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News Letter Hindu Dharma Acharya SahaDocument Transcript
Vol : 1 June 2010 Issue : 4
HDAS Delegation with Prime
Minister of Sri Lanka
Saraswati Swamiji Signing
The Hindu Buddhist
Hindu Acharya Samachar - June 2010 1
Regional Meet of The Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha
(Suratgiri Bungala) at Haridwar of the Regional Meet of Acharyas
on February 26 and 27, 2010
After intensive discussion on the following topics among a few others, the Core Group
came to a consensus and passed the following Resolutions, for wider circulation among all
1. On behalf of the Acharya Sabha Acharya Madhava Priya Dasji, Swami Dayananda
Saraswati & Swami Parmatmananda Saraswati along with functionaries of the Acharya Sabha
shall participate in the Ganga Raksha Manch meeting with Parliamentarians to be invited
on March, 11th, 2010, at the Constitution club, N. Delhi. In addition to emphasizing the
dropping of the Ganga Hydro Electric Schemes, other issues of concern to Hindu Dharma
& Society shall be brought up in the meeting.
2. A committee of ﬁve Acharyas (HH Vishveshvarnandaji, HH Shukdevanandaji, HH
Mahant Keshavdasji, HH Hamsdasji & HH Vishvadevanandaji) shall be convened by the
National Co-ordinator early to review and revise the Directory of the Members of the Acharya
Sabha Printed some time back. After the necessary changes are made a new Directory shall be
printed for distribution.
3. When Governments at the State and the Central levels, consider issues of importance
and concern to Hindu Society the Acharya Sabha shall be consulted by them prior to decision
making. This is both appropriate and just. Because in doing so, in respect of religious
minorities, the Govt. makes it a point to consult their leaders. And not to do so in respect of
Hindus is inequitous.
4. The Regional committees of Acharyas already formed should be activated & they
should meet not less than twice a year. If required the membership of the committees may
be revamped. The National co-ordinator & the Secretary should attend these meetings, bring
up topics of interest for discussion. In addition, the Regional committee members should
be encouraged to bring up local issues of concern to Hindus for decisions. These should be
communicated to the Acharya Sabha Members & follow-up action taken by the Secretariat.
5. Vigorous implementation action to be taken in regard to Legal Cells & Constituting a
list of resource persons of different professional expertise into a Think Tank. The Acharya
Sabha should be able to draw upon suitable expertise from this Think Tank whenever required,
to study matters and prepare Papers for the consideration of the Sabha.
6. When individual Acharyas wish to take up speciﬁc issues either nationally or
internationally, the Acharya Sabha Secretariat including the National Co-ordinator should
be kept in the picture, to enable the preparation of Briefs. The Acharyas shall also project &
represent the Acharya Sabha as a whole in making representations.
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7. The afore-mentioned conclusions have the concurrence of Sankaracharya of
Pushpagiri, Acharya of Adi Chunchanagiri Matham and Sankaracharya of Sharada
1. Acharya Sri Avadheshanandaji
2. Acharya Sri Vishweshvaranandaji
3. Acharya MM. Punyananda Giriji
4. Acharya MM Shivendra Puriji
5. Acharya MM Vishwadevanandji
6. MM Shukdevanandji
7. Acharya MM Devananda Saraswatiji
8. Acharya MM Ramkrishnanandaji
9. Acharya Shastri Madhava Priyadasji
10. Sri Mahant Gyandev Singhji
11. Convener Swami Dayananda Saraswati
12. National Co-ordinator sw. Paramatmanandaji
13. Secretary Designate Sri Govind Hari
14. Advisor Designate R. Venkatanarayanan
Swami Paramatmananda National Co-ordinator Addressing the Regional Meet at Haridwar
Hindu Acharya Samachar - June 2010 3
Regional Meet of
The Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha
Date: 29th May 2010
Acharyas of the Karnataka region
belonging to the Hindu Dharma Acharya
Sabha met for the ﬁrst time at 9 a.m. on
the the 29th of May 2010 at Sri Raigudda
Anjaneya Swamy Temple Hall in the 9th
Block of Jayanagar, Bangalore.
Sri Swami Paramatmananda, National
Coordinator of Hindu Dharma Acharya
Sabha presented a report giving a detailed
account of the work done in the year 2010
and after the Fourth Meet of the Hindu Swami Chidrupananda Saraswati Lighting the Lamp
Dharma Acharya Sabha held at Hyderabad.
Sri Govinda Hari then explained the need
for a Legal Cell for the Karnataka Chapter
and appealed to the members to suggest
names of leading and practicing lawyers
experienced in revenue, endowments,
criminal and general matters. The Acharya
members appreciated the need for formation
of a Legal Cell and decided to recommend
names of lawyers and convey the same to the
Swami Chidrupananda Saraswati Interacting with Secretary and the National Convenor of the
Srimad Jagadguru Shankaracharya Mahasswamigalu Legal Cell.
Sri Swami Paramatmananda, National
Sri R. Govinda Hari, Secretary of
HDAS proposed a resolution for formation coordinator requested the Acharyas present
of regional committees and assigning a to update and give the names of Mutts and
Regional Coordinator. After due discussions, Peetadhipatis in the Karnataka region who
Srimad Jagadguru Shankaracharya Sri were left-out.
Gangadharendra Sraswati Mahasswamigalu Discussions ensued on the need and
of Shri Sonda Swarnavalli Mahasamsthanam the purpose of corrections in the Hindu
proposed Sri Swami Chidrupananda Saraswati
Panchangam through discussions and
to be Coordinator for the Karnataka region
deliberations by scholars and the Acharyas
and the same was seconded by the Convener
of the Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha Sri resolved to hold a Hindu Panchangam
Swami Dayananda Saraswati. Scholars Meet to be held during November-
Hindu Acharya Samachar - June 2010 4
institutions and curtail the interference of
the Government. They also resolved that the
members of the Parishad should be appointed
after taking suggestions and advice from all
the Acharyas. The Parishad should convene a
meeting of the Acharyas, Trustees and Archakas
of temples to hear their grievances.
The meeting then discussed in detail the
Rama Jois Committee report and resolved
Dr. Subramanian Swamy, Legal Convenor HDAS being that the Government should call a meeting
received by Sri R. Govind Hari Secretary HDAS of all the Acharyas and only after taking
December 2010 at Bangalore or at Delhi. They appropriate suggestions, new legislation with
also resolved to identify sponsors to meet the proper amendments should be brought.
expenses for holding such a meeting. Swami Some of the other resolutions made at
Paramatmananda emphasized the necessity to the Meet were: The members of the ﬁrst
constitute a Think Tank by enlisting capable Dharmik Parishad should be appointed
resource persons to advise the HDAS. The after taking suggestions and advice from all
Acharyas agreed to suggest names of such
The matter regarding Hindu Acharya
Samachar Publication and its necessity for
the large circulation was discussed and the
Acharyas resolved to carry the good works
taken up by the members. The publication will
also carry the good works being carried out
by individual Acharyas. The members shall
send their important events and happenings
Swami Parmatmananda Saraswati National
to the Secretary periodically for inclusion
Co-ordinator HDAS Addressing the Regional Meet
in the Achrya Samachar. The Acharyas also
the Acharyas. Rights of hereditary Trustees
resolved to recommend and nominate a
and Archakas should be recognized and
suitable Acharya / Swami to represent the
preserved in all Hindu religious institutions.
HDAS nationally and internationally.
The amount of annual income for classifying
The Acharyas also resolved to contribute the religious institutions should be enhanced.
annually for meeting the expenses for the Exemption should be given to temples which
effective conduct of various activities of have annual income of less than Rs. 5 lakhs in the
HDAS. contribution to common pool fund. The amount
collected in the common pool fund should be
The Achryas discussed and resolved to
utilized only for Hindu religious institutions.
form a Rajya Dharmik Parishad in order to
Temples without any income and small income
preserve the autonomy of Hindu religious
should be developed and aided. Salary of
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archakas should be adequate for their
livelihood and the same should be directly
deposited in their accounts. A proviso should
be provided to the effect that the disputes or
subjects to be decided by Dharmik Parishad
as per new legislation, if decided by some
Court and the same is pending in appeal
before higher Court, should be transferred to
Dharmik Parishad. Jagadguru Sankaracharya Sri Sri Swayamprakasa
Sacchidananda Saraswati Mahaswamiji being received
by Veda Pandits
The Meet also decided that once in every
year Rajya Dharmik Parishad should convene
a meeting of all the Acharyas, Trustees and
Archakas to hear their grievances.
This regional Meet was attended by:
● Srimad Jagadguru Shankaracharya Sri
Gangadharendra Saraswati Mahaswamigalu
● Jagadguru Sri Swami Balagangadharanathaji
● Jagadguru Sankaracharya Sri Sri Swayamprakasa
Jagadguru Sri Swami Balagangadharanathaji making a
Sacchidananda Saraswati Mahaswamiji point during Regional Meet
● H.H. Sri Nirmalananda Saraswati
● Pujya Sri Swami Dayananda Saraswati,
● Sri Swami Paramatmananda Saraswati,
National Coordinator, HDAS
● Sri Swami Chidrupananda Saraswati
● Sri R. Venkatanarayanan, Advisor, HDAS
● Sri R. Govinda Hari, Secretary, HDAS
Jagadguru Sri Swami Balagangadharanathaji &
● Dr. Subramanian Swamy, Convenor, Legal H.H. Sri Nirmalananda Saraswati discussing with
Cell, HDAS Swami Paramatmananda Saraswati
National Co-ordinator, HDAS
Swami Dayananda Saraswati reviewing Agenda items Group Picture of attendies of Karnataka
Hindu Acharya Samachar - June 2010 6
Declaration of Understanding of the
Hindu – Buddhist Dialogue
19 - 20 June 2010, Colombo
Conference View Conference View
Delegation of Hindu Dharama Acharya between Hindus and Buddhists for more than 2
Sabha to Colombo for a dialogue with millennia in the present society.
Mahabodhi Society, Sri Lanka headed by Swamy The Mahabodhi Society, Sri Lanka and the
Dayananda Saraswati convenor, HDAS with Acharya Sabha, India have resolved to play a
member Acharyas and Adheenams. prominent role in this endeavor.
Introduction: The Mahabodhi Society is maintaining a
The two-day Dialogue attended by eminent strong relationship and unity with the Hindu
Hindu saints from India and Buddhist monks community in India also. Several Buddhist
and scholars from Sri Lanka concluded sacred places in India are maintained and looked
successfully on 20 June. Many distinguished after by the Society. This harmony should be
scholars including respectable Chancellors, enhanced further.
Vice-Chancellors, Professors, educationists and Agreed points of the Dialogue are as follows:
religious leaders of Sri Lanka participated in this
important Dialogue with 10 prominent Hindu ● Necessary steps should be taken to promote
saints arrived from India. mutual trust and conﬁdence between Hindus
and Buddhists and also to enhance harmony
The honourable Prime Minister of Sri Lanka between the two religious communities.
visited Mahabodhi Society in the morning The value of unprejudiced fairplay must be
of 19 June and met the Hindu saints. He was upheld.
accompanied by some other ministers as well.
● Required steps should be taken to renovate
Participants in the Dialogue were unanimous Buddhist and Hindu places of worship in
about bringing harmony and unity between the North and the East of Sri Lanka, which
Hindus and Buddhists. There was a resolve were destroyed during the period of conﬂict.
to restore the strong bonds that have existed
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● Appropriate action should be taken to Participants in the initiative expressed their
put and end to conversion of Hindus commitment to continue this Dialogue in future
and Buddhists to other religions through also.
force, fraud and allurement.
Ven. Banagala Upatissa Nayaka Thero HH Swami Dayananda Saraswati
President, Mahabodhi Society, Convener, Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha,
Sri Lanka India
Present on behalf of HDAS
Sri Swami Dayananda Saraswati, Convener of Acharya Sabha
Sri Sri Muthukumara Swami Thambiran Swamigal of Sri Kashi Math, Tirupanandal,
Shaktasri Shivlingeswar Swamigal of Kamakshi Adheenam, Kamatchipuri,
Sri Kumaraswamy Tambiran of Dharmapuram Adheenam,
Sri Swami Samvidananda Saraswati of Kailash Math, Nasik,
Sri Ooran Adigal of Vadalur,
Swami Brahmeshananda of Tapobhoomi, Goa,
Sri Kumara Gurupara Swamigal of Siravai Adheenam,
Sri Shanmuga Adigalar of Kaumara Madalayam
Sri Govinda Hari, Secretary of Acharya Sabha
Swami Dayananda Saraswati & Swami Dayananda Saraswati
Ven. Banagala Upatissa Nayaka Thero with Prime concluding the session
Minister of Sri Lanka Sri D.M.Jayaratne
Swami Samvidananda Saraswati of Kailash Math, Nasik, discussing at
the Hindu Buddhist meet
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Statement released to the Hindu American Foundation (US)
on behalf of the Acharya Sabha on Caste issues in India.
A request has been made on behalf of the Hindu American Foundation (US) that the
Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha (HDAS) may clarify the stand of the HDAAS on casteism in
India and caste related matters as they obtain in India.
There is no Vedic scriptural sanction for any act of cruelty or oppression or unfair
discrimination based on anyone’s birth. Several non-Vedic scriptures as well as devotional
texts in our country’s regional languages are replete with verses extolling the essential oneness
of all humanity and rejection of unjust or unfair discrimination based on difference in gender,
creed, or caste, as the word is currently understood. The most widely used Hindu tradition of
greeting anyone, including strangers, is with the term, “Namaste,” which is the same as that
used in worshiping Ishwara, the Divine Almighty incarnate.
Birth-based discrimination and cruel treatment of individuals and families which developed
in Hindu society over time as socially sanctioned practices are in gross violation of ancient
Hindu teachings and philosophy. Many persons and families that revere and owe allegiance to
our ancient Dharmic teachings and philosophy have suffered over the years as a result of such
discriminatory practices. Such suffering continues even today, though not only the law of the
land, but enlightened social and religious leaders have continued to make, over the centuries,
major and effective contribution to diminish the depth and extent of these discriminatory
practices, which have nothing to do with Hindu Dharma.
HDAS is aware that what started as rural kinship, creating a sense of security and identity in
communities, developed over the centuries into entrenched social practices, particularly in deep
rural areas. Consequently, complete elimination of such practices will take time. Therefore,
concerted, sustained and proactive action at the grass roots is required to rid our society of
these birth-based unfair discriminations. HDAS is also aware of the nefarious role played
over the years by missionaries of alien Faiths seeking to swell their strength, by ascribing what
belongs to the social realm, to our Hindu Dharma per se. More unfortunate is the fact that
after Independence of our country from alien ruler ship, political parties in our democracy
have consistently exploited caste afﬁliations in constructing and sustaining their vote banks.
Lack of education at the grass roots, income-earning capabilities and poor basic health in the
poor and deprived communities have been exploited to the hilt in this regard.
HDAS is strongly committed to promoting the dignity of the human being and social
harmony. It considers that the Hindu religious leadership in the country, including the
venerated members of the Acharya Sabha, must play a strong proactive role in condemning
and discouraging such birth-based rigidities. They need to do so, not only within the precincts
of their Maths and Peethas, but in the society at large, in their Pravachans. In this regard,
enlightened Hindu activists must also set up entities to educate and empower, socioeconomically,
the vast mass of poor and lay devotee population.
Anaikatti Swami Dayananda
26.05.2010 Convener, Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha
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LEGAL ACTIVITIES – HINDU DHARMA ACHARYA SABHA
As resolved during the 4th Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha conference at Hyderabad,
Dr Subramanian Swamy - National Legal convener of HDAS
Legal Recourses Report.
● Filed an SLP as a public interest litigant in the
Supreme Court, to quash the take over by the
Tamil Nadu HR&CE Department, of the
ancient temple of Sri Sabhanayagar or popularly
known as Nataraja Temple in Chidambaram
town in Tamil Nadu.
● The Court accepts Dr.Subramanian Swamy’s
representation to ﬁght for the cause of
Temple without being a Trustee. The Court
also recognized Dr.Subramanian Swamy as a
legitimate party because he is being the Convenor of Legal Cell of HDAS. The Court orders the
authorities not to make any physical changes in the Chidambaram Temple premises till the SLP is
heard fully and disposed. Awaiting for ﬁnal hearing of the SLP.
● Sought impleadment in the Supreme Court on a SLP ﬁled by the Karnataka Government
against the High Court Order quashing the Hindu Religious Endowment Act. The Bench of
Justice Ravindran and Gokhale have allowed arguments as why under Article 31A(1)(b) of the
Constitution, no Government can takeover the properties of a temple and keep it beyond a limited
period of say 3 years to cure any alleged mismanagement. This means if we succeed then 99
percent of the temples have to be returned to the original Trustees Nationally.
● As advised by HDAS at the request & behest of Hindus, a PIL in the Kerala High Court was
ﬁled to oppose the State Government setting up an Islamic Bank which would function according
to principles of the Sharia. Dr.Subramanian Swamy argued that this was against the norm of
secularism and Article 27 of the Constitution. A stay was granted. The ﬁnal hearing is on
September, 7th and expected to succeed.
● A large public meeting initiated to ﬁle a PIL against the proposed Devasom Board Amendment
Bill introduced in the Kerala Assembly to pack the Boards of all temples. Happy to report that
the Honourable Chief Minister ordered the withdrawal of the introduced Bill from the Assembly
● Also sent a legal notice to the Ganga River Authority to the Chairman and Prime Minister
demanding the scrapping of all power projects as urged by Swami Dayanand Saraswati, Convenor
of the HDAS. The Government is likely to concede our demands.
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Srimad Jagadguru Shankaracharya Mahasswamigalu
of Swarnavalli discussing with Swami Chidrupananda
Saraswati on Panchanga issue
News & Events:
HDAS to hold a National Conference on Panchanga Ganitham - at
Tirumala from 24th December , 2010 to 26th December, 2010.
The Hindu Almanac-Panchanga-is a very important vehicle for the common individual to
maintain his connection with his tradition, customs and roots. The Panchanga provides important
information for the satisfactory progress of the average Hindu through his daily activities in his
journey through life. Knowledge of the Tithi, Vaara, Nakshatra, Yoga and Karma give him
important insights into the auspiciousness of the day.
In short, the Panchanga is a very strong link with a person’s “Hinduness” and an expression
of his alignment with the glorious traditions of the ‘Hindu’ way of life. Unfortunately, there is
large variation in the basic data contained in different Panchangas leading to confusion as also a
possibility of being ridiculed by followers of other faiths. There is urgent need to examine the
cause of these differences in detail and come to a common agreement on the basic data in order
to strengthen the foundations of our great tradition-the Sanaathana Dharma.
In order to resolve these differences it is necessary to carry out a balanced study to be reviewed
and accepted by experts in the ﬁeld. Accordingly Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha during its 4th
Convention at Hyderabad Resolved to conduct a National Conference on Panchanga Ganitham
from 24th December, 2010 through 26th December, 2010 involving experts & Modern Scientists
in Astronomy, Jyothisham, Dharma Sastraas Nationally. Nationally known & accredited Scholars
will discuss/deliberate/Resolve and bring-up some acceptable consensus on Panchanga, which
would be highly beneﬁcial to “Hindus” not only in India but in the entire World.
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REGN. NO. GUJ E LL 00860/06/1/2009-TC
A view of on going conference at Colombo
HDAS participants at Colombo Summit Swami Dayananda Saraswati discussing with
Ven. Banagala Upatissa Nayaka Thero and others
Contacts for Enquiries / Information :
Swami Parmatmananda Sarswati R. Govind Hari
National Co-ordinator Secretary,
Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha, Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha
Near Saurashtra University, Munjaka, 10-3-32/9/21 East Maredpally,
Rajkot - 360 005, Secunderabad - 500 026, A.P., India.
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