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Press Release: Saraswati Vidya Niketan of Guyana Fundraising Cultural Show on May 20 in New York

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May 20, 2017:
Saraswati Vidya Niketan (SVN) fund-raising event from 6pm-9pm on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at:  87-59 Dunton Street, Holliswood, Queens NY 11423. Swami Aksharananda will be present at this event and there would be ample time for informal interaction.
 Few facts about SVN:
·         Rated top high school in Guyana today.
·         Consistent highest pass rate at regional examinations.
·         Student population largely from low socioeconomic status (SES).
·         Scholarships provided including for studies at US universities.
·         Swami Aksharananda, Founder and Principal does not take salary.
·         In addition to regular curriculum, students learn, Sanskrit, Yoga, Dance and Meditation.
 For more information about this Hindu high school, please Google, “Saraswati Vidya Niketan Guyana” or visit the school’s website: www.svn.edu.gy
 
For those who cannot attend:
 
Checks should be made payable directly to: Saraswati Vidya Niketan. Receipts will be issued directly from Saraswati Vidya Niketan, Guyana.
 
Please mail your check to our authorized representative: Shree Rishi Pooran, 6 Kilmer Court, Ledgewood, NJ 07852.
 
This event is open to anyone who would like to support a highly successful Hindu school. Guyana Hindu College.
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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”.