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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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Puja for The Spiritualism, Not for Vulgar Entertainment

The westerners practicing Hinduism have learned a pretty well from our "scriptures" and are becoming more spiritual while we just locked up those "holy books" only in the drawers of the altar. Thus we only love to shake our “butts to the boom-boom of Bollywood”.. right in front of the Gods' idols !!!

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he westerners practicing Hinduism have learned a pretty well from our "scriptures"

By Salil Gewali

Any auspicious days in Hinduism are expected to be observed with a complete purity of action and thought. The same holds true for other religions too. As per the Hindu scriptures, the believers are required to stay away from any kind of sense gratifications, particularly when the specific days are dedicated to Gods and Goddess such as Navratri, Laxmi Puja, Krishna Janmashtami, Shivaratri, to name a few. The pathway to devotion and spiritualism should not be “desecrated” by the blot of the brazen entertainment. The scriptures logically explain why it is antithetical, and its adverse consequences.

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Incidentally, the Bhagavad Gita describes such situation as the rise of “tamasic vibes”.

 But, what a huge irony, rather a blasphemy that many people these days have started to choose the auspicious days of Gods to satisfy their base senses. Without a wee bit of regret, a certain class of people holds almost every auspicious day as the most “unmissable” occasion to booze with the friends, and what not, and stagger back home, lol! Such bizarre practices are fast catching now than ever.  Sadly, hardly any conscious people and spiritual organizations stand up and take the right measures to check such godless deviations.

What is quite unpleasant is that such a kind of unholy practices are often being facilitated by certain “Hindu intuitions” as well. On this past Laxmi Puja, the “propitious time” to perform the ritual had fallen between 6 PM to 7:53 PM. Yours truly decided to use that span of time for meditation. But hell broke loose. Apart from fireworks around, the Bollywood songs in high decibel burst forth from a certain Hindu institution quite frustrated the mission.

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 One senior citizen laments – “Nothing could be irreligious than the fact that a favorable time for “puja” is also being used for the wrongful purposes. We rather expect the “Hindu institutions” to teach our children Bhajan, Kirtan, and other spiritual activities, not the loud and feverish parties and disturb others.”

Another college student adds “Having been much disturbed by the noise pollution, I have persuaded my parents to shift our place of residence to elsewhere, not at least near holy places with an unholy mission. I have started to see such institutions with the eyes of suspicion these says.” Is it that our institutions are unable to use their “discretion”, and as a result, they fail to differentiate between right and wrong?  One is deeply apprehensive that Bollywood songs and vulgar dances might as well be included as a part of the “puja ritual” as we have long accepted the fun of fireworks bursting as an integral part of Laxmi Puja which in fact is just an entrenched “misconception”.

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Hinduism is expected to be observed with a complete purity of action

Needless to say, our roar for consumerism has almost drowned the whisper of inherent spiritualism. We are only just sending out the wrong messages. I’m afraid, the whole culture itself might be looked down with derision by other faiths. It might just become a subject of ridicule! It is no exaggeration, such negative notions against the “wrong practices” are all what we often read these days in several newspapers and social media. Do we want others to demean our profound spiritual heritage thus?  I believe it calls for a serious soul-searching.

Incidentally, the Bhagavad Gita describes such situation as the rise of “tamasic vibes”.  It warns in the strongest terms that mankind should absolutely be careful not to fall under the influence of any short-lived sense gratifications. Or else, our endeavor to “practice and preserve” the sanctity of a religion/spiritualism will be a futile exercise.

However, on the other hand, the westerners practicing Hinduism have learned a pretty well from our “scriptures” and are becoming more spiritual while we just locked up those “holy books” only in a drawer of the altar. Thus we only love to shake our “butts to the boom-boom of Bollywood”.. right in front of the Gods’ idols !!!

Salil Gewali is a well-known writer and author of ‘Great minds on India’.

Twitter:@SGewali.