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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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  • 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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Shankaracharya: A remarkable genius that Hinduism produced (Book Review)

The irony is that most leading scientists, particularly outside India but also within, have little knowledge of the structure of Shankara's philosophy and the transparent interface it has with scientific discoveries today.

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He was greatly influenced by three basic texts of Hindu philosophy: Upanishads, the Brahma Sutra and the Bhagavad Gita
He was greatly influenced by three basic texts of Hindu philosophy: Upanishads, the Brahma Sutra and the Bhagavad Gita.

Title: Adi Shankaracharya: Hinduism’s Greatest Thinker; Author: Pavan K. Varma; Publisher: Tranquebar Press; Pages: 364; Price: Rs 699

This must be one of the greatest tributes ever paid to Shankaracharya, the quintessential “paramarthachintakh”, who wished to search for the ultimate truths behind the mysteries of the universe. His genius lay in building a complete and original philosophical edifice upon the foundational wisdom of the Upanishads.

A gifted writer, Pavan Varma, diplomat-turned-politician and author of several books including one on Lord Krishna, takes us through Shankara’s short but eventful span of life during which, from having been born in what is present-day Kerala, he made unparalleled contributions to Hindu religion that encompassed the entire country. Hinduism has not seen a thinker of his calibre and one with such indefatigable energy, before or since.

Shankara’s real contribution was to cull out a rigorous system of philosophy that was based on the essential thrust of Upanishadic thought but without being constrained by its unstructured presentation and contradictory meanderings.

He was greatly influenced by three basic texts of Hindu philosophy: Upanishads, the Brahma Sutra and the Bhagavad Gita. He wrote extensive and definitive commentaries on each of them. Of course, the importance he gave to the Mother Goddess, in the form of Shakti or Devi, can be traced to his own attachment to his mother whom he left when he set off, at a young age, in search of a guru and higher learning.

The irony is that most leading scientists, particularly outside India but also within, have little knowledge of the structure of Shankara's philosophy and the transparent interface it has with scientific discoveries today.
Shankara wrote hymns in praise of many deities but his personal preference was the worship of the Mother Goddess.

Against all odds, Shankara created institutions for the preservation and propagation of Vedantic philosophy. He established “mathas” with the specific aim of creating institutions that would develop and project the Advaita doctrine. He spoke against both caste discriminations and social inequality, at a time when large sections of conservative Hindu opinion thought otherwise.

Shankara was both the absolutist Vedantin, uncompromising in his belief in the non-dual Brahman, and a great synthesiser, willing to assimilate within his theoretical canvas several key elements of other schools of philosophy. He revived and restored Hinduism both as a philosophy and a religion that appealed to its followers.

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Varma rightly says that it must have required great courage of conviction as well as deep spiritual and philosophical insight for Shankaracharya to build on the insights of the Upanishads a structure of thought, over a millennium ago, that saw the universe and our own lives within it with a clairvoyance that is being so amazingly endorsed by science today. The irony is that most leading scientists, particularly outside India but also within, have little knowledge of the structure of Shankara’s philosophy and the transparent interface it has with scientific discoveries today.

Shankara wrote hymns in praise of many deities but his personal preference was the worship of the Mother Goddess. The added value of the book is that it has, in English, a great deal of Shankara’s writings. Unfortunately, most Hindus today are often largely uninformed about the remarkable philosophical foundations of their religion. They are, the author points out, deliberately choosing the shell for the great treasure that lies within. This is indeed a rich book. (IANS)