They are revealed to the ancient rishis and other enlightened people when they are in deep meditation. They are uttered for spiritual as well as material purposes. The aim of chanting the mantras is to achieve the purushardas in life such as dharma (religious righteousness and duty), artha (economic needs and fulfilment desires), kama (procreative needs and sensual satisfaction) and moksha (salvation from birth and rebirth). These mantras possess magical or divine power enabling the utterer to achieve the potential desires.                 As per Sri Swamiji, chanting of Mantras gives strength, enable one to handle conflicts, cultivate positive thinking, rejuvenate the brain, benefits thyroid glands, improves memory, eliminates the root cause of stress and depression, provide more oxygen to the body, and improves immunity system. History was made                 Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swami is rewriting history year after year by inspiring, encouraging, guiding and blessing the children as well as adults to memorize all 700 verses of Bhagavad Gita and chant in His presence. Last four years these children chanted Bhagavad Gita without looking at the book sitting for more than four hours creating vibrations and spreading the energy waves across the space. As of 2019, about 543 children and adults memorized and chanted. The Fifth batch has already started memorizing verse by verse and plans to complete the memorization and chanting by May 2020.These children’s lives have changed forever as these verses have permeated their body, mind and soul. It is also time remember that Lord resides in each of these verses to mean that Lord Krishna will be there with them and in them.  By memorizing, they have absorbed the eternal message, improved their intelligence and expanded their memory bank. The power of the Sanskrit and vibrations created by chanting the mantras (verses), would live with them forever. Bhagavad Gita will help them to face numerous roadblocks with little difficulty. The eternal universal message will guide them throughout their lives. Bhagavad Gita equipped them with a lifelong friend who travels with them wherever they go. It never fails them. Many scholars, researchers, philosophers, politicians reaped the benefit in their daily pursuits as well as their academic pursuits. By commanding the children to learn Bhagavad Gita, Sri Swamiji instilled curiosity in them, helped them to memorize all 700 verses of Bhagavad Gita, implanted courage in them, infused confidence, helped expand their memory power, and shaped their personalities for life. With Sri Swamiji’s blessings, these kids will be the role models for the other children and their parents to pursue the talent and become ambassadors to the richness of Sanatana dharma. Please subscribe to Save Temples Telegram channel at https://t.me/savetemples
25 Sep 2019

[GHHF] Letter to Chief Minister Sri Jagan Mohan Reddy: Don’t Meddle in Hindu Temples and don’t Exploit Hindu Dharma

Global Hindu Heritage Foundation 14726 Harmony Lane, Frisco Texas USA 75035; Door # 19-41-S3-1406/16; KBR Brindavanam; Sumanth Home, Kaikala Cheruvu, Tirupati, Chittoor District, AP 517 501   __________________________________________________________________________________                                                           September 5, 2019 TO: Honorable Sri Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Amaravati, AP   Dear Sri Jagan Mohan Reddy Garu: Subject: Don’t Meddle in Hindu Temples and Hinduism; Address our Concerns Honestly and truthfully “It is the duty of all to support and side with Dharma. All must fight and support Dharma regardless of their personality, background, status.”  Swami Vivekananda On behalf of Global Hindu Heritage Foundation (GHHF), I feel it is my privilege to applaud and congratulate your bold, appropriate and timely decision to announce that non-Hindus will not be allowed employment at Sri Venkateswara Temple and all the Temples it manages. We are also glad to know that those who have converted to Hinduism will be allowed to stay in the job while others will be removed. Chief Secretary Sri LV Subrahmanyam said that non-Hindus “can't continue with the job and will not be given an important post because it will hurt the sentiments of Hindus." Those converted employees should leave their jobs immediately. He also announced that surprise checks will be conducted at the homes of employees to verify whether they are Hindus or non-Hindus. GHHF earnestly request the government to follow the principle that state and religion are separate and should not be mixed. The government should not interfere with religious institutions. Government has no authority to sell the lands, tamper with the rituals, and divert funds for other purposes. Government is only a custodian, not the owner of Hindu Temples. Many government officials think that the Hindu Temples are the government property. Let us pay close attention to GO No 298 dated 18-08-2015 which states as follows: “Hindu temples and their properties are not Government properties. These temples have never been constructed by the Government with taxpayer’s money. They were built only by Hindu philanthropists, Mutts, Peethams, Zamindars, etc. since ancient times. Government is only acting as a sacred trustee of temple property and has brought the Endowment Act permitting itself to administer the Hindu temples for the benefit of Hindu society. Hence, under no circumstances, Hindu temples can be treated as Government property.” With this backdrop, GHHF wants to request the government to follow certain principles, ethic, and dharma. Hence the following list is prepared for your serious consideration to preserve the integrity of Hindu Temples and their sacredness. GHHF requests the Government to Ponder and Implement. Please help us understand the basis used to even consider distributing Hindu Temple lands to landless in the state.   The circular by Dr. Manmohan Singh does not even mention considering the lands of other faiths, that of your faith of Christianity or of Islam.    Based on many reports, just Catholic church alone is the biggest owner of non-agricultural land in India.     We request you to use the power of your faith to identify excess or wastelands of various church denominations in the state and convince them to distribute their lands to the landless poor.  Under any circumstances, Temple lands should not be sold or distributed or used for government purpose which were already misused by various governments in the state for last few decades.   Temple lands are not the property of the government. It is the property donated by our forefathers with a vision to protect Hindu Temples for their maintenance.  Dr Manmohan Singh sent a memo to “All District Collectors” on 04.07.2019, saying that Honorable Chief Minister wishes to distribute 25 lakh house sites to landless poor. He asked them to identify the lands village-wise including “Endowment lands, which the temples / the choultries are willing to auction with the permission of Hon’ble High Court.”   When you say Temples/choultries willing to auction, it raises several questions. It is understood that the Temple Boards will have to decide whether to sell or not.    Since these Temple Boards are appointed by the government, they can be forced to accept the government request and may be forced, directly or indirectly, to identify the land for auction. If the Temple lands are taken by the government, it is tantamount to closing the Temples with sinister intention. The lands are their future guarantee for their continued functioning of the Hindu Temples.   On 30-08-2019, Rc.No.M2 of Endowments Department stated that the Temple lands should not be taken forcibly for house sites. But, “The proposals to take Endowment land will be considered by the District Authorities only when the Executive Officers/Trustees/Archakas give the proposals for sale of unused and waste lands, after due consultation at the temple level.” Executive Officers are appointed by the government. They are there only to please the present government. They only execute what is decided by the government. This is not the way to submit proposals. If no Hindu leaders or organizations are not allowed to express their views, the decision to sell any property will be considered an attack on Hindu Temples and Hindus.         The memo also mentioned that proposals will be considered “after due consultation at the Temple level.” We all know that all Temple level personnel are appointed by the government. How many of them will have the courage, guts and even knowledge about Hindu Temples to express their wishes against the government’s interest?         If they are really independent and express their views, they will be transferred overnight and bring only those who listened to the government. We can give many examples to testify to this fact.  We request you to immediately scrap this idea of acquiring Temple lands whether they are not in use or wastelands. Who is going to determine which land is waste? There is no such thing as wasteland. It is because of the government's indifferent attitude toward Hindus and Hindu Temples, these lands were not allowed to be used. The lands that are not being used due to raucous government policy; one cannot define them as wastelands. The government should not pay the salaries for the Imams, Mullahs, and Pastors when Government is not taking the funds of their worship places unlike Hindu Temples.   Given that there is little accountability to the crores of rupees taken from Hindu temples, this amounts to indirectly making Hindu devotees pay for Pastor and Imam salaries, particularly when the State is starved for funds.   It is best to strictlymaintain the integrity of religious institutions and not mix it with the treasury of the state or  favor certain religions.   In a recent announcement, it was announced the government will reserve 50% positions for SCs, BCs, and STs in the Trusts and Boards of the Temples. Unless a GO is issued by saying only Hindu minorities will be appointed, many non-Hindus may be appointed to maintain Hindu Temples. We request you to clarify and make sure that an announcement is made to the effect that only Hindus will be appointed.   Please make sure that non-Hindus are not employed in any of the Hindu Temples managed by the State. Develop a mechanism to identify them,and either ask them to leave or transfer them to other jobs.   As the Chief Secretary said that a coordination committee / Vigilance Committeeshould be appointed to check the working of non-Hindus in temples and to oversee the strict implementation of government orders about non-Hindus working at different levels in any of the Hindu Temples.   If an employee of a Hindu Templewould not honestly report his religion and found him to be lying, he should be immediately removed from his job. Also, criminal action should be taken against this employee for lying, deceiving the government, tampering the sacredness of the Temple, and hurting the sentiments of Hindus.   Non-Hindus should not be allowed to operate either shops or lease vacant lands. No contracts should be given to non-Hindus to procure materials either for puja items, prasadam items, or decoration items. No contracts for the construction of the buildings and flyovers, or pavement of the roads.   When the Sneha Lata was caught going to Church in TTD vehicle, controversy erupted. Following the outrage from Hindu community, TTD identified 44 non-Hindus. Endowment Department wanted to transfer them to other departments. The high court gave a stay order in February 2018. We request you to take up this issue at the High Court and see that the Stay Order is lifted.   The Government should investigate and find out how many acres of Temple lands have been used by the government or distributed to others. This report should be made public and see what course of action should be taken to replace these lands for those respective Temples.   The government should also look at the landholdings of Christians and Muslims. A cursory look reveals that the Catholic Churches alone have more lands than all the Temple lands put together. Why their lands cannot be taken to distribute to landless poor?   Christians own more lands only next to the Government of India. Chief Minister should take all the lands he needs from CHRISTIANS and distribute housing sites. But unfortunately, there is no oversight of Church holdings, they are a state within a state. Their allegiance is only to Pope in Rome, not to the Indian government. Government after the government did not even bother to look at their holdings and see how they can help the landless poor.   Investigations must be conducted to find out how many Hindu Temple lands are encroached by others and see how we can recover those lands. Any structure built on these lands should be demolished and use that land for Hindu Temples purpose only.   Government over the years have sold thousands of acres below the market value. Following a full investigation, we should recover the full price from them or recover those lands for the Temples.   All Hindu Temples must keep a record of all Jewelry and other valuables. Periodic verification should be conducted to make sure they remain intact.  In the case of missing jewelry, the person responsible for managing these valuable should be accounted for.  Strict enforcement of the law to remove him from the position and initiate criminal proceedings against these individuals.If there are no punitive actions against these individuals, it is very difficult to keep track of these valuables and properly accounted for. Fear of consequences will prevent the missing of the jewelry.   Hindu Temple money should not be used to support the activities of other religions such as Hajj pilgrimage and Jerusalem pilgrimage. How is it justified to fund their pilgrimage?   Hindu Temple money should not be used for secular activities, for the construction of roads, highways, flyovers, etc. It should be used for renovation, maintenance of other needy Temples, priest salaries and building more Temples in Dalit communities,   Punitive actions must be specified to all the Endowment Officials for their neglect in enforcing the government guidelines in operating the Hindu Temples and in monitoring the employment of non-Hindus at Hindu Temples.   We sincerely hope that you would not announce schemes without examining the consequences of these schemes to the welfare of the state. For example, your announcement to distribute 25 lakh housing sites to landless poor is unfortunate and without any consideration for the viability of the state. Not knowing where the land is available, one should not announce these schemes for the sake of appeasement. As you are aware that Article 26 of the Constitution of India guarantees every religious denomination the right to their religious affair. GHHF requests you to address the concerns we expressed to see that the Hindus are not treated unfairly, Hindu Temples are not managed by non-Hindus, Hindu Temple lands are not taken over by the government as an excuse to distribute to poor, Temple Boards or Trusts are not filled by non-Hindu SCs, STs, and BCs, divert Hindu Temple money for other religions and punitive actions are developed to prosecute Government officials who deliberately defy the guidelines.                 Thank you.   Dhanyavad,   Prakasarao V Velagapudi PhD President, GHHF 601-918-7111                                                                                 Copy:     Sri L V Subramanyam, Chief Secretary                                                                                                 Sri Vellampalli Srinivas, Minister for Endowments                                                                                                 Sri Manmohan Singh, Principal Secretary                                                                                                 Smt. R.  Padma IAS Endowments Commissioner                                                                                                 Sri Y V Subba Reddy, Chairman TTD                                                                                                 Sri Anil Kumar Singhal IAS, EO, TTD
11 Sep 2019

[GHHF] Requesting to Enforce GO 426; Remove Non-Hindu Presence in Hindu Temples

Global Hindu Heritage Foundation 14726 Harmony Lane, Frisco Texas USA 75035 Door # 19-41-S3-1406/16; KBR Brindavanam; Sumanth Home, Kaikala Cheruvu,Tirupati, Chittoor District, AP 517 501                                                                                                                                                 August 27, 2019 Request to Enforce GO 426 to ensure Non-Hindus do no not operate shops and vacant lands, do not receive contracts and are removed from Employment from all Hindu Temples   Hon. Sri Vellampalli Srinivas Minister for Endowments Room No. 137, Ground Floor, Building N 2, Velagapudi, AP                   Subject: Requesting to Enforce GO 426; Remove Non-Hindu Presence in Hindu Temples Dear Hon. Srinivas Garu:                 Global Hindu Heritage Foundation (GHHF) was started in 2006 with a mission to preserve and protect Hindu Temples and Sanatana Dharma. Recent events at Sri Bhramaramba Mallikarjuna Temple in Srisailam are unfortunate and insulting to Hindus. The Executive Officer, Sri Sreerama Chandra Murthy, who is alleged to have been converted to Islam and who has two wives has not been noticed by the Government. It is also believed that he has refused to appear in the High Court. He has been allowing Muslims to auction shopping sites, vacant sites, and bid for contracts from the Temple in spite of theGovernment Circular issued in 2011 and GO MS No 426 issued in 2015 which forbids Non-Hindus from bidding for shops and other activities in the Temple complex.                 But some Executive Officers have been ignoring the GOs and allotting shops to Muslims and Christians. Further, many Muslims are also hired as employees of Sri Sailam Temples. The Endowment Circular even stipulates that the Executive authorities should impose the restrictions on the participation of non-Hindus in the auction to lease out shops, buildings / vacant sites, and license rights; and also should not recommend the extension of leases of shops, buildings / vacant sites to any tenants who are not professing Hindu Religion. The Endowment Circular is very clear; that non-Hindus are not entitled to bid for the tender and should not be renewed if they are sitting tenants. The Endowment Minister realizing the brewing trouble, he asked the Endowments Commissioner to cancel the auction.                 Please note that these GOs and Endowment Guidelines have been in force for more than eight years for any Executive Officer not to get acquainted. They all know about these GOs prohibiting No-Hindus to operate shops and bid for contracts.  There is no ambiguity in these guidelines. Government’s non-action against the Executive Officers encourage them to take advantage and allot shops. They are willfully, intentionally and deliberately violating the rules and challenging the guts of the government.                 Why did these Executive Officers ignore the government and act independently? We can think of the following reasons: The realization that government would not and dare not act against these Executive officers because they know that the governments over the last two decades have been pampering the minorities at the expense of Hindu patience, tolerance and of course their indifference, selfishness and personal gratification. As we all know that there is rampant corruption at each level of the government. Nobody is going to bell the cat to reveal the corrupt practices of these officers. Many of these Government employees know pretty well that most government can do is transfer without any serious charges leveled against them. Some of them have already converted to other faiths and would not have the moral compass to resign from the post as their religion requires them to even hide their faith and lie about it. They even engage in propagating other faiths in Hindu Temples. Realizing the confusion about the demands of non-Hindu claims and the Endowment official hatred toward Hindu way of life, the Government circular was issued in 2011 prohibiting non-Hindus to participate in the auctions for various leases and licenses to operate shops and bid to acquire contacts. It stated that "Allotment of shops, buildings / vacant sites in and around the premise (Alaya Kshetram) of Religious Institutions and various License tights in the Temple shall be leased out to the persons who are professing Hindu Religion only and the persons not professing Hindu Religion are prohibited and not allowed to function against the forms, customs and usage of such religious institutions." Still, some Executive Officers ignored the Circular and even the High Court directive to restrict the Non-Hindus from acquiring the contracts for shops and other buildings. Because of total rejection of the directives from the Endowment and High Court, the Hindu groups have gathered in Srisailam demanding that all Hindu Temple heed the GO 426 and follow the letter and spirit of the Order. The GO states that "No person professing other than Hinduism as his religion is entitled to obtain lease or license either through tender-cum-public auction or otherwise." In fact, the High Court also decreed that "the individual should fulfill all the tender conditions" as per the GO. Agitation of Hindu Groups  It took several Hindu groups, such as BJP, Shiva Shakti, Bhajaranga Dal, and others to organize the protest to make sure the auction would not allow Non-Hindus to bid for the allocation of Shop sites, vacant sites, and contract jobs. Heavy police presence was ordered and many of the protesters were dragged out from the location and were jailed overnight.  There was no reason for Hindu groups to resort to this unfortunate protest if the Endowment Officers were following the Tender Conditions set forth by the Endowments Department.                 If these groups have not engaged in these protests against the Executive officer’s failure to enforce the Tender rules, you would have seen many Non-Hindus managing the shops and receiving the contracts even today. It is unfortunate that this kind of thing is happening ignoring the government. Executive Officer Transferred                 GHHF and all Hindus should appreciate these Hindu groups for exposing the Hindu bias and appeasement of Non-Hindus, which enables the Chief Secretary to transfer the Executive Officer from the position.We doubt that EO would have been transferred if these protests have not been organized.                 There must be an internal investigation to find out how many non-Hindus are working in the Endowments Departments and how many of them are engaged in missionary activities to convert Hindus who are working in these Temples. GHHF Recommends these measures to Maintain the Sanctity of Hindu Temples: Investigate and find out how many Executive Officers have allowed Non-Hindus to auction the shops to operate and obtain contracts over the last eight years since the Endowment Circular was issued in 2011. Publish the names of all Hindu Temples where non-Hindus are operating the shops and vacant sites and are doing contracts. Identify the number of Non-Hindu employees who are working in Hindu Temples and remove them from their positions forth and inform the public about the number of people removed from their positions. Also, publish the names of Executive Officers who allotted the shops and awarded contracts to non-Hindus in Hindu Temples. Endowment Department should take stern action against the Executive Officers who knowingly violated the GOs. Endowment Department should not allow these Executive Officers to plead innocence. They are highly educated and some of them are even IAS officers. They are not illiterate to plead ignorance. If the contracts have been issued during their time, they should be made accountable and justice should be done. They should be made personally liable for violating the GO 426. Mere transfer of Executive Officers or any Endowment Officer to another position would not solve the problem. There is no reasonable guarantee that they would stop hurting the feelings of Hindus and stop stealthily encouraging other religious people to engage in missionary activities. In addition to transferring these Executive Officers, Government should file a criminal case against these Executive Officers who allotted these shops to Non-Hindus knowing fully well that was against the Government Orders. Endowment Department should investigate to find out how many of these non-Hindus have engaged in missionary activities to convert Hindus into their respective faiths. Develop guidelines as to the punitive consequences of violating the Government GOs and High Court verdicts. Depending on the level of violation and extent of hurting the feelings of Hindus, the government should impose a heavy fine and/or jail term. They must be clearly stated in the government GOs with no uncertain terms and with no ambiguity. Article 295A should be utilized by Endowment Department which says anybody who deliberately and intently hurt the feelings of Hindus shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to three years, or with fine, or with both. GHHF would request you to take appropriate steps that this kind of fiasco in Sri Sailam would not be repeated. If you need any further information, please contact me at your earliest convenience. With respects.   Dhanyavad Prakasarao V Velagapudi PhD President, GHHF USA Phone # 601-918-7111                                                                                                      Copy:   Hon. Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, CM                                                                                                                 Hon. L V Subramanyam IAS, Chief Secretary                                                                                                                 Dr. Man Mohan Singh IAS, Principle Secretary                                                                                                                 Smt. R Padma IAS, Endowments Commissioner                                                                                                                 Sri Y V Subba Reddy, Chairman TTD                                                                                                                 Sri Anil Kumar Singhal IAS, EO, TTD      
31 Aug 2019

Lecture scheduled on "Raising Hindu Children in USA" at Hindu Temple in Brandon, October 27.

We request all interested parents and youth to attend this lecture which focuses on the need for inculcating the richness of our Sanatana Dharma, what kind of knowledge to be transmitted, how to create pride among our youth and also how to discuss about various facets of Hinduism with others. Knowledge is power. More we know about our culture more we can explain and defend ourselves customs, traditions, practices and rituals. My own experience of raising my own children and grandchildren and and observations of other parents' struggles to raise their children may provide necessary information for parents and youth to channel their resources in proper direction. Lecture is scheduled on October 27 at 11:00 am at Hindu Temple Society of Mississippi, 173 Vernon Jones Road, Brandon, Mississippi.
23 Oct 2019

[GHHF] Andhra Pradesh Government Reversed its Decision: Not Distributing Hindu Temple Lands for the Poor

GOOD NEWS Andhra Pradesh Government decided not to distribute Hindu Temple lands for poor people. Global Hindu Heritage Foundation has written a very strong letter asking the government not to use the Temple lands. Many other organizations also dis the same. In fact, we were preparing a Writ Petition challenging the government decision to distribute Temple lands. We will keep monitoring all the government actions related Temples, Temple money, Temple management and temple lands. Please read the NEWS Item Andhra Pradesh govt not to distribute temple land for the poor Press Trust of India | Amaravati Last Updated at October 20, 2019 19:55 IST Bowing to pressure from different quarters, the Andhra Pradesh government has decided not to give away temple lands in the form of house sites to the landless poor. The government had announced it would distribute house sites and housing units to over 25 lakh beneficiaries on Telugu New Years Day 'Ugadi' next year. In line with this, Special Chief Secretary (Revenue) Manmohan Singh issued a memo to all district Collectors asking them to identify land available village-wise. He also asked the Collectors to identify endowment lands, which the "temples and choultries are willing to auction with the permission of the High Court. This stirred a controversy with the BJP and some Hindu religious organisations strongly opposing the move to dispense with temple lands. The issue came up for discussion during a review meeting on lands Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy conducted here recently. The Chief Minister was categorical that no temple land should be touched. Instead, he wanted the required land acquired for distribution to the poor, a senior official, who attended the meeting, said. Officials estimated that over 40,000 acres of land would be required for distribution to the landless poor. So far, over 20 lakh prospective beneficiaries were identified under the programme. While 21,948 acres of government land was identified for distribution, another 19,000 acres has to be acquired from private persons. In some districts, lands earmarked for industrial promotion are also being converted into house sites since there has been no industrial development in the last few years, official sources said. The land acquisition will cost us anywhere between Rs 8,000 crore and Rs 10,000 crore. We will complete the process of beneficiary identification by this month-end and then go for land acquisition, a senior official added. (This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.) Link to the original Article. https://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/andhra-pradesh-govt-not-to-distribute-temple-land-for-the-poor-119102000635_1.html
21 Oct 2019

Death Threat to Savetemples from a Christian Pastor; Case Registered in Hyderabad, Telangana.

Dear Friends: Following is the email we received in our website http://www.savetemples.org PLEASE CLOSE YOUR ACCOUNT AND WEBSITE THAT IS SAVETEMPLES.ORG. OTHERWISE WE WILL KILL YOU SOON. OTHERWISE WE HACK AND DELETE YOUR ACCOUNT. WE HAVE WEAPONS. OUR VOLUNTEERS READY FOR BATTLE. KILL YOU IF YOU WONT DELETE.                 On July 25, we have received this message through email from Pastor R. Praveen Kumar.“One book, one God, and one way” is the Christian doctrine. Anybody who disagrees with this doctrine is condemned to hell. Even after 2000 years, since Christians are not able to make inroads into Hindu faith, they resort to violence and terror. They have always succeeded to convert many nations only through violence.                 Christians in India are using every deceptive method to convert Hindus by even adopting all Hindu rituals to woo Hindus. Failing, they are resorting to their age-old tactic – threatening to kill.Pastor R. Praveen Kumaris following what Christians have always followed. Create fear in the hearts of Hindus with threats to kill as suggested in the Bible. How many presidents abhorred Christianity?Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) says, "Millions of innocent men, women and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, imprisoned: yet we have not advanced one inch towards humanity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half of the world fools, and the other half hypocrites. To support error and roguery all over the earth" In the name of  their God, Jesus, though out the history, the Christians  fostered hatred, proclaimed exclusivity, demeaned the lives of other religious people, destroyed the idols, disfigured the images, converted forcefully, demolished Hindu temples, banned Hindu rituals and festivals, prohibited speaking native language, triggered violent encounters, inflicted horror on the children, disallowed wearing Indian dresses, dismembered children in front of their parents, and even proscribed the items such as betle leaves, turmeric, kunkum, flowers, coconuts, areca nuts, etc. This was all done in Goa and other places in India. They want to repeat those atrocities by threatening Hindus and their organizations. What the Christians are doing today with their rampant Christian conversion machinery is reminiscent of Goa inquisition where the cruelties are the vilest. They do what Bible tells them to do as found in I Samuel 15:3, the prophet Samuel gives King Saul this commandment from the Lord: “Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.”The secular media is blind to the atrocities of proselytization, exclusivity and one god phobia, one wonders about their source of living. Are they abetting the atrocities of Christians?  Are they sold to the Christian money machine?                 Now Christians are getting emboldened with the recent elections in Andhra Pradesh and showing their real colors.  Buttressed by the support of the so-called secularists, liberal media, so-called intellectuals, politicians, so-called Hindus and atheists, Christians and Muslims are targeting Hindus. It is time for Hindus to stand up and fight for their survival.                 Below you will see the threatening email, IP address, Cell phone information, Calvary Church address, and Google location. We have provided additional information to Police authorities in Hyderabad. We will try to keep you updated on the course of actions being taken. Thank you for all your support.
02 Aug 2019

Christianity took over Andhra Administration?

Hindu Activists voices are being muzzled with police power By Sudha Mohan Mylavarapu - July 22, 2019 https://www.pgurus.com/christianity-took-over-andhra-administration/   Christianity took over Andhra Administration? There are thousands of Hindu temples across India where Christians are openly trying to preach and convert Hindus by saying Hindus are devil worshippers. Andhra administration seems to be working hand in glove with Christian missionaries Visakhapatnam's police commissioner Rajiv Kumar Meena issued a memorandum to the city police to protect minority Christians and their churches from Hindu aggression. As per Vizag's city police website, the commissioner took charge on 27th June 2019 and this memorandum was issued on 4th July 2019. Commissioner did not waste any time issuing the orders to protect the Christians. The person who requested protection seems to have close links with the Andhra Christian chief minister Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy. Rajiv Kumar Meena's memorandum to the Vishakhapatnam city police to protect minority Christians and their churches from Hindu aggression All over Andhra, Hindus are under attack. Except in rare circumstances mostly aggressors and provokers are from so-called "Minority" community. When Hindus retaliate in desperation[1], Christians play the victim card and use the mighty power of the administration to muzzle the voice of Hindus. One such example is Shivaji, a Hindu activist from Shiva Shakti organisation was arrested in Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh. He was arrested for sending WhatsApp messages which are alerting Hindus from the lies peddled by other religions. After the arrest, Andhra police have declined to give answers to the public and booked him on charges related to WhatsApp messages. Police are also blocking and not answering phone calls. Is the Andhra administration following traditional Christian methods to oppress or discourage Hindu voices? Shiva Shakti Shivaji's arrest in Kurnool is an indication of the attitude of the police. As per the above memorandum, this is likely to repeat in Visakhapatnam and other places in Andhra too. "Andhra government came up with a scheme of appointing several hundred village volunteers. It is being alleged that many of these appointees are Christians and also YSR party members." In Andhra, during Y.S. Raja Sekhar Reddy's rule, several evangelists tried to proselytize in some of the famous Hindu temples such as Tirumala. After protests from the Hindu society, the administration issued orders restricting Evangelical activities near-certain temples. We can see the copy of that G.O below. GO order There are many grey areas in this G.O; there is no mention of how far a distance from the Hindu temples such evangelical activities are restricted and why only a few temples? Is this G.O indirectly saying that the government is allowing the Christians to preach near the Hindu temples which are not mentioned in this list? Why not a blanket ban? Did the government punish the guilty Christians ever? May be government or the police don't have the evidence. Social media is full of such evidences. In this video we can clearly see how these missionaries are trying to proselytize near a temple near Visakhapatnam. Andhra was known to divert Hindu endowment funds to the government's common good funds. Endowment department is making thousands of crores or rupees every year[2]. [3] Despite having huge sums of money, many Hindu temples are in a very bad state. Many Archakas are struggling to make a living.[4] On the other hand, the Christian preachers and Islamic mullahs are getting huge sums of money from abroad (5] via FCRA and FDI, and their communities are also paying them well (Dasama Bhagam, i.e. 1/10 th of their earnings are donated to church or Mosque). Super secular Abrahamised Government is sucking all Hindu temple money and have not dared to touch Islamic and Christian funds. As per the news on Telugu MSM, Andhra govt announced salaries to imams (Rs-10,000), pastors (Rs 5,000). It makes sense to pay salaries to Archakas because the government is making huge sums of money from temples. One would wonder on what basis the Christian ruler of Andhra gives state sponsored salaries to pastors and mullahs? There are many farmers committing suicide, the government has no love for these hard-working farmers!! Where is the money coming from to pay these salaries? Is the govt using Hindu temple money for their schemes? Is this for electoral gains? Or is Andhra chief minister openly supporting the aggressive conversion racket to convert all Hindus? It is time all Hindus must demand separation of temples from the state's clutches. Andhra government came up with a scheme of appointing several hundred village volunteers. [6] It is being alleged that many of these appointees are Christians and also YSR party members. Their recruitment is in the final stages now. God only knows the real reason why these are appointed, maybe it is for converting Hindus at village level? Christian missionaries are notorious in using the administrative power to convert the indigenous populations across the world. History filled with many instances and evidences to prove the destruction of indigenous cultures and religions. Christian missionaries use the money power or the administrative power for conversion. One such best living example is persecution of Canadian indigenous population. [7] By doing such heinous acts the Church grew to become the world's strongest political institution under the garb of spirituality. "The orders issued by the Andhra police is an indication of the Chief Minister'sChristians and Muslim appeasement mentality.” In British Raj, when East India company put restrictions on missionary work in India, missionaries used "Sati" propaganda to enter into India on the pretext to civilize barbaric Hindus.[8] The same missionaries turned a blind eye to the persecution of their women on the name of the witch hunt. Approximately 9 million women in Europe were murdered, with the support of the church. [9] From the past couple of hundred years, Christianity is spreading in India like water under the carpet. Officially India's Christian population stays between 2-3%, unofficially it is approximately 20-30% of India's population. In many states Hindus are minorities. Historically Christians and Islamists are abusing Hindu goodwill. There are many evidences to prove their aggression. Above video is one best example of how Christians are violating Hindu hospitality. Doesn't the constitution put reasonable restrictions on all fundamental rights? There are thousands of Hindu temples across India where Christians are openly trying to preach and convert Hindus by saying Hindus are devil worshippers. As per the constitution, every religion has the right to propagate, but there are restrictions to all fundamental rights. In the process of conversions Christians claim, "by doing idolatry a Hindu will go to hell and burn" and, they equate Hindu gods to demons. This is clear blasphemy. This blasphemy is happening on a large scale in Andhra and in India, but the authorities turn a blind eye. When Hindus confront these preachers with questions, then Christians use the power of administration to silence those who confronted the proselytization. Time is running out fast for Hindus. If this trend continues, similar to North-Eastern states there will not be any Hindu left in Andhra in coming years. Hindus plight in Kerala and Tamil Nadu is horrible. Christianity is in control of these two states. We have all witnessed many attacks on Hinduism and Hindus in both these states. A good example is Sabarimala and how the communist government of Kerala was played by the church to destroy the holiness of Sabarimala. The orders issued by the Andhra police is an indication of the Chief Minister's Christians and Muslim appeasement mentality. He seemed to have forgotten that all Hindus voted him to power in good faith. The administration's actions are very disappointing and unethical. They are trying to protect the aggressors and punishing the innocent who are struggling for existence from the oppressions. Hindus of Andhra must question this biased attitude of Andhra Government. If this does not change, by the end of the tenure of this government, about 50% of Andhra will slip into the spell of Christianity. Note: 1. The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of PGurus.
23 Jul 2019

Ancient Hindu Scriptures and Business Management – Part 1

(NOTE:In this section, we concentrated on the reasons for the failure of the corporations, how to control the stress, importance of controlling the mind and benefits of meditation. In the next article we will extract the guidelines hidden in Bhagavad Gita, Chanakya Arthashastra, Bhishma’s message, Rama’s advice to Lakshman, and Sant Ramdas’ letter on RajNeeti to Shambhaji Maharaj). Hindus have been dealing with various dimensions of human life ranging from science, religion, society, culture, guru tattva, dharma, karma and reincarnation, four ashramas, Purushardhas, leadership qualities, ethics and morals, traditions and rituals and management of kingdoms through multitude of books such as Vedas, Upanishads, Puranas, Ramayana, Mahabharata, Bhagavad Gita, Arthasashtra and other scriptures. These scriptures are filled with ancient wisdom that is as applicable today as it was eons ago.  The ideas of various instances of managerial practices such as the vision, planning, execution, organization, coordination, controlling, conciliation, cooperation, winning methods, treatment of the people, appointment of right people to the top position and so on.  India, as well as the West, is looking at the pearls of wisdom scattered across these timeless and boundary-less messages found in these ancient scriptures.  We will examine the current situation in the business climate of USA, reasons for a high percentage of business failures, stress that is taking a toll on the member's productivity and how the Hindu scriptures are coming to the rescue to salvage these organizations by providing guidelines needed to revitalize them. Innumerable ideas, multiple guidelines, ageless wisdom, and perennial philosophy ishidden in numerous Hindu scriptures. These are not confined only to India; they are spread across many business organizations across the globe. It is our responsibility to pull them from all the scriptures and make them available for Lokasangraham, which is defined by BG Tilak as, “binding men together, and protecting, maintaining and regulating them in such a way that they might acquire that strength, which results from mutual cooperation, thereby putting them on the path of acquiring merit while maintaining their good condition.” (Gita Rahasyam, P:456) Before we pluck the guidelines and hidden pearls from the Hindu ancient books, let us examine the conditions under which businesses are failing and some of the possible solutions to prevent their collapse. Once we know why they fail, it is possible to decipher solutions to help revitalize them. Then we can determine the relevance of Hindu scriptures to address the issues facing the management. How Many Businesses are Failing? Lara McCaffrey reported that retail bankruptcies hit an all-time high in the first quarter of 2018, even more than last year according to Business Insider. More defaults and bankruptcies are expected to come, says a report from S&P Global Ratings, with retail liquidations speeding up. The report also says the U.S. remains oversaturated with retail despite this. Some of the businesses that have made this list might surprise you! Onthe surface they might look fine — the clerks still have smiling faces when you walk in and the clothing is still folded neatly on the shelves. But behind the scenes, there’s turmoil! Curious to see if your favorite store is on the list?  (Finance 101, September 1, 2018) According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 50% of all new businesses survive five years or more, and about one-third survive for 10 years or more.A number of studies have reported that nearly 90 % of businesses fail in ten years, as per Bill Carmody.  Whenever these businesses are started many owners are more optimistic about their success, less concerned about back up plan to counter the potential failure and not competent to calculate the risk. Passion to start the company takes over reason and objectivity. Fewer than 12% of the Fortune 500 companies included in 1955 were still on the list 62 years later in 2017, and 88% of the companies in 1955 went bankrupt, or merged with (or were acquired by) another firmor they still existed but had fallen from the top Fortune 500 companies (ranked by total revenues). Many of the companies on the list in 1955 are unrecognizableor forgotten companies today (e.g., Armstrong Rubber, Cone Mills, Hines Lumber, Pacific Vegetable Oil, and Riegel Textile). According to a 2016 report by Innosight(“Corporate Longevity: Turbulence Ahead for Large Organizations“) corporations in the S&P 500 Index in 1965 stayed in the Index for an average of 33 years. By 1990, average tenure in the S&P 500 had narrowed to 20 years and is now forecast to shrink to 14 years by 2026. At the currentrate, about half of today’s S&P 500 firms will be replaced over the next 10 years as “we enter a period of heightened volatility for leading companies across a range of industries, with the next ten years shaping up to be the most potentially turbulent in modern history” according to Innosight. Reasons for Failure  Many reasons are suggested for the failure of the businesses. Some founders and CEOs in the study cited did not have a partner to balance them, while others mentioned that their founding team was inadequate for building the MVP they needed to launch the business,. (Chad Otar, Forbes, October 8, 2018). Many start-ups do not have enough time to deal with their clients and their need. They rely more on vendors to fulfill the needs of their clientele. They are not able to cope up with the competition. Complacency with success in the initial years of success in business leads to the neglect of the customer needs and assessment of the future needs to satisfy the customers.  They become fixed in their ideas and fail to adjust their strategies to be competitive. Many Business leaders are busy with day to day problems, they are unable to build a winning team. Business success depends to a large extent on forming a talented, dynamic, and winning team. Many businesses are not able to communicate clearly, compellingly and concisely about their products and how they are different from others. Eric T Wagner reports that 8 out of 10 entrepreneurs who start businesses fail within 18 months. He mentions five reasons for failure of the businesses: 1) Once they start the business they retreat to planning and dreaming of the success without having a meaningful dialogue with real customers.  2) their product or service is not unique that sets them apart from the rest. 3) Lack of communication in a clear, concise and compelling manner about the mission of their organization. 4) Leadership breakdown at the top – not able to make right decision at the right time. Need for personal development to acquire the leadership qualities and others to emulate. 5) Startups should move quickly to develop the product without spending huge sums of money. How to Manage the Stress Ample evidence suggests that 80 percent of Americans experience stress either frequently or sometimes. Work and family obligations are cited as the major factors in encountering stress and anxiety. They feel that they do not have enough time to meet the demands of the work and the family. Stress is more damaging to the individual than any other factor. If stress is not addressed and left untreated then it may lead to mental and physical ailments as well as performance levels at work. Stress, as defined by stress researcher Hans Selye in Organizational Behavior, is "the nonspecific response of the body to any demands made upon it." J. Clarkedefines stress in Stress management as an "internal state or reaction to anything we consciously or unconsciously perceive as a threat, either real or imagined."             Stress affects our body, health, feelings, judgment, mind, thought process, relations, and behavior. If it is not addressed, it can affect our blood pressure, heart disease, irritable bowel syndrome, and diabetes. Stress can debilitate one’s performance of doing good to himself, for others and in his own world of work. A survey conducted by employment search site Monster.com of nearly 7,000 U.S. workers found that while a less-than-surprising 35% had contemplated leaving a job to flee a stressful work environment, a more significant number--42%--had "purposely" left a position because of such a workplace. "People feel stressed out because there’s that continuingpressure to do more with less. Workers feel pressure to get more accomplished," says Mary Ellen Slayter, Career Advice Expert at Monster Kathryn Dill reported that a separate survey of more than 900 workers found that an employee's relationship with their boss is the most common cause of workplace stress, followed closely by workload, work-life balance, and relationships with coworkers. Nearly half of employees surveyed report having missed time at work due to work-related stress, and an even greater number, 61%, say that workplace stress has caused them actual physical illness, with insomnia, depression, and family issues cited as results. Stress comes from all directions – friends, family members, co-workers, bosses and even strangers. The pressure from work can cause frustration, fear, and stress. It agitates the mind resulting in losing the judgment, clouding our thinking, fogging our goals and bewildering our existence itself. We all have to work patiently and intensely to restore our judgment and balance our wavering mind. Bhagavad Gita regards equanimity as essential to making the right decisions either at a personal or professional sphere. “Be steadfast in the performance of your duty, O Arjun, abandoning attachment to success and failure. Such equanimity is called Yoga.” (2:48).  The mind is unstable, keeps changing like a wind, and does not remain focused. The mind gets elated when in happiness while dejected when in sorrow. The uneven mind is restless and unstable. Even the mind is considered Sthithipragna. In this state, one is at peace where success and failure would not disappoint or exalt him since his efforts are done without attachment and with no expectation of fruits. The unperturbed mind will be able to concentrate on his efforts, focus on the planning and execution, and gain clarity in the future course of action. He is emotionally stable, always at peace, undisturbed by the vicissitudes, free from fear, firmly grounded on the wisdom, egoless and self-controlled. Whether your stress comes from your family or your job, you feel very heavy as if something is pushing you down with so much weight. That weight will make you feel dizzy, fuzzy, and giddy for you to make right decisions. Te remove this weight hanging over your shoulders, you need to make every effort to control your mind that would enable you to create the things that would enable you to dissolve the weight that you do not want. If you can slow down your mind and body long enough to realize that you are not in mortal danger, you will remain calm. One way to do this is by breathing deeply. Another straightforward technique is to focus on a word or phrase that has significance for you. Repeat this word or phrase if you find yourself becoming tense. Relaxation lowers your pulse rate, respiration, and blood pressure. When you combine different techniques such as deep breathing, muscle relaxation, meditation, and yoga, you can significantly lower your stress levels. You will also elevate your mood and improve your ability to focus. Mind and How to Subdue As per Oxford University, “The mind (not to be confused with the brain) is a set of cognitive faculties including consciousness, imagination, perception, thinking, judgment, language, and memory. It is usually defined as the faculty of an entity's thoughts and consciousness.” It is responsible for expressing your thoughts, likes and dislikes, feelings and emotions, resulting in attitudes and actions. The mind thinks involuntarily. Nobody can think of how it reacts and receives.             Swami Sivananda discussed and unraveled the mystery of mind through Vedantic philosophy. “He who knows the receptacle (Ayatana) verily becomes the receptacle of his people. Mind is verily the receptacle (of all our knowledge).” (Chhandogya Upanishad, V-i-5) That which separates you from God is mind. The wall that stands between you and God is mind. Pull the wall down through Om-Chintana or devotion and you will come face to face with God.             Bhagavad Gita says that agitated, unruly, unstable mind is the enemy while the stable even and calm mind is a friend. The mind has a tendency to go after fulfilling the sensate desires and material aspirations resulting in falling in the mire of never ending desires. The more one desires more will sprout. With it, the mind experiences stress, frustration, and agitation dominating the very existence of life. This is experienced by one and all irrespective of the position one occupies. Whether it is on the battlefield, organizations, institutions, family, or friendship circles, mind whirls.     In fact, this is exactly what happened to Arjuna on the battlefield. Arjuna acknowledges that, “I feel the limbs of my body quivering and my mouth drying up. My whole body is trembling, and my hair is standing on end. My bow Gandiva is slipping from my hand, and my skin is burning. I am now unable to stand here any longer. I am forgetting myself, and my mind is reeling. I foresee only evil, O killer of the Kesi demon. (1;28-30) The mind is very restless, turbulent, strong and obstinate, O Krishna. It appears to me that it is more difficult to control than the wind. (6:34) O Arjuna, the senses are so turbulent they can forcibly lead astray the mind of even a wise person striving for perfection. (2:60) For the mind which follows in the wake of the wandering senses, carries away his discrimination, as a wind which carries off its course a boat on the waters.             From these statements, we can discern that controlling the mind is the most difficult task in the work. Occasional failures should not be taken seriously.  They should not be in the way oy dreaming the dreams and achieving the vision of your interest. They should inspire, stimulate and spur us to be more determined than ever to pursue the set goals. Paramahamsa Yogananda’s description of a restless mind is worth remembering. His way of comparing the mind to the very nature of animals is beyond anybody’s imagination. He says, “You may control a mad elephant; You may shut the mouth of the bear and the tiger; Ride the lion and play with the cobra; By alchemy you may earn your livelihood; You may wander through the universe incognito; Make vassals of the gods; be ever youthful; You may walk in water and live in fire; But control of the mind is better and more difficult.” The mind has to be controlled, subdued and disciplined if we have to make the right decision either in the organizations or in the family matters.  To be disciplined, to perform one’s own dharma, to accomplish the task at hand successfully and lead personal or professional life without ego, the mind must be controlled.  Sri Krishna himself acknowledges that it is difficult to subdue, He says, "Arjuna said: For the mind is restless, turbulent, obstinate and very strong, O Krishna, and to subdue it, to control it, I think, is more difficult than controlling the wind." “O mighty-armed son of Kunti, it is undoubtedly very difficult to curb the restless mind, but it is possible by constant practice and by detachment.” "Lord Sri Krishna said: For one whose mind is unbridled, uncontrolled, self-realization is difficult to work. But he whose mind is controlled and who strives by appropriate means is assured of success. That is My opinion." (Bhagavad Gita 6:34-36).  It is natural for all of us to crave after material objects, to get addicted to sense objects and to get disparaged with vicissitudes of events. It is only by swimming repeatedly, one masters swimming. Without detachment and constant practice, one can control the fickle mind. He also suggests that one should perform his duty with even-minded in success and failure. It is only with an unperturbed mind, the mind can gain clarity, firmness, calmness, and focus. Meditation As M. Brieux, a member of the French Academy writes:  "The noble minds of India, without having had the necessity of having recourse to experimental science like us, discovered the truths which we discover after them.  By the unaided power of meditation, they have given an explanation of the universe which appeared ridiculous to us for a long time, but which our scholars are now beginning to accept." Arnold Toynbee recognizes the spiritual power of ancient wisdom by saying, “So now we turn to India. This spiritual gift, that makes a man human, is still alive in Indian souls. Go on giving the world Indian examples of it. Nothing else can do so much to help mankind to save itself from destruction.” According to Patanjali Yoga Sutras, meditation is said to increase prana (life energy). It is the basis of well-being and health. Meditation increases prana, and when you have more prana, you feel more energetic, alert, and more positive. Lack of prana results in lethargy, carelessness, and negativity. Meditation is defined as an intentional regulated breathing.  Concentrate on your thinking process, visualize the higher realms by regulating the mind from wandering in order to regulate the stress anxiety and depression with a deliberate attempt to calm the mind and body. Regular meditation will make the difference over a period of time as neurons in the brain stop bouncing back and forth.  It is a panacea for all the stress, anxiety, tensions and pressures of day to day work. It is very difficult to understand the workings of the mind. In one of the scriptures, it is stated that it is easier to go all the way to the sky, fold it and bring back to the earth than understanding the mind.  The mindbecomes agitated, aggrandized, tensed up, impatient, restless and listless. Our Rishis have understood the nature of mind and devised a plan to bring quietude, calmness, and tranquility. “The method is yoga with the Supreme Soul, God. Yoga is connecting with the Source through which spiritual might is received and the will power in human souls is activated by an enlightened conscience. "Shakti" is spiritual might and it comes directly from God and is the only energy that can purify souls and remove the toxic waste of anger, attachment, ego, greed, and lust. The teachings of Raja Yoga connect the soul to its original, authentic Self, to the treasures within -- wisdom, virtues, and spiritual powers. It provides the basis of life-changing experiences through understanding the non-negotiable laws of life, making meaning out of intention and purpose, discerning truth from facts and figures, and seeing clearly the distinction between maps and territory.” (B K Gayatri Naraine) In a 2010 study published in Consciousness and Cognition Journal, researchers assigned 24 people in the intervention group. They received four sessions of mindfulness meditation training. The control had 25 people, and this group listened to an audiobook. Results showed that both the mindfulness meditation training group and the control group showed improved mood, but only meditation training reduced fatigue and anxiety and increased mindfulness. Moreover, brief mindfulness training significantly improved visuospatial processing, working memory, and executive functioning. Researchers concluded, “Our findings suggest that four days of meditation training can enhance the ability to sustain attention; benefits that have previously been reported with long-term meditators.” Meditation has been proven to offer benefits such as stress reduction, relaxation, fatigue, concentration, calmness, creativity, performance, and peace of mind. “During meditation, you focus your attention and quiet the stream of jumbled thoughts that may be crowding your mind and causing stress. Meditation can instill a sense of calm, peace and balance that can benefit both your emotional well-being and your overall health.” (Mayo Clinic Staff, April 21, 2016) Benefits of Meditation Numerous studies have been conducted to find out the benefits one would accrue by doing meditation. Meditation can give you a sense of calm, peace and balance that can benefit both your emotional well-being and your overall health. And these benefits don't end when your meditation session ends. Meditation can help carry you more calmly through your day and may help you manage symptoms of certain medical conditions. About 4000 studies have accumulated benefits of meditation that would include: Gain a new perspective on stressful situations Increase in social connections Increase in focus and attention Improve the ability to do multitask Build skills to manage stress Makes one more compassionate Increased self-awareness Focus on the present Reduced negative emotions Decrease in depression and anxiety Improved in the ability to be creative and think outside the box Increase in imagination and creativity Improved ability to retrospect Increased patience and tolerance  Increase in mental strength and focus Increased memory retention and recall Better cognitive skills and creative thinking Better decision making and problem solving Better information processing Numerous health benefits are credited to meditation. Mayo Clinic Staff summarized a number of studies and concluded that the research on the benefits of Yoga and Meditation is accumulating consistently over many decades. Most of the businesses as well as ordinary average individuals are recognizing the need to reduce the stress and importance of improving their situations. Not only meditation can affect the functioning of their organizations but also improvesproductivity, decreases the turnover, counters the stress, reduces the fatigue and improves the physical and mental health. (October 17, 2017)             Meditation helps to concentrate and focus on one thing at a time instead of dealing with many things creating chaos and confusion. The more one focuses, more concentration one develops, the more one concentrates, one performs better and with ease. It also minimizes the use of energy and helps one to be productive and be at peace. This article additionally describes that severe stress causes an increase in some of the regions of the amygdala, (emotional center related to fear) and decrease in regions of the hippocampus (memory and learning), and prefrontal cortex (decision-making).  It notes that meditation counteracts these stress-related brain changes. Meditation decreases anxiety and fear and increases memory and cognitive abilities. Deep breathing when stressed out helps them to remain focused and have clarity in thinking, calms down the cluttered mind, and increases blood circulation to the brain.             In aresearch conducted over a period of eight weeks by David M Levy, et al;they recruited three groups of people.  They measured the participants’ speed, accuracy, and the extent to which they switched tasks. They concluded, “The meditation group reported lower levels of stress during the multi-tasking test while those in the control group or who received only relaxation training did not. When the control group was given meditation training, however, its members reported lower stress during the test just as had the original meditation group.” Meditation and Serotonin Levels Research has indicated that low serotonin levels have been linked to depression, obesity, various sleep disorders, migraine headaches, and PMS. ... Given the fact that many complain these days of one or more of these problems, it would seem that many would benefit from this in order to naturally stimulate an increase in serotonin levels. But there have also been studies to warn of "serotonin syndrome," with possible negative effects from manipulating the serotonin levels by using meditation. ... see the second link on my sources list for a selection of journal articles on that subject. Some believe there may also be a question as to whether meditation differs from more informal relaxation in its stimulation of serotonin levels. A formal study on the effects of long meditation on plasma melatonin and blood serotonin, conducted in Oslo, Norway at Ulleval University Hospital, arrived at a conclusion that "Serotonin declines after both one-hour meditation and rest, indicating that serotonin may be a marker of general rest and not meditation-specific relaxation." (See the third link on my list for detail on this study). But overall, I think we can safely say that meditating would be a benefit for a good many people, with the increased serotonin levels contributing in a very favorable way to their physical, mental and spiritual well-being. Please subscribe to Save Temples Telegram channel at https://t.me/savetemples
22 Mar 2019

Activities and Accomplishments of GHHF - India Trip December through February 2019

GHHF Activities and Accomplishments of our India Trip December thru February 2019   Namaste: These are some of the activities we have conducted or participated during our trip to India. We spent more than ten weeks going to different places, attending different programs, releasing a book on “Ambushing Hinduism”, and meeting many officials and dignitaries. We spent considerable time in Tirupati to establish Savetemples Office. Very fortunate to have Prasad Yalamanchi and his wife visit our office in Tirupati. I thought of sharing our activities for your information. Ram Sharma Kasibhatla, who is our Board member and who lives in Bengaluru has been a great help in arranging and coordinating our travel plans and also scheduling some of our activities during our visit to Bharat. He made our trip comfortable and productive. December 2, 2018 Swami Paripoornananda campaigned in eight constituencies. I was fortunate to accompany him for about 12 hours. On December 2, Swamiji campaigned in eight places. There was so much excitement and enthusiasm. He attracted a huge crowd where ever he went. I was fortunate to attend all these campaigns that started at 11:00 am ended around 10:00 pm. He went by chopper to Yadagiri and Chevali. Visited Santoshnagar, jubilee hills, Rajendernagar, Malakpet, and other cities.   December 6 BJP manifesto for Loka Kalyanam (Public Welfare); Congress Party and TRS Manifestos for Minority Kalyanam (Muslim and Christian Welfare) for Telangana Elections. https://www.savetemples.org/post/bjp-manifesto-for-loka-kalyanam-public-welfare-congress-party-and-trs-manifestos-for-minority-kalyanam-muslim-and-christian-welfare-for-telangana-elections/597?fbclid=IwAR3-Ejd_RKmdNWH8Xc4ilYsPqUq48INXijc2x7f-NIRIbFt6j9sYo5JFUAU     December 18 Gita Jayanti and Vaikunta Ekadasi at Ganapathy Sachchidananda Ashram On December 18. More than 120,000 people had Uttaradwara darshan (darshan from north entrance). Lines started forming by 4:30 am and darshan ended at 11:30 pm At 10:00 am all 700 verse of Gita were chanted by about 100 devotees. In the evening Sri Swamiji announced SGS post installation exceeded 200,000 and it is being read in 186 countries.     December 22 Hinduism in the USA: Prakasarao Velagapudi was interviewed on “O Meluko Hindu” on Bharat TV on December 10th and was shown on December 22. https://youtu.be/v2G-Qdl_PYk   Prakasarao Velagapudi spoke on the spread of Hinduism in the USA starting with Emerson, Thoreau, and Whitman until rent times. He traced the contribution of Swami Vivekananda, Sri Swami Rama, Paramahamsa Yogananda and a multitude of Swamijis. It was discussed on Bharath TV In Hyderabad. Another one on the Status of Women in the Bible was shown in June 2018. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Jqwx6C4nqM   December 16-23, 2018 Datta Jayanti celebrations at Sri Sachchidananda Ashram Sri Swamiji conducted Datta Jayanti for three days and sang Bhajans. He also announced that SGS post registrations exceeded 200,000. His messages are being read in 186 countries He also inaugurated the musical wing in Vishwamji museum     December 24-25 Visited Kukke Subramanya Swamy, Dharma Sthala, Upidi Sri Krishna Temple, Sringeri Sharada Peetham and Kolluru Temple. Sri Sugunendra Teertha Swamiji suggested that we visit His Ashram. We spent one night and visited the Ashram until noon. In Sringeri, we were fortunate to have darshan and a short interview with Jagadguru Shankaracharya of Sringeri who blessed our activities.             December 26, 2018 Addressed to 28 Bhajan Mandals in Valmikipuram near Tirupathi on December 25 Nearly 500 bhajan Mandali members came from different villages for a day-long event sponsored by Samarasata Seva Foundation. To create a sense of identity among villagers, bhajan Mandals were established to encourage singing Bhajans in order to promote Dharmic culture. I spoke about the spread of Hinduism in the USA and the importance of singing Bhajans by tracing the Varkari saints and how to continue the tradition in villages. On this occasion, GHHF publication on Ramayana and CD were presented to the coordinators of Bhajan Mandals.   December 27 Visited Sri Kalahasti Siva Temple which is considered as Vayu Linga – wind. It is considered one of the Jyotir Lingas. Some people consider it as Dakshina Kasi and also as Rahu Ketu Kshetra. Many people visit this Temple to do Sani Pujas. The Temple was built around the fifth Century while Raja Gopuram was built by Sri Krishna Devaraya in the 12th century. Unfortunately, due to total negligence and indifference, the government did not do the needed repairs for a crack on the Gopuram. As a result, it was collapsed about eight years ago. Nagarjuna Cements volunteered to build this Raja Gopuram and completed it about two years ago. This Temple is about 40 kilometers from Tirupati.         December 31, 2018 Visited 2,200 old Parasurameswara temple at Gudimallam near Tirupati This temple, which has a history of 2200 years, is located in a small village. In Garbhagudi, one finds a Shiva Linga with Lord Brahma in demonic form as Lord Shiva is seen as standing on the shoulder of a dwarf. Garbhagudi is at a lower level than the Ananda Nilayam. It appears that on the day of Dakshinayana and Uttarayana, sun rays fall on the bottom of Shive Linga. The rays first fall on the Bali Peetham and then they go through holes in the window, fall on the horns of Nandi and then on Shiva Linga in Garbhagudi. There are many such stories surrounding this temple.     January 1, 2019 We visited ISCON Temple in Tirupati and had a darshan of Lord Krishna and Radha. It is a beautiful Temple to see and admire the architecture. It is believed that Sri Srila Prabhupada visited Tirupati in 1974 and expressed his interest to TTD and Endowment Minister in Building this Temple. TTD provided a piece of land at the foothills of Balaji Temple. They maintain Goshala and Veda Patashala. They have good Guest House for people to stay. We had the opportunity to meet one of the Swamiji, Sri Leela Praraya Dasa, who explained about the history of the Temple.       January 2-3 Sri Swami Paripoornananda Came to Tirupathi to mobilize people to participate in Savetemples movement and held a meeting in Bheema’s Restaurant. More than hundred special invited activists gathered and pledged to support our activities. Sri Swamiji spent more than 5 hours in Savetemples office meeting various people seeking their help. Hari Tummala, Giri, Reddappa have actively participating in these activities for the last few months. All these people pledged their support to the movement. January 4, 2019 Attended Samarasata Seva Foundation function on Jan 4 Under the aegis of Hindu Dharma Parirakshana Trust, Samarasata seva Foundation organizes all Mandal coordinators of Chittoor district to overview the activities and accomplishments on January 4, 2019, at Ramakrishna Mission facility in Tirupathi Discussed the future course of action and passed resolutions expressing appreciation for those involved. Spoke about the status of Dharmic activities in the USA and our efforts to free Hindu temples from the government control in India   January 7 Spoke at Virat Hindustan Sangam Conference Dharma on Jan 6 in Mumbai Dr. Subramanian Swamy organized this meeting in Mumbai with the help of Virat Hindustan Sangam members. Dharma wiki was released to portray the factual Hinduism and refute the false information. I had a chance to speak on the spread of Hinduism in the USA.     January 8 Visited Somnath temple - one of the jyotirlingas As many of you are aware that this temple was looted and destroyed by Muslims several times. Every time it was rebuilt, it faced the same state. After Independence, Vallabhai Patel rebuilds the present structure. Dr. Rajendra Prasad inaugurated the temple in spite of objections from Nehru at the time.     January 12 Met Dr. Man Mohan Singh, the Principle Secretary for Revenues in the Secretariat at Velagapudi. Spent about 15-20 minutes talking about our mission and see how we can work to maintain transparency and proper use of Temple money. Also talked to Sri L V Subrahmanyam, former EO of TTD.       January 13 Dharma Acharya Sadassu In Vijayawada on Jan 10th More than 50 Swamiji’s and Hindu leaders were invited to Dharma Acharya Sadassu to talk about various issues affecting Hinduism. Each leader was given 15 minutes talk about their attitudes and suggestions to overcome menace caused by Christians and the government. I spoke about the need to I still pride among Hindus and how to confront Christian attack. Identified a number of deceptive conversion practices designed to lure the innocent Hindus.   January 14 Visited historical Lord Shiva temple in Gurazada, AP on January 12 Lord Shiva temple in this village has more than 150 years of history. A per the legend, somebody had a dream where Lord Shiva told him that he was residing between two Jammie trees and wanted him to find and build a temple. As per the dream, he found Shiva Linga between the two trees. We can see these two jammy trees. We visited the family who is preserving and maintaining the temple for more than 150 years. This temple faces west instead of east. As you can see it needs renovation.   January 20 Visited Sri Siddheshwar Tirth, Brahma Rishi Ashram in Tirupati We visited two temples-built side by side - one is Vishnu temple, the second one Jain Temple. Both of them are built with white marble. Sri Gurumaharaj is the founder of this Ashram. He recently visited Karya Siddhi Hanuman Temple in Frisco and also attended Diwali Mela in Dallas in 2018. It is worth visiting these beautiful temples.         January 23 Visited Goddess Padmavati Temple in Tiruchanur Goddess Lakshmi was born to Akasaraju and married to Lord Venkateswara. Lord saw her for the first time on the lotus flower in a Padmasarovaram (Temple lake). Padma Puranas described this temple in great details. Thousands of people visit every day. There is a Surya Temple facing the lake.       January 25 Visited Golden Temple in Vellore Eight of us visited Golden Temple in Vellore and spent about eight hours. Public Relations Officer conducted a detailed tour explaining the origin of the temple and history of Sri Narayani Amma. Maha Lakshmi or Lakshmi Narayani is the presiding deity. They also had a Balaji temple built two years ago. We attended the Puja performed by Amma. Following that Amma spent about 15 minutes talking to us and he blessed the activities of GHHF. He said not to worry too much about the danger to our Sanatana Dharma. We presented two of our books to Amma- Sadguru Tattvam and Reviving Hinduism. He inquired about Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji and remembered his visit to Datta Peetham. January 27 Four Hindus shared their experiences as Christians and how they came back home to Hinduism Although we talk about the deceptive practices of Christians and how they trap the vulnerable Hindus, Global Hindu Heritage Foundation wanted to have first-hand information from the reconverts. We have videotaped their experiences of being Christians, how they were trapped by the Christians, how they were treated, how they demeaned Hinduism, how they exploited them financially, how they made false claims and others. Their experiences are revealing to share with others who are still trapped by Christians missionaries. GHHF will be sharing their experiences in their own words very soon via recorded videos. GHHF honored them with shawls, Bhagavad Gita and Lord Venkateswara picture     January 29 Visited Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan In Tirupati It is located in one of the most beautiful locations in Tirupati that faces Lord Venkateswara Rajagopuram on top of the hill. Also, one can see the path where devotees climb the hill to have darshan. Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan engages in numerous social, cultural, religious and educational activities. They have more than 2500 students enrolled in different classes. I met with Sri Satyanarayana Raju who is in charge of the Bhavan. It is worth visiting to see the mere beauty of the location   February 2, 2019 “Ambushing Hinduism” book written by Prakasarao Velagapudi was released by Swami Paripoornananda in Bharat Today Building in Hyderabad. On February 2, “Ambushing Hinduism” was released by Swami Paripoornananda in Hyderabad. G. Valliswar served as the Master of the ceremony. Before the release of the book, I spoke about the mission of Global Hindu Heritage Foundation to free Hindu Temples from the government. Soon realized there was a threat to the very existence of Hinduism. It is being attacked from different directions from Christians, Islam, Hindus, Media, secularists, and academia. I mentioned that Hindus may be more dangerous to Hinduism than other groups. Government officials have become the champions of Christians and Muslims. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhD4rk1priw&t=25s   Swami Paripoornananda spoke about the Hindu politician’s evil-mindedness. They are becoming more dangerous to the existence of Hindu interests. He mentioned how Arabs, Muslims, and British people came and destroyed our civilization. He also mentioned that the present political system is more threat to the very survival of Hinduism. He asked everybody to read the book to know the anguish of Prakasarao and make concerted efforts regularly rather than addressing the issues.   February 4 Panel discussion on “Ambushing Hinduism” on Bharath TV On February 4th, a panel discussion was conducted at Bharat TV. Sri I Y R Krishna Rao, former chief Secretary and ex EO of TTD, Padmasri T Hanuman Chowdary and Dr. Remella Avadhanulu Garu assessed the book and talked about the relevancy for the present time. One-hour program was anchored by SAI Krishna https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UqsCx-9Vsw     February 7 Spoke at World Interfaith Harmony Week in Bengaluru At the invitation of Dr. Yogi Devraj on behalf of World Interfaith Week, I spoke about the reasons as to why there is more chaos than harmony. Leaders from Christian and Islamic faiths talked about harmony and how every faith should work together to maintain love and peace. I mentioned that Religion of Peace (Islam) and Religion of Love (Christianity) are causing more problems, creating divisions, breaking up families, adopting deceptive practices, advocating terrorism and creating more terror than Harmony. Unless conversion stops, society will experience more hatred and terror. Hindus never had any problems with Jews because they never imposed their religion on Hindus while the other two Abrahamic religions determined to convert India into either Christian or Islamic religion. Interfaith dialogues must discuss the real problems rather than hiding behind the real problems facing India.   Met with FIVE activists Following Interfaith Harmony meeting, Rama Sharma arranged a meeting with activists who are doing a yeoman service to protect Hindu Temples and Hinduism. Smt. Aruna, Hala Ramesh, Ramesh, Naidu and others met for more than two hours and discussed on repeating some of the activities GHHF has done in Andhra Pradesh and also take up tasks unique to Karnataka. They have identified few activist Advocated who will help them to challenge the government on its discriminatory policies toward Hindu Temples.   February 8 Visited Sri Srinivasa Raju, who is the founder of Vyasa International High School. He invited five other interested people and spent 90 minutes at his house talking to him about our future activities in Karnataka. Dr Sreeram, Dr Adinarayana and others joined our discussion. February 9    Spoke about the dangers Hinduism is facing through different organizations from diverse directions on Dharma Peetham Program in Bhaarath TV. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uH_RtEtxANs   February 10 Ancient wisdom and business management seminar The day before I left India to the USA, I was invited to speak on the impact of ancient wisdom on the business management in Bengaluru. Ram Sharma, the Board member of GHHF, organized this seminar that was attended by more than 50 IT workers. We discussed about 15 top USA business people who encourage meditation to beat the work stress in their own offices and also the number of executives who practice yoga and meditation. We talked about the impact of Bhagavad Gita, Kautilya’s Arthashastra, Vedas and Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras on the work ethics and success of the companies. Also, how music and chanting can boost energy to be more productive. A number of studies were cited to prove how meditation impacted the increase in efficiency and productivity. Also, how meditation can help maintain Stithipragna to preserve the energy and help focus on the larger goal.                     Officials we met during our India Trip Sri Mukteswara Rao, ISA (Retired). He is in charge of Swetha program where they developed a manual to train Dalits as Priests in the Temples built in Dalit Communities. He is doing a great job in teaching and training the Dalits. Sri Raghu of Bheemas Restaurant. He is one of the pillars of Hinduism in Tirupati. He coordinated Sri Paripoornananda Swamiji’s visit I Tirupati – January 2-4. Sri Myna Swamy who is the Editor of Temple Times. He has done a great job in highlighting the importance and significance of historical and ancient Temples. Sri Satyanarayana Raju who heads Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan organizing the activities of Sanatana Dharma. More than 2500 children attend Vidya Bhavan School. Dr. Muralidhara Sastry, VC principle of Sanskrit College. He also attended our Dwaraka Tirumala Conference in 2017. He is developing Certification requirements for people who work in Hindu Temples to make sure that are aware of the richness of Hinduism and Hindu Temples. Pola Bhaskar, IAS who was the Joint EO spent a few minutes talking about TTP plans to conduct Summer School in the USA this Summer. He would let us know to find out if we can also be part of that proposed plans. Since that time, he was transferred to another section. Sri Anil Kumar Singhal met with me and talked briefly about our activities. He acknowledged receiving GHHF correspondence and he is aware of our mission. Sri Ajay Kumar Varma, one of the founders of Devlok which a divine project is where all Hindu Temple traditions, customs, deities, and architecture will be presented to represent a theme that is spiritual and religious. It is being planned on a grand scale. Sri Sasrudananda Swami, Pontiff of Sri Lalitha Peetham in Tirupathi. He built a beautiful Temple. Replica of Ashtalakshmi Temples is constructed. He came to GHHF conferences three times so far. Very active and spiritual. Sri Swami Anupadananad Swami of Ramakrishna Mission in Tirupathi. Sri Subramanyam Yadav, who is part of GHHF for the last ten years in Tirupati Sri. Bhanu Prakash Reddy, BJP activist who was a Board of Trustee for TTD Sri Sundara Murthy RSS activist Panelists who discussed the book on Ambushing Hinduism Padmasree T Hanuman Chowdary Sri I Y R Krishna Rao, Ex-EO of TTD Dr. Remella Avadhanulu.   Ex-Christian Esther Her family converted to Christianity when she was about seven years. She practiced Christianity for nearly 25 years. It is a very fascinating and gripping story as to how she converted to Christianity and how she came back home. She agreed to do four segments of her story in English. We will share her videos once they are available. She will be coming to the USA in April-May. We will plan her speeches in different cities.   Please subscribe to Save Temples Telegram channel at https://t.me/savetemples              
09 Mar 2019

Homage to soldiers killed by terrorists in Pulwama, Kashmir, India

KSHT, GHHF & SKD in association with SEWA, HSS, HMSA, KANT, BANA, UPP, BSNT, OFBJP, DFWGS, SPCS & VV pay homage to soldiers killed by terrorists in Pulwama, Kashmir, India.
22 Feb 2019

Foreword to Ambushing Hinduism by Dr. Remella Avadhanulu

Dr.R.V.S.S. Avadhanulu Founder, “Shri Veda Bharathi” Bharat, that is India, has been the Hindu Rashtra from times immemorial. It  is well known over several millennia ,for its highly esteemed tradition of Sanatana Dharma, now popularly called as Hinduism. The glory of our country that  spread to all the corners of the world, is due to its unique and dignified life structure of the Hindus of this country.  Here Dharma was the way of life.  Truth was the  principle of speech. Peace  in the society was  the objective.  Tranquility of mind was the condition. Penance was the methodology. Universality was their outlook. Liberation was their goal. Equality of all creatures was the rock foundation of their thinking. Freedom of religious practice was without restrictions.  Approach to trade  and commerce was with  highest level of  righteousness,  Vedas and the knowledge in any subject was without parallel.  Encouragement to arts and science was spontaneous, Society with undivided families was a  common feature. Affinity and affection were  observable everywhere. Poverty was  unknown. Scholarliness was the point of admiration. To summarise, Satyameva jayate naanritam, Ahimso Parama Dharmah and Dharmo Rakshati Rakshitah etc. were the tenets scrupulously followed by one and all. That  was the story of Great Hindu Rashtra in ancient times.  “Glorious state” But wealth gave place to laxity. Passive nature became weakness. Pausity in research led to backwardness.  Disunity  of rulers  became the curse. Richness of people and country was source of attraction and jealousy for foreigners. Petty rivalry among the local princes  led to slavery of the nation. Ultimately  aggressions, looting and molestation  by alien rulers became the order of the day. That was the story of struggling Hindu Rashtra  during the last two thousand years. ”Pitiable State” However, mistakes were identified. Nationalism  and patriotism were  again ignited. Unity in diversity was highlighted.  Donations poured in. Vande Maataram became life line for millions of  Hindus. Sacrifices were made. Sages and saints gave clarion call. People became one.  Self respect and  bravery drove away the foreign rule.  World was astonished at the rebirth of independent India  and its spectacular achievements.   This was the story of victorious Hindu Rashtra written by  our valorous forefathers just  70 years back. “Worthy State” But the process of struggle for independence at the end had to witness some  blunders . Very big chunks of our  holy land were cutoff bluntly and  brutally. Size of India contracted from 72.30 lakh square kilometers to 32.87 lakh square kilometers. Percentage wise it is 45.5%. It means that today’s India is less than half of ancient India. It is a hard fact that we can not digest at all. Rest of ancient  India is occupied by a set of enemical countries, always mongering for wars with modern India.  New points of constant hatred and friction  were created. Rights of  native Hindus were usurped. The patriotic  Hindus, who sacrificed every thing of theirs with love and devotion for independence  of this holy land, were forcefully made equal to aggressors, traitors  and foreigners, who have no love or lust  for this land. Sanatana Dharma of this land, which bestowed the unique  way of life from time immemorial, was trampled and was made equal to the faiths which vowed to destroy and replace the former. Hindu Rashtra was  converted  as a land of all, where patriotism has no meaning. The owners of this land were asked to live and share with looters, killers and usurpers.  Hindu Rashtra is renamed as India. This is the background of our Constitution of India  at the time of its formation. “Horrible State” With restoration of partial independence, millions of Impoverished Hindu families had high expectations  of a brighter future for their  succeeding  generations. The values for which this country stood for longest spell of time known  in human history were thrown to winds. The ideals for which millions of Hindus sacrificed  were set aside.  Temples, which stood as eternal symbols of Hindu magnificence, are dumped with unscrupulous politicians. Cow which was revered with divinity is made an easily available  eatable item.    Dharma is questioned. Sri Ram’s birth place is challenged. Dress code has changed. Indian languages are heckled. Conversions to other enemical  religions are unabated. Political parties are competing with each other in appeasement of followers of enemical faiths,. Leaders are not daring to sing  “Vande maataram”.  Millions of foreign refugees are allowed inside. Hindus have become refugees in their own mother land. Demography is changing. Threat to survival of Hindus has increased manifold. Selfishness alone is the only rule. Self respect  is mortgaged.   Clinging to power, at the cost of national ethos,  became the goal of life.  The set of words “Hindustan, Hindutva and Hindu” have become  a taboo to utter. Educational system was spoiled. History was altered drastically.  To say briefly, the dacoits and thieves are  virtually  becoming the owners and the real owners are being driven away. No hope for Hindus to live in this country with self esteem!  More than all, the mindset of Hindus is totally polluted. Hindus have become enemies to Hinduism. This is an  unimaginable threat  to Hinduism. “Worst State” In this background  the book “Ambushing Hinduism” is brought out by the author , Dr. V.Prakasarao garu, who compiled various articles written in different contexts, with deep anguish.  He elaborates how the words have become synonimous with certain peculiar concepts. For example: Secular means Loot Hindu Temples money and gift it to Muslims and Christians    Secular means drive away Kashmiri Pandits; make them homeless In this context the author  points to some  wise statements of great thinkers of the world, as noted below: George Santayana- 'Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.' Will Durant:“The Mohammedan Conquest of India is probably the bloodiest story in history. Mahatma Gandhi-If I had power and could legislate, I should certainly stop all proselytizing". "I resent the overtures made to Harijans." "Stop all conversion, it is the deadliest poison that ever sapped the fountain oftruth." Poverty doesn't justify conversion. Nitin Mehta- "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.” The author took lot of pains to collect data  which is viciously propagated by  persons and organizations working against Hinduism and Hindu leaders. For illustration,” BBC has started a vicious campaign against Narendra Modi and labeled him as a "mass murderer" and accused him as a man who started persecuting minorities.”   “New York Times article on Narendra Modi was biased, unfair and prejudiced” “Shashi Tharoor’s book “Why I Am a Hindu.”  Islamicvadi attacks Hinduism, Hindutva and Hindu Leaders” Under these  chilling conditions, the only leader who is representing Hindus and who is fighting for the rights of Hindus  and the temples of Hindus is Dr. Subramaniam Swamy. His works are the only solace for Hindus, in India and abroad. His demand for Hindu Rashtra is not a slogan for electioneering.  Hindu Rashtra is the correct wording that represented India from times immemorial. It is the concept for which millions of Hindus struggled. It is the aim for which Hindus sacrificed in the wars for independence. What he is asking  now is restoration of its earlier status, as it was the Hindus who fought for it!  It can not be dubbed as parochial or religious. Hindu Rashtra is a State that has  all the foundations of Universality, Freedom of expression and freedom of Practice! I heartily congratulate Dr.Prakasarao garu for his laudable compilation of various articles on the present condition  of Hinduism, with the title of “Ambushing Hinduism”.   Please subscribe to Save Temples Telegram channel at https://t.me/savetemples  
27 Jan 2019