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  • 1. Vol : 1 June 2010 Issue : 4 Hindu Acharya Samachar - June 2010 1 Regional Meet-HDAS Haridwar-Group Picture HDAS Delegation with Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Sri D.M.Jayaratne Swami Dayananda Saraswati Swamiji Signing The Hindu Buddhist Declaration
  • 2. 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 Acharya members. 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. Regional Meet of The Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha (Suratgiri Bungala) at Haridwar of the Regional Meet of Acharyas on February 26 and 27, 2010 Hindu Acharya Samachar - June 2010 2
  • 3. 7. The afore-mentioned conclusions have the concurrence of Sankaracharya of Pushpagiri, Acharya of Adi Chunchanagiri Matham and Sankaracharya of Sharada Lakshminarasimha Peetham. Present: 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 Hindu Acharya Samachar - June 2010 3 Swami Paramatmananda National Co-ordinator Addressing the Regional Meet at Haridwar
  • 4. Hindu Acharya Samachar - June 2010 4 Swami Chidrupananda Saraswati Interacting with Srimad Jagadguru Shankaracharya Mahasswamigalu of Swarnavalli 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 Dharma Acharya Sabha held at Hyderabad. Sri R. Govinda Hari, Secretary of HDAS proposed a resolution for formation of regional committees and assigning a Regional Coordinator. After due discussions, Srimad Jagadguru Shankaracharya Sri Gangadharendra Sraswati Mahasswamigalu of Shri Sonda Swarnavalli Mahasamsthanam proposed Sri Swami Chidrupananda Saraswati to be Coordinator for the Karnataka region and the same was seconded by the Convener of the Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha Sri Swami Dayananda Saraswati. 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 Secretary and the National Convenor of the Legal Cell. Sri Swami Paramatmananda, National coordinator requested the Acharyas present to update and give the names of Mutts and Peetadhipatis in the Karnataka region who were left-out. Discussions ensued on the need and the purpose of corrections in the Hindu Panchangam through discussions and deliberations by scholars and the Acharyas resolved to hold a Hindu Panchangam Scholars Meet to be held during November- Regional Co-ordinator Swami Chidrupananda Saraswati Lighting the Lamp Sponsorers:
  • 5. Hindu Acharya Samachar - June 2010 5 December2010atBangaloreoratDelhi.They also resolved to identify sponsors to meet the expenses for holding such a meeting. Swami Paramatmananda emphasized the necessity to constitute a Think Tank by enlisting capable resource persons to advise the HDAS. The Acharyas agreed to suggest names of such resource persons. 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 to the Secretary periodically for inclusion in the Achrya Samachar. The Acharyas also resolved to recommend and nominate a suitable Acharya / Swami to represent the HDAS nationally and internationally. The Acharyas also resolved to contribute annually for meeting the expenses for the effective conduct of various activities of HDAS. The Achryas discussed and resolved to form a Rajya Dharmik Parishad in order to preserve the autonomy of Hindu religious Dr. Subramanian Swamy, Legal Convenor HDAS being received by Sri R. Govind Hari Secretary HDAS 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 that the Government should call a meeting of all the Acharyas and only after taking appropriate suggestions, new legislation with proper amendments should be brought. Some of the other resolutions made at the Meet were: The members of the first Dharmik Parishad should be appointed after taking suggestions and advice from all the Acharyas. Rights of hereditary Trustees and Archakas should be recognized and preserved in all Hindu religious institutions. The amount of annual income for classifying the religious institutions should be enhanced. Exemption should be given to temples which have annual income of less than Rs. 5 lakhs in the contribution to common pool fund. The amount collected in the common pool fund should be utilized only for Hindu religious institutions. Temples without any income and small income should be developed and aided. Salary of Swami Parmatmananda Saraswati National Co-ordinator HDAS Addressing the Regional Meet Sponsorers:
  • 6. Hindu Acharya Samachar - June 2010 6 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. 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 ● JagadguruSankaracharyaSriSriSwayamprakasa Sacchidananda Saraswati Mahaswamiji ● H.H. Sri Nirmalananda Saraswati ● Pujya Sri Swami Dayananda Saraswati, Convenor, HDAS ● Sri Swami Paramatmananda Saraswati, National Coordinator, HDAS ● Sri Swami Chidrupananda Saraswati ● Sri R. Venkatanarayanan, Advisor, HDAS ● Sri R. Govinda Hari, Secretary, HDAS ● Dr. Subramanian Swamy, Convenor, Legal Cell, HDAS Swami Dayananda Saraswati reviewing Agenda items Jagadguru Sankaracharya Sri Sri Swayamprakasa Sacchidananda Saraswati Mahaswamiji being received by Veda Pandits Jagadguru Sri Swami Balagangadharanathaji making a point during Regional Meet Jagadguru Sri Swami Balagangadharanathaji & H.H. Sri Nirmalananda Saraswati discussing with Swami Paramatmananda Saraswati National Co-ordinator, HDAS Group Picture of attendies of Karnataka Regional Meet-HDAS Sponsorers:
  • 7. Hindu Acharya Samachar - June 2010 7 Sponsorers: Delegation of Hindu Dharama Acharya Sabha to Colombo for a dialogue with Mahabodhi Society, Sri Lanka headed by Swamy Dayananda Saraswati convenor, HDAS with member Acharyas and Adheenams. Introduction: The two-day Dialogue attended by eminent Hindu saints from India and Buddhist monks and scholars from Sri Lanka concluded successfully on 20 June. Many distinguished scholars including respectable Chancellors, Vice-Chancellors, Professors, educationists and religious leaders of Sri Lanka participated in this important Dialogue with 10 prominent Hindu saints arrived from India. The honourable Prime Minister of Sri Lanka visited Mahabodhi Society in the morning of 19 June and met the Hindu saints. He was accompanied by some other ministers as well. Participants in the Dialogue were unanimous about bringing harmony and unity between Hindus and Buddhists. There was a resolve to restore the strong bonds that have existed Declaration of Understanding of the Hindu – Buddhist Dialogue 19 - 20 June 2010, Colombo between Hindus and Buddhists for more than 2 millennia in the present society. The Mahabodhi Society, Sri Lanka and the Acharya Sabha, India have resolved to play a prominent role in this endeavor. The Mahabodhi Society is maintaining a strong relationship and unity with the Hindu community in India also. Several Buddhist sacred places in India are maintained and looked after by the Society. This harmony should be enhanced further. Agreed points of the Dialogue are as follows: ● Necessary steps should be taken to promote mutual trust and confidence between Hindus and Buddhists and also to enhance harmony between the two religious communities. The value of unprejudiced fairplay must be upheld. ● Required steps should be taken to renovate Buddhist and Hindu places of worship in the North and the East of Sri Lanka, which were destroyed during the period of conflict. Conference View Conference View
  • 8. Hindu Acharya Samachar - June 2010 8 Sponsorers: ● Appropriate action should be taken to put and end to conversion of Hindus and Buddhists to other religions through force, fraud and allurement. Participants in the initiative expressed their commitment to continue this Dialogue in future also. Swami Dayananda Saraswati & Ven. Banagala Upatissa Nayaka Thero with Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Sri D.M.Jayaratne Swami Dayananda Saraswati concluding the session 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 Samvidananda Saraswati of Kailash Math, Nasik, discussing at the Hindu Buddhist meet HH Swami Dayananda Saraswati Convener, Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha, India Ven. Banagala Upatissa Nayaka Thero President, Mahabodhi Society, Sri Lanka
  • 9. Sponsorers: Hindu Acharya Samachar - June 2010 9 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, enlightenedHinduactivistsmustalsosetupentitiestoeducateandempower,socioeconomically, the vast mass of poor and lay devotee population. Anaikatti 26.05.2010 Sd/- Swami Dayananda Convener, Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha
  • 10. Sponsorers: Hindu Acharya Samachar - June 2010 10 LEGAL ACTIVITIES – HINDU DHARMA ACHARYA SABHA ● 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 subsequently. ● 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. As resolved during the 4th HinduDharma Acharya Sabha conference at Hyderabad, Dr Subramanian Swamy - National Legal convener of HDAS Legal Recourses Report.
  • 11. 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. Hindu Acharya Samachar - June 2010 11 Srimad Jagadguru Shankaracharya Mahasswamigalu of Swarnavalli discussing with Swami Chidrupananda Saraswati on Panchanga issue
  • 12. R. Govind Hari Secretary, Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha 10-3-32/9/21 East Maredpally, Secunderabad - 500 026, A.P., India. Ph: 040- 32458126 Cell: +91 98491 68193 email: rgovindhari@gmail.com Swami Parmatmananda Sarswati National Co-ordinator Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha, Near Saurashtra University, Munjaka, Rajkot - 360 005, Phone : 0281-2577776, Fax : 0281-2577776 email: avmrajkot@yahoo.co.in Contacts for Enquiries / Information : Hindu Acharya Samachar Edited & Published by: SWAMI PARMATMANANDA SARSWATI Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha, Near Saurashtra University, Munjaka, Rajkot - 360 005, Phone : 0281-2577776, Fax : 0281-2577776 REGN. NO. GUJ E LL 00860/06/1/2009-TC Hindu Acharya Samachar - June 2010 12 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