The Candid Eye

December 28, 2009

Confluence of services

The most needed thing for Hindu community is finally happening.All the spiritual organizations,different sects of Hinduism are coming together for harmony among the people, a much needed one in today’s India.Excerpts from Express Buzz.

Buoyed by the success of the first Hindu Spiritual and Service Fair organised by the Chennai chapter of the Global Foundation for Civilisational Harmony (GFCH) in February, its second edition will be inaugurated in the city on Thursday, with 96 Hindu organisations, some of whom have conflicting ideologies, showcasing their bouquet of service activities. The idea is to present a grand vision of their ceaseless, selfless, multi-dimensional service to humanity. In the first edition of the fair, 36 organisations had participated.

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To be held at Sri Ramachandra University grounds in Tiruvanmiyur, the five-day fair will be inaugurated by Governor Surjit Singh Barnala. Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa would be the guest of honour and chairman of the Murugappa Group A Vellayan would deliver the keynote address.

Noted columnist S Gurumurthy would make the welcome address.

Groups that denounce divisions of the basis of caste, like the Mata Amritanandamayi Math or Sri Sri Ravishankar’s Art of Living, will share space with caste-based groups, such as the Hindu Nadar Magamai and the Nagarathar associations. Likewise, the Arya Samaj, which denounces idol worship, will be a participant along with the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam.

Prominent among other organisations participating in the fair are the Brahmakumaris, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Andhra Mahila Sabha, ISKCON, Nandalala Seva Samithi Trust, ancient Tamil Saivite mutts of Tiruppanandal Adheenam, Sri Kasi Math and Thiruvavadurai Adheenam besides Sri Ramakrishna Math and Sri Ramakrishna Tapovanam.

The central pavilion of the fair will have the aggregate details of the services rendered by different Hindu spiritual and service organisations.

Go puja would be performed everyday at the fair venue besides chanting of Vedic verses and Vishnu Sahasranaman. A lot of other spiritual functions are scheduled to be held.

A similar fair is likely soon at Coimbatore besides other Indian cities.

According to the GFCH, “the fair intends to dispel the myth that Hindu spiritual organisations are not socially conscious. For instance, 90,000 schools are being run by Hindu groups, but people are unaware of it.” Dr N Mahalingam of the Shakti Group is the chairman of the organising committee of the event and danseuse Dr Padma Subramaniam is its secretary.

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