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Reviving Traditional Games in India: Hindu Spiritual and Service Fair to cover all states by 2019

The main objective behind the Hindu Spiritual and Service Fair is the renascence of traditional games in India

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The First Hindu Spiritual and Service Fair. Image source: youtube.com
  • In 2016, the program will be held at AM Jain college grounds in Meenambakam and scheduled for August 2-8
  • More than 1,000 competitions will be conducted in 80 traditional games and thousands of children are going to participate in this
  • This time more than 350 organisations will take part in this comprising of spiritual, cultural and youth organisations

CHENNAI: RSS ideologue, S Gurumurthy said that the Hindu Spiritual and Service Fair will be carried to all the states of the country by the year 2019. The fair has entered the 8th year now.

This year, in 2016, the program will be held at AM Jain college grounds in Meenambakam and scheduled for August 2-8. The main objective of the program is the revival of traditional games in India, said Gurumurthy one of the key organiser behind the fair.

He further added that more than 1,000 competitions will be conducted in 80 traditional games and thousands of children are going to participate in this, reported newindianexpress.com.

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The Hindu Spiritual and Service Fair was first organised in February 2009 and later expanded in size and scope. At first, the fair saw nearly thousand people attending the fair in Chennai, and then in Jaipur and Bengaluru. This time more than 350 organisations will take part in this comprising of spiritual, cultural and youth organisations.

S Gurumurthy. Image source: www.outlookindia.com
S Gurumurthy. Image source: www.outlookindia.com

The organising committee expect to take the fair across 11 centres, all over the country and extend it in all the states of the country by 2019.

“The seeds of the fair were sown back in 2005 on foreign soil. It was there in the United States, several members of the Indian Diaspora reported a misunderstanding about Hindu Spiritualism, that it wasn’t compassionate towards the sufferings of the poor” said S Gurumurthy in an interview conducted by the Indian Express on Saturday, July 30.

He further added that he has observed “The conundrum about Hindu spiritualism is that good deeds done by organisations are rarely showcased in public domain. In reality, there is an unbelievable amount of charity work done by them.”

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He also said to newindianexpress.com that “Anything which affects the image of Hindus affects the image of the country as they both are closely aligned. Therefore, that perception had to be addressed.” The aim of this fair is to change this perception.

Explaining the objective behind the fair, S Gurumurthy said: “Presently, there is an attempt to de-legitimise our basic values, which are being ridiculed in public.”

The fair will encourage six important ethics among children- the preservation of ecology, protection of wildlife and forests, establishing a sustainable environment, promote family and human values, and promote women’s honour as well as foster patriotism.

–  prepared by Akanksha Sharma of NewsGram. Twitter: Akanksha4117

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There is an argument by some Hindu liberals thinking “what the problem in it”? They think our knowledge is globalized by West in the same way we consume inventions of the West. But it’s a very naïve argument.

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Its time Indians in general and Hindus in particular should be vigilant and should have an academic mind set to respond to such misadventures to protect our own heritage and Dharma. Hindu Council Of Australia

By Shashi Holla (WA) and Surinder Jain

Colonial or a white supremacy mind set may be clever enough to adopt Hindu practices but denies giving credit where it is due. Stealing Hindu Intellectual Property, they do not hesitate to rename and repackage so that they can sell it back to India for immense profits. Off course, they will leave no chance to tell Indians to stop their superstitious ways and to adopt the new scientific knowledge which “they” have “invented”.

Following has been already digested or appropriated by West. Some of the Western academics don’t believe that they belong to India.

Yoga Nidra   AS  Lucid Dreaming

Nadi Shodhana AS Alternate Nostrils Breathing

Vipassana  AS Mindfulness.

The latest addition to this list is

Pranamyam AS Cardiac Coherence Breathing

Several researchers have reported that pranayama techniques are beneficial in treating a range of stress-related disorders.[29] But the latest attempt has taken the appropriation too far. An American magazine “Scientific American” in its article titled “Proper Breathing Brings Better health” termed “Pranayama” as cardiac coherence breathing. (15 January 2019). The article gives us an idea about how West is so sophisticated in stealing knowledge from ancient cultures particularly Hinduism.

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Man doing Yoga. Wikimedia Commons

Prāṇāyāma is mentioned in verse 4.29 of the Bhagavad Gītā.[11] According to Bhagavad-Gītā As It Is, prāṇāyāma is translated to “trance induced by stopping all breathing”, also being made from the two separate Sanskrit words, prāṇa and āyām.[12] Pranayama is the fourth “limb” of the eight limbs of Ashtanga Yoga mentioned in verse 2.29 in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.[14][15] Patanjali, a Hindu Rishi, discusses his specific approach to pranayama in verses 2.49 through 2.51, and devotes verses 2.52 and 2.53 to explaining the benefits of the practice.[16] Many yoga teachers advise that pranayama should be part of an overall practice that includes the other limbs of Patanjali’s Raja Yoga teachings, especially Yama, Niyama, and Asana.[18]

“Pranayama” a department of Yogic science practiced and documented 5000 years back ( even 15,000 years back) by Rishis is not even acknowledged by the author of the article. If one read the article they vaguely suggest that breathing exercises also existed in China, Hindu and in Greek culture.  This is how appropriation of ancient techniques takes place by West.  As Sankrat Sanu an entrepreneur, researcher and writer put it in his tweet “after erasing the origin they claim it as their own invention, attack original traditions as Superstition”.

As famous Indian American Author Rajiv Malhotra summarizes: “The article standardizes cardiac coherence breathing as Chinese, Hindu, Greek and various traditions as equal origins, and then modern West turns it into science”. Its time Indians in general and Hindus in particular should be vigilant and should have an academic mind set to respond to such misadventures to  protect our own heritage and Dharma.

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The article standardizes cardiac coherence breathing as Chinese, Hindu, Greek and various traditions as equal origins, and then modern West turns it into science”.  Pixabay

There is an argument by some Hindu liberals thinking “what the problem in it”? They think our knowledge is globalized by West in the same way we consume inventions of the West. But it’s a very naïve argument. West has created an eco system and mechanism in which their knowledge system is Well protected and patented by international norms. Unless West does not give a new name and fits into their framework native wisdom is not recognized in academia and media. Whereas Hindus were generous in sharing their health techniques freely from millennium never thought they will struggle in proving things which belong to them. In fact in a westernized framework of Yoga and other techniques Indian scholars, insiders and practitioners are blatantly ignored. So our own knowledge will be repackaged and exported back to us at an extra price and conditions.

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Many of our practices are being called to be Biofeedback systems. According to WikipediaBiofeedback systems have been known in India and some other countries for millennia. Ancient Hindu practices like yoga and Pranayama (breathing techniques) are essentially biofeedback methods. Many yogis and sadhus have been known to exercise control over their physiological processes. In addition to recent research on Yoga, Paul Brunton, the British writer who travelled extensively in India, has written about many cases he has witnessed. (Hindu Council Of Australia)