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An appeal to Hindus around the worldThe Hinduism Summit (Hindu Dharma Sabha) aims to foster an education about Hindu Dharma bybringing forth the unique science behind concepts and practices in Hinduism, and bringing togetherHindu leaders across the world to spread the message of Hinduism. One of the main reasons thatwe need these summits is that the majority of us Hindus have forgotten or are unaware of the truewealth of Hindu Dharma. Quite often Hindus find themselves aping different cultures and are unableto explain to people from other religions the basic concepts in their own religion. Their knowledge isquite limited and often based on hearsay tales from their elders with no attempt on their own part tounderstand the breadth, depth and glory of Hindu Dharma. As a result Hindus lack the pride in theirreligion and dare we say even feel apologetic at times when challenged about its venerable con-cepts and way of life. Our generation holds the responsibility of passing this great Sanatan HinduDharma on to the next generation, but how can we do it if we have not studied and practiced it andhence don’t feel deeply about it.In a world threatened by divisions (with deadly consequences) in religions and race, the age olduniversal principles of Hindu Dharma are a beacon of light, that if understood and followed wouldbring peace to our world. Only Hinduism accepts all people as the same. While we may be differenton the outside, while we may have different natures, it explains that we all have the God principle(Ātma) in each of us. Hence Hindu Dharma sees the attempts to convert anyone from one religion toanother as just a superficial exercise in futility because whatever the conversion, we remain intrinsi-cally embodied Souls (jivas). Yet these religious conversions do happen and mostly from Hinduismto some other religion. What religious conversions do at best is put labels on embodied Souls andforces the segregation of humankind.Even in Hinduism, we are being threatened by becoming too sect orientated. In fact we as Hindus,even though we are some 900 million strong, are a conglomerate of various minority sects and isms.As a result even though we are born into this great way of life, we short change ourselves bybeing sectarian and less expansive. Along with this, it has many more deleterious consequences.As there is less unity amongst Hindus and most Hindus are enveloped in a “every-Hindu-for-himself”syndrome, we are also more prone to being under attack. The conversion of Hindus and their per-secution is rife all around the world. Denigration of our deities and religious symbols go unabatedand when this is brought to the notice of the perpetrators, instead of being apologetic, they displaya certain “as-if-I-care” bravado. But today Hinduism is facing a more insidious onslaught i.e., fromits own people. An example of this is when artist M.F. Husain drew Hindu deities in the most vulgarpositions and poses; on talk shows in India, it was the so called Indian (Hindu) intelligentsia andsecularists that defended his work as art.Let us as Hindus join together from this day forth and make a stand for Hindu Dharma. Our prayer isthat these kind of Hinduism summits, will act as a catalyst to light a lamp in our hearts to understand,to awaken, to live and to preserve Hindu Dharma and to light the flame of Dharma, inherent in everySoul, in people around us.
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What is Dharma? Vedas‘Oe= OeejÙeefle’ means to bear, or to support. The word Dharma (Oece&) has been derived from the root‘dhru (Oe=)’. ‘Oejefle }eskeâeved efOeÇÙeles hegCÙeelceefYeŠ Fefle Jee’, meaning, Dharma is that which sustains thepeople or that which is adopted by meritorious souls.Dharma is the soul of a jiva (embodied soul). Sharpening the awareness about Dharmaamounts to learning how to live as per God’s will. Spiritualizing every aspect of life meansliving God’s concept of Dharma in our day-to-day life. A jiva can progress spiritually faster byfollowing Dharma on a daily basis. It signifies a jiva’s journey from action to karma, from karmato spiritual emotion, from spiritual emotion to gratitude and from gratitude to an attitude ofsurrender.Following of Dharmik (Righteous) behaviour a hundred percent of the time, means performingeach action with an attitude of complete surrender unto God. Living without Dharma is an in-dication of humanity, that is, non-eternalness. Humanity may provide pleasures and sorrows toa jiva; but eternalness i.e., Dharma provides pure Bliss. Life without Dharma is like life withoutoxygen, which means, dead. As we make an effort to understand Dharma, be awakened aboutits concepts and live by its principles, the next step, naturally, is to make efforts to preserve theglory of Dharma. Sweetness is the quality of sugar. That which possesses the quality of sweetness is sugar. Righteousness and its propounder are inseparable. They are merged into one another. The relationship between God and Righteousness is akin to that between sugar and its sweetness which are inseparable. God is the righteous one. His quality itself is called Righteousness. Dharma (Righteousness) is that which accomplishes the three tasks of : 1. Keeping the social system in an excellent condition 2. Brining about worldly progress of all living beings 3. Causing the progress in the spiritual realm as well - Sree Adi Shankaracharya
Sattva, Raja and TamaAccording to modern sciences, the Universe is made up of basic physical particles that includeelectrons, protons, neutrons, mesons, gluons and quarks. According to Hindu Dharma how-ever, the Universe is made up of something even more basic. These basic particles are knownas the 3 subtle basic components (trigunas) namely sattva, raja and tama. In the word triguna, The 3 components Characteristics Adjective Example Sattva Purity and knowledge Sāttvik Sāttvik man – lives in service of society with no expectation of recognition or reward or any ulterior motive Raja Action and passion Rājasik Rājasik man – lives more for personal gain and achievement Tama Ignorance and inertia Tāmasik Tāmasik man – has no problem about stepping on other’s toes to get ahead or harming society‘tri’ stands for three while ‘gunas’ stand for subtle components. We call the components subtlebecause they are intangible, not physical in nature and cannot be seen with any instrumentssuch as the latest electronic microscopes. Technically advanced physical instrumentation inthe future too will not be able to measure them. These three subtle basic components can onlybe perceived by the subtle sense organs or our sixth sense (ESP). The table above shows howa person changes depending on which component is predominant in him.Like this every action, thought and feeling is made up of the subtle components. The more weunderstand them the more we are able to live sāttvik lives and bring about peace and prosperityin the world which is not at the cost of others.Who is a Hindu? In the holy text the Merutantra, the word ‘Hindu’ is defined as ‘Hinani Gunani dushyati iti Hindu.’ Meaning that which destroys the inferior raja-tama components or gunas is a Hindu. Thus, to be a Hindu is to follow a way of life that enhances the spiri- tually pure sattva component and sattva predominant qualities like love, humility, courage, expansiveness, etc. and overcomes the spiritually impure raja-tama predominant attitudes like anger, attachment, jealousy, greed, lust, pride etc.
What is Āchārdharma?Āchārdharma can be defined as spiritualization of every aspect of our day-to-day life. It in-volves making everything sāttvik (pure) and it not only increases purity of the individual, butalso of the family, society and the universe as well. The aim of Āchārdharma as well as spiritualpractice is God-realisation.Only Hindu Dharma spiritualizes our livesĀchārdharma in the forms of greeting - do namaskār instead of a handshakeEveryday we greet our friends and acquaintances. More often that not, in today’s world thehandshake is the preferred form of greeting. However according to Āchārdharma traditions, itis important to greet others with a ‘namaskār’ and not a handshake.The beauty of Hindu Dharma is that it spiritualizes every aspect of our lives and therefore setsus up to imbibe the maximum amount of sāttvikta and reduce tama in our lives. While visiting places of worship and viewing (taking darshan of) the deities, or while meeting an elderly or respected person, Hindus’ hands automatically join in obeisance (namaskār). Namaskār is a sattva predominant gesture and is a simple and beautiful expression of divine qualities like devotion, love, respect and humility that endows one with Divine energy. Spiritually by doing namaskār, we pay obeisance with head bowed to the Divinity (the Soul) in the person we meet. Understanding thespiritual science (adhyātma shāstra) behind a religious act (Dhārmik kruti) like namaskār helpsin further strengthening the faith in this religious act.As opposed to namaskār, the handshake has no spiritual significance. In fact because of thecontact it is easier for the negative vibrations from one person to transfer and affect the otherperson. This is especially if one of the people is affected by distressing energies. Accordingto the Spiritual Science Research Foundation (SSRF) which studies these subtle energies, itis said that when there is bodily contact as in a handshake, we are twice as much likelier toattract negative energies. The following is a subtle picture drawn by a person from SSRF withan advanced sixth sense of vision of the handshake as a form of greeting.
By choosing namaskar over a handshake, we gain spiritual benefit from the sāttvikta of thehand gesture (mudra) and also do not put ourselves or others in a spiritually detrimentalsituation of transfer of negative energy. Black energy covering around the possessed person Subtle picture drawn by SSRF seeker Mrs. Yoya Vallee in 2005 Copyright Spiritual Science Research Foundation, SSRF.org Sanatan Hindu Dharma has innumerable facets. Hindu Dharma is eternal and will never cease to exist. It is like a vast and deep ocean. Only one drop of it is sufficient for us ! - His Holiness Gurudev Dr. Kateswamiji A family when compared to an individual, a village when compared to a family, a nation when compared to a village and Righteousness (Dharma) when compared to a nation are each superior. This is be- cause only Righteousness (Dharma) is capable of imparting Final Liberation (Moksha), whereas all others trap us in the Great Illusion (Māyā)! That is why one should undertake spiritual practice. - His Holiness Dr J.B. Athavale
ĀchārdharmaWe just explained the spiritual science behind why it is better to greet with namaskār asopposed to a handshake. Like this we would like to share with you some of the various actionsthat Hindu Dharma recommends to enhance the sāttvikta in our lives. For more details on thespiritual science behind these actions please visit HinduAwakening.orgRegarding women’s hairstyles• While combing hair, women should sit on the floor, bring the knee towards the stomach, bend forward a little and part the hair exactly in the middle.• To prevent distress caused due to negative energies, throw the hair out after two days.• Instead of letting the hair loose, style them in a bun or in two braids.Regarding food - sāttvik food groups Avoid tāmasik items Prefer sāttvik items Stale items, fast foods, artificially Includes, milk, ghee, wheat, rice, pulses, flavoured cold drinks fruits and green vegetablesFor a Healthy Digestive System : Eat only as much as is required to fill half the stomach withfood; leave one quarter for water and one quarter for air.
The appropriate method of eating • It is recommended to sit with legs folded on a wooden platform as opposed to sitting at a table. • Avoid sitting facing the south direction. • Do not eat left overs of another person as it can cause distress from negative energies. • Do not leave any food on your plate. • Offer the food to God and eat it while chanting the Name of God.• Express gratitude unto the deity of worship after your meal and only then get up from your seatHow to sleep better • Let the bedroom not be completely dark. • Make a protective sheath of sāttvik Name strips of deities around the place you sleep. • Pray to God to forgive various wrong doings committed during the day • Pray to your deity of worship - ‘Let your protective sheath remain around me.’• Sleep in the east-west direction.• Do not sleep with your legs towards the south or directly in front of the deity’s idol.Why is the wearing of kumkum recommended? If kumkum (vermillion) is applied regularly, it will attract Chaitanya (Divine Consciousness) from the Universe towards the individual and awaken the individual’s bhav (spiritual emotion). The picture on the side is a subtle drawing of how a person with a sixth sense of vision perceived the positive subtle vibrations associated with kumkum. Method: Men should apply a vertical tilak of kumkum with the middle finger. Women should apply kumkum in a round shape on their mid-brow region with the ring finger.
Only Hindu Dharma gives us a clear scienceThe best mudrā (hand gesture) for prayer The picture on the left depicts the mudrā that is recom- mended by Hindu Dharma when making a prayer which helps to make our prayers more bhavpoorna (with spiritual emotion). Among the various postures used for paying obeisance, we receive the highest amount of sattva component from the posture (mudrā) of namaskār.Spiritual research conducted by the Spiritual Science Research Foundation shows the subtlevibrations and energies that get attracted due to this mudrā. Initial mudrā (posture) when praying Divine subtle (intangible) frequencies Subtle (intangible) divine frequencies enter through the ādnyā chakra (the spiritual energy centre at the midbrow region)
The first stage in this mudrā is raising one’s hands in prayer with the thumbs gently touchingthe mid-brow region or the Ādnyā chakra (the spiritual energy centre at the mid-brow region).It is best to begin praying after we are in this position.When we bow our head in this prayer position, it awakens the spiritual emotion of surrenderin us. This in turn activates the appropriate subtle frequencies of deities from the Universe.These divine frequencies come in through our finger tips which act as receptors. These divinefrequencies are then channelled into our body through the thumb to the Ādnyā chakra (thespiritual energy centre at the mid-brow region). The result is an increase in the positive spiritualenergy in us which makes us feel lighter or gives relief from symptoms of physical or mentaldistress. Final mudrā (posture) when praying Divine subtle (intangible) frequencies Subtle (intangible) divine frequencies enter through the Anāhat chakra (the spiritual energy centre at the midchest level) The Divine Consciousness (Chaitanya) spreads from the hands into the body Copyright SSRF.org
After one finishes one’s prayer, one should assume the second mudrā (posture) as shownin the diagram above on the previous page. This means that instead of bringing his handsin prayer down immediately, they are to be placed in the mid-chest region in such a way thatthe wrists touch the chest. This facilitates the process of more completely imbibing theDivine Consciousness of the deity principle. So initially the Divine Consciousness of the deityprinciple that had entered the finger tips now also gets transmitted to the region of chest, theseat of the Anāhat chakra. Just like the Ādnyā chakra, the Anāhat chakra also absorbs sattvafrequencies. By touching the wrists to the chest, the Anāhat chakra is activated and it helps inabsorbing more sattva frequencies. When activated, the Anāhat chakra awakens a seeker’sspiritual emotion and devotion. In this stage of the prayer mudrā, one should be introspectiveand contemplate upon the experience of being in God’s presence.Spiritual PracticeSpiritual practice can be defined as honest and sincere efforts done consistently on a dailybasis to develop divine qualities and achieve everlasting happiness or Bliss.Another way of defining spiritual practice is our personal journey of going inward beyond ourfive senses, mind and intellect to experience the Soul (the God) within each one of us. One ofthe qualities of God is perpetual Bliss and so by tapping into the Soul, we too experience Bliss.For spiritual practice to generate rapid spiritual growth it should: - Conform to the six basic principles of spiritual practice - Be done in progressively higher increments qualitatively and quantitatively Benefits of spiritual practice and starting your spiritual journey • The balanced state of mind despite the ups and downs of life • The increased tolerance for pain in one’s life • Personality development • Insulation from destiny (karma) • Bliss - a superlative form of happiness • Liberation from the cycle of birth and death May the unhappy become curious, The curious, desirous of Liberation. May those desirous of Liberation become seekers (sadhaks) And may seekers attain the Final Liberation - His Holiness Dr J.B. Athavale
Putting a stop to denigrationWhat is denigration and why we must stop denigration !In a broad sense, denigration means displaying something in an undesirable form/shape,different from its original form/shape. Any act or object that obstructs the emanation of subtlesāttvik vibrations of the Divine can also be considered denigration. For the purpose ofpreserving Hindu Dharma, we have focused on bringing to light the denigration of deities,concepts and practices held sacred in Hindu Dharma. Such denigration by Hindus andnon-Hindus has been found in paintings, sculptures, text, plays, movies, etc.Over the past many decades this denigration of Hindu deities has only been increasing. In factit seems that since there are so many, we as Hindus have become indifferent to it. Let us lookat a few examples of this widespread denigration. Mumbai based evening newspaper Mid-Day’ (Editor: Khalid A-H Ansari) has shown Lord Ganesh as Adolf Hitler, Terrorist Osama Bin Laden and US President George W. Bush in their edition of 29th August 2006. After Hindus protested, the Mid-day apologized. However on the very next page, ‘Mid-Day’ has again drawn one more cari- cature of Lord Ganesh. It shows Lord Ganesh driving a car and the mouse is relaxing on the back seat.The story says, “The mouse may be Lord Ganesha’s vehicle, but Dilip Mukkavar, a believerin changing times, is making sure that the tusked God has something better to travel in. TheNaigaon resident had visited Lalbagcha Raja last year and prayed for a baby boy. Mukkavarhad promised to gift Ganpati Rs 2.6 lakh A/C Maruti 800 if his wish came true.” On the left here is a poster of Goddess Durga with whisky bottles in Her hands and it was found displayed at the Balon Oriental Disco Bar in the Athens, Greece. These are just a couple of the myriad examples of the wide- spread denigration that is plaguing Hinduism today. Stopping denigration - an integral part of the preservation of Dharma! Every time a denigration happens: • It adversely impacts the faith of people in the Divine. • Creates a doubt about the credibility of the Divine or its Symbols. • Sets incorrect examples for future generations. Eventually, it can erode Dhārmik practices and moral, social and spiritual values.
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Importance of Divine symbols1. Divine symbols emanate sattva component (or Divine vibrations).2. A Divine symbol embodies the Divine being it represents. Hence, it represents Divine qualities and serves as a beacon for the common man to walk the right path in this life.3. A Divine symbol serves as a source of inspiration to an individual, to live his life in a Righteous manner.4. For a believer in the Divine being, His symbol draws equal reverence. (In contrast, a non-believer finds it impossible to feel anything for the symbol, when he does not believe in the Divine.)5. Because of such qualities and their nature, Divine symbols occupy a special place in the hearts and minds of the devout. Faith, which follows, is a by-product of this phenomenon. Divinity of the mind is the ultimate stage in evolution of a man. To achieve this, he requires the help of some form/shape. Symbols serve this purpose.Types of denigration1. Intentional : A. Out of malice Example: Paintings by M.F. Husain B. To destroy its importance and create doubts about it in the minds of people Example: Sree Ganesh depicted as Hitler, Laden and Bush2. Unintentional: A. Out of ignorance Example: Lord Shiva depicted as a dog B . For commercial gains Example: Sree Durga with whisky bottles in Her hand C . As lack of pride for its qualities Example: Sree Krushna in a pair of shortsAll these examples can be found on http://www.hindujagruti.org/denigrations/As we make an effort to understand Hindu Dharma, be awakened about its concepts and liveby its principles, the next step, naturally, is to preserve the glory of Hinduism. To do so, wehave to share the unique spiritual science underlying Hinduism with others. We also have topeacefully protest and bring to a stop, any denigration of or assaults on concepts, symbols,objects and Saints held sacred in Hinduism. In this section we have made an effort to reportvarious such onslaughts, to create awareness and to encourage peaceful and prompt protestsfrom our readers.
Simple steps to start your spiritual practice (sādhanā) today!(As per Path of Guru’s grace - Gurukrupayoga)1. Chanting the Name of your family deity (Kuldevi)If you do not know your family deity you can chant the generic name for your family deity whichis Sree Kuladevatāyai NamahaMethod of repeating (chanting) the family deity’s Name: Sree should prefix the Name of thefamily deity, the Name that follows should be in dative case (chaturthi pratyay) and shouldconclude with namahā.For instance, if the family deity is> Ganesh then ‘Sree Ganeshaya namahā (ßeer ieCesMeeÙe vece: ~)’,> Bhavani, then ‘Sree Bhavanimatayai namahā (ßeer YeJeeveerceeleeÙew vece: ~) or Sree Bhavanidevyai namahā (ßeer YeJeeveerosJÙew vece: ~)’.2. Chanting a protection chantIn today’s world almost all of us are affected by problems caused due to departed ancestors.By repeating Lord Datta’s Name (i.e. the aspect of God that protects us from these ancestralproblems) we get insulated from these problems. The chant is ‘Sree Gurudev Datta’ and canbe said for a minimum of 2 hours a day.What you can do to serve Hindu Dharma• As a basic measure we all need to study Hindu Dharma and understand it. This will help to generate pride in our religion and also share Hinduism’s unparalleled knowledge with others and especially our children.• To practice on a daily basis what we learn so that when we share the knowledge, it is sent forth with a force that is backed by spiritual experience and spiritual maturity.• Increase our spiritual strength (atmabal) by taking up spiritual practice of a non-sectarian and expansive nature with the sole aim of spiritual progress in order to counter the current negativities effecting society.• Every denigration of Hinduism should be protested against peacefully but surely! We shall not support any art, products or any media that denigrate our revered concepts and practices!• To take up a selfless service in society to contribute in preserving Hindu Dharma concepts from attacks through media, writers, policy makers in the Government.• Contribute in making efforts that Hinduism should be recognized as a major religion as are others like Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Buddhism !• If you have any questions please contact us at info@ForumForHinduAwakening.org
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