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New Delhi: Human and Resource Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Irani reconstituted Indian Council for Philosophical Research (ICPR). Through the reconstitution, it ropes in Sanskrit students, a former BJP member of Legislative Council in Karnataka, a retired IPS officer who has turned to Hinduism and believe in a massive approach and a scholar who is related to an organization claimed to have place Lord Rama’s actual date of birth.

This reconstitution of Council which was approved on 22 Feb 2016 added 12 new members, including four Sanskrit scholars.

The last Council term expired in Oct 2015 where Prof Siddheshwar Bhatt, a philosopher, and sanskritist was nominated as Chairperson to precede reputed educationist Prof Mrinal Miri.

The other members introduced on board are Prof SR Leela, a BJP nominated MLC within Karnataka in 2014 who is also a Sanskrit scholar and former head division of Sanskrit, Banglore College, Prof Hare Ram Tripathi from Delhi’s Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha, and Prof Om Prakash Pandey who is a former HoD Sanskrit and Prakrit languages, Lucknow College.

Prof K Aravinda Rao, a retired who served as DGP in Andhra Pradesh also may be a part of ICPR. He presently working as the Director of Hyderabad-based Advaita Academy. Rao wrote books like ‘How you can inform Hinduism to child?’ and ‘Analysis of Jnanam within the Upanishads’.

Prof V Kutumba Sastri is an exceptional member of Philosophical Analysis Council, who is a former VC Somnath Sanskrit University. Sastri  is also a member of Institute of Scientific Research on Vedas (I-SERVE), which claimed to have put an exact date to the several events from Ramayana and Mahabharata including God Rama’s exact date and time of birth.

The opposite members on board the council are Prof Kusum Jain, former professor & HoD of Philosophy, Rajasthan College, Prof Jatashankar Tiwari, former professor & HoD Philosophy, Allahabad College, Prof X P Mao, professor of Philosophy, North East Hill College, Prof R C Sinha, former professor & HoD Philosophy, Patna College. That aside Prof Dharmanand Sharma, former professor and HoD philosophy, Chandigarh College and Prof Naresh Kumar Ambastha, HoD philosophy, PKRM School, Dhanbad and Dr Rajaram Shukla, professor Vaidic Darshan, BHU Varanasi are additionally on the reconstituted ICPR Council. This council will additional co-choose one other 4 eminent philosophers.

ICPR is a physique of famed philosophers, social faces and government representatives that evaluate the progress of research in Philosophy, sponsors and tasks of analysis in Philosophy by institutes.(Inputs from agencies)

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Fireworks Might Extinguish the Flame of Laxmi Puja

We can have various kind of festival enjoyments on Festivals but without ever causing problem to others and the environment

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There is no mention in any corners of the voluminous scriptures of Fireworks blasting during a PUJAS that “upset” the harmony of peace and tranquility of others. Pixabay

BY SALIL GEWALI

If one wants to connect Hindu culture with the senseless bursting of crackers and boisterous fun then he is absolutely wrong. There is no mention in any corners of the voluminous scriptures of Fireworks blasting during a PUJAS that “upset” the harmony of peace and tranquility of others. To disturb others’ tranquility falls under the heading of vices. Preserving the sanctity of the environment, and more importantly, inner purity of mind and heart is the “prime doctrine” of SANATAN DHARMA which is popularly known as Hinduism. This Hindu culture now seemingly run the risk of having been defined by other communities with what is not very pleasant to hear.

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It should not be misunderstood ever that Hinduism disapproves of all kinds of fun and frolic. No, it is never so.  We can have various kind of festival enjoyments but without ever causing problem to others and the environment without Using Fireworks.

I’ve overheard many toxic comments against this blatant desecration of auspicious “puja celebrations”. During Holi festival, many people fear to move out of their homes, particularly in certain the plane areas in India. You might be blasted with a bucketful of dirty water by pranksters from the 5th floor of the building. Is this sadism the part of the puja and holi celebration? One is afraid, with each passing year, this festival of color of joy, though having strong spiritual significance, has only painted the very face of Hindu culture with vulgarity and depravity.

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If one wants to connect Hindu culture with the senseless bursting of crackers, Fireworks and boisterous fun then he is absolutely wrong.

Matter of fact, peace in one’s life and his efforts to help bring peace in others’ lives is essentially the fundamental basis of Hindu culture and festivals. Practically speaking, there is no devotion to God without “peace”.  Therefore, “Shanti” (peace) is one of the most paramount peace mantras in Sanskrit, not “Ashanti” which, of late, is the hallmark of such Hindu puja celebrations. The profound objective behind this peace mantra, as propounded in Upanishads, inspired even one of the greatest poets of the 20th Century – TS Eliot who underlined it with the purpose of life which he brought out in his epic poem – The Waste Land. That poem finally ends with the same peace mantra — Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.

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TS Eliot who underlined it with the purpose of life which he brought out in his epic poem – The Waste Land.

It should not be misunderstood ever that Hinduism disapproves of all kinds of fun and frolic. No, it is never so.  We can have various kind of festival enjoyments but without ever causing problem to others and the environment. There are sufficient mentions of fun and frolic, merrymaking even in the spiritual activities — like Krishna LilaRam Lila…; and there exist endless nritya shashtras for healthy recreation. But they all are within the “purview of Dharma”. Ancient sages in their meditation conceived and authored a number of treatises in which we find the elaborate approaches and procedures to evolve oneself spiritually through fun-filled dances and music. There are “ragas and layas” (musical modes and rhythm), which are meant to “recharge” the mind for the meditative concentrationThe objective behind being to climb up the ladders of realization of oneness and universal uniformity.

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There are sufficient mentions of fun and frolic, merrymaking even in the spiritual activities — like Krishna Lila, Ram Lila…; and there exist endless nritya shashtras for healthy recreation and not Fireworks. But they all are within the “purview of Dharma”.

However, there is absolutely no scope or prescription for deriving pleasure or fun by causing pain and anxieties to others? How come bursting high decibel fireworks at 2 AM or 3 AM or 4 AM is puja? In fact, it is called “adharma” or irreligion leading to self-degeneration.

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Therefore, it is DIYA, as per Vedas, which symbolizes the LIGHT to dispel the darkness of ignorance, the darkness of vices, and bring forth the light of knowledge to awake the “inherent” divinity. Goddess Laxmi is the “flame” of feminine ENERGY in the infinite cosmic creation. So, indulging in earsplitting fireworks and causing continuous problem to HER creatures, and HER environment, is totally against the fundamental principle of the devotion in Hinduism. Very sadly, with the blasting of the fireworks in the name of Goddess Laxmi we have invariably set off the tank of vices alone.

Salil Gewali is a well-Known Writer and Author of ‘Great Minds on India’. Twitter: @SGewali