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GHHF Convinced AP Government to Declare Krishna Janmashtami as Gopuja Dinotsava Puja Day. Bala Samskar Kendras celebrated Krishna Janmashtami

On behalf of the Global Hindu Heritage Foundation, we requested the Honorable Sri Manikyala Rao, the Minister for Endowments request the Andhra Pradesh Government to declare Krishna Janmashtami as Gopuja Dinotsvavam.  That letter was submitted to the Minister at his house in November 2015.

19 Aug 2022

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GHHF Convinced AP Government to Declare Krishna Janmashtami as Gopuja Dinotsava Puja Day. Bala Samskar Kendras celebrated Krishna Janmashtami

On behalf of the Global Hindu Heritage Foundation, we requested the Honorable Sri Manikyala Rao, the Minister for Endowments request the Andhra Pradesh Government to declare Krishna Janmashtami as Gopuja Dinotsvavam.  That letter was submitted to the Minister at his house in November 2015. Krishna and cows are always together. One cannot be separated from the other. Lord Krishna tended the cows, fed them, protected them, and used to drink cow’s milk and eat her butter. He is called Govinda which means “one brings satisfaction to cows,” and also Gopala to mean “the protector of cows.” In Bhagavad Purana, Lord Krishna says, “I can be worshiped within the Cows by offerings of grass and other suitable grains and paraphernalia for the pleasure and health of the Cows, and one may worship Me within the Vaishnavas by offering loving friendship to them and honoring them in all respects.”Mere presence of a cow fulfills the desires of the individuals. The cow is considered Kamadhenu because it fulfills the desires. All her products such as milk, ghee, urine, cow dung, and curd have numerous health and spiritual benefits. Scriptures say, “Gavo Vishwasya Matharaha” -Cow is the mother of the universe.  She is recognized for her contribution in agriculture, transportation, food, medicine, religious functions, emotional stability, and the economy Bhishmacharya in Mahabharata says, Cows “represent sacrifice itself. Without them, there can be no sacrifice. With their milk and the Havi produced therefrom, they uphold all creatures by diverse acts. Cows are guileless in their behavior. From them flow sacrifices and Havya and Kavya, and milk and curds and ghee. Hence cows are sacred.“ Mahatma Gandhi also believed that “Cow protection is the gift of Hinduism to the world. And Hinduism will live so long as there are Hindus to protect the cow…… Hindus will be judged not by their TILAKS, not by the correct chanting of MANTRAS, not by their pilgrimages, not by their most punctilious observances of caste rules, but their ability to protect the cow. (Young Indian, 6-10-1921, p. 36). Recognizing our efforts of GHHF to protect Gomata, AP Government issued GO to that effect on April 1, 2016, directing all the Hindu Temples to perform Gopuja recognizing the importance and significance of Gomata. Letter requesting Krishna Janmashtami to be declared as Gopuja Dinotsavam was presented to Sri. Manikyala Rao, the Minister for Endowments of Andhra Pradesh by Prakasarao and Nandini Velagapudi in November 2015. The fourth person from the left is Ramakrishna Velagapudi, MLA from Visakhapatnam who also supported our request. GO Ms No 125 was issued by the AP government declaring Krishna Janmashtami Day requiring all Hindu Temples to perform Gau Puja. Since that, all Temples have been doing Puja to Cows in AP
19 Aug 2022

[GHHF] Performed Prana Prathishta to Hanuman,  Avadhuta Kasireddy, and Ganesh in a newly built Temple in SC Community – Hanimareddy Palli in Anantapur District, AP

Linda Johnsen "Hinduism is the one world religion that reaches out to embrace other faiths with respect, a welcome change from groups who expend enormous amounts of energy condemning the sincere beliefs of others. There is no eternal damnation in Hinduism because Hindus believe absolutely no one is excluded from divine grace. Global Hindu Heritage Foundation is very to inform that our Chief Pracharak and a well-known Priest performed Prana Prathishta in Hanimareddy Palli Village. He installed three deities – Hanuman, Kasireddy and Ganesh.                 As some of you are aware that in the same villge, about five years ago, GHHF donted Rama Parivaram and performed Prana Prathista for another Temple. Praṇa Pratiṣṭhā refers to the ritual or ceremony by which a murtis are consecrated in a Hindu temple. With chanting of hymns and mantras, the specially trained priests invite the deity to be a permanent guest. After installing the murthy, Prana (life) is infused into them. The murti's eye is opened for the first time. The ritual is considered to infuse life into the Hindu temple, and bring to it the numinous presence of divinity and spirituality. The ceremony marks the recognition of the image of god to represent "a particle of the divine whole, the divine perceived not in man's image as a separate entity but as a formless, indescribable omnipresent whole", with the divine presence a reminder of its transcendence and to be beheld in one's inner thoughts during darśana in the temple. What is Prana Pratishtha? ‘Prana’ refers to the life energy whereas ‘Pratishtha’ means position or resting. In this context, the word when combined means installation or consecration. Ritual of Prana Pratishtha Vaishayasi Samhita says, one in whose every organ Paramatma resides wholly, that pure Mahapirusha is eligible to perform Prana Prathishta because one who can invoke Paramatma within his heart to the murti can offer it. In the process the murti is cleansed for touching them by artisans while chiseling the murtih, , ksheeradivasa, jaladivasa, danyadivasa, and snaps were performed. The ritual involves typically a puja, chanting mantra in Sanskrit, bathing, and cleaning the idols of Gods and Goddesses. The pandits (priests) in the temple washes the feet of the deity (like a revered guest) arriving after a long journey. After prana Prathishta, they dress up the idol and keep it seated in a comfortable place. They keep the idol facing the east direction. Thereafter, the priests touch different parts of the idol which signifies the presence of various Gods as different sense organs like Indra as hand, Surya as eyes, and so on. The main part of the ritual is the opening of the eyes of the divine with scented water and flowers. After this the consecration of the idol is complete. WE NEED YOUR HELP We appreciate it if you can help in hiring more people who can go to these villages to do Ghar Waapasi. We have employed 24  (twenty) people so far. More people we hire more villages can be covered to welcome them back and also create Chaitanya (Awareness) among the students and villagers. 1) Donate any amount to help the Dharma Pracharaks to work at the ground level. 2) Sponsor one Pracharak: In order to expand our base and hire one Pracharak, it would cost approximately $3000.00 per year. We have five anonymous donors who sponsored Assistants. DONATIONS PayPal Method: To donate visit our website: savetemples.org. Click on the Donate button, then press the Purpose category, and select the General Donation category. By Check: Or you can send a check payable to: GHHF, 14726 Harmony Lane, Frisco TX 75035. It is tax-deductible. By Zelle: ghhfusaorg@gmail.com RUPEES, if you would like to contribute to rupees, please either call or send an email. We will call you back to give you the required information For more information, call Prakasarao V Velagapudi 601-918-711; 1Email: ghhfusaorg@gmail.com. {{album_614}}
18 Aug 2022

[GHHF] Independence Day was celebrated by Bala Samskar Kendras in Four States; Aurobindo Birthday was also celebrated

Graham Hancock "In India, with its vibrant spiritual culture, its armies of ragged pilgrims and its remarkable Vedas raises the possibility that the real origins of civilization could be very different – not driven by economics but by the spiritual quest that all true ascetics of India still pursue with the utmost dedication. " Global Hindu Heritage Foundation is very happy to announce that we are conducting 135 Bala Samskar Kendras in five different States. Many of the villagers expressed their appreciation to conduct these classes so that their children would not be exploited by Christians. They are happy to know that their children are learning about the meaning of so many customs and traditions. They were thrilled to see their children come home and do Namaskar for them which was very satisfying. Many parents also mentioned that their children come to know about the meaning of various festivals and know why celebrate them. Independence Day Celebrated             Many schools celebrated Independence Day by flag joisting, talking about the national heroes who sacrificed their lives, sand Desa Bhakti songs, marched with flags on the streets and talked about the significance of Independence Day. British rule in India began in 1757 when, following the British victory at the Battle of Plassey, the English East India Company began exercising control over the country. Independence Day, in India, national holiday celebrated annually on August 15. Independence Day marks the end of British rule in 1947 and the establishment of a free and independent Indian nation. It also marks the anniversary of the partition of the subcontinent into two countries, India and Pakistan, which occurred at midnight on August 14–15, 1947. Aurobindo Birthday was also celebrated Sri Aurobindo was born on 15 August 1872. He was an Indian philosopher, a yogi, guru, poet, and a nationalist. Sri Aurobindo believed in a spiritual realisation that not only liberates but transforms human nature, enabling a divine life on earth. The philosophy of Sri Aurobindo is Integral Yoga Evolution, Integral psychology, Intermediate zone Supermind, Religious career, Disciples, and Influenced. In 1908, Sri Aurobindo was arrested in the Alipore Bomb case, which would be a decisive moment. Spending a year in the Alipore jail as an undertrial, much of it in solitary confinement, Sri Aurobindo would undergo a series of spiritual experiences. Later, in his famous Uttarpara speech, he would speak, for the first and only time in his life, about spiritual experiences before the general public of the realisation of the cosmic Divine, and the direct contact with Sri Krishna. Thereafter, his life would be set on the trajectory of transformation. Few Quotes from Independence heroes •    They may kill me, but they cannot kill my ideas. They can crush my body, but they will not be able to crush my spirit. - Bhagat Singh •    You give me your blood and I will give you Independence. - Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose •    I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress which women have achieved - BR Ambedkar •    Swaraj is my birthright and I shall have it- Bal Gangadhar Tilak •    A country's greatness lies in its undying ideal of love and sacrifice that inspire the mothers of the race. - Sarojini Naidu •    If yet your blood does not rage, then it is water that flows in your veins. For what is the flush of youth, if it is not of service to the motherland. - Chandra Shekhar Azad •    In attaining our ideals, our means should be as pure as the end! - Dr Rajendra Prasad Global Hindu Heritage Foundation (GHHF) in association is organizing 150 Ghar Waapasi in the Four States. 1)    Teachers asked them to read about the struggles many leaders went though in order to gain Independence for all of us so that we will enjoy the freedom. 2)    They asked the children also to read about national heroes who sacrificed their life in the hands of British and Muslims. 3)    They asked them to take pride in the achievements of India since Independence. 4)    Students were asked to celebrate the struggle for freedom from British ehich was a long battle and the number of people laid their lives for their country. Vishakhapatnam; Distributed different Sizes of Tricolor Flags Sri Pinnamaneni Srinivas, who is a National Coordinator of GHHF, sent this report.  “Our Independence Day a very proud and memorable moment in Indian history and a result of sacrifice of millions.  As a respect to our heroes and celebration on PM Modi distributed national flags Prime Minister Narendra Modi handed out national flags to the daughters of PMO staff members after they tied rakhi on his wrist. “Every Indian has a special bond with the Tiranga. Gave the Tiranga to my young friends earlier today. The smile on their faces says it all!” PM Modi said in a tweet. We need all the support we can get to expand the number of Bala Samskar Kendras (Centers) from about 150 to 175. Sponsor each School for $1200 per year. You can suggest a teacher in your village or neighborhood in India to start Sunday school. Sponsor one or more Schools We need all the support we can get to expand the number of Bala Samskar Kendras (Centers) from about 150 to 175. Sponsor each School for $1200 per year. You can suggest a teacher in your village or neighborhood in India to start Sunday school. DONATIONS PayPal Method: To donate visit our website: savetemples.org. Click on the Donate button, then press the Purpose category, and select the “Sunday School – Bal Samskar” category. By Check: Or you can send a check payable to Global Hindu Foundation, 14726 Harmony Lane, Frisco TX 75035. It is tax-deductible. By zelle: ghhfusaorg@gmail.com By Rupees, please contact us by either phone or email. For more information, call Prakasarao V Velagapudi 601-918-7111; Email: ghhfusaorg@gmail.com {{album_613}}
17 Aug 2022

[GHHF] Balasamskar Kendra’s Celebrate India’s Independence Day. Taught the sacrifices of the National heroes.

Few Quotes from Independence heroes •    They may kill me, but they cannot kill my ideas. They can crush my body, but they will not be able to crush my spirit. - Bhagat Singh •    You give me your blood and I will give you Independence. - Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose •    I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress which women have achieved - BR Ambedkar •    Swaraj is my birthright and I shall have it- Bal Gangadhar Tilak •    A country's greatness lies in its undying ideal of love and sacrifice that inspire the mothers of the race. - Sarojini Naidu •    If yet your blood does not rage, then it is water that flows in your veins. For what is the flush of youth, if it is not of service to the motherland. - Chandra Shekhar Azad •    In attaining our ideals, our means should be as pure as the end! - Dr Rajendra Prasad Global Hindu Heritage Foundation (GHHF) in association is organizing 150 Ghar Waapasi in the Four States. 1)    Teachers asked them to read about the struggles many leaders went though in order to gain Independence for all of us so that we will enjoy the freedom. 2)    They asked the children also to read about national heroes who sacrificed their life in the hands of British and Muslims. 3)    They asked them to take pride in the achievements of India since Independence. 4)    Students were asked to celebrate the struggle for freedom from British ehich was a long battle and the number of people laid their lives for their country. Vishakhapatnam; Distributed different Sizes of Tricolor Flags Sri Pinnamaneni Srinivas, who is a National Coordinator of GHHF, sent this report.  “Our Independence Day a very proud and memorable moment in Indian history and a result of sacrifice of millions.  As a respect to our heroes and celebration on PM Modi distributed national flags Prime Minister Narendra Modi handed out national flags to the daughters of PMO staff members after they tied rakhi on his wrist. “Every Indian has a special bond with the Tiranga. Gave the Tiranga to my young friends earlier today. The smile on their faces says it all!” PM Modi said in a tweet. We need all the support we can get to expand the number of Bala Samskar Kendras (Centers) from about 150 to 175. Sponsor each School for $1200 per year. You can suggest a teacher in your village or neighborhood in India to start Sunday school. Sponsor one or more Schools We need all the support we can get to expand the number of Bala Samskar Kendras (Centers) from about 150 to 175. Sponsor each School for $1200 per year. You can suggest a teacher in your village or neighborhood in India to start Sunday school. DONATIONS PayPal Method: To donate visit our website: savetemples.org. Click on the Donate button, then press the Purpose category, and select the “Sunday School – Bal Samskar” category. By Check: Or you can send a check payable to Global Hindu Foundation, 14726 Harmony Lane, Frisco TX 75035. It is tax-deductible. By zelle: ghhfusaorg@gmail.com By Rupees, please contact us by either phone or email. For more information, call Prakasarao V Velagapudi 601-918-7111; Email: ghhfusaorg@gmail.com {{album_612}}
15 Aug 2022

[GHHF] Hyderabad and Vishakhapatnam are getting ready to Celebrate India’s Independence Day; Distributed more than 300 India’s tricolor flags

Few Quotes from Independence heroes •    They may kill me, but they cannot kill my ideas. They can crush my body, but they will not be able to crush my spirit. - Bhagat Singh •    You give me your blood and I will give you Independence. - Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose •    I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress which women have achieved - BR Ambedkar •    Swaraj is my birthright and I shall have it- Bal Gangadhar Tilak •    A country's greatness lies in its undying ideal of love and sacrifice that inspire the mothers of the race. - Sarojini Naidu •    If yet your blood does not rage, then it is water that flows in your veins. For what is the flush of youth, if it is not of service to the motherland. - Chandra Shekhar Azad •    In attaining our ideals, our means should be as pure as the end! - Dr Rajendra Prasad •    Long years ago, we made a tryst with destiny, and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge. At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. - Jawaharlal Nehru •    You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is a ocean. If a few dops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty. Mahatma Gandhi Global Hindu Heritage Foundation (GHHF) in association with Nitya Satyam has been organizing Ghar Waapasi in the Telangana area. Lakshmi Nivas and his volunteers went to many villages and talked about the richness of our culture knowing that they became Christians not because of the message of the Bible but because of their financial circumstances, health-related issues, deceptive interpretation of Hindu scriptures and demeaning the multiplicity of Gods and Goddesses Hyderabad: Distributed India Flags to Students to celebrate 75th Independence Day Sri Lakshmi Nivas, our Pracharak, has distributed more than 200 India flags to High School and Junior College students and asked them to celebrate 75th Independence Day on August 15th. 1)    He asked them to read about the struggles many leaders went though in order to gain Independence for all of us so that we will enjoy the freedom. 2)    He asked them also to read about national heroes who sacrificed their life in the hands of British and Muslims. 3)    He asked them to take pride in the achievements of India since Independence. 4)    Students were asked to celebrate the struggle for freedom from British ehich was a long battle and the number of people laid their lives for their country. Vishakhapatnam; Distributed different Sizes of Tricolor Flags Sri Pinnamaneni Srinivas, who is a National Coordinator of GHHF, sent this report.  “Our Independence Day a very proud and memorable moment in Indian history and a result of sacrifice of millions.  As a respect to our heroes and celebration on behalf of Global Hindu Heritage Foundation and JD Foundation i am making national flags of different sizes available at my place Pinnamaneni's Banquet Halls, Visakhapatnam. It is our responsibility to show our respect and wish every Indian must hoist our national flag and this is how I am encouraging. Planning to organize a rally in Vizag on August 15th.” PM Modi distributed national flags Prime Minister Narendra Modi handed out national flags to the daughters of PMO staff members after they tied rakhi on his wrist. “Every Indian has a special bond with the Tiranga. Gave the Tiranga to my young friends earlier today. The smile on their faces says it all!” PM Modi said in a tweet. We need all the support we can get to expand the number of Bala Samskar Kendras (Centers) from about 150 to 175. Sponsor each School for $1200 per year. You can suggest a teacher in your village or neighborhood in India to start Sunday school. Sponsor one or more Schools We need all the support we can get to expand the number of Bala Samskar Kendras (Centers) from about 150 to 175. Sponsor each School for $1200 per year. You can suggest a teacher in your village or neighborhood in India to start Sunday school. DONATIONS PayPal Method: To donate visit our website: savetemples.org. Click on the Donate button, then press the Purpose category, and select the “Sunday School – Bal Samskar” category. By Check: Or you can send a check payable to Global Hindu Foundation, 14726 Harmony Lane, Frisco TX 75035. It is tax-deductible. By zelle: ghhfusaorg@gmail.com By Rupees, please contact us by either phone or email. For more information, call Prakasarao V Velagapudi 601-918-7111; Email: ghhfusaorg@gmail.com {{album_611}}
14 Aug 2022

[GHHF] Activities in Assam – Formed Village Defense Committee, met with Parents of Bala Samskar children, and agreed to stop missionary activities in a Adivasi Village

Brannon aka Vrndavan Parker “By constant disenfranchising the Hindus, distorting their words and denigrating their efforts, the media is the primary cause of social chaos and political mayhem. In America this same method was applied against the great American Indian leaders of the 1800s who struggled to defend their culture, people and lands. In every case without fail it was media which provided the sensational gruesome tales of massacres of innocent white women and children at the hands of the Red Savages? Guns alone do not create genocide." Global Hindu Heritage Foundation is very happy to inform you that we have appointed four Pracharaks and Bala Samskar teachers in and around Cachar City in Assam.  Cachar is an administrative district in the state. The district headquarters, Silchar, is one of the most important business centers of Assam. In 2006, the Indian government named Cachar one of the country's 250 most backward districts out of a total of 640. GHHF activities are being conducted in three districts –Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi.                 Sri Samrat Dutt from Cachar has been coordinating and organizing activities in ASSAM– Ghar Waapasi and Bala Samskar and other activities. He was responsible for identifying four Pracharaks – two males and two females. He also identified 7 teachers for Bala Samskar. He even found three villages where Bala Samskar Kendras are being sponsored by them. GHHF would like to express our appreciation to Samrat Ji for his passion and determination to coordinate and supervise these activities.                His concern for the aggressiveness of Christians and Love Jihad by Muslims helped GHHF to organize these activities. We are grateful for his passion, dedication, and leadership qualities in organizing many of these activities. Highlights of a visit to Adivasi Village by Sri Samrat Dutt On August 9, 2022, GHHF Coordinator Sri Samrat Dutt visited one of the remote Adivasi villages of South Assam viz Nagarpattika. He had a meeting with youth of the village Nagarpattika, engaged in interaction with parents of Children of Balasamskar Centre of this village, and passed resolution to Stop Missionaries. He reached this village by crossing a lake by foot and then walked about kilometer of difficult terrain.  1. Formed Village Defense Committees with 50 youth. When he reached the village, he realized the need for the formation of a committee to protect the innocent Hindus from the deceptive Christian missionaries. He called for a a group of youth to meet and discuss about the aggressive Christian missionary activities in the village. About 50 young people attended and decided to form a Village Defense Committee to protect the village from Christian infestation.  2. It came to our notice that Missionaries are running a coaching Centre for children, Committee decided they will lock the room where they execute their conversions plan under the guise of service.  3. Parents expressed their gratitude as we running Bala Samskar Centre for their children. Christian parents we're also attended the meeting. I narrated the importance of Bala Samskar. I explained to them the importance of Bala Samskar Centre. A few years back there was not a single old age home in our district but now there are 12 old age homes and this is because we have failed to give samskar to our children. For parents, the greatest wealth is their children, more than any other wealth and property. We are teaching their precious wealth, i.e. their children, to respect them and take care of their religion so that no parent has to spend the last days of their life in an old age home. 4. He gifted a salwar suit to our teacher as token of appreciation for her service towards GHHF Assam. His visit ended with great hope of making a Christian Missionary free Adivasi Village. The Villager Defense Committee members promised to be alert and question the missionaries about the Bible and what is written in the Bible.  Briefly talked about Jesus being angry, hateful, cruel, and jealous God. If you submit and surrender you are admitted into his kingdom. That means, the rapists, criminals, mass murderers, thieves, killers, and others will be forgiven if they drink some blood, repent, and sing few nursery rhymes. If people commit crimes on a regular basis, will they be forgiven. How many chances do they have to get forgiveness? How many times one can repented.  Bible says: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9). It means that many Christians believe that God’s mercy is infinite, limitless, and everlasting if you repent. Every time you commit a crime, go to the Church and repent. Your sin will be wiped out. Next day, you commit another mistake, you go back to Church and repent. You are excuse. There is no limit for committing mistakes and receiving forgiveness. In fact, Jesus is eagerly waiting for you to forgive. He will never be exhausted. So, keep on doing whatever crimes you can do since you do not have to take any responsibility for your actions.                Matthew 18:21-2 says, “Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times? Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.” It says that Jesus will forgive one up to “seventy times seven.” That means he will be forgiven 490 times (70X7:490).  A Christian do not have to take any responsibility for his actions up to 490 times. WE NEED YOUR HELP We appreciate it if you can help in hiring more people who can go to these villages to do Ghar Waapasi. We have employed twenty-four people so far. More people we hire, more villages can be covered to welcome them back and also create Chaitanya (Awareness) among the students and villagers. 1)    Sponsor one Bala Samskar Kendra for $1200.00 2)    Sponsor one Pracharak: In order to expand our base and hire one Pracharak, it would cost approximately $3000.00 - $3500.00 per year. We have five anonymous donors who sponsored 9 Pracharaks DONATIONS PayPal Method: To donate visit our website: savetemples.org. Click on the Donate button, then press the Purpose category, and select the General Donation category. By Check: Or you can send a check payable to: GHHF, 14726 Harmony Lane, Frisco TX 75035. It is tax-deductible. By Zelle: ghhfusaorg@gmail.com By Rupees, please contact us by either phone or email. For more information, call Prakasarao V Velagapudi 601-918-7111; Email: ghhfusaorg@gmail.com. {{album_610}}
12 Aug 2022

[GHHF] Raksha Bandan Program was organized through Bala Samskar Kendras where tying Raksha to symbolize protection in Shamshabad, Hyderabad, Telangana State.   

Utsava means ‘pleasure.’ Whenever some function takes place to express happiness, it is called utsava. Utsava, the expression of complete happiness, is always present in the Vaikunthalokas, the abode of the Lord.” Bhagavat Purana Global Hindu Heritage Foundation (GHHF) in association with Nitya Satyam has been organizing Ghar Waapasi in the Telangana area. Lakshmi Nivas and his volunteers went to many villages and talked about the richness of our culture knowing that they became Christians not because of the message of the Bible but because of their financial circumstances, health-related issues, deceptive interpretation of Hindu scriptures and demeaning the multiplicity of Gods and Goddesses Raksha Bandan Program was Conducted in Shamshabad in Hyderabad Celebrating Rakhi: What is it about & how is it celebrated? Our Pracharak Sri Lakshmi Nivas organized Raksha Bandhan festival and explained the number of stories behind the origin and the significance of Rakhi. On Sharavana Purnima which falls on August 11 in 2022 Raksha Bandan program was organized.  Raksha Bandhan is one of the most important Hindu festivals that celebrate the sacred relationship of siblings   The sister ties the sacred thread of rakhi on her brother's wrist and wishes for his happiness and good life. In return, the brother gives his blessing and promises to protect his sister through thick and thin.  Number of stories are associated with Raksha Bandan. Many newspapers and scholars explained the following stories about the origins and the customs over a period of time. 1) This festival has a connection with Mahabharata. Lord Krishan himself narrated this story to Yudhishtara at his request. A war broke out between Demons and Gods that lasted for more than 12 years. The demons defeated Lord Indra,  the King of Gods. Demon Daitya commanded people not to conduct any rituals to any God and they should worship him only. Gods  sought the help of Brihaspati who suggested that he get Rakhi tied around his wrist while reciting Vedic mantras. His wife Indrani tied Rakhi on her husband’s wrist on the auspicious day of Shravana Purnima Day.  The demons fled from the battlefield and Indra became Victorious. 2. Yamuna tying a rakhi to her brother Yama Yamuna, Yama's sister was sad when her brother didn't visit her for around 12 years. On a gentle reminder by Ganga, when Yama decided to visit his sister, she was so happy that she prepared a grand meal for him and tied a rakhi on his wrist. Yama, moved by his sister's love, blessed her with immortality. 3. Lord Krishna promising to protect Draupadi According to the Mahabharata, one time when Lord Krishna was flying a kite, he cut his finger. Seeing this, Draupadi immediately tore a piece of cloth from her saree and tied it around his finger. Touched by her action, he promised to protect her. As we all know, he came through with that promise when her husbands lost in gambling in King Dhritrashtra’s court. 4. Goddess Laxmi tying the sacred thread to Lord Bali According to Vishnu Purana, Bali, a devotee of Lord Vishnu, asked him for protection. Lord Vishnu accepted his request and stayed with him in disguise as a doorman. Back home Goddess Laxmi, his wife, missed him and went to Bali in disguise as a woman seeking shelter. When Bali opened his doors to her, she returned the favor by tying a colored cotton thread on his wrist for his protection. When Bali asked her what she wanted as a gift in return, Laxmi asked to grant leave to her husband, who now revealed his identity. As Laxmi was now his sister and he made the promise to grant her wish, he agreed. 5. The birth of Santoshi Ma When Mansa was tying a Rakhi to her brother Ganesha, his sons Shubh & Labh also expressed a desire to celebrate the festival and asked their father for a sister. Lord Ganesh fulfilled their wish by creating a daughter from fire, and that is how Santoshi Ma came into existence. 6. Lord Krishna advises King Yudhishther to tie rakhi Before the war of Kurukshetra, King Yudhishther was worried about his brothers, the Pandavas. He sought Lord Krishna for advice on how to protect all his brothers from the impending doom. Lord Krishna advised him to perform a ceremony, where on the full moon day of the month Shravana, a priest will tie a Rakhi around his right wrist for protection.  Rabindranath Tagore started Rakhi Mohotsav in Bengal During the Partition of Bengal, Rabindranath Tagore started Rakhi Mohotsav to strengthen the bond between Hindu & Muslims of Bengal. He encouraged them to support each other and protest against the Britishers together. Continuing that tradition, the people of West Bengal tie rakhi to their neighbors and close friends. It is a symbol of love, mutual respect, and brotherhood. It is difficult to pinpoint exactly when the tradition of Raksha Bandhan started, but we can be sure of one thing - it is about the strong bond between the people observing the ceremony. Rakhi can be celebrated among siblings, partners, or even neighbors. Although, nowadays, we primarily celebrate it as the bond between siblings and their promise to protect and support each other. (Source: Bigsmall.in). Sponsor one or more Schools We need all the support we can get to expand the number of Bala Samskar Kendras (Centers) from about 150 to 175. Sponsor each School for $1200 per year. You can suggest a teacher in your village or neighborhood in India to start Sunday school. DONATIONS PayPal Method: To donate visit our website: savetemples.org. Click on the Donate button, then press the Purpose category, and select the “Sunday School – Bal Samskar” category. By Check: Or you can send a check payable to Global Hindu Foundation, 14726 Harmony Lane, Frisco TX 75035. It is tax-deductible. By zelle: ghhfusaorg@gmail.com By Rupees, please contact us by either phone or email. For more information, call Prakasarao V Velagapudi 601-918-7111; Email: ghhfusaorg@gmail.com {{album_609}}
11 Aug 2022

Welcoming Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji to Sahasragala Bhagavad Gita Chanting – Chanting by more than 2000 Children an Adults Prakasarao V Velagapudi, PhD (Shorter version was delivered welcoming Sri Swamiji)

Jai Guru Datta. Sri Guru Datta. Our prostrations at the Lotus feet of Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji. Let us welcome Sri Swamiji to Karya Siddhi Hanuman Temple with a round of applause.  Why Bhagavad Gita? On behalf of all the memorizers, fluent readers, their family members and all the devotees across the globe, let us invite Sri Swamiji to organize and participate in Sahasragala Gita Chanting which will take place on August 13th. In 2015, Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swami has made a history by inspiring, encouraging, guiding and blessing children of ages 6 thru 14 to memorize all 700 verses of Bhagavad Gita and chant in His presence. On July 17, 2016 43 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. These children’s lives have changed forever as these verses have permeated their body, mind and soul. Since that time nearly 2000 children in the USA memorized Bhagavad Gita and another magnificent history is going to be made with nobody on the horizon. Sri Swamiji is the sole visionary, lone dreamer and a singular champion in propagating and instilling the imperishable seeds in the Children and adults. We have to address three questions: 1)      Now the question is why did Sri Swamiji select Bhagavad Gita? 2)      Why did he ask Children learn Bhagavad Gita? 3)      Why did Sri Swamiji ask them to memorize it? Of all the thousands of scriptures, why did Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji select Bhagavad Gita to be chanted by children? 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 bounced 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, harried and materialistic world.  Bhagavad Gita would teach the high morals that promote peace and harmony. The message of Bhagavad Gita is to perform one’s duty to oneself, to the society and to the universe in order to create unity, peace, harmony, equanimity, and balance. It shows the path to overcome troubles, eliminate delusions, hope for the hopeless, awaken curious minds, provides clarity to the confused, removes ignorance and inculcates age old wisdom. Thus, it inspired from a common man to a student, a scientist, a management expert and even Nobel laureates in their pursuit for excellence. It has become an all-time best seller and a spiritual book that has been adopted by many business schools all over the world, inspirational book for many top executives in many companies, and stimulated the probing minds of the scientists. It skillfully intertwines work, life and spiritualism to lead a fruitful and successful life. “How Bhagavad Gita has charmed US corporates” describing how many top executives of different corporations attended the seminars to learn about the Indian philosophy in order to balance the business ideas of amassing wealth with the desire to live with inner happiness. Ralph Waldo Emerson: “I owed a magnificent day to the Bhagavat Geeta. It was the first of books; it was as if an empire spoke to us, nothing small or unworthy, but large, serene, consistent, the voice of an old intelligence which in another age and climate had pondered and thus disposed of the same questions which exercise us.”2 Henry David Thoreau wrote “In the morning I bathe my intellect in the stupendous and cosmogenic philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita in comparison with which our modern world and its literature seem puny and trivial.” Aldous Huxley: It is one of the most clear and comprehensive summaries of perennial philosophy ever revealed; hence its enduring value is subject not only to India but to all of humanity.                 Sri Swamiji wanted to impress upon the children the timeless, eternal, perennial and universal Gita can offer them for the rest of their life by learning the basic principles of life that will shape, guide, direct 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.                 The relevance and importance of Bhagavad Gita is emphasized by  Ananda K Coomaraswamy, "....We must, however, specially mention the Bhagavad Gita as probably the most important single work ever produced in India; this book of eighteen chapters is not, as it has been sometimes called, a "sectarian " work, but one universally studied and often repeated daily from memory by millions of Indians of all persuasions; it may be described as a compendium of the whole Vedic doctrine to be found in the earlier Vedas, Brahmanas, and Upanishads, and being therefore the basis of all the later developments, it can be regarded at the focus of all Indian religion.” Greatness of Bhagavad Gita Sri Swamiji says, "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." Also says, ““Each chapter of Bhagavad Gita and Mahabharata are like moral lessons. Do not treat them as mythological stories. If you treat so, many silly doubts and questions crop up. Study its inner meaning. Study Bhagavad Gita. Memorize and understand the verses. It has all the answers for the modern-day perturbed mind.” The Gita concludes with Sanjay’s assessment of the message of Lord Krishna to Dhritarashtra. Sanjay says that his hair stood up as he listened to the dialogue between Vasudeva and Arjuna through the grace of Sage Vyasa who blessed him with the vision of the Cosmic form of Lord Krishna. He concludes with the statement: “Wherever is Krishna the Lord of Yoga, wherever is Partha, the wielder of the bow, there prevails prosperity, victory, glory and righteousness; that is my conviction.” (18:78). This verse is called ekashloki Gita and is Sanjaya’s answer to Dhritarashtra’s question about the war. Sanjaya says indirectly that there is no doubt that the Pandavas will win the war. The Mahabharata says "sarva shaastramayii giitaa" meaning that the Gita comprises all the scriptures. The Lord Krishna Himself says in the Varaha Purana that, “Where the Gita is read, forthwith comes help. Where the Gita is discussed, recited, taught, or heard, there, O Earth, beyond a doubt, do I Myself unfailingly reside.” Where the Bhagavad Gita book is kept and the study is conducted, there all the sacred places, the sacred rivers and all holiness are present. It is also said, where the Gita is read, help comes quickly. It has become a source of inspiration to Mahatma Gandhi to lead the Independence movement and became a good friend during his imprisonment. “When doubts haunt me, when disappointments stare me in the face, and I see not one ray of hope on the horizon, I turn to Bhagavad-Gita and find a verse to comfort me; and I immediately begin to smile in the midst of overwhelming sorrow. Those who meditate on the Gita will derive fresh joy and new meanings from it every day". 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? It is believed that children’s brain can absorb and soak up information like a sponge. Is there any scientific evidence to prove it?  Scientists reveal that there is a fundamental difference between the learning processes between children and adults known as synaptogenesis and synapse elimination or pruning, respectively.                 Children who have more neurons start establishing 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 store it 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.                 Among adults, the learning process is different. Brain starts to discriminate and try to specialize the areas that need to be stored. At this stage, the brain collects a lot of useful as well as useless information by spending more energy. Instead of overloading the energy, adults use their brain to eliminate the pathways/ neural connections to reduce the overload. An effort will be made as to what is useful and relevant based on special interest and start eliminating or pruning the information instead of storing everything that comes to the brain. This process is called synapse elimination or pruning. Most of the experts believe that children have the ability to connect their neurons with other neurons more in number compared to adults. As a result, they can learn much more easily than adults can do. Thus, it is advised that it is better for parents or teachers to expose their children to lots of different stimulations and experiences to allow more and more connections to be formed as often as possible. Some experts also proved that the foreign words are easier to remember in childhood age than in adult age. Secondly, research also showed that joy, energy and innocence peak between the ages of six and nine years, before children start worrying about how they look, what their friends think and how well they do at school. The Galaxy Research poll of Australian parents found that children are bestowed with boundless energy and enthusiasm, have retained a sense of awe and wonder with the world and remain uninhibited in their behavior at this age. It is the best time for children to learn about many things such as foreign languages or any new material.  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's. 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. Researchers also reveal that “If we teach our children early enough, it will affect the organization or 'wiring,' of their brains." It will stay with them whatever they learn during their formative years even if they discontinue the process. Chugani says, "Once a child has learned an instrument, he or she can stop playing, then pick up the instrument 20 years later and do much better than an adult just starting out." In fact, Martha Pierson, a neurobiologist at Baylor College of Medicine, argues that "Children need a flood of information, a banquet, a feast." Early education, she adds, "shapes the basic architecture of the computer (brain). If you are exposed to enough things, you'll develop a processor that can handle the flood of data that life throws at you later." 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 a number of 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. In the early stages of civilization and even before writing on palm leaves started, the vast reserves of material was passed on orally from one generation to another.  It has become an end itself.  The information acquired by rote learning cannot be stripped from the learner, it is always with him, and travels along with him allowing him to tap the knowledge at will. At an early age they may not know the meaning of the scriptures they learn by heart, but they will slowly absorb, digest and dissect the meaning of the scriptures they memorized. Vyaas Houston says, “Learning in his tradition is a yajna, an act of offering rather than possessing. Tapping into an unlimited memory is a constant and wondrous process of discovery that is without doubt unique to every individual.” Memorization will allow us to absorb the information that can be stored and retrieved at one’s will. Memorization will help you to learn difficult 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. As we memorize the sloka and chant the slokas, they keep reverberating in our mind, instilling energy, minimizing the evil tendencies and accumulating the dharmic virtues. One would enjoy repeating the mantras as he gets more pleasure and happiness. One can chant these mantras during the whole day before getting down from the bed, while cooking food, eating food, going to school, before the exam time, before going to bed and so on to avert any potential problems. They will help us to stop worrying and keep remembering the essence of the mantras directed toward a specific deity. It becomes addictive and you can’t stop it.      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.”  Catherine Robson puts the point succinctly: “If we do not learn by heart, the heart does not feel the rhythms of poetry as echoes or variations of its own insistent beat.” Mahatma Gandhi says it is important to understand the meaning of mantra and the purpose of chanting a mantra. “There is a definite advantage in memorizing these scriptures. It will stay with us all the time even when our faculties may get impaired. It will prove to be a guiding light during moments of despair and distress. One cannot imagine any other source more reliable than Gita during such disasters.” History was made                 With this Sahasragala Gita Chanting, Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swami is creating a history by inspiring, encouraging, guiding and blessing nearly 1700 memorizers and about 500-500 fluent readers on August 13th. These children’s lives have changed forever as these verses have permeated their body, mind and soul. It is also time to 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. As per Sri Swamiji 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. Krishnam Jagadgurum Let us invite Jagad Guru Sri Swamiji to Karya Siddhi Hanuman Temple and to profusely bless all the participants in Sahasragala Gita Chanting.  {{album_608}}
10 Aug 2022

[GHHF] Bala Samskar Kendras in Telangana – Getting ready to Celebrate Independence Day

Sage Vyasa, speaks at the end of Mahabharata:  “Dharma is that by which everything endures. It is the substratum of everything. It is untranslatable in any language. Through desire for wealth or out of greed or fear, do not give up dharma, aye, even to save your own life. Dharma is eternal happiness.” Global Hindu Heritage Foundation is very happy to announce that we are conducting 150 Bala Samskar Kendras in five different States. Many of the villagers expressed their appreciation to conduct these classes so that their children would not be exploited by Christians. They are happy to know that their children are learning about the meaning of so many customs and traditions. They were thrilled to see their children come home and do Namaskar for them which was very satisfying. Many parents also mentioned that their children come to know about the meaning of various festivals and know why celebrate them. Bala Samskar Kendras in Janagama District in Telangana     GHHF is very happy to inform you that we have 8 Bala Samskar Kendras Janagama District in Telangana.  We want to express our appreciation to Sri Dayakar who lives in Dallas, Texas expressed interest in organizing Bala Samskar Kendras in his Village and nearby villages. About five months ago these Centers have been started and conducting classes four days a week. Sri Dayakar is sponsoring these schools in Janagam District and he is also planning to expand the number schools   We started these Schools in these areas to ensure our children are protected from aggressive Christian missionary activities. We found teachers to be dedicated and passionate about teaching our culture, stotras, slokas, Desha Bhakti Geethas, national heroes who contributed to enriching Hindu culture and also performed Surya Namaskaras along with meditation. Sri Someswara Rao is taking the responsibility of coordinating these Centers and he sends all the required information on time. Our Children are taught about the richness of our culture by teaching about various scriptures and the timeless wisdom found in them.  Our students will learn how Hindus conceive the abstract concept of God, their features, physical features and the divine qualities. We talk about the characteristics of Lord Rama, the attributes and his behavior and the qualities that we can emulate. Many of our Gods are incarnated at different times and we try to explain about different avataras and the purpose of incarnating at a particular time. Our child celebrate Hindu festivals as and when come in the true spirit by following the customs, traditions, and rituals. Celebrating these festivals at an appropriate time as they will be able to get a glimse of the Indian culture. If children grow up seeing it as part of their upbringing, it will seep into their routine and remain everlasting. Our teachers Tell them the stories behind a particular festival or a particular God.  For example, our teachers talked about the significance of Guru Purnima.  Thus, Independence Day will be celebrated on August 15, 2022. Many schools are already preparing the children to learn the significance of Independence Day. The number of Hindus who sacrificed their lives to achieve freedom from the British is being discussed. They are practicing Desa Bhakti geetalu to celebrate Independence Day. Why did Bala Samskar Kendras Start? Our children are our strength. They are our future. They are going to be our Ambassadors to Hindu Dharma in preserving, protecting, and propagating our ancient civilization. For centuries, we as Hindus failed to transmit the knowledge to the next generations. With no knowledge about our faith and with no pride in the universality and non-violence of Sanatana Dharma, our children, as well as adults, have become targets for Christians to convert. They have used a plethora of deceptive tactics to woo our Hindus to Christianity as we are not able to defend our religion and also not able to question the barbaric nature of the Bible. We have become defenseless and not equipped with any knowledge about our heritage.                We should teach our children about its scientific discoveries in all scientific fields – mathematics, algebra, physics, asthmatics, computer science, dentistry, surgery, Ayurveda, yoga and meditation, and spirituality. We will try to teach our kids the science behind every aspect of our lives – customs and traditions handed down to millennials. Swami Chinmayananda stated, “The true Hinduism is a science of perfection. There is, in this true Hinduism, a solution to every individual, social, national, and international problem. True Hinduism is the Sanatana Dharma of the Upanishads.” We also need to teach how Hinduism is different from other religions. To appreciate our faith and its richness in literature and culture, we need to understand the true nature of Christianity and Islam. Unfortunately, we are still ill-equipped with the true nature of other religions. Violence, terror, killings, rapes, and destruction are advocated by Christianity and Islam. Hindus are the only ones who say that all religions are the same while the other two Abrahamic religions abhor Hinduism and do not have any respect. Both these religions have committed to wiping out Hinduism from the planet. It is time to realize the potential danger to Hinduism and start getting reacquainted with the richness of our heritage and understand why ahimsa, tolerance, inclusiveness, respect for others, and truth can save humanity from extinction. What is the Purpose of Starting Bala Samskar Kendras? Bala Samskar Kendras / Sunday Schools are being planned for two purposes: 1) To teach about the richness and glory of our Sanatana Dharma. Its eternal nature, its scientific advances, depth of knowledge in our scriptures, and its universal appeal to humanity. 2) Also prevent the Christian aggressive missionary threat to Hinduism. Children are lured away by the Christians bribing them with many unnecessary needs to attract them. They give Chocolates, pens, pencils, and promises of many material things and invite them to Churches and start brainwashing them to believe in their religion, and teach them to hate Hinduism. Global Hindu Heritage Foundation is planning to start BALA SAMSKAR on Sundays as well as weekdays to impart the richness of Hindu Heritage that enunciated peace, harmony, inclusiveness, self-improvement, and universal welfare. Our Sunday school will discuss contributions Hinduism made in the fields of education, mathematics, and astronomy. Arithmetic, quantum mechanics, metallurgy, surgery, medicine, dentistry, infinity, zero. Cosmology, literature, yoga and meditation, and other subjects. Sponsor one or more Schools We need all the support we can get to expand the number of Bala Samskar Kendras (Centers) from about 150 to 175. Sponsor each School for $1200 per year. You can suggest a teacher in your village or neighborhood in India to start Sunday school. DONATIONS PayPal Method: To donate visit our website: savetemples.org. Click on the Donate button, then press the Purpose category, and select the “Sunday School – Bal Samskar” category. By Check: Or you can send a check payable to Global Hindu Foundation, 14726 Harmony Lane, Frisco TX 75035. It is tax-deductible. By zelle: ghhfusaorg@gmail.com By Rupees, please contact us by either phone or email. For more information, call Prakasarao V Velagapudi 601-918-7111; Email: ghhfusaorg@gmail.com {{album_607}}
09 Aug 2022

[GHHF] Hindu Values to avoid Environmental Crisis – Taught to Government Junior College Students in Telangana

Kapila Vatsayana “Man’s life depends upon and is conditioned by all that surrounds him and sustains him, namely, inanimate, mineral and animate, aquatic, animal and gaseous life. It is therefore, man’s duty to constantly reminded himself – in individual and collective life – of the environment and the ecology.” Global Hindu Heritage Foundation (GHHF) in association with Nitya Satyam has been organizing Ghar Waapasi in the Telangana area. Lakshmi Nivas and his volunteers went to many villages and talked about the richness of our culture knowing that they became Christians not because of the message of the Bible but because of their financial circumstances, health-related issues, deceptive interpretation of Hindu scriptures and demeaning the multiplicity of Hindu Gods. Protect Environment to prevent Human Crisis  “Ether, air, fire, water, earth, planets, all creatures, directions, trees and plants, rivers and seas, they are all organs of God’s body. Remembering this a devotee respects all species.” Srimad Bhagavatam (2.2.41), As many are aware that United Nations started the program to protect environment bay making people aware of the potential danger to the globe in terms of high temperatures, pollution, cold whether, draught and food shortages. Many Ecologists such as Pankaj Jain, Christopher Chapple, Harold Coward, and others have written extensively about the Hindu values related to the preservation Panchabhutas. Hindus revere sacred rivers, mountains, forests, trees, birds and animals,. Many live their lives very close to nature. For example, many Hindu villages have a sacred lake, protect the banks from erosion. The lake and its grove store rainfall to irrigate surrounding fields and supply village wells with drinking water. Hinduism teaches that the Panchabhutas (five great elements) - space, air, fire, water and earth - that constitute the environment are all derived from prakriti, the primal energy. Each of these elements has its own life and form; together the elements are interconnected and interdependent. In the Mahabharata, it is noted that the universe and every object in it has been created as an abode of the Supreme God meant for the benefit of all, implying that individual species should enjoy their role within a larger system, in relationship with other species. In Hinduism, protecting the environment is an important expression of dharma. The earth is called Mother and a goddess and our mother and treated it with respect. She deserves our devotion and protection for our own survival. In the early morning, many Hindus touch the floor before getting out of bed every morning and chant a sloka asking Mother earth to forgive them for trampling on her body. The world population is steadily inching towards 8 billion, and we’re using the equivalent of 1.6 Earths to maintain our current way of life, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) reported. Naturally, the ecosystems cannot keep up with our demands and, as a result, are fast declining. We need to remember that we only have one Earth and are running out of time to save our planet. Which is why the theme for this year’s World Environment Day — only one Earth — fits the world situation perfectly. It focuses on the need to live sustainably in harmony with nature, and our possibilities for shifting to a greener lifestyle through both policies and individual choices.  UN Environment Programme says, “We must shift from harming the planet to healing it. We must protect what we have & bring back what we lost to advance to a better, more sustainable future, where all species can thrive.” Therefore, World Environment Day calls for “collective, transformative action on a global scale to celebrate, protect and restore our planet,” encouraging everyone, everywhere, to live sustainably and address the climate change.” Hinduism and Environment Christopher Framarin’s book “Hinduism and Environmental Ethics: Law, Literature, and Philosophy” breaks new ground in the field by being the first monograph to address the question of how Hindu philosophy can offer a coherent, systematic approach to environmental ethics. It presents careful, extensive, and original interpretations of passages from the Manusmrti (law), the Mahābhārata (literature), and the Yogasūtra (philosophy), and argues that these texts attribute direct moral standing to animals and plants for at least three reasons: they are sentient, they are alive, and they possess a range of other relevant attributes and abilities. College Students and Planting Saplings                 Our Pracharak Lakshmi Nivas went to a College in Mylaru Devalaplli and convinced the Principle, he spoke about the importance of Environment and should always obey the signs of environment by respecting the animals, protecting the trees, reducing the pollution. He requested the College students to appreciate and practice Hindu way of life which brings balance to the nature and living entities.                 He requested college students to plant the saplings and also take care of these saplings to make sure they are grown to protect the nature. WE NEED YOUR HELP We appreciate it if you can help in hiring more people who can go to these villages to do Ghar Waapasi. We have employed 26 people so far. More people we hire, more villages can be covered to welcome them back and also create Chaitanya (Awareness) among the students and villagers. 1) Donate any amount to help the Dharma Pracharaks to work at the ground level. 2) Sponsor one Pracharak: In order to expand our base and hire one Pracharak, it would cost approximately $3000.00 - $3500.00 per year. We have five anonymous donors who sponsored 9 Pracharaks DONATIONS PayPal Method: To donate visit our website: savetemples.org. Click on the Donate button, then press the Purpose category, and select the General Donation category. By Check: Or you can send a check payable to: GHHF, 14726 Harmony Lane, Frisco TX 75035. It is tax-deductible. By Zelle: ghhfusaorg@gmail.com By Rupees, please contact us by either phone or email. 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08 Aug 2022

GHHF More Priest Families were provided with TWO weeks supply of DRY Items to Archakas / PRIESTS around Tirupati area, Newspaper and TV Coverage

Global Hindu Heritage Foundation has distributed 18 Dry food items to the Priests in three Mandalams near Tirupati area: Chandragiri Mandalam Ramachandra Puram Mandalam Veduru Kuppam Mandalam As we mentioned earlier, many Archakas in VILLAGES are experiencing hardships and struggling to feed their families. GHHF  has completed distributing the Dry Items in the village around Vijayawada and Tirupati. We are planning to distribute to about 25 Priest families on June 27 around GUNTUR area. Because of the fear of Coronavirus, we will pause distributing for a week and find aa appropriate time to distribute them in Chittoor and Visakhapatnam, Each bag/kit will have the following items: Rice, Wheat flour, Cooking Oil, Urad Dal, Moong Dal, Brown Sugar, Tea Powder, Meal Packet, Chilli powder, Soaps, Tamarind, Turmeric, Sugar, Coconut oil, Upma Ravva, Mustard Seeds, and other items. Our Savetemples Office personnel K. Reddappa and K Subbanna coordinated the event around Tirupati area. They brought the items, and packed them into a big bag and distributed the to the Priests Since the Lockdown due to the fear of spreading Coronavirus, all the Hindu Temples are closed. Now, many Pujaris / Hindu Temple priests are having a hard time meeting their basic needs. Many of them do not have any salaries either from the government or the private Temples. Most of them do not have enough savings to pay their rent and electricity. Furthermore, many private temples do not have enough income to pay their salaries. Consequently, many Pujaris do not have enough resources to meet their daily expenses to provide meals for their families. Recently, newspapers wrote about some priests begging on the streets as they could not provide meals for the family. That news pained so many people and some organizations are helping them financially. They are facing a grim and grave predicament.   MEDIA COVERAGE:  Andhra Prabha, Sakshi and Enadu papers covered the distribution of the items to the priests. Voice of Andhra TV Channel showed the distribution also.   DONATIONS: We would appreciate your donation to continue annadanam to the needy, poor, Archakas/Priests in Villages.   PayPal Method: To donate visit our website. Click on the Donate button, then press the Purpose category, and select Annadanam Category or General Donation category. By Check: Or you can send a check payable to: GHHF, 14726 Harmony Lane, Frisco TX 75035. It is tax-deductible. {{album_61}}
26 Jun 2020

GHHF Additional 30 Priest Families were provided with TWO weeks supply of DRY Items to Archakas / PRIESTS around Tirupati area

On June 21, 2020 Global Hindu Heritage Foundation has distributed 18 Dry food items to the Priests in three Mandalams: Chandragiri Mandalam: Priests from these villages were given the items: 1. Chandragiri 2. Thondavada 3. Gangudupalli 4. Agarala 5. Kotala 6. Itepalli 7. Narasingapuram Ramachandra Puram Mandalam 1. Rayalacheruvu 2. Kuppambaduru 3. NTR colony 4. Nadavaluru 5. Gangireddypalli 6. Kalepalli 7. Nattikuppam Veduru Kuppam Mandalam 1. Pachhikapalam 2.Vedurukuppam 3.Chavatagunta 4.Perumallapalli 5.Allamadugu 6. Pathagunta 7. Komaragunta 8. Agraharam 9. Kammapalli 10. Devalampeta As we mentioned earlier, many Archakas in VILLAGES are experiencing hardships and struggling to feed their families. GHHF is planning to distribute these items in Chittoor, Tirupati, Guntur, Vijayawada, and Visakhapatnam areas. Each bag/kit will have the following items: Rice, Wheat flour, Cooking Oil, Urad Dal, Moong Dal, Brown Sugar, Tea Powder, Meal Packet, Chilli powder, Soaps, Tamarind, Turmeric, Sugar, Coconut oil, Upma Ravva, Mustard Seeds, and other items. Our Savetemples Office personnel K. Reddappa and K Subbanna coordinated the event, bought the items, and packed them into a big bag. Sri Sridharacharyulu, Chairman of Nava Jeevan Seva Samithi helped distribute the food items to the priests. Since the Lockdown due to the fear of spreading Coronavirus, all the Hindu Temples are closed. Now, many Pujaris / Hindu Temple priests are having a hard time meeting their basic needs. Many of them do not have any salaries either from the government or the private Temples. Most of them do not have enough savings to pay their rent and electricity. Furthermore, many private temples do not have enough income to pay their salaries. Consequently, many Pujaris do not have enough resources to meet their daily expenses to provide meals for their families. Recently, newspapers wrote about some priests begging on the streets as they could not provide meals for the family. That news pained so many people and some organizations are helping them financially. They are facing a grim and grave predicament. It is time to help these Priests to meet their basic needs with our generous donation. It is time to acknowledge their invaluable service to Hindu Temples and Hindu Dharma. It is time to protect their dignity and self-respect. DONATIONS: We would appreciate your donation to continue annadanam to the needy, poor, Archakas/Priests in Villages. PayPal Method: To donate visit our website. Click on the Donate button, then press the Purpose category, and select Annadanam Category or General Donation category. By Check: Or you can send a check payable to: GHHF, 14726 Harmony Lane, Frisco TX 75035. It is tax-deductible. For more information, call 601-918-7111 {{album_60}}
22 Jun 2020

[GHHF] TWO weeks supply of DRY Items to Archakas / PRIESTS in Krishna District VILLAGES were provided

[GHHF] TWO weeks supply of DRY Items to Archakas / PRIESTS in Krishna District VILLAGES were provided Global Hindu Heritage Foundation in association with Samarasata Foundation in Vijayawada distributed Dry food items to the Priests in Krishna District VILLAGES the weekend of June 13-14. Many of our friends in India brought to our attention that many Archakas in VILLAGES are experiencing hardships and struggling to feed their families. GHHF is planning to distribute these items in Chittoor, Tirupati, Guntur, Vijayawada, and Visakhapatnam areas. Each bag/kit will have the following items: Rice, Wheat flour, Cooking Oil, Urad Dal, Moong Dal, Brown Sugar, Tea Powder, Meal Packet, Chilli powder, Soaps, Tamarind, Turmeric, Sugar, Coconut oil, Upma Ravva, Mustard Seeds, and other items. We acknowledge the assistance of Sri Pakala Trinath and Sri Velagapudi Ramakrishna in Vijayawada in distributing these items to these village Priests. Since the Lockdown due to the fear of spreading Coronavirus, all the Hindu Temples are closed. Now, many Pujaris / Hindu Temple priests are having a hard time meeting their basic needs. Many of them do not have any salaries either from the government or the private Temples. Most of them do not have enough savings to pay their rent and electricity. Furthermore, many private temples do not have enough income to pay their salaries. Consequently, many Pujaris do not have enough resources to meet their daily expenses to provide meals for their families. Recently, newspapers wrote about some priests begging on the streets as they could not provide meals for the family. That news pained so many people and some organizations are helping them financially. They are facing a grim and grave predicament. It is time to help these Priests to meet their basic needs with our generous donation. It is time to acknowledge their invaluable service to Hindu Temples and Hindu Dharma. It is time to protect their dignity and self-respect. DONATIONS: We would appreciate your donation to continue annadanam to the needy, poor, Archakas/Priests in Villages. PayPal Method: To donate visit our website. Click on the Donate button, then press the Purpose category, and select Annadanam Category or General Donation category. By Check: Or you can send a check payable to: GHHF, 14726 Harmony Lane, Frisco TX 75035. It is tax-deductible. www.Savetemples.org For more information, call 601-918-7111 {{album_59}}
19 Jun 2020

GHHF Additional Priests and their families were honored in Vijayawada, Bengaluru and Kochin

GHHF Additional Priests and their families were honored in Vijayawada, Bengaluru and Kochin As many of you know that Global Hindu Heritage Foundation in collaboration with SGS Avadhuta Datta Peetham of Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji honored the 116 Priests with their wives at AGS Avadhuta Datta Peetham in Vijayawada on June 2 (Tuesday). We are grateful to Sri Chandra Mohan, who has taken the full responsibility to identify 116 priest, make necessary arrangements, decorate the hall, plan the seating arrangements, and follow Covid – 19 guidelines. He has done a great job by paying attention to every details. Additional 18 Priests were honored in Vijayawada, Bengaluru and Kochin. On this great Occasion, each priest was honored with Rs 5000. F other wives, each one was given one Sari with Blouse, one Fruit, Turmeric, Kumkum, Beetle leaves with nut powder, two Masks and Rs 11. Main program started at 10:00am and continued till 1:00pm.Because of the fear of spreading Coronavirus, all the Hindu Temples are closed. Now, many Pujaris / Hindu Temple priests are having a hard time meeting their basic needs. Many of them do not have any salaries either from the government or from the private Temples. Most of them do not have enough savings to pay their rent and electricity. Furthermore, many private temples do not have enough income to pay their salaries. Consequently, many Pujaris do not have enough resources to meet their daily expenses to provide meals to their families. Recently, newspapers wrote about some priests begging on the streets as they could not provide meals for the family. That news pained so many people and some organizations are helping them financially. They are facing a grim and grave predicament. It is time to help these Priests to meet their monthly expenses with our generous donation. It is time to acknowledge their invaluable service to Hind Temples and Hindu Dharma. It is time to protect their dignity and self-respect. {{album_57}}
14 Jun 2020

GHHF Annadanam to Needy Priests in VILLAGES is being planned. Your Support is appreciated.

GHHF Annadanam to Needy Priests in VILLAGES is being planned. Your Support is appreciated. For the last two months many Archakas did not have enough resources to feed their families. Many organizations and individuals have concentrated in honoring the priests and their families. The Global Hindu Heritage Foundation honored about 140 Priest families in Vijayawada, Bengaluru and Kochin. Since the Lockdown due to the fear of spreading Coronavirus, all the Hindu Temples are closed. Now, many Pujaris / Hindu Temple priests are having a hard time meeting their basic needs. Many of them do not have any salaries either from the government of the private Temples. Most of them do not have enough savings to pay their rent and electricity. Furthermore, many private temples do not have enough income to pay their salaries. Recently, newspapers wrote about some priests begging on the streets as they could not provide meals for the family. That news pained so many people and some organizations are helping them financially. They are facing a grim and grave predicament. Now Global Hindu Heritage Foundation in association with Samarasata Foundation decided to provide two weeks of dry groceries for each family living in villages We will be providing dry items enough for two weeks to the family. This distribution will take place mainly in Krishna District in Andhra Pradesh. DONATIONS: We would appreciate your donation to help the needy Priests with Cash Support 5 Priest families for $100. PayPal Method: To donate visit our website. Click on the Donate button, then press the Purpose category, and select Support a Priest Category or General Donation category. By Check: Or you can send a check payable to: GHHF, 14726 Harmony Lane, Frisco TX 75035. It is tax-deductible. www.Savetemples.org For more information, call 601-918-7111
07 Jun 2020

[GHHF] Annadanam continues in Tirupati

[GHHF] Annadanam continues in Tirupati On 30th, we were honoured to participate in distribution of Annadana to the poor and needy people in Tirupati. Dr. Sundara Murty and Sri Subramany Yadav came to help our mission to feed the hungry. Reddappa, Subbanna, Hari, Ravi and many people volunteered to help serve the meals. The demand for meals started increasing day by day since the end of April. We served about 300 people who lined up by 8:00 am. We are providing the meals in different locations in Tirupati. On May 1st, Global Hindu Heritage Foundation (GHHF) volunteers started distributing Annadana packets to the poor, needy, and infirm individuals. Approximately 500 grams of a food item is packed and distributed. As many of you are aware that TTD was distributing food in Tirupati and nearby needy villages until recently. About a week ago, they discontinued. To fill the vacuum created by TTD, GHHF decides to do annadanam in certain areas and distribute them at their residences. As per guidelines, nobody is supposed to leave the house after 9:00 am. As you can see, they started distributing by 7:30 am and completed the distribution by 9:00 am. As per new guidelines, nobody is supposed to be on the streets after 9:00 am. We also distributed about 1000masks for these people, banana, and water bottles. Please visit http://www.savetemples.org as frequently as possible since we are going to update our activities in all six cities very frequently. All cities are either doing Annadana, feeding animals or serving Kashayam. DONATIONS: We would appreciate your donation to continue annadanam to the needy, poor, and tribals as well as animals. Sponsor ONE day meals for $250. PayPal Method: To donate visit our website. Click on the Donate button, then press the Purpose category and select Annadanam Category or General Donation category. By Check: Or you can send a check payable to: GHHF, 14726 Harmony Lane, Frisco TX 75035. It is tax-deductible. www.Savetemples.org For more information, call 601-918-7111 {{album_55}}
01 Jun 2020

[GHHF] 750 Tribal and Poor Ladies mostly Christians were honored in Visakhapatnam

[GHHF] 750 Tribal and Poor Ladies mostly Christians were honored in Visakhapatnam Global Hindu Heritage Foundation in Collaboration with Sri Saidatta Manasa Peetham honored tribal and poor ladies in Vishakhapatnam area on Sunday (May 24th). Sri Sai Datta Swamiji went to few villages and tribal areas and invited them and explained the procedure. As some of you may be aware that many of them have been converted to Christianity.                GHHF is very much interested in reconverting the Christians into Hindu fold. Many of these people in these villages were converted with some inducement and by deception. Not knowing any thing about our culture and due to their lack of education, they converted to Christianity. Christianity prospers where there is ignorance. Christianity declines where there is high literacy. In  European countries, Christianity is declining and may be about 10 percent may be going to Churches.  Similarly, in USA also the number Christians attending the churches are declining year by year.                  It is our duty to look at the rate of conversion and how deceptively they are converting gullible and innocent Hindus is well documented. Many of the converted Christians have no idea why they are converted and have no clue about what they are talking. The Christian pastors have created so much fear among these people that Satan will haunt them if they go back to their ancestral religion.                Out of 750 ladies who came to function about 600 ladies are Christians. Sri Saidatta Swamy explained that they will be received by applying Tilak on their forehead and will also offer Prasadam for everybody to consume.                All the ladies who came to the ashram were given Kumkum, Turmeric, 5KG Rice, and one Saree. They were all given Prasad before they left. May of them even commented that Christianity does not belong to us. It is foreign. Our culture is ours to follow.                             We are very happy to see so many Christian ladies coming and receiving our Prasadam,  applying Tilak and chanting Jai Sree Ram three times. {{album_54}}
27 May 2020

[GHHF] Hanuman Jayanthi celebration followed by Annadanam in Tribal area in Visakhapatnam

[GHHF] Hanuman Jayanthi celebration followed by Annadanam in Tribal area in Visakhapatnam   On behalf of Global Hindu Heritage Foundation, Sri Saidatta Manasa Swamy conducted Hanuman Jayanti in Agency Tribal area near Visakhapatnam. Sri swamy gave Abhishekam to Hanumanji, did alankara, performed puja and also reciting a number of slokas addressing to Sri Hanumanji.   Many people came from the tribal area and spent three hours. Annadanam was distributed to all the attendees.   {{album_53}}
19 May 2020

[GHHF] - Voice of Andhra T V coverage of Annadanam in Tirupati.

[GHHF] - Voice of Andhra T V coverage of Annadanam in Tirupati. TV covered the news that GHHF and Savetemple office have beenn distributing Annadanam for the last 15 days in Tirupati. Realising the need for meal distribution, we have started Annadanam. We are serving the meals for about 300 people every day. The demand for meals starts increasing day by day. On 13th we had about 200 people lined up by 8:00 am. We are providing the meals in different locations in Tirupati. On May 1st, Global Hindu Heritage Foundation (GHHF) volunteers started distributing Annadana packets to the poor, needy, and infirm individuals. Approximately 500 grams of a food item is packed and distributed. As many of you are aware that TTD was distributing food in Tirupati and nearby needy villages until recently. About a week ago, they discontinued. To fill the vacuum created by TTD, GHHF decides to do annadanam in certain areas and distribute them at their residences. As per guidelines, nobody is supposed to leave the house after 9:00 am. As you can see, they started distributing by 7:30 am and completed the distribution by 9:00 am. As per new guidelines, nobody is supposed to be on the streets after 9:00 am. We also distributed about 100 masks for these people, banana, and water bottles. Please visit http://www.savetemples.org as frequently as possible since we are going to update our activities in all six cities very frequently. All cities are either doing Annadana, feeding animals or serving Kashayam. Global Hindu Heritage Foundation employees went to the area and bought enough Bananas and other fruits and fed them. Sri K Reddappa and Sri K. Subbanna have fed the cows. They will continue the Annadanam to the needy. DONATIONS: We would appreciate your donation to continue annadanam to the needy, poor, and tribals as well as animals. Sponsor ONE day meals for $250. PayPal Method: To donate visit our website. Click on the Donate button, then press the Purpose category, and select Annadanam Category or General Donation category. By Check: Or you can send a check payable to: GHHF, 14726 Harmony Lane, Frisco TX 75035. It is tax-deductible. www.Savetemples.org For more information, call 601-918-7111 {{album_51}}
17 May 2020

[GHHF] Annadanam on the occasion of Hanuman Jayanti in Chittoor

[GHHF] Annadanam on the occasion of Hanuman Jayanti in Chittoor On May 16th, Hanuman Jayanti was celebrated with devotion, passion, and dedication at Bhakti Anjaneya Temple located in Devalam Peta. The morning started with Abhishekam, alankaram and puja along with singing devotional songs dedicated to Sri Anjaneya. After the celebration more than 1000 people were served sumptuous meals.                Prayers were offered to Sri Anjaneya to protect people from the deadly Coronavirus and spare them from the potential deaths. Speaking on the occasion, Sri Jayakumar, one of the Board members to do pujas on regular basis to avert from the deadly virus. He also advised the assembled people to work for the welfare of the humanity and establish Hindu Rashtra. He talked about Global Hindu Heritage Foundation’s efforts to preserve and protect our Hindu Temples and also our rich culture.                Sri Jayakumar also reminded people of the importance of charity and to see that we take care of the poor people, animals, and birds. Temple priest Sr Sri Sreenivas, Manager Sri Muniswamy, BJP leaders Sri Govind, Sri Viswanath Reddy, Sri Muniratnam Naidu, Sri Jagannadha Shetty and others participated.                Also, they distributed first and second prizes to those who participated in the competition of Devotional singing. Similarly, they first and second prizes for competing in cricket match. DONATIONS: We would appreciate your donation to continue annadanam to the needy, poor, and tribals as well as animals. Sponsor ONE day meals for $250. PayPal Method: To donate visit our website. Click on the Donate button, then press the Purpose category, and select Annadanam Category or General Donation category. By Check: Or you can send a check payable to: GHHF, 14726 Harmony Lane, Frisco TX 75035. It is tax-deductible. www.Savetemples.org For more information, call 601-918-7111   {{album_52}}
17 May 2020