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‘Convert Hindus to Hinduism’
says Swami Swaroopananda
Press Release
Tuesday, September 11 | 04:21 PM
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Swami Purnatmananda, Swami Swaroopananda, RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat, Anupam Kher, Brahm Agrawal in World Hindu Congress
Chicago : In the ‘World Hindu Congress’ there was a  panel discussion held on ‘Collective efforts for Hindu emergence’.  In the Beginning of the Discussion delegates at the World Hindu Congress received a sweet box in their welcome packet containing two ladoos - one hard and one soft.The surprise sweet packets were distributed to convey the common perception that Hindu society is not united, according to the organizers of the event. 

‘Hindus were compared to watermelons, which has many stripes but, the inner core is one and the same. Contrast this to a pomegranate which looks smooth outside, but its core can easily disintegrate. The soft ladoo represents the status of Hindus today and they may be easily broken and swallowed. The future vision for Hindu society should be like a hard ladoo and strongly bonded.

Swami Poornatmananda of Bharat Seva Ashram said, ‘all Hindus should unite to achieve resurgence. Hindu religious teaching are for humanity. As such, schools and colleges in India should be opened to impart Hindu teachings.’

Chinmaya Mission Spiritual Head Swami Swaroopananda said, “one need not merely state “I am a proud Hindu. We are proud Hindus. everything begins at home. When family breaks down, culture breaks down and life of disharmony follows. We have to convert Hindus to Hinduism.The spirit of unity does not mean all should be the same. In the midst of diversity, we must have a common goal of dedication. We have to reform the education system that inculcates Indian culture and religion. We have to re-discover the way the rishis taught the disciples in the ancient gurukul system.’’

Swami Paramatmananda, secretary general of Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha, said, ‘‘Hindus should think collectively not only for its resurgence, but for the resurgence of the whole world.Especially, the ecological problems of the world need to be solved. Society has a “relationship problem,” where one person is unable to relate to the life of another person. God did not create the world for man’s consumption. The responsibility lies on Hindus to protect the ecology.’’

Sadguru Dalip Singh of Namdari Panth said, ‘‘Hindus and Sikhs can never be separated. The Guru GranthSaheb says that Sikhs should remain Hindus.’’ He  urged, ‘‘ Hindus should stop using English to describe India and it should be ‘Bharath’ and Hindus who know Hindi should always speak in Hindi. He also decried those who habitually blamed their motherland. Instead, one should find what is good in India and espouse it. He visualized a Bharatiya organization encompassing Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and Buddhists.


Madhu Pandit Dasa, chairperson of Akshaya Patra Foundation, ISKCON, Bangalore, said, “Different denominations of Hinduism are a strength and not a weakness. There are common grounding principles in these denominations. Declining birth rate among Hindus in India as an aftermath of the one-child family planning program promoted by the Indian government. Other faiths don’t buy into this program and their population is not declining.Take pride in having more children.”

Raja KrishnamoorthyEarlier, ahead of the panel discussion, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthy (D-IL) address the World Hindu Congress. He said, “Some of my friends and constituents were very concerned about my presence here today…I decided I had to be here because I wanted to reaffirm the highest and only form of Hinduism that I’ve ever known and been taught…namely one that welcomes all people, embraces alpeople, accepts all people regardless of their faith including all my constituents.”

“In short, I reaffirm the teachings of Swami Vivekananda…It is because of his legacy of equality and pluralism that I stand before you as a Hindu, as an American and a United States Congressman.”

He also spoke about the division and despair in the world and called for the need to embrace ahimsa – the concept of non-violence so that there is no place for prejudice, violence or hate, not anywhere in the world.  ‘‘We must teach our children tolerance and love, diversity and inclusion which Hinduism embodies’’, he said.
 
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