[GHHF] Bala Samskar Kendras Celebrate Valmiki Jayanti in Jalagam Mandal – Contribution of Valmiki discussed

10 Oct 2022 236 Views

Professor Robert P Goldman
"Valmiki's Ramayan is the central document of Indian culture. The book and its message express in an aesthetically pleasing and emotionally moving from what must be seen as the most powerfully hegemonic discourse of the brahmanical and kshatriya elites of India's epic age. It continues to be the basic and the founding statement of social and political order in India even today. 
Global Hindu Heritage Foundation is extremely happy to inform that our Bala Samskar Kendras in Janagam Mandalam have celebrated Sri Valmiki Jayanthi. It is generally celebrated in October month every year. 
Sri Dayakar who hails from the area came forward and sponsored FIVE Kendras and another friend of his also supporting additional schools. Sri Pusukur Someswara Rao is coordinating these eight Bala Samskar Kendras in the Mandalam.
It is belied that Valmiki was a highway dacoit named Ratnakar in his early years. He used to rob and kill people until the day he met Narad Muni, who transformed him into an ardent devotee of Lord Rama. After meditating for years, a divine voice declared his penance successful and bestowed him with the name Valmiki. He was later revered as Adi Kavi for being the first poet of the Sanskrit Literature. His works, especially the great epic, is recited till date by the Hindu devotees.
Who was Maharishi Valmiki?
Maharishi Valmiki is popularly known as Adi Kavi Valmiki. He is described in the Uttara khanda of Ramayana as an unnamed highway robber who used to rob people of their belongings. Once he happened to meet Narada Muni, the great devotee of Lord Narayana. When asked why he robs, the robber replied it was for his family maintenance. Narada Muni asked the robber to go and ask whether his family members will share the sin that he was incurring by robbing, The robber said yes they will. But Narada Muni asked him to practically go and confirm. The robber’s eyes were opened when his family members clearly denied to bear the burden of sin.
Then the robber surrendered to Narada Muni and became his disciple. Narada Muni wanted to give him Rama mantra and asked to repeat ‘Rama, Rama’… But Valmiki being very sinful could not do this. Narada Muni understood his position and asked him to repeat ‘Mara Mara’ continuously, which became ‘Rama Rama’ later. Valmiki began to meditate on this name beneath a tree. He did it for so long so that ant-hills grew around his body. He got the name Balmiki from the ant-hills which are called ‘Balmiks’ in Hindi. Finally his heart got purified with presence of Lord Rama. With this he composed Ramayana in six (some say seven) cantos.
Valmiki Jayanti Celebrations
There are many theories regarding Valmiki’s birth and composition of Ramayana. The Valmiki Ramayana is dated somewhere around 500 BC to 100 BC but there is debate on his exact year of birth. On the day of Valmiki Jayanti, Shobha yatras are performed by his followers. Meetings are held and food distribution is done. This day is observed as Pargat Diwas by community of Maharishi Valmiki. Valmiki Ramayana is read and distributed on this day. (Source: 40to40.com)
We also recognize the importance of Guru who imparts knowledge to all; he is the greatest and teaches us the right. On the auspicious occasion of Valmiki Jayanti, we bow down to our guru and seek his blessings.
We acknowledge the contribution of Gurus whose knowledge helps us to cross all hurdles of life. A guru teaches us to lead a happy life by imparting us the age-old wisdom. I feel blessed to have a guru like you! Happy Valmiki Jayanti.
We beseech Sri Valmiki to grant us wealth from Goddess Lakshmi, power from ‘Adi Shakti’ Goddess Durga, and happiness, peace and progress come from Lord Ram.
We learn from Gurus that a person is not born good or bad, rather it is his/her deeds that determine greatness.
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. Also,  we are conducting 150 Bala Kendras in five States. Support one or more Kendras. 
1) Sponsor one Bala Samskar Kendra for $1000.00
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
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For more information, call Prakasarao V Velagapudi ; Email: ghhfusaorg@gmail.com


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