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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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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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Sadhu Sanga Retreat, 2016

 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.