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[GHHF] Bala Samskar Kendras – Students learned about Mangal Pandey, his revolt against British and his death by hanging.

Global Hindu Heritage Foundation started with a mission to preserve, protect and promote the richness of Sanatana Dharma. To accomplish this goal, we felt that it is the utmost of the hour to teach about our culture, traditions, mantras, rituals, morals, and our national heroes. Also work toward the renovation and revival of Hindu Temples, open the neglected Temples, protecting the animals, and protecting the environment. This week the students learned about the patriotism of Mangal Pandey.

18 Jul 2024

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[GHHF] Bala Samskar Kendras – Students learned about Mangal Pandey, his revolt against British and his death by hanging.

Global Hindu Heritage Foundation started with a mission to preserve, protect and promote the richness of Sanatana Dharma. To accomplish this goal, we felt that it is the utmost of the hour to teach about our culture, traditions, mantras, rituals, morals, and our national heroes. Also work toward the renovation and revival of Hindu Temples, open the neglected Temples, protecting the animals, and protecting the environment. This week the students learned about the patriotism of Mangal Pandey.One thing becomes clear to all of us if we observe the independence movement of the country carefully. They fought not only to drive out the foreign invaders but also to maintain the culture and customs of this country. Foreign Muslim looters, foreign Christian looters have not only robbed us but also committed many atrocities disrespecting our cultural roots. Due to this, the flames of rebellion were raised on a large scale among the common people as well. The proof of that is the first sepoy mutiny in the country's independence movement. The British recruited Indians as soldiers with Indian money and ruled the Indians as slaves. So many Indians served as sepoys in the British army. Many did the work willingly. But when the Indian sepoys were told to kill a cow, the most revered of Indians, and apply the fat to the bullets and use them, their morals, which had been dormant until then, awakened their cultural roots and made them fight against the British government. "Looking like this, there is no doubt that Gomata was the cause of the Sepoy Mutiny, which is said to be the starting point of the country's freedom struggle." Mangal Pandey was born on 19 July 1827 to Nagwada Diwakar Pandey in Uttar Pradesh. As a child, he attended science school and studied surgery. Mangal Pandey served as a sepoy in the 34th Bengal Regiment in the British Army. The British used to give the sepoys bullet cartridges made of cow fat. The cartridge was thought to be greased with animal fat, mainly from cows and pigs, which Hindus and Muslims, respectively, could not eat (the former a holy animal of the Hindus and the latter being abhorrent to Muslims). Before use, the cartridges had to be bitten at one end. Some Indian troops in some regiments believed it was a deliberate act by the British to defile their religions. He bit his mouth and removed the skin of the tusks, and as he did not want to use the tusks coated with cow fat, his self-esteem, which had been dormant till then, rose up, and he gathered his fellow sepoys and raised a voice of defiance against the British government. They killed two British officers and started a mutiny. Many heroes like Jhansi Lakshmibai, Maratha Peshwa Nanasaheb, Tantia Tope, who had been waiting for an opportunity till then with the spirit of military rebellion, fought against the East India Company. After that the British with a large army crushed the movement and imprisoned Mangal Pandey and hanged him on 8th April, 1857. Remembering Mangal Pandey means remembering those military heroes who fought for the country's pride and for Gomata. It seems really shameful that today's generation, born in this land, who fought for the cow, for Dharma despite knowing that their lives will be lost, live as if nothing is being done even though lakhs of cows are being killed, Dharma and temples are being attacked around them in independent India. Today's generation needs to be made soldiers who will fight for dharma and country. Donations are appreciated; By Zelle: ghhfusaorg@gmail.com PayPal: savetemples.org By Check: You can also send a check payable to GHHF,14726 Harmony Lane, Frisco, TX 75035. It is tax-deductible. By Rupees: call 601-918-7111; +91 83096 43979 {{album_1154}}
18 Jul 2024

[GHHF] Performed Shiva Abhishekam, organized Bhajans in a cave on the top of the Mountain to revive the past glory of the Sri Ramalingeswara Temple in a Village near Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh.

Global Hindu Heritage Foundation started with a mission to preserve, protect and promote the richness of Sanatana Dharma. To accomplish this goal, we felt that it is the utmost of the hour to teach about our culture, traditions, mantras, rituals, morals, and our national heroes. Also work toward the renovation and revival of Hindu Temples, open the neglected Temples, protecting the animals, and protecting the environment. This week, our Pracharaks under the leadership of Sri Gopi Krishna Sastry climbed the mountain to do Abhishekam to Sri Ramalingeswara Temple in a Cave and conduct Bhajans. Today in Gadepalli village, the ancient temple of Sri Ramalingeswara Swamy has been built on the top of the hill, according to the information of the villagers, all the Hindu relatives in the village went to the hill to see the temple. India is known for magnificent Temples built over so many centuries. Temples were not only important sites for religious worship but also served as centers of learning, art, community gatherings and festivals. Temples held great wealth and were the pride of the communities in which they were built. Such temples became targets for foreign invasion or destruction. Conquering temples could be a source of wealth, social and political control.  Many Hindu Temples were destroyed, idols broken, insulted the Murty Worship and offended Hindu temple worshippers. Because of the destruction of Hindu temples and threats to the lives of Hindus, many Hindus distanced themselves from going to the Temples. Thus, many Temples on the mountains and high hills were neglected because of the fear for their lives. Many temples in remote villages and on top of the hills become unknown to the present generation. Since Independence, many Hindus are trying to restore some of the demolished Temples and start reviving the Temple worship and renewing the our rich traditions.  One such attempt by GHHF was to identify one of the ancient Temple in a small village on top of the hill and plan for resuming the tradition worship of Lord Shiva. This Shiva temple is built in a cave on the hill. In the past, puja programs were held every day to satisfy the desires of the devotees of this Shiva temple. We learned that a Guru has also become a Jiva Samadhi here, so that this Shiva temple fulfills the desires of the devotees. But there is a belief that the works planned by the devotees will be fulfilled. Even now, every Shivaratri, many devotees in the village come for darshan. We collected details by asking the priests who have been ding Abhishekam to the Shiva temple every week for the past three generations. But very few people know there exists a Shiva Temple there.   After that, they said that they will perform bhajans in the Shiva temple and get the blessings of Lord Shiva and try to return to the past glory by doing Abhishekam and conducting Bhajans.  Donations are appreciated; By Zelle: ghhfusaorg@gmail.com PayPal: savetemples.org By Check: You can also send a check payable to GHHF,14726 Harmony Lane, Frisco, TX 75035. It is tax-deductible. By Rupees: call 601-918-7111; +91 83096 43979 {{album_1152}}
17 Jul 2024

[GHHF] Bala Samskar Kendras – Students learned how a greedy person realized his mistake and spent his life in harmony with everyone.

Global Hindu Heritage Foundation started with a mission to preserve, protect and promote the richness of Sanatana Dharma. To accomplish this goal, we felt that it is the utmost of the hour to teach about our culture, traditions, mantras, rituals, morals, and our national heroes. This week, our teachers talked about how a greedy person realized his mistake and spent his life in harmony with everyone. Greed is the root of sorrow A businessman named Govindaiah was very greedy. An intoxicated person who wants to gain from the other person by making the other person uncomfortable in any bargaining. One day he was going to Patna through the forest path. There is no one with him. If you see him, you will see him as a merchant, a friend, and a hustler. A sage with a mutilated body was lying near a tree while walking in the forest path. When he heard him saying 'thirsty...thirsty', Govindaiah went and poured fresh water into Munishwar mouth. Muni opened his eyes and said, "You quenched my thirst in the last hours. Your goodness will not be forgotten. This is the last minute for me. Death will approach me in a minute. Ask for any boon immediately... I can grant it."  Govindaiah greedily said, "Munishwar! I don't want one boon. At least give me three boons, Swami." Munishwar's eyes were already closed. Even though his strength was running low, Munishwar said, "I can't do that! Ask for any boon! Don't delay." Govindaiah entered the business model. The desire to wish for at least two boons. His hope made him a believer. Immediately he said "OK, please give me at least two blessings, Swami" unhappily. Immediately Munishwar said "That is not possible Nayana! I can give you only one boon. Don't delay and ask for it immediately." He was already trying to take his last breath after listening to sage's words. His greed became his curse. He looked at Munishwar, wondering what he wanted. The life of that Munishwar had already merged into eternal air. He thought that his ambition had become his curse. It would have been better if he had wished for even one good boon, but with sad face that the luck became curse and unfulfilled. Realizing that his greed is the source of misery, he spent time in harmony with everyone from then on. Donations are appreciated; By Zelle: ghhfusaorg@gmail.com PayPal: savetemples.org By Check: You can also send a check payable to GHHF,14726 Harmony Lane, Frisco, TX 75035. It is tax-deductible. By Rupees: call 601-918-7111; +91 83096 43979 {{album_1151}}
16 Jul 2024

Why should I Donate to Organizations like GHHF - Shishir Katote

After the Mahabharata war ended, Krishna asked Arjuna to leave his chariot before He did. When Arjuna left the chariot, it turned into ashes within a moment. Arjuna wondered and asked Krishna how it happened. Krishna said that the mighty warriors like Bheeshma, Drona and Karna had thrown their divine weapons on this chariot with intensity so fierce that even after being celestial; it was destined to be destroyed on the first day of war itself. But because of His presence in it, it could survive the onslaught. Hence, Krishna played an invisible but the most important role in letting pandavas with the war. Similar to Krishna, there are many people and organizations that are playing a silent role in the survival of us Hindus and Hinduism. While we are asleep, they are fighting to save cows from butchers, save people from conversions and save temples from being desecration. One of such organizations is the Global Hindu Heritage foundation, which is working day and night to make sure that Hindus survive and thrive. I cannot go on the ground to participate in these activities carried out by the GHHF. It is unfortunate. But I am also fortunate to know that there is a way I can still contribute to the mission of GHHF, by donating a part of my hard earned to money to it to make it run like a well oiled clock! I have been following the GHHF for quite a while and for me, following are the reasons why they deserve to be funded by the common, yet awakened Hindu like myself.  Bala Samskara Kendras of GHHF GHHF runs Bala Samskara Kendras for the young children in the areas not accessible to general people who want to help them. These centers make sure that the young generation is acquainted to the values of Indian tradition, especially when it comes to respecting elders and serving them in the old age. The present generation is drastically different from the previous. There has never been such a big generational gap earlier in the history of India. This is because of the corrupted education system of India, which though can provide a proper technical education, fails to raise children as Bharateeyas. Because of this, when these children get married, they expect the elderly people to let them stay separately. This is very much painful for the parents to stop receiving the much needed love & care of children, when the need it the most, in the old age. Besides this, children in these centers learn to turn into a human being of character and integrity, which most of the youngsters of today are lacking. The young populace of today is mentally quite unstable, giving up on their goals easily, at the first site of failure. But the children programmed with the vedic philosophy and logic, mixed with the motivational stories of our ancestors and freedom fighters becomes immune to such weakness when they reach their teens. In my opinion, Bala Samskara Kendras are doing some incredible work for saving the present generation.  GHHF & Saving Temples Temples are out identities. They tell which culture we come from. Remove this identity from a child, it will become susceptible to the identity crisis, having no ideas whatsoever as to who he/she is. Such children and also elderly people lead a life filled with the inferiority complex, wondering why they were not born in the countries like USA. This is dangerous as the people tend to think that the best version of life is hedonistic life. Temples are the physical reminders telling us where we come from and how glorious our past has been, and if the past was glorious, the present can very well be. I used to think in the childhood as to why I was born in a country where the middle class doesn’t have access to what even the poor class has in the advanced countries like USA and European countries. But it was the scholars of traditional temples in temples, who mesmerized me with their intelligence and made me believe that we have the best philosophy and this, the way of life that anyone can have. The present situation is that everyday I feel blessed to be born in Bharat, that teaches us about inquiring into who we are. It is a luxury, not available in any other country. Unfortunately these temples are not in the hands of the original inheritors, the Hindus like myself. To deal with this problem, GHHF is making their hands dirty for me. They are fighting the cases for freeing temples from the clutches of those who having nothing to do with it, while I just sit and enjoy. So I can at least help the GHHF to make sure that their work becomes though not easier, but less difficult. Hence, we and I need help them financially.  Temple Renovations Many of the Hindu temples are not old enough that they direly need renovations. Without that, they may not see another decade. This is a kind of issue that is very elusive, yet it does exist. Renovation is a very costly affair and can cost lakhs to crores. Hence, there is a need that these renovations are funded by someone. Again, GHHF barges in to solve this problem.  Gaushalas Cows are central to the survival of Hinduism and universe. Bhagavan has descended multiple times for the protection of cows. Under the present circumstances, cows are facing an existential crisis. Mostly they are used for the milk and the old cows are being sent to the slaughterhouses. Even if there are stringent laws to prevent this, the financial crisis forces many poor farmers to give up on their old cows, which are ultimately and illegally sent to the slaughterhouses. To address this issue, we have gaushalas. But these gaushalas cannot run without money, especially when most of the cows are old and unproductive. The GHHF is helping these gaushalas to make sure that these cows survive, hence dharma. This is the strongest reason why I prefer to donate my hard earned money to the organizations like the GHHF, which is directly working towards stopping the slaughtering of my mother cow. Rejecting a Myopic Perspective Towards Life In my coaching career, I have come across many shrewd businessmen who are extremely practical and knowledgeable when it becomes to investing money and turning 1 rupee into 100. The avenues they find out for multiplying money are simply unimaginable. But, unfortunately, they are successful only with the short term investments and fail miserably when it comes to long term. Because they don’t think about the possibility of getting benefited by their present wealth after they leave this mortal body. For such people, donating to the causes like that of the GHHF is a sure way to earn incredible amount of punya that accompanies everyone even after death. I learnt a beautiful Sanskrit verse in my childhood regarding the importance of daana. दानं भोगो नाशः तिस्रो गतयो भवन्ति वित्तस्य। यो न ददाति न भुङ्क्ते तस्य तृतीया गतिः भवति॥ There are three fates that wealth faces: Donation, consumption and destruction. Wealth of the one who neither gives his wealth for charity nor uses it for appropriate self consumption has a third destination, destruction! If I don’t donate a part of wealth to the causes and earn punya, according to me, the money means nothing for me even after it goes to the children. Because it cannot help me after death. There is nothing wrong with leaving your wealth for children to be inherited, to make their lives comfortable. But why not be little selfish and earn a little punya for ourselves by donating some money to the dharmik causes that are being promoted by the Global Hindu Heritage Foundation? Our life is not limited to the 70-80 years we are going to spend in the present body. There were many others previously and there will be many hereafter. बहूनि मे व्यतीतानि जन्मानि तव चार्जुन तान्यहं वेद सर्वाणि न त्वं वेत्थ परन्तप The Blessed Lord said Many births of Mine have passed as well as of thine, O Arjuna; I know them all but thou knowest not, O Parantapa (scorcher of foes). I have decided to reject my myopic perspective towards life and chosen to contribute to the cause of GHHF, that is helping the our Hindu people and Hindu temples, to make sure that I invest enough to lead multiple comfortable lives after this one, ultimately leading to moksha.  About the Author  Shishir Katote:   Owner & Life Coach at Satparva Education2023–present M Sc in Geoinformatics & Microbiology, Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU)Graduated 2010 Lives in Pune, Maharashtra, India1987–present 16.9K content views3.5K this month; Joined July 2014   NOTE: GHHF is working at the ground level in the villages to make a difference in their lives, protect our heritage and expose the pressure from outside forces.  https://www.quora.com/Why-should-I-Donate-to-the-Organizations-like-GHHF Donations are appreciated; By Zelle: ghhfusaorg@gmail.com PayPal: savetemples.org By Check: You can also send a check payable to GHHF,14726 Harmony Lane, Frisco, TX 75035. It is tax-deductible. For additional information,  601-918-7111; +91 83096 43979
15 Jul 2024

[GHHF] Bala Samskar Kendras – Students learned Garimella Satyanarayana; a freedom fighter wo ignited people with his patriotic song to work for Independence.

Global Hindu Heritage Foundation started with a mission to preserve, protect and promote the richness of Sanatana Dharma. To accomplish this goal, we felt that it is the utmost of the hour to teach about our culture, traditions, mantras, rituals, morals, and our national heroes. This week, our teachers talked about a poet, writer and a freedom fighter named Garimella Satyanarayana. Garimella Satyanarayana was born on July 14, 1893, to Suramma and Venkata Narasimha in Gonepadu village in Srikakulam district of Andhra state. All their primary education was done there. He completed the above studies in Vijayanagaram, Machilipatnam, Rajamahendravaram. After completing my BA, I worked as a clerk in Ganjam Collector's office and for some time as a teacher in Vizianagaram High School. After that, he participated in the freedom movement. It was at that time that he wrote the song "Makoddee Tella Doratanam". Their song ignited the desire for independence in Andhra state so much so that the British government imprisoned them for a year for writing that song. After his release from prison, he participated in the freedom movement with more enthusiasm. Wherever the people gathered while traveling village after village, he would ignite the spirit of the movement with his songs. He was sentenced to two years of imprisonment and kept in jail.  Sadly, while he was in jail, his entire family, including his wife, father, and grandfather, passed away. British government said he would apologize to the British, he would be release.  If he promised not to participate in the freedom struggle any more, he would be released from the prison. But he refused to accept it and preferred to remain in prison. He sacrificed everything for the cause of independence and suffered many hardships in his personal life. Although he did many jobs for the family, he faced a lot of financial difficulties. Even our leaders did not provide any assistance to after the independence of the country. Due to this, it was necessary to beg for some time on the streets of Madras. His health did not cooperate, and he lost one eye and became paralyzed and suffered abject poverty at the end. On the day of his death on December 18, 1952, the neighbors performed his last rites. Our rulers, who did not give any help during their lifetime. But they erected a statue after his death and showed their patriotism. Today we all are enjoying the freedom earned by many such sacrificers who gave their all and suffered many hardships. In this country where there are wise men who don't even work hard for their own family, such honorable people who gave their all for the country will be remembered forever. In order to protect the freedom and national pride gained by the sacrifices of others, everyone should always be vigilant, and their sacrifices should not be wasted. Donations are appreciated; By Zelle: ghhfusaorg@gmail.com PayPal: savetemples.org By Check: You can also send a check payable to GHHF,14726 Harmony Lane, Frisco, TX 75035. It is tax-deductible. By Rupees: call 601-918-7111; +91 83096 43979  {{album_1150}}
14 Jul 2024

What is Ghar Wapsi initiative by the Global Hindu Heritage Foundation?

What is Ghar Wapsi initiative by the Global Hindu Heritage Foundation? https://www.quora.com/What-is-Ghar-Wapsi-initiative-by-the-Global-Hindu-Heritage-Foundation/answer/LunarReflections?prompt_topic_bio=1 LunarReflections The Global Hindu Heritage Foundation (GHHF) is a dedicated organization committed to the preservation and promotion of Hindu culture and heritage worldwide. Established with the mission to safeguard the rich tradition and values of India, GHHF engages in various activities to enhance the understanding and appreciation of Hindu culture. These activities include temple restoration, educational programs, social welfare initiatives, and interfaith dialogues. Through its diverse efforts, GHHF strives to ensure the continuity of Hindu traditions and foster a sense of cultural pride and identity among Hindus globally. Out of the contributions that GHHF makes towards preserving the cultural heritage, their “Ghar Wapsi” initiative stands out as the most significant. This article aims at understanding these “Ghar Wapsi” initiatives and how they are essential in the contemporary world.   Understanding “Ghar Wapsi”  “Ghar Wapsi”, meaning “homecoming”, is a movement that encourages individuals who have converted to other religions to return to their original religious belief. This initiative is based on the fact that many Hindus were historically converted due to various pressures, including socio-economic constraints, political influences, and coercion. Proponents of the movement argue that these conversions often occurred during periods of historical turmoil, such as during Islamic invasions, British colonial rule, and the activities of Christian missionaries who sought to spread their faith in India. “Ghar Wapsi” symbolizes a return to one's ancestral religious and cultural heritage. The motivation behind these “Ghar Wapsi” efforts is the fact that the diverse traditions, philosophies, and cultural practices, enabling its believers to live in harmony with nature, need to be preserved and passed on to the upcoming generations. Through their efforts, they aim to restore the cultural identity of individuals and reintegrate them into the Hindu community they belong to, thereby strengthening the social fabric of Indian society. This movement is often led by organizations seeking to preserve and promote Hindu values and culture. These organisations conduct various ceremonies and events to facilitate the homecoming process, providing religious education, social integration, and community support to those who wish to return to their roots. Significance of the GHHF’s “Ghar Wapsi” Efforts 1- Cultural Continuity and Heritage Preservation One of the primary contributions of the GHHF through the “Ghar Wapsi” campaign is the preservation of cultural heritage. The culture of India is filled with enormous traditions and beliefs, which is a remarkable example of Unity in Diversity. Hinduism, the oldest religion in the world and the most prominent culture of the country encompasses a vast array of traditions, rituals, and practices that form an integral part of India's cultural fabric. By facilitating the return of individuals who converted to any foreign religions previously to Hinduism, GHHF helps preserve these age-old traditions and ensures their continuity for future generations. The “Ghar Wapsi” campaign also plays a crucial role in educating individuals about their culture's rich history and philosophical foundations. GHHF organises workshops, seminars, and educational programs that provide in-depth knowledge about ancient Indian scriptures, rituals, and cultural practices. These initiatives help individuals reconnect with their roots and gain a deeper understanding of their heritage. 2- Addressing Religious Conversions Religious conversions have been a contentious issue in many parts of India. While freedom of religion is a fundamental right, there have been instances where conversions have occurred under threat, intimidation, or through manipulations based on false claims or impractical promises of miraculous healing and claiming to treat people instantly. GHHF's “Ghar Wapsi” campaign addresses these issues by providing a platform for individuals who wish to return to Hinduism voluntarily. The campaign emphasises the importance of informed choice and personal conviction in matters of faith. By offering support and resources to those who wish to return to their religion, GHHF ensures that the process is voluntary and respectful of individual autonomy. This approach helps counteract the narrative of forced or coerced conversions and promotes religious freedom in its truest sense. Ø Promoting Social Cohesion Another significant contribution of the “Ghar Wapsi” campaign is promoting social cohesion. In many communities, religious conversions can lead to social fragmentation and tension. By encouraging individuals to return to their ancestral faith, GHHF fosters a sense of unity and belonging among the community members. The campaign also addresses the socio-economic factors that often drive individuals towards conversion. GHHF undertakes various welfare programs aimed at improving the living conditions of economically disadvantaged communities. These programs include educational scholarships, vocational training, and healthcare initiatives, which help uplift the marginalised sections of society and reduce the socio-economic disparities that often lead to religious conversions. Ø Empowering Individuals and Communities Empowerment lies at the heart of the “Ghar Wapsi” campaign. GHHF firmly holds the belief that genuine empowerment stems from a profound connection to one's identity and a deep-seated pride in one's culture. Through the reconnection of individuals with their ancestral heritage, the campaign serves as a catalyst for nurturing a robust sense of self-esteem and assurance. In addition to its cultural and educational endeavours, the foundation extends a compassionate hand to those encountering hurdles on their path back to Hinduism. Recognizing the multifaceted nature of such a journey, the foundation has established a robust support network, such as psychological assistance, to address the diverse needs of individuals during their homecoming. The foundation recognises the importance of addressing the emotional and psychological challenges inherent in religious reintegration. Volunteers offer a supportive environment for individuals to explore and process their emotions, providing guidance and encouragement with every step of the way. Through personalized counselling sessions, support groups, and community outreach programs, individuals receive the emotional support needed to navigate the complexities of their journey with resilience and grace. GHHF's Broader Initiatives While “Ghar Wapsi” is a significant aspect of GHHF's work, the foundation's contributions to society extend beyond this campaign. GHHF is involved in a wide range of activities promoting Hindu culture and addressing social issues. 1. Temple Preservation and Restoration: GHHF is actively involved in the preservation and restoration of Hindu temples across India and other parts of the world. These efforts help protect historical monuments and ensure that they continue to serve as centres of worship and cultural education.         1. Educational Programs: The foundation runs various educational programs aimed at spreading awareness about Hindu philosophy, history, and culture. These programs are designed for children to develop in them a sense of great pride & belongingness and are conducted through their “Bala Samskar Kendras”.       1. Interfaith Dialogue: GHHF promotes interfaith dialogue and understanding by organising conferences and seminars that bring together representatives from different religious communities. These dialogues foster mutual respect and help build a more harmonious society. Challenges and Criticisms Despite the notable contributions made by the “Ghar Wapsi” campaign and the broader initiatives of the Global Hindu Heritage Foundation (GHHF), they have encountered criticism and obstacles along their path. Some critics contend that the campaign employs coercive tactics and violates the principles of religious freedom. Additionally, allegations have been raised regarding the creation of social tensions by singling out particular religious communities. In response to these criticisms, GHHF steadfastly asserts that its initiatives are entirely voluntary and are designed to empower individuals to make informed decisions regarding their religious beliefs. The foundation maintains that it respects the autonomy of each individual and honours their cultural values throughout the process. GHHF emphasizes that its goal is not to coerce or pressure individuals into converting to any religion but rather to provide them with the opportunity to reconnect with their ancestral faith should they choose to do so. The foundation is committed to fostering an environment of openness and mutual respect, where individuals are free to explore their spiritual identities without fear of judgment or coercion. Furthermore, GHHF emphasizes that its initiatives are rooted in a deep-seated respect for individual autonomy and cultural diversity. The foundation believes that promoting understanding and appreciation for diverse religious traditions can foster harmony and coexistence within the society. Wrapping Up The Global Hindu Heritage Foundation's “Ghar Wapsi” campaign represents a significant effort to preserve and promote Indian culture and heritage. By encouraging individuals to return to their ancestral faith, the campaign fosters cultural continuity, addresses issues related to religious conversions, and promotes social cohesion. Their broader initiatives further contribute to societal well-being by addressing social issues, preserving historical monuments, and promoting interfaith dialogue. While the campaign has faced criticism, it is essential to recognize the voluntary and respectful nature of GHHF's efforts. In a diverse and pluralistic society, initiatives like “Ghar Wapsi” play a crucial role in preserving cultural heritage and fostering a sense of unity and belonging. Through its dedicated work, the Global Hindu Heritage Foundation continues to make significant contributions to society, ensuring that the rich traditions of Hinduism are passed down to future generations. The foundation endeavours to foster a culture of acceptance and inclusion within Hindu communities, combatting stigma and promoting understanding towards those undergoing religious reintegration. By raising awareness and promoting dialogue on the diverse paths to spiritual fulfilment, the foundation cultivates an environment where individuals can reintegrate into their communities without fear of judgment or rejection. Additionally, their comprehensive support system serves as a beacon of hope and reassurance for individuals embarking on the profound journey of returning to their faith. Through its unwavering commitment to providing legal and psychological support, the foundation ensures that individuals can navigate their transition with dignity, resilience, and a sense of belonging, ultimately reintegrating into their communities with pride and respect. Thus, while facing criticism and challenges, GHHF remains steadfast in its commitment to promoting religious freedom, individual autonomy, and cultural heritage. Through its voluntary initiatives, the foundation seeks to empower individuals to make informed choices about their faith, fostering an environment of mutual respect and understanding within society.
13 Jul 2024

[GHHF] Bala Samskar Kendras – Students learned the importance of Guru and chanted slokas on Guru.

Global Hindu Heritage Foundation started with a mission to preserve, protect and promote the richness of Sanatana Dharma. To accomplish this goal, we felt that it is the utmost of the hour to teach about our culture, traditions, mantras, rituals, morals, and our national heroes. This week, learned about the importance of a Guru in one’s life and learned to chant two slokas from Guru Stotram. Akhand-Mandalakaram vyaptam yena characharam. Tatpadam darshitam yena tasmai Shri Gurave Namah. Meaning: My Salutations to that Guru who revealed to me that Truth, which is unfragmented, infinite, timeless divinity, and which pervades the entire universe – movable or unmovable.  Agyan timir-andhasya Gyananjan Shalakaya. Chakshur-oonmeelitam yena tasmai Shri Gurave Namah. My Salutations to that reverential teacher, who opened my eyes, by applying the divine collyrium of self-knowledge in my eyes, which had got blinded by the cataract of ignorance. In Sanatana Dharma, we are taught to respect our parents, teachers and the guests. Hindus remember these verses – Matru Devo Bhava, Pitru devo bhava, Acharya Devo Bhava and Atithi Devo Bhava. That means, Mother is God, Father is God, Teacher is Gid and Guest is God.  The concept of Guru is one of the pillars of Sanatana Dharma that preserved and protected the very essence of human existence. The Sanskrit root "Gu" means darkness or ignorance, "Ru" denotes the remove or dispel. Therefore, one who removes our ignorance is considered a Guru. A Sadguru is the one who teaches the TRUTH to dispel darkness. Truth hurts. Truth may be harsh and painful.  Tulasidas observes in Ramayana:  “Sadguru infuses the power in the disciple to distinguish between the eternal and the perishable. He makes such arrangements that the disciple is able to feel the insignificance of the sensual experiences. As when properly instigated, a piece of coal turns radiant and hot, the human soul in the disciple can also unite with the absolute when the Sadguru destroys the indomitable self.” The Guru is the embodiment of the Trinity. Like Brahma he inculcates knowledge in us, like Vishnu he protects us, like Shiva he destroys ignorance and also explains good and evil and teaches us how to acquire humane values and virtues. That is why we remember the greatness of the Guru by saying “Guru Brahma Guru Vishnu Guru Devo Maheshwarah Guru Sakshat Parabrahma Tasmaishri Guruve Namah” every day. There is an ancient saying – “Guru bina gathi nahi” which means, there is no progress in life without a Guru. In the ancient times, a person without a Guru was called ‘anaatha’, which also means an orphan. Having a spiritual master is synonymous to having a definite progress in life. Life gets filled with zeal and enthusiasm and becomes more fulfilling. An unshakable attitude with an undying smile is a definite side effect of having a spiritual master. Gurudev often says that once a person has come to a spiritual master, knowledge flourishes, sorrow diminishes, joy wells up without any reason, abundance dawns and all talents manifest. This has been the experience of many who are on the spiritual path with a master. With all these definite things that can help achieve success in life, can happen easily by having a spiritual master in one’s life, who would not wish to have one? Donations are appreciated; By Zelle: ghhfusaorg@gmail.com PayPal: savetemples.org By Check: You can also send a check payable to GHHF,14726 Harmony Lane, Frisco, TX 75035. It is tax-deductible. By Rupees: call 601-918-7111; +91 83096 43979 {{album_1149}}
12 Jul 2024

[GHHF] Bala Samskar Kendras – Students learned about Lifes Lessons – Good and Bad, Happiness and Sorrow come together to improve our lives.  

In a small village an old grandmother lived with her grandson in a small hut. One day while she was cooking, her grandson approached her. "Grandma! Lately, I am not feeling well at all, headache, stomachache, fever are all bothering me. Even in school, I am getting low marks, teachers are scolding me, friends are not talking to me properly," he said. The grandmother must somehow explain the truth of life to her grandson, "Look, my dear boy! Can you eat this uncooked, uncooked rice?" she asked. "Shh. Can't eat at all," said the grandson. "And can you survive on just water?" The grandmother asked and the grandson replied "No". "Can you fill up your stomach by eating just one pepper in the curry? Grandma asked again. "Umm! "Not because of me," said the grandson. "More salt" asked grandmother, "No, grandmother. But why are you doing all this?" asked the grandson. "Babu! If rice and water are mixed, it becomes rice. If salt, pepper and vegetables are mixed, it becomes curry! Similarly, pain, happiness, anger, peace... If everything is combined like this, it becomes life. This is the truth of life. To whom, what, and when to give to God. know everything We should try to improve our living conditions. The reward should be left to God. Whatever He gives, one should bow down and welcome it. You will have good days and bad days too," said grandmother, explaining the truth of life to her grandson. Donations are appreciated; By Zelle: ghhfusaorg@gmail.com PayPal: savetemples.org By Check: You can also send a check payable to GHHF,14726 Harmony Lane, Frisco, TX 75035. It is tax-deductible. By Rupees: call 601-918-7111; +91 83096 43979  {{album_1148}}
11 Jul 2024

[GHHF] About 25 Christians and Muslims retuned to Sanatana Dharma from 5 Christian families and 2 from Allipeera Muslim community in Anantapur District.

A Gharwapsi program was organized under the auspices of Global Hindu Heritage Foundation in Narayana Puram village of Kalyanadurgam mandal of Anantapur district today.  Gharwapsi program:  A total of 7 families near Narayanapuram Gramamshiwalam. 5 families from Christianity, 2 families from Allipeera (Muslim). In our Sanatana dharma, puja and homa program was organized and invited into Hindu dharma. For those who became our Hindus, in the Gharwapsi program, Tilak was applied first to everyone on their foreheads, then our priest recited Sankalpam to everyone and their gotranams were recited.  Then Ganapati Puja, and Navagraha Pujas were performed followed by Abhishekam with milk  Mrityunjaya Homa, Ganapati Homa, Navagraha Homa, Dosha Nivarana Homa were performed.  Everyone was tied with bracelets for protection, and everyone was given a photo of Lord Rama, a copper cup, earthen lamps, a saree, a jacket, and a towel. Then a flag with a picture of Lord Rama to worship at home. All people who converted to Hinduism were blessed by requesting them to do puja every day and visit the temple in the village at least once a week.  Finally, NY Reddy and Naga Ramakrishna came to speak as chief guests to tell us good things and explained our culture and tradition well and said that our Sanatana Dharma is very great so that everyone can understand that our Sanatana Dharma is very great. We are happy to express our thanks. Everyone was greeted with the name of Rama, Jai Sri Ram, Jai Jai Sri Ram.  About 80 to 100 people participated in the program and organized prasadam and food donation program for all  The program was successful. Donations are appreciated; By Zelle: ghhfusaorg@gmail.com PayPal: savetemples.org By Check: You can also send a check payable to GHHF,14726 Harmony Lane, Frisco, TX 75035. It is tax-deductible. By Rupees: call 601-918-7111; +91 83096 43979 {{album_1147}}
10 Jul 2024

[GHHF] Update on our activities at the ground level – June 21-30, 2024.

Global Hindu Heritage Foundation was started in 2006 with a mission to preserve, protect and promote Sanatana Dharma and free Hindu Temples from the government control. We are organizing a few activities at the ground level such as Bala Samskar Kendras, Grama Devata renovation, sponsor a priest, making Hindus, Hindus: annadanam, water and Buttermilk distribution, helping Flood victims and a host of other activities. Visit our website for more information: www.Savetemples.org. 1. GHHF Preserving Cultural Heritage: Animal Welfare Amidst Growing Challenges (6/21) In India, GHHF has long been at the forefront of animal welfare initiatives, tirelessly working to alleviate the suffering of animals and towards their other motives. The group also engages in cow protection efforts, preventing the transportation or consumption of beef. Recently, their efforts have taken a poignant turn as they care for a sick cow that ingested plastic waste.   https://www.savetemples.org/post/ghhf-preserving-cultural-heritage-animal-welfare-amidst-growing-challenges/1995   2. Sri P V R Narasimha Rao Arrives in Dallas to conduct one full Day of activities. (6/22) Global Hindu Heritage Foundation is very happy to receive Sri P V R Narasimha Rao to conduct various events highlighting the importance of Homa, how to perform simplified homa and the relevance of Astrology and prediction. He was born and brought up in India and currently living in USA with a wife and two children. https://www.savetemples.org/post/ghhf-sri-p-v-r-narasimha-rao-arrives-in-dallas-to-conduct-one-full-day-of activities/1996         3. Shri P V R Narasimha Rao Program was a great success organized in Dallas Texas; Imparted the importance of Homa and demonstrated the conduct of Homa. GHHF has invited Shri P.V.R Narasimha Rao to talk about the importance of Homa rituals, historical significance, and practical demonstration of conducting Homa. He is a world-famous Vedic astrologer, a Fire Yogi and a Sanskrit Scholar. He has a B.Tech. degree from IIT, Madras and a master’s degree from Rice University, Houston, USA and works near Boston as a senior engineering manager at a top semiconductor firm. Making rituals, especially fire rituals, easily accessible to everyone interested in spiritual progress is his mission. https://www.savetemples.org/post/ghhf-shri-p-v-r-narasimha-rao-program-was-a-great-success-organized-in-dallas-texas-imparted-the-importance-of-homa-and-demonstrated-the-conduct-of-homa/1997     4. Bala Samskar Kendra practiced Yoga to celebrate the International Day of Yoga (6/24) Global Hindu Heritage Foundation has initiated Bala Samskar Kendras to enrich them with the richness of Hinduism. As part of our curriculum, we require all the students to practice Surya Namaskar to enable them to live a peaceful and stress-free life and excel in their personal and professional life.  https://www.savetemples.org/post/ghhf-bala-samskar-kendra-practiced-yoga-to-celebrate-the-international-day-of-yoga/1998           5. Shri P V R Narasimha Rao's informal talk about Spirituality, Sadhana, and Kundalini with practical advice. 96/25) In the evening, about 25 of our friends met at dinner. He talked about meditation, spirituality, balancing of Nadis, kundalini shakti, and the importance of Sadhana.  He said he realized how difficult it is to FOCUS the mind during meditation when you are not feeling well. This is why it is important to do sadhana with good focus when we are well. If we wait till trouble strikes, we will not be able to do much sadhana. Surrendering to the Lord and seeing him as the doer and experiencer through all of us is the ultimate thing in Sadhana. https://www.savetemples.org/post/ghhf-shri-p-v-r-narasimha-raos-informal-talk-about-spirituality-sadhana-and-kundalini-with-practical-advice/1999     6. Flood relief efforts - Provided 67,000 meals; baby food for 134 children, fodder for 65 cows and covered 77 Villages in Assam; Donations requested to serve further. (6/26) Relief material is distributed by GHHF in Palpara in Angoura GP, Tagori in Ichaganj and Malakar patty. A few days ago, GHHF received information that 75 Hindu families were trapped in water all around, since this village is on the Indo-Bangladesh border, no government or non-governmental organization has noticed it so far, after two days ground level work GHHF cadres found the location of the village and reached their village by boat and bike We gave them cattle feed along with food and daily necessities item to these poor Hindus of SC community. https://www.savetemples.org/post/ghhf-assam-flood-relief-efforts-provided-67000-meals-baby-food-for-134-children fodder-for-65-cows-and-covered-77-villages-in-assam-donations-requested-to-serve-further/2000         7.  Initiated “Intinta Shiva Abhishekam” (Shiva Abhishekam in Every House) Program to bring Hindu Families together. Support for this initiative is appreciated. (27) Sri Gopi Krishna Sastry Garu, our mentor in religious matters, suggested organizing “Intinta Shiva Abhishekam” (Shiva Abhishekam in every House) every Monday evening during Pradosh time. As many of you know, our activities are conducted in villages, Dalit communities, tribal areas, and interior places. With this program, we want to go to places very few people have been to before and do pujas and Abhishekam in houses nobody has done before. https://www.savetemples.org/post/ghhf-initiated-intinta-shiva-abhishekam-shiva-abhishekam-in-every-house-program-to-bring-hindu-families-together.-support-for-this-initiative-is-appreciated/2001   8. Update on our activities at the ground level – June 1-10, 2024. (6/28) 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. https://www.savetemples.org/post/ghhf-update-on-our-activities-at-the-ground-level-june-1-10-2024/2002     9. Preserving Cultural Heritage Animal Welfare Amidst Growing Challenges (2/29) One of GHHF’s main initiatives is its program to provide food and water for animals. This program ensures that both stray and domesticated animals have access to food and water, even in areas where they might struggle to find it. Through partnerships with local communities and organizations, GHHF sets up feeding stations and water points in places where animals are known to be present. These efforts are crucial, especially during extreme weather conditions like droughts and heat waves, when animals struggle to find natural sources of food and water. https://www.savetemples.org/post/ghhf-preserving-cultural-heritage-animal-welfare-amidst-growing-challenges/2003   10. “Shiva Abhishekam in Every House” program was performed in Shiva Temple in Narayanapuran Village, Bhajan Group donated Hundi and organized Nagara sankirtanas (6/30) On June 28, Sri Gopikrishna Sastry organized this Abhishekam Lord Shiva in Shiva temple in Narayanapuram village of Kalyanadurgam mandal.  Initially, this program with a goal to do Shiva Abhishekam on Monday. But the response was so great we have to consider doing it other days of the week. Since many Hindus were showing so much interest, Sri Gopi Chary decided to more frequently depending on the demand of the Hindus.  https://www.savetemples.org/post/ghhf-shiva-abhishekam-in-every-house-program-was-performed-in-shiva-temple-in-narayanapuran-village-bhajan-group-donated-hundi-and-organized-nagara-sankirtanas/2004   Donations are appreciated; By Zelle: ghhfusaorg@gmail.com PayPal: savetemples.org By Check: You can also send a check payable to GHHF,14726 Harmony Lane, Frisco, TX 75035. It is tax-deductible. By Rupees: call 601-918-7111; +91 83096 43979
09 Jul 2024