“It is indeed a boon to be born in this land as a Hindu. This is a sacred land. This land has seen many ups and downs and has witnessed many attacks. But the Hindu society has only thrived and not buckled. It is the task of each and every one of us to see that this tradition continues. This is the only land for the Hindus. No Hindu without Bharat and No Bharat without the Hindus,” said RSS Sarkaryavah Shri Bhaiyaji Joshi while speaking at Virat Hindu Samajyotsava in Bengaluru on February 8. The Samajyotsava was organised to celebrate golden jubilee of the VHP.
Shri Bhaiyaji Joshi said there are many ills within the Hindu society and we need to eradicate them together. “Ills like untouchability have to be eradicated as it only weakens our society. Along with the feeling of caste, regionalism is a threat to our nation. The feeling that I belong to this region or that region, I am of this caste or that caste will only weaken us from within,” he said.
Dharmashtala Darmadhikari Shri Veerendra Hedge said due to the divided society, enemies took advantage and ruled over us. But the numerous social service activities of the VHP that brought various sections of the society have united the Hindu society. In its fifty years, the VHP has helped remove numerous social ills of our society.
Smt Ramaratna, president of the VHP women wing briefed the gathering of the activities of the wing. Beli Mathas Shivarudra Swamiji highlighted the noble work done by the VHP in uniting the Hindu society in the last 50 years. Pejawar Swamiji Shri Vishweswhara Teerhta called for uniting the Hindu society and many accepted his call and everyone worked towards it.
Maa Narmada Hindu Sangam in Khargone
Maa Narmada Hindu Sangam, a massive congregation of Saints and Vanvasis, was organised at the bank of Narmada in Maheshwar near Khargone, Madhya Pradesh, on February 10. Various cultural groups from across the State and other adjoining areas attended the Sangam and showcased their rich heritage and culture through various art forms, folk songs and traditional dances.
Addressing the gathering the RSS Sarsanghachalak Shri Mohan Bhagwat insisted on getting back to the basics of Sanatan dharma. “Since ancient times, we have four gems in our society, which are also the foundation of our heritage namely Sant, Pant, Mantra and Granth,” he said. He said we should follow the footsteps of saints and try to practice their teachings, messages and morals in our day to day life.
Narendra Kumar Singh is no more
Former Prant Prach-arak of Bihar and joint organising secretary of Poorva Sainik Sewa Parishad P Narendra Kumar Singh passed away in Patna recently. He was 65, He had become Sangh Pracharak in 1975. He held the responsibility of Uttar Bihar Prant Pracharak in 1990. He became Dakshin Bihar Prant Pracharak in 1994 and held this responsibility till 1999. He was also Prant Prachar Pramukh for some time. In 2001 he became joint organising secretary of the Akhil Bharatiya Itihas Sankalan Samiti. He also held this responsibility in the Poorva Sainik Sewa Parishad. His contribution in developing a good team of dedicated workers is remembered by one and all. (Sanjeev Kumar)
Deal with neighbours with resolute policies
Calling to refrain from criticising Pakistan and its policies Sarsanghachalak Shri Mohan Bhagwat said the more we react the more it would gain importance at the international level. He said it is time to deal with our neighbours with a definite and resolute policies. He was addressing the concluding ceremony of a three-day programme in Ghaziabad on February 8.
Narrating a story from Mahabharat Shri Bhagwat equated India’s neighbour with the demon whose original size was very small but could increase its size proportionate to the resistance offered. This has happened with our neighbour who had been getting much publicity at the international level, he said. When Sri Krishna confronted this demon, he did not gave him importance neither offered too much resistance as was done by Satyaki and Arjun. Following this the demon was reduced to his original size and Sri Krishna caught him and tied him. He said the country needs the policies of Sri Krishna to deal with the neighbours. Terming terrorists as new avatar of demons, he called upon the government and policymakers to frame strategies to completely destroy these modern demons as was done in the yore by the great heroes.
A refreshing ‘Kanya Vandana’in Chennai
It was a highly enjoyable and pleasant ‘Vandana’ programme. About 2000 girls under 10 were seated as Devi’s and as many little boys performed pada pooja of the tiny Devis.
It was ‘Kanya Vandana’ performed on 4th day of the 7 day Hindu Spiritual and Service Fair. All the girls and boys were drawn from schools run by the Chennai Municipal Corporation.
Every kanya was dressed in a glittering, traditional attire, gifted to them by the Fair. This completely refreshing spiritual ambience was greatly appreciated by the RSS Sarkaryavah Shri Bhaiyaji Joshi who was present on the occasion.
He noted that this kind of socio-religious practice will help bring about desirable moral change in the society. Of the 250 stalls in the Fair, over two dozen displayed service activities of caste organisations.
As many caste groups, including the Dalit groups, happily participated in the fair as did the Hindus. Over 5 lakh people visited the fair, few thousands of them being school children.
This is the 7th consecutive year that the Hindu and Spiritual Service Foundation organised the fair. (VSK Chennai)
Discovering hidden works of Bhaskaracharya
To commemorate 900th birth anniversary celebrations of Bhaskaracharya’s contribution to Maths and Astronomy, a two day workshop was organised in Chennai by Vijnana Bharati in association with Prof KV Sarma Research Foundation, PS Educational Society, IIT Bombay and Vivekananda Educational Society, Chennai. Around 60 teachers and eminent persons