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

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  • 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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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.