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Baba Ramdev inaugrates the 8th edition of the Hindu Spiritual and Service Fair

The Chairman of TVS Capital Funds, Gopal Srinivasan claimed that 40 percent of the Indian houses contributed money for the cause regardless of their financial status

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source: newindianepress.com
  • During the six-day fair, more than 400 spiritual organisations will display their work, elucidate services provided by them
  • The fair is mutually organised by the Initiative for Moral and Cultural Training Foundation (IMCTF) and Hindu Spiritual and Service Foundation (HSSF)
  • The Chairman of TVS Capital Funds, Gopal Srinivasan claimed that 40 percent of the Indian houses contributed money for the cause regardless of their financial status

CHENNAI: Yoga guru Baba Ramdev inaugurated the eighth edition of the Hindu Spiritual and Service Fair in the presence of Sikh and Buddhist scholars, on AM Jain college ground on August 1. The fair is opened for public from Wednesday, August 3.

During the six-day fair, more than 400 spiritual organisations will display their work, elucidate services provided by them and will spread the message on the importance of preserving ecology, conserving forest, protecting wildlife, establishing a sustainable environment, promoting family and human values, fostering women’s honour and inculcating patriotism. The fair is mutually organised by the Initiative for Moral and Cultural Training Foundation (IMCTF) and Hindu Spiritual and Service Foundation (HSSF).

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According to Indian Express, Baba Ramdev said: “Since service is in our blood , we do not need to learn from it from anyone else.”

The Chairman of TVS Capital Funds, Gopal Srinivasan claimed that 40 percent of the Indian houses contributed money for the cause regardless of their financial status.

Bounded by Giani Igbal Singh, a Sikh scholar, Ghese Nawag Samten, a Buddhist scholar, and Veerendra Heggade, a philanthropist, Ramdev stated that there is no is discrimination in our society. He further stated that human body was based on Varnasama dharma, he compared it to the society, saying no matter where the wound was inflicted, it hurt the entire body.”

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Ramdev also said the Hinduism was all about co-existence and we respect every everyone, no matter to which religion they belong.

“Hinduism is not a narrow religion. The ethos, tenets, and culture of Hinduism are the way of life in India,” he said. And further added the advantages of Yoga saying that “Yoga helps one to live a stress-free, drug-free and violence-free life.”

–  prepared by Akanksha Sharma of NewsGram. Twitter: Akanksha4117

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  • Maria Wirth

    Since I saw his speech on Astha TV, just two correction which IE may have consciously overlooked. Baba Ramdev said that people say we should learn charity from Christianity. But Hindus don’t need to learn from anyone, rather others should learn from us… because Hindus don’t change the religions of those to whom they give charity…
    He further said that Hindus don’t give apmaan to other religions, but we are proud of our most ancient parampara.

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  • Maria Wirth

    Since I saw his speech on Astha TV, just two correction which IE may have consciously overlooked. Baba Ramdev said that people say we should learn charity from Christianity. But Hindus don’t need to learn from anyone, rather others should learn from us… because Hindus don’t change the religions of those to whom they give charity…
    He further said that Hindus don’t give apmaan to other religions, but we are proud of our most ancient parampara.

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Westerners Adopt Indian Practices, Deny Giving Due Credits

There is an argument by some Hindu liberals thinking “what the problem in it”? They think our knowledge is globalized by West in the same way we consume inventions of the West. But it’s a very naïve argument.

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Its time Indians in general and Hindus in particular should be vigilant and should have an academic mind set to respond to such misadventures to protect our own heritage and Dharma. Hindu Council Of Australia

By Shashi Holla (WA) and Surinder Jain

Colonial or a white supremacy mind set may be clever enough to adopt Hindu practices but denies giving credit where it is due. Stealing Hindu Intellectual Property, they do not hesitate to rename and repackage so that they can sell it back to India for immense profits. Off course, they will leave no chance to tell Indians to stop their superstitious ways and to adopt the new scientific knowledge which “they” have “invented”.

Following has been already digested or appropriated by West. Some of the Western academics don’t believe that they belong to India.

Yoga Nidra   AS  Lucid Dreaming

Nadi Shodhana AS Alternate Nostrils Breathing

Vipassana  AS Mindfulness.

The latest addition to this list is

Pranamyam AS Cardiac Coherence Breathing

Several researchers have reported that pranayama techniques are beneficial in treating a range of stress-related disorders.[29] But the latest attempt has taken the appropriation too far. An American magazine “Scientific American” in its article titled “Proper Breathing Brings Better health” termed “Pranayama” as cardiac coherence breathing. (15 January 2019). The article gives us an idea about how West is so sophisticated in stealing knowledge from ancient cultures particularly Hinduism.

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Man doing Yoga. Wikimedia Commons

Prāṇāyāma is mentioned in verse 4.29 of the Bhagavad Gītā.[11] According to Bhagavad-Gītā As It Is, prāṇāyāma is translated to “trance induced by stopping all breathing”, also being made from the two separate Sanskrit words, prāṇa and āyām.[12] Pranayama is the fourth “limb” of the eight limbs of Ashtanga Yoga mentioned in verse 2.29 in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.[14][15] Patanjali, a Hindu Rishi, discusses his specific approach to pranayama in verses 2.49 through 2.51, and devotes verses 2.52 and 2.53 to explaining the benefits of the practice.[16] Many yoga teachers advise that pranayama should be part of an overall practice that includes the other limbs of Patanjali’s Raja Yoga teachings, especially Yama, Niyama, and Asana.[18]

“Pranayama” a department of Yogic science practiced and documented 5000 years back ( even 15,000 years back) by Rishis is not even acknowledged by the author of the article. If one read the article they vaguely suggest that breathing exercises also existed in China, Hindu and in Greek culture.  This is how appropriation of ancient techniques takes place by West.  As Sankrat Sanu an entrepreneur, researcher and writer put it in his tweet “after erasing the origin they claim it as their own invention, attack original traditions as Superstition”.

As famous Indian American Author Rajiv Malhotra summarizes: “The article standardizes cardiac coherence breathing as Chinese, Hindu, Greek and various traditions as equal origins, and then modern West turns it into science”. Its time Indians in general and Hindus in particular should be vigilant and should have an academic mind set to respond to such misadventures to  protect our own heritage and Dharma.

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The article standardizes cardiac coherence breathing as Chinese, Hindu, Greek and various traditions as equal origins, and then modern West turns it into science”.  Pixabay

There is an argument by some Hindu liberals thinking “what the problem in it”? They think our knowledge is globalized by West in the same way we consume inventions of the West. But it’s a very naïve argument. West has created an eco system and mechanism in which their knowledge system is Well protected and patented by international norms. Unless West does not give a new name and fits into their framework native wisdom is not recognized in academia and media. Whereas Hindus were generous in sharing their health techniques freely from millennium never thought they will struggle in proving things which belong to them. In fact in a westernized framework of Yoga and other techniques Indian scholars, insiders and practitioners are blatantly ignored. So our own knowledge will be repackaged and exported back to us at an extra price and conditions.

Also Read: Climate Change Will Melt Vast Parts of Himalayas: Study

Many of our practices are being called to be Biofeedback systems. According to WikipediaBiofeedback systems have been known in India and some other countries for millennia. Ancient Hindu practices like yoga and Pranayama (breathing techniques) are essentially biofeedback methods. Many yogis and sadhus have been known to exercise control over their physiological processes. In addition to recent research on Yoga, Paul Brunton, the British writer who travelled extensively in India, has written about many cases he has witnessed. (Hindu Council Of Australia)