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  • 7/27/2019 Spiritual Magazine - Sevashram Sangha


    Issue 58 Sevashram News July 13 March 2014




    Om Day Gayatri Yagna 2

    The Hindu Cultural Heritage 3By Swami Nirliptananda

    Hinduism 6By Swami Vivekananda

    Peace of Mind Through Hinduism 8By Dr.. Ruth Reyna, M.A, Ph.D, Indologist

    Vedic Culture And Philosophy 9By Stephen Knapp

    Hindu Perspective of Religious Freedom 15By Professor Arvind Sharma

    Speaking of Science 16

    The mind As Healer Of the Body 17By Indranil Basu Ray,M.D

    Necessity of A Living Guru 20By Swami Purnananda

    Phillipines Typhoon Relief 20

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    Om Day was graciously celebrated at the ashram for Hindu unity and World Peace. Theprogramme started with a cassette recording by students of the Bhavan which was inspired bySwami Nirliptananda for the OM Day programmes. Everyone sat quietly and meditated on thetheme Awake! Arise. The 5 Mins. Cassettes recording was excellently done and another part witha variation is also recorded on it. A copy of this is available on request.

    That was followed by reading of few verses from Chapter 4 of the Bhagavad Gita by SwamiNirliptanandaji. He explained that protection of the weak and innocent has been the eternal idealof Hinduism and even God takes birth from age to age to fulfil that purpose when the needarises.

    He also gave a talk explaining how the world is moving towards a more unifying ideal and thereis also a stronger reaction to violence than before. He made particular reference to the appeal ofyoga that atttracting people from different faithgroups and the Global Oness telephonicconfereance recently to which about sixty thousand people tuned in. It is an indication that peopleare disgusted with organised violence and are trying to find a way out. We of the LSS realisedthis and started the Om Day as a means to influence others to work towards achieve to achievepeaceful coexistence since the year 2000. We were influenced by the declaration of JagadguruSwami Pranavanandaji Maharaj who said that this is an age of Global Oneness (Mahamilan).

    That was followed by a 5 mins chanting by Swami Mukundanandaji who is on a visit. SwamiNirliptanandaji read few verses from chapter 4 of the Bhagavad Gita and commented on them. He

    emphasised that yoga was developed by the warrior caste (Kshatriya) in Hinduism and althoughhistorically Krishna was speaking to Arjuna at that time which is very ancient to us today yet hewas speaking about it as very ancient in His time. Yet Yoga today is very popular as people aresearching for peace of mind in a world full of anxiety and stress.

    In the year 2000 many organisations started one off projects but OM DAY was started with avision and a high objective to work for a transformation of man as Acharya SwamiPranavanandaji Maharaj wanted.

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    THE HINDU CULTURAL HERITAGEby Swami Nirliptananda

    Hinduism has not been founded by any particular individual. It is not the experience of one man,of one prophet or one saviour. The 'vision' of one man may after all be an illusion but when thatsame experience has been verified in the lives of thousands of others as in Hinduism, it cannot belogically incorrect.

    Hindu culture is rational, scientific and spiritual. When we turn the pages of our scriptures, be itthe Vedas, the Upanishads, the Puranas, the Ramayana, the Mahabharata or the Gita, we alwaysfind a spirit of earnest enquiry followed by the most profound logic and reasoning. In fact, theGita which expounds the essentials of Hinduism begins with Arjuna's refusal to follow tacitly theadvice of Lord Krishna. In the Gita itself is the recommendation that an aspirant must be humble,always ready to serve and armed with questions ( tat vidhi pranipatena pari-prashnena sevaya).

    Basic to Hinduism is the scientific law of cause and effect (karma) i.e. a person is responsible forhis own destiny ( ). Hence there is the incentive to live a pure and noble life. If, however, onefails in this life to reach the Goal, he is the given another opportunity by being born again(reincarnation) to strive more than before for self-perfection.

    The immanence of 'God' is a fundamental principle in Hinduism. This means that withineverything (not only man) is the spiritual essence (Atman). Hence the whole of Hindu culture ispermeated by a deep spiritual outlook and in it there is no place for an eternal Hell or Satan. Withreference to the soul (atma) it is said in the Gita that fire cannot touch it, wind cannot dry it, andwater cannot wet it.

    A black priest in America urged his black congregation to repeat the Hindu greeting Namasteand explained to them, When I say Namaste to you, I am recognising the divinity within you.And when You say Namaste to me you are recognising the divinity within me. When each of usrecognise the divinity in each other we are not going to kill the other! Just expand that to includethe whole creation and what you have is WORLD PEACE in its truest sense. But what religiousleaders and political pundits are talking about are only empty slogans.

    Hindu scriptures are not the language of the lips - they are the expressions of the Soul. The Vedas(four in number) which are the oldest scriptures of the world, developed a system (varnaashrama) of life which evolved the most civilised and tolerant society the world has ever seen.Many barbarians who came to loot and conquer were ultimately conquered by this superior Vedicculture. Macaulay brazenly introduced the English language in India that the Hindus would hate

    their heritage. But Hinduism has transformed Macaulay's weapon into an important instrumentfor transporting Hindu culture to English speaking countries of the Western world.

    As a result the greatness of Hindu scriptures has been appreciated by prominent thinkers indifferent parts of the world. Schopenhauer wrote about the Upanishads: "From every sentencedeep and sublime thoughts arise, and the whole is pervaded by a high and holy and earnestspirit... In the whole world there is no study so elevating as that of the Upanishads.

    Commenting on the above statement, Max Mueller said "Schopenhauer was the last person towrite at random or to allow himself to go into ecstasies over so-called mystic or inarticulate

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    thought. And I am neither afraid nor ashamed to say that I share this enthusiasm for Vedanta. . . "

    About the Gita a great art critic, Aldous Huxley, said"... The Gita is one of the clearest and mostcomprehensive expressions of the Perennial Philosophy ever to have been made. Hence itsenduring value not only for Indians but for all mankind." The Gita has been translated in almostall the important languages of the world and that too without any missionary effort of the Hindus.Similar opinions can be quoted about other Hindu scriptures as well. And these opinions areexpressed by those who had a comparative knowledge of world cultures.

    The world's debt to the Hindus is much more than to any other nation. The mathematical lore,which is now universally used, went from India to Egypt, then to Europe. Professor Basham,formerly of London University, said that without this system of mathematics "most of the greatdiscoveries and inventions of which Europe is so proud would have been impossible".

    Two hundred years before Galilio, Arya Bhatt discovered that the earth rotates around its ownaxis daily. The Hindus were evolutionists thousands of years before Darwin. Being influenced bythe Bible which says that creation took place about eight thousand years BC, Darwin concludedthat man was evolving from a savage to a more civilised being. According to Hindu Rishis the

    apex of civilisation was in Satya Yuga when man lived by truth. From then devolution startedwhich continues to the present day (Kali Yuga) when man has lost all faith in truth. Falsehoodand hypocrisy are the symbols of modem civilisation.

    This decline in moral values has been equated with the life span of the universe as well by ourRishis. Scientists also tell us that the universe is like a clock. Sometime in the distant past it waswound up to its full and a winding down process has been going on from then which wouldultimately lead to its destruction (pralaya).

    About Hindu's discovery in Medicine and Surgery, Prof. Basham said: "... the compendia ofCharaka and Susruta are the products of a fully evolved system which resembles those ofHippocrates and Galen in some respects and in others have developed beyond them." He further

    said: "... Indian surgery remained ahead of European until the 18th century, when the surgeons ofthe East India company were not ashamed to learn the art of rhino plastic from the Indians."

    The whole world was startled by the discoveries of the ancient Hindu cities of Harappa andMohenjodaro which date back to 3000 BC or earlier. According to Sir John Marshall, these werewell-built cities with a relatively mature culture, a high standard of art and craftsmanship and adeveloped system of photographic writing. The deciphering of Mohenjodaro-Harappan scriptwhich had so long