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The Hindu Community in India as well as world over, has long lacked a single body that can claim to represent the Hindu community as a whole. Therefore when it comes to representing ourselves in international Forums, Inter-religious conferences and seminars, we often were entirely absent, or if we were present, rather poorly represented. Further, we have not had a single body that can claim a sufﬁcient august status so as to command the respect of a vast majority of Hindus who are anyway fragmented in many ways. The Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha, is the apex unifying body that provides leadership, guidance and a collective voice for the Hindus. It came into being in 2002 and has grown into a body comprising virtually all the ancient Sampradayas of Hindu Dharma, with its current membership of over 125 Acharyas. The members are revered Heads of Mathas which are several hundred years old and include, the Sankaracharyas, Chiefs of all major Akharas and Peethas. The Acharya Sabha has become widely known within the country and overseas and now has regional Committees comprising of smaller groups of Acharyas, each with its own convener while Swami Dayananda Saraswati continues as the convener of the apex body. Volume 1 Issue 3
Hindu Unity Day - 2009 United We Serve Acharya Sabha message Day I - Unity Day Schedule Why a Hindu Unity Day ? Francois Gautier - A proﬁle Seminar on India’s History Day II - Seminar Schedule Robert Spencer - Proﬁle Joe Kaufman - Proﬁle Sanatana Dharma Foundation Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha 1 2 3 3 5 6 7 7 9 9 11 12
Hindu Unity Day - 2009
United We Serve
The Hindu Unity Day of 2009 is being celebrated across 2 days, featuring two landmark events.
Day I - Saturday
August 8th - 2009 - 10 am to 2 pm
Wisdom to live by ...
The Spirit in Man has one aim before it in all Mankind; but different continents or peoples approach it from different sides with different formulations and in a differing spirit. Not recognizing the underlying Unity of the ultimate divine motive, they give battle to each other and claim that theirs alone is the way for mankind. Spirituality is indeed the Master-Key of the Indian Mind; the sense of the inﬁnite is native to it - Sri Aurobindo Published by : Sanatana Dharma Foundation Dallas, Texas http://www.sdfglobal.org E-Mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Hindu Unity Day
At the D/FW Hindu Temple - Cultural Hall Featuring several Hindu Organizations, andSpecial Guest Francois Gautier
(See Pages 2 through 6 of Newsletter)
Day II - Sunday
August 9th - 1 pm to 5 pm
The above Picture was taken at the First Hindu - Jewish Summit, February 5 and 6, 2007
The Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha, already had three major conventions, in the years 2003, 2005 and 2008. A complete overview of the activities, conventions, meetings and resolutions of the Acharya Sabha is available at the website www.acharyasabha.org . Sanatana Dharma Foundation, is fundamentally inspired by the Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha and encourages all Hindu organizations to get acquainted with the resolutions of the Acharya Sabha, and relate to them, as the highest possible level of leadership and guidance that Hindu Society can get today.
Seminar on India’s History
Lessons from History for the Modern World At the Holiday Inn, Select - Summit Ballroom 2645, LBJ Freeway, Dallas, Texas 75234
(See Pages 6 though 12 of Newsletter)
In the Bhagvad Gita, the principal Kshatriya of that age – Arjuna, argues with Bhagvan Shri Krishna that he would rather walk away from the conﬂict altogether or rather die without striking a blow. Bhagvan Shri Krishna asks his protégé Arjuna to rise up resolved to do battle with the Adharmic forces of his time, and advises him that even death in the cause of his Dharma is a superior end. He further asks him to act while being unattached to the outcome, to discharge his Dharma, without regard to pleasure or pain, fame or infamy, success of failure.
The purpose and mission of the Sanathana Dharma Foundation is to strengthen Hindus, Hindu Communities, Hindu Culture, Institutions and Society in the US, India and the world as a whole by : 1. Promoting Research, Education and Awareness of Hindu issues and concerns
2. Facilitating Harmony and Unity amongst Hindus and Hindu organizations, and enabling Collaborative Action 3. Clarifying, Preserving, Protecting and Strengthening the Hindu Identity, spanning its various Sampradayas (Ancient Traditions) represented by its Acharyas and Gurus (Hindu Saints deeply learned in the Hindu Scriptures) 4. Sponsoring Strategic Initiatives that are aimed at Strengthening Hindu Society, Hindu Institutions and People, especially its vulnerable sections in India Hindu Unity Day - 2009 is designed to be a weekend with many highlights One of the main highlights will be the presentations on ‘Seva’ or Community Service activities being performed by some of the ﬁnest Hindu organizations that are in operation today. The fact that all these organizations will be sharing a ‘platform’ on this day will in itself be a milestone with rich possibilities for the future 5. Positioning issues and concerns of Hindus in the World bodies and World Media, in such a way that representation of Hindu issues are fair, accurate credible and well informed
Sanatana Dharma Foundation is proud to be supporting Francois Gautier’s tour of the US of 2009, and his efforts to raise funds for the Chhattrapati Shivaji Maharaj Museum of History in Pune. Those who wish to support the Museum project may make donations directly in the name of FACT India and send it to 6823 Windrock Road, Dallas, TX 75252
August 1, 2009
The various Sampradayas (Spiritual Traditions) of Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism) have been living in harmony for centuries without one attempting to change the other. That comes from the religious and spiritual culture of Hindu Dharma, that accommodates different modes of prayer and worship. On this Hindu Unity Day, this truth has to be highlighted more than any attempt to forge unity. Swamy Dayananda Saraswati, Convener, Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha
KARYA SIDDHI HANUMAN TEMPLE & VIDYA DAANAM
present (A Carnatic Classica Concert)
(Vidya Daanam is an Educational Charity Initiative of Sanatana Dharma Foundation)
(Renowned Student of Sangeetha Kalanidhi Nedunuri Krishnamurthi Garu ) www.padmathyagaraju.com
Padma Thyagaraju on Vocals
T S Krishnamurthy on Violin T R Saravanan on Mridangam Date and Time : Sunday, 16th August, 2009 At 4 pm Location : Karya Siddhi Hanuman Temple 12030 Independence Parkway, Frisco, TX 75035 www.dallashanuman.org
Hindu Unity Day - Program Schedule
Prayers by Children Song and Dances by Children Welcome Address by D/FW Hindu Temple Purpose and Vision of Hindu Unity Day Presentations by Hindu Organizations - Set 1 Talk by Shri Francois Gautier Presentation of “Dharma Rakshaka” Award Presentations by Hindu Organizations - Set 2 National Anthem Mahaprashad 10 - 10.05 am 10.05 - 10.15 am 10.15 - 10.20 am 10.20 - 10.30 am 10.30 - 11.30 am 11.30 - 12.15 pm 12.15 - 12.20 pm 12.20 - 1.50 pm 1.50 - 1.55 pm 1.55 pm onwards
(Complimentary snacks provided by Swadeshi Plaza and Indian Cuisine and Coffee provided by Jaya Genie
For More Information : Karya Siddhi Hanuman Temple - 866-996-6767 Gopal Ponangi - 214-868-7538 I.V.Rao - 214-284-6227 Lalitha Venkat - 972-741-6338
With Best wishes from Third Eye Meditation
With Best Wishes
ROBERT SPENCER is the director of Jihad Watch, a program of the David Horowitz Freedom Center, and the author of nine books on Islam and jihad, including the New York Times bestsellers The Truth About Muhammad and The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades). Spencer is a weekly columnist for Human Events and FrontPage Magazine, and has led seminars on Islam and jihad for the United States Central Command, United States Army Command and General Staff College, the U.S. Army’s Asymmetric Warfare Group, the FBI, the Joint Terrorism Task Force, and the U.S. intelligence community. Spencer (MA, Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) has been studying Islamic theology, law, and history in depth since 1980. As an Adjunct Fellow with the Free Congress Foundation in 2002 and 2003, he wrote a series of monographs on Islam that are still available from the Foundation: An Introduction to the Qur’an; Women and Islam; An Islamic Primer; Islam and the West; The Islamic Disinformation Lobby; Islam vs. Christianity; and Jihad in Context. More recently he has also written monographs for the David Horowitz Freedom Center: What Americans Need to Know About Jihad; The Violent Oppression of Women In Islam (with Phyllis Chesler); Islamic Leaders’ Plan for Genocide; and Muslim Persecution of Christians. His articles on Islam and other topics have appeared in the New York Post, the Washington Times, the Dallas Morning News, Canada’s National Post, Middle East Quarterly, WorldNet Daily, First Things, Insight in the News, National Review Online, and many other journals. He has also appeared on the BBC, CNN, FoxNews, PBS, MSNBC, CNBC, C-Span, France24 and Croatia National Televison (HTV), as well as on numerous radio programs.
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Raj Video and Photo For Weddings, Receptions, Arangetrams And other occasions Please Contact Krishna Puttaparthi at 817-798-1376 Or Write to : email@example.com Joe Kaufman is the Chairman of Americans Against Hate, the founder of CAIR Watch, and an investigative journalist for FrontPage Magazine. In September of 2003, Joe was invited by Florida Speaker of the House Johnnie Byrd to give expert testimony in front of law enforcement and government representatives at a forum on terrorism and homeland security held in Punta Gorda, Florida. Amongst other accomplishments, in December of 2006, Joe convinced U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer to rescind an award her ofﬁce had given to a leader of the Hamas-afﬁliated Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). Joe has spoken at the conferences of the Middle East Forum, the Intelligence Summit, America’s Truth Forum and Hadassah, and he was the keynote speaker for Islamofascism Awareness Week at UCLA in October of 2007. Joe has been featured on Fox News, CNN and MSNBC and has appeared on numerous local and national television and radio talk shows.
With Best Compliments from Sridhar Iyengar Vikas Dabber Krishnan Padmanabhan Viswas Mudigonda Venkat Tekkalur And their Families
The Courage to remember, helps us not to repeat the same mistakes and to build a better future for our children - Sri Sri Ravishankar
Why Celebrate a Hindu Unity Day ?
What is the point ? What possible value is there in creating such an occasion ?
Ever since the Rig Veda said “Ekam Sat Viprah Bahauda Vadanti”, Sanatana Dharma has fostered a diversity of beliefs, systems, paths and practices. Even in the conception of the one Brahman, being manifested as many Gods, i.e. many Devatas, this essentially pluralistic, liberal framework has prevailed in our Bharatavarsha. Even as a spirit of “Live and Let Live” has informed and permeated our civilization, it has progressively given rise to numerous sects, sub-sects and sub-identities, that learnt to live together in harmony and without conﬂict. Today, with the long and hoary passage of time, Hindus generally have a stronger attachment to Sub-Identities, rather than their over-arching Hindu Identity. For example, Hindu people identify themselves as linguistic groups such as Tamil, Gujarati, Marathi, Punjabi etc. Secondly, they also identify themselves by caste - such as Brahmin, Bania, Reddy, Yadav, Jat, Kamma, Ezhava etc. Thirdly, they are also divided by Sampradaya identities - such as Vaishnava., Shaiva, Kashmir Shaiva, Vedantin, Vishishtadvaitin, Gaudiya Vaishnava, etc. Fourthly, many Gurus and Acharyas, emphasize their own speciﬁc version or aspect of the Shastras, and create new Paramparas and followings. Thus we have amongst us this abundance and diversity of expressions such as Ammachi followers, Sai Baba devotees, Art of Living group, Swaminarayan group, Hare Krishna group, Chinmayananda Group, Gayathri Parivar and numerous other groupings today that constitute the vast family of Sanatana Dharma. United we stand, divided we fall is an old adage, but never more true in a democratic society, where numbers count in a fundamental way. We all know that it is very easy to divide Hindus into various conﬂicting groups, which don’t agree with each other. Some of us are comfortable being called Hindus – And others are very much ill at ease with that term. If we start a conversation on the question of What is Hinduism, there will be so many views and perspectives, that we may never reach a consensus on what it is. This then is our civilizational weakness – this inability to come together and forge a sufﬁcient consensus on some common issues, some common themes, some common challenges that we share with all fellow Hindus. Adjunct to this weakness, is our inability to take on bold new actions, initiate well co-ordinated projects where it really matters, based on the larger concerns that face us as a collective of the family of traditions and sampradayas, that we all belong to.
D/FW HINDU TEMPLE SOCIETY
1605 N Britain, Irving, TX 75061
In Association with
Sanatana Dharma Foundation (SDF) and Dhyanapeetam
Cordially invites you to attend
Ganesh Pooja by Kids
D/FW Hindu Temple (Cultural Hall)
Saturday, August 22
2009 – From 10.00 AM - 12.00 PM
For further information, Please contact D/FW Temple @ 972-445-3111 or
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Hindu Unity Day then is an attempt to create an opportunity to come together at least for one day in a year, where we afﬁrm our solidarity and belonging to that vast Eternal stream – called Sanatana Dharma. While a rose and a daffodil, a jasmine and a lotus are very different ﬂowers – still they all belong to the same family of ﬂowers. Hindu Unity Day represents an opportunity – for experiencing ourselves as part of a bouquet of ﬂowers, as being a stream in the larger ocean of Sanatana Dharma, a note in the majestic symphony of Hinduism or as a branch in that great eternal Tree. It is an opportunity for us to appreciate each ﬂower for what it is, experience each fragrance and color and variety for its own intrinsic uniqueness and not get caught up in a divisive thought such as my ﬂower is better than your ﬂower (which is the legacy of a competitive world). And as we gather thus, we may in time to come even exercise the opportunity to discuss and debate the common themes, problems, challenges that face our Dharma today. And who knows, we may even embrace our collective responsibility to bring forth new leadership, create new initiatives and projects that will yet shape the emerging future of Sanatana Dharma.
Francois Gautier - A Proﬁle
Francois has written several books: “Un autre Regard sur l’Inde” (Editions du Tricorne, Geneva-Paris), which has been reprinted thrice and for which he was invited in May 2000 to ‘Bouillon de Culture’, France’s most prestigious TV literary programme; “Arise O India” (Har Anand, 1999), “A Western journalist on India” (Har Anand, 2001), “India’s Self Denial” (Editions Auroville Press, 2001), “Swami, moine hindou et PDG” (Editions Delville, Paris, 2003, 8000 copies sold), “Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, a Guru of Joy” (India Today Book Club, 2003; 11 reprints, 30,000 copies sold). “La Caravane IntÈrieure” (Les Belles Lettres, Paris, 2005), “A New History of India” (Har Anand, 2008) Francois Gautier received a journalism prize (Natchiketa Award of excellence in journalism) from the Prime Minister of India, Shri Atal Behari Vajpayee in the year 2003. He used the prize money to create a Non-proﬁt organization called “FACT India” which stands for “Foundation against Continuing Terrorism - India” and launched a series of conferences & exhibitions highlighting the magniﬁcence of India and the threats to its sovereignty. FACT - India today creates Awareness Campaigns, Conferences, Exhibitions, Films and Papers on Art, Culture, History & Human Rights abuses. FACT India’s team works with supporting organizations on research, analysis, design and presentation of the issues. FACT - India seeks to bring attention to these forgotten or neglected issues and to pressure governments and international organizations to take corrective action. Examples of his exhibits are : An exhibition on the persecuted minorities of Bangladesh, another one on the plight of Kashmiri Pandits (which was shown to the US Congress in 2005), a ﬁlm on the trauma of 1947 and another one on the testimonies of the Mumbai train bombings of 2006. Other Exhibitions include Aurangzeb, as he was according to Mughal Records; Bangladesh, A Portrait of Covert Genocide; Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, A Hero for Modern India; Naxalism, a threat to the Uniﬁed Nation of India Sikhs, the defenders of Indian Dharma; Terror Unleashed, An Exhibition on Kashmir
Lessons from History for the modern world Sunday, August 9th, 1 pm to 5 pm At The Holiday Inn, Select (Summit Ball Room)
2645, LBJ Freeway, Dallas, TX 75234
This Seminar on India’s History is another signiﬁcant highlight of this year’s Hindu Unity Day program, and will feature three eminent Speakers : - Francois Gautier - Robert Spencer - Joe Kaufman - A Hindu of French descent, based in Pondicherry, India - A Christian and an American, based in New Hampshire - A Jew and an American, based in Florida
Seminar on India’s History
Francois Gautier was born in Paris in 1959. He ﬁrst came to India at the age of 19, when he was attracted to the Mother and Sri Aurobindo of Pondicherry. He has been living in Auroville along with his wife Namrata, for over 25 years. In the early eighties, he began freelancing in India for different publications and ﬁnally ended-up being the correspondent in South Asia, for the Geneva-based “Journal de Geneve”, then one of the best international newspapers in Europe. In 1993, he switched to Figaro, one of France’s leading newspapers for which he worked exclusively for eight years. He also started writing regular columns for Indian newspapers, ﬁrst in Blitz Bombay, then in the Hindustan Times, later came the ‘Ferengi’s column” in the Indian Express, then the “French Connection” column in the Pioneer, as well as regular contributions for Outlook, Rediff, New Indian Express, Dainik Bhaskar, etc. Francois is now the editor in chief of the Parisbased La Revue de l’Inde and a director of a book collection on India with the same publisher. Francois is married to an Indian from Delhi, Namrita and shuttles between Pondichery, Bangalore and Delhi.
In Segment 1 - Francois Gautier will survey a period of India’s history, that is least understood and studied today i.e. the period of time, when India came under successive waves of Islamic invasions. He will address the question, what really happened in India during that time, based on original research of Islamic texts amd materials from the period. He will further discuss the impact that this intenesely violent period had on India’s i.e. the Hindu Psyche. He will examine the key lessons that we must learn from that period, that will help us understand the challenges of the current time In Segment 2 - Robert Spencer will correlate the nature of the violence unleashed upon India with the origins of Islam itself. Drawing from his extensive knowledge of the Koran, The Hadith and the Sira, Robert will go take us further back into the life of Muhammad himself, and trace the beginnings of the ideology that gave rise to the terribly violent events that were to unfold in India. In doing so, Robert will take us into the very heart of the ideology that lies behind modern terrorism, and will lift the veil, so that we may get a glimpse, that is untainted by propaganda or political correctness. In Segment 3 - Joe Kaufman will bring us back into current time, and re-create for us the special ways in which this medieval ideology is still operational today, and the signiﬁcant challenges that it poses to our current day societies through out the world. Joe will draw parallels between what happened in India, to what is happening today around the world, and based upon his unique knowledge of the many organizations waging this modern day Jihad, he will examine the lessons that we may learn from history that will be useful for humanity’s collective future. This is a unique opportunity for people of all backgrounds, to gain insight into some critical lessons that the World can learn from India’s history.
Francois Gautier will receive the “Hindu Dharma Rakshaka - Kshatriya” Award from Sanatana Dharma Foundation, during the Hindu Unity Day 2009, for his courage in tackling subjects that are difﬁcult, unpopular and often neglected, as well as for embarking on the Chhatrapathi Shivaji Maharaj Museum of Indian History in Pune. It is the spirit of the Kshatriya, the willingness to stand up against the forces of Adharma, the willingness to put oneself at risk, and ﬁght for the Dharma, and do what is right, even though what is right may not be comfortable or popular that the “Hindu Dharma Rakshaka – Kshatriya” Award attempts to honor.