New Jersey: Around three thousand people from twenty countries including many renowned leaders, speakers, religious monks, and artists are expected to attend a 3-day Global Dharma Conference (GDC) from 11-13 September, 2015, to explore the relevance of Dharma for the Self and for the society.
The theme of the conference is to “reconnect with the roots, rejuvenate the inner Self and realize the applications of Dharma”. The conference is being organized by Hindu Students Council (HSC).
In a press release by HSC, Nikunj Trivedi, Chairman of the Board of Trustees said, “the Conference aims to explore and understand the multifaceted applications of Dharma for the Self as well as for the society and the world, whether through Yoga or the invaluable teachings of Vedas and Vedanta.” The release further states that the Conference will “focus on the universality of Dharma and its relevance to modern life, going beyond just religion.”
HSC is the largest non-profit Hindu students’ organization in the United States and Canada. It was founded in 1990 and currently has 50 college chapters. It serves as a youth forum that promotes Hindu culture and heritage through various activities.
Previously, GDC was successfully conducted in 2003 in which around 2000 people from 20 countries and 70 universities had participated including over 60 renowned scientists, literary and religious figures, and dignitaries from various backgrounds like science, economics, environment etc.
The event had seen participation from Former President of India Late Dr. Abdul Kalam, Jagadguru Shankaracharya of Kanchi, Swami Dayananda Saraswati, and Deepak Chopra among others.
The list of speakers for 2015 event includes Sri Sri Ravi Shankar of Art of Living, Swami Dayananda Saraswati of Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, Indian-American writer Rajiv Malhotra, Dr. H.R. Nagendra- chairman of Task Force of AYUSH (Government of India), Dr. David Frawley- a well-known teacher of Hinduism and many others.
Swami Paramatmananda Saraswati, the founder of Arsha Vidya Mandir, is scheduled to deliver a plenary welcome address on opening day (11 September) of the conference. A keynote speech by Rajiv Malhotra and David Frawley, along with Bharatnatyam performance by Pavithra Srinivasan is scheduled for the day.
The events of 12 September are scheduled to begin with a Yoga and Pranayama workshop. The day’s sessions include a live video conference with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and a panel discussion on “Reconnecting Yoga to its Roots” with H R Nagendra and others. Various other sessions on topic of Dharma are scheduled for the whole day. The day is planned to end with a dramatic Balinese dance performance on the theme “The Victory of Dharma: Rama Defeats Ravana”, a Kathak dance performance and a classical music performance.
The final day of the conference will include a video message from Swami Dayananda Saraswati, panel discussions on topics like “Youth Perspectives on the Relevance of Dharma”, “Unity of Dharma – Hindu, Buddhist, Jain, and Sikh Traditions,” and “Hindu Dharma: Global Influences and Practices”.
The GDC will be held at New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center at Edison, New Jersey. The HSC is also organizing a fundraiser banquet at Royal Albert’s Palace, 1050 King Georges Post Road, Fords, NJ 08863.
According to HSC, those who wish to attend the conference must visit their website and register. The registration fee for registering on or before 11 August is $55 for college/grad students and $100 for non-students. If one wants to register after 11 August till 10 September, the charges will be is $85 for college/grad students and $135 for non-students.
Expanding its premium portfolio, HP Inc. on Tuesday launched the HP ENVY x360 convertible powered by AMD Ryzen processor for the millennials in India.
HP ENVY x360 with AMD Ryzen R3 processor would be available from November at a starting price of Rs 60,990.
The variant with 256GB storage will cost Rs 74,990. The company is also offering a bundled HP Active Pen that works with Windows Ink.
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Devices including the HP Pavilion 15 ultra-thin 15-inch laptop, HP Pavilion Tower 590 desktop and the HP 15 Notebook were also unveiled.
The HP Pavilion 15 laptop with AMD Ryzen R5 processor would be available in November at a starting price of Rs 62,990 while the one with AMD Ryzen R3 processor is available now at a starting price of Rs 36,990.
The HP Pavilion Tower 590 is available at a starting price of Rs 22,990 (+GST). (IANS)