Monday, August 7, 2017

Vishwa Sangh Shiksha Varg concludes at Nagpur

Shri Vishwa Niketan, Delhi and Devi Ahalyabai Smarak Samiti, Nagpur had organized separate residential courses at Nagpur for men and women karyakartas of Hindu Swayamsevk Sangh from various countries. Shri Vishwa Niketan is a Delhi based organization working for promotion of Indian heritage and culture among NRI / PIO communities outside India. Devi Ahalyabai Smarak Samiti is Nagpur based working for promotion of Indian heritage and culture in women. 
The course for men was organized at Suraburdi – Nagpur from 15th July 5th August. A total of 65 participants from 13 countries including USA, Europe, Guyana, and Australia took part in various activities like Yoga, traditional Indian games, discourses on Hindu culture and heritage etc. The course for women was organized at Smriti Mandir Parisar, Reshimbag from 20th July to 5th August. A total of 47 participants from 5 countries took part in the course.

 
The course for sevikas (women) was formally inaugurated on 20th July. Padmashree Kalpana Saroj, was the Chief Guest for the program and she gave an inspiring address. Rashtra Sevika Samiti Pramukh Sanchalika Shantakka spoke at the occasion where she appealed to all the participants to gather as much knowledge as possible from various activities of the course. Therewere various sessions like discourses, group discussions and workshops on Indian tradition, role of women in society, contemporary global challenges and Hindu thought etc. Some of the well-known resource persons like Dr Balasbramaniam of VLDI – Mysore, Pujaniya Brahmaprakashananda from Ramkrishna Math spoke in these sessions. A visit to seva projects including Shakti Peeth, National Cancer Institute ,Jamthaand a visit to a village near Ajni to give insight about village life was also arranged. RSS Sarsanghachalak Mohan Bhagwat also paid a visit to the varg. 

All the participants expressed satisfaction about the sessions and arrangements of the varg. At the conclusion of the course, they became emotional as a strong bond was formed between the participants’ from various countries, Nagpur volunteers and it was difficult to leave the place where they were in action last fortnight.

Both the courses organized separately path sanchalan programs on 29th July. It was welcomed enthusiastically by the residents of Nagpur where men and women marched in unison on the tunes of the band on the streets of Nagpur. 

The course for men was at a picturesque location at Suraburdi where the participants enjoyed the scenic natural beauty and excellent arrangements making their daily routine of the course most joyful. Besides physical programs like Yoga, traditional Indian games and Lezim, the participants had an opportunity to see the demonstration of the games like Aatya – Patya, Kabaddi and Kho-Kho. A visit to Nagalwadi village was the most memorable one as the participants saw firsthand the development of the village with cemented roads, underground drainage system etc. They were overwhelmed by the warm welcome of the villagers and the hospitality of every household they visited. One of the participant Viswajeet said, “I can really see the change in villages and rising India as I am visiting India for past 20 years.

There were sessions on Sanskrit speaking, Vedic mathematics, Ancient Indian science and also lecture on Geeta and Karmayog, Triguna Personality quotient etc. At night, there used to be light games and song and skit competitions. The age group the course was from 17 to 45 and all enjoyed the varg in a brotherly atmosphere.

A public program was organized jointly for the two courses on 4th August at Reshimbag. The program started with ceremonial welcome to the Chief Guest Bibek Debroy and report presentation of the courses by Adv Alok Kumarji, Course In charge for the men’s course. The physical demonstrations from both men and women participants included yogasan, pyramids and other techniques. The audience enthusiastically cheered the demonstrations especially that of Lezimby the women participants.

The dignitaries on the dais who were ShriBibekDebroy, RSS Sarsanghachalak Dr. Mohan Bhagwat, Rashrtra Sevika Samiti Pramukh Sanchalika Shantakka, Course In charge for men Adv. Alok Kumar, Course Incharge for women Sushree Kirtida Bhat.

Shri Bibek Debroy emphasised and elaborated on the meaning of Dharma, the principles of Dharma and its importance in life of a Bhartiya. He said that he feels privileged to be born in Bharat, a place where even the Gods regard it as a privilege to be born. He said that Karma and Dharma are related and the people who feel that Dharma that is the principles can be removed from the lives of people of Bharat are wrong in their thought. It is Dharma that permeates into the lives of people living here and it is Dharma that brings the sparkle in eyes of people despite their poverty.

Shri. Debroy mentioned that Dharma should not be translated into religion since the two differ etymologically. Where Religion binds, Dharma emancipates and liberates. He said that there are mainly four principles of Dharma viz. Notion of Atma; punarjanma or rebirth; Karma and the belief in a supreme force whether as Brahma or Parmatma. He elaborated on Moksha Dharma, stating that Moksha Dharma leads you to the answers of the questions of your existence and that the answers to these questions are different for everyone. He further elaborated the connection of Artha and kama with Dharma. He said that as individuals we try to change the world, but our individual effort is trivial. If we improve ourselves, the world will change automatically.

He concluded by quoting Katopanishad’s “uttishtha jagruta- arise and wake” shloka, stating that while traveling across Bharat he saw a turbulent, pulsating and impatient Bharat. A Bharat which is overcoming Tamas and imbibing Rajas. He invited the participants to become a part of Bharat which is rising and awakening to build a path for the world to follow.

Pujaniya Sarsanghachalak Mohanji Bhagwat spoke about the vision of Dr.Hedgewar behind starting Rashtriya Swayamsevak sangh, the emergence of Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh and the necessity of it for the world.He said that Dr.Hedgewar used to say that “the reasons behind the problems of Hindus is the Hindu society itself and hence it is necessary for the Hindu society to fix those problems.”



Dr.Bhagwat said that when we try to fix these problems, we do so because we consider the society as our very own, there is “aatmiyata” in doing so. We try to help not because we think we are great or the society needs our help, we help because of the feeling of oneness and the need to empower the Hindu society. He said that the underlying principle of Bharat is the truth of unity of existence and the realization of this truth gives eternal bliss and liberation. He discussed that often Dharma is reduced to and restricted to Religion. In Dharma, artha, kama and moksha all lead to Dharma but in Religion Artha and Kama do not relate to religion. Dharma binds artha, kama and moksha together to bring discipline in one’s life. In Dharma even the idea of Moksha is related to the liberation of many and not restricted to an individual.

Whenever we go into the root cause of the problems faced by the world, the common cause is found to be the destruction of Dharma. It is Bharat which can lead the path for the betterment of world, since it is Bharat which has Dharma in its soul.

Dr. Hedgewar in the session of Congress held at Nagpur which was presided by Mahatma Gandhi, had submitted 2 resolutions: first, to stop killing of cows and second, a capitalism free Bharat which will also help the world to be free from capitalism. By opposing Capitalism one does not oppose the earner, but it means opposing the mentality of materialism and exploitation.

Dr. Bhagwat said that Vishwa Dharma, that is Manav Dharma, will show the path to the world. He spoke about the emergence of Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh. When the Swayamsevaks went to different countries, they took with them the principles of Sangh. In different countries organizational work flourished under different names, Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh being the most common of all. The vision behind the work of Sangh in such countries was to bring the Hindus together as one society while remaining loyal to their respective countries.

Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh grew because of the efforts of the Swayamsevaks who went abroad and the next generations which kept the work going on. The first such Shakha was started in Kenya. The impact of Sangh is such the societies of the respective countries have realized the need for this kind of work. Recently, a similar effort has been initiated by taking inspiration from HSS. He concluded by saying that, it is the Hindu society which has the potential to lead the world and in true sense the Hindu Samaj is getting united to lead the World.


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