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Volume 1 Issue 7 August 2011

Hindu Unity Day - 2011 1 United We Serve 2 Acharya Sabha message 3 Hindu Unity Day Schedule 3 Why a Hindu Unity Day ? 4 An example of Unity - WAVES 5 Dr. Subramanian Swamy - prole 6 Rajiv Malhotra - prole 7 Tapan Kumar Ghosh - prole 8 Kamal Kumar Swamy - prole 9 Threats facing Sanatana Dharma10 Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha 12

Hindu Unity Day - 2011

Burning Issues Day I - Sunday
August 7th - 2011 - 11 am to 4 pm

Wisdom to live by ...

Indias central conception is that of the Eternal, the Spirit here encased in matter, involved and immanent in it, and evolving on the material plane by rebirth of the individual up the scale of being till in mental man, it enters the world of ideas and realm of conscious morality, Dharma... It is her founding of life upon this exalted conception and her urge towards the spiritual and the eternal that constitute the distinct value of her civilization - Sri Aurobindo Published by : Sanatana Dharma Foundation Dallas, Texas E-Mail :

Hindu Unity Day

At the Holiday Inn 700 East Central Parkway, Plano, Texas 75074

Day II - Sunday
August 14th - 11 am to 3 pm

Serving the Community - Our Dharma At the DFW Hindu Temple (Youth Center) 1605, N Britain, Irving, Texas 75061

Hindu Youth Conference

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Hindu Unity Day - 2011 is designed to be a two day event One of the main highlights of the Hindu Unity Day event of 2011 will be the presentations on Burning Issues by four Hindu Community Leaders who are fearlessly ghting on the side of Dharma - against Adharma. We will celebrate the spirit of the Kshatriya, who puts himself at risk on the Kurukshetra, in defence of Dharma.

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August 7, 2011
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

Hindu Unity Day - August 7th 2011 : Program Schedule

Prayers Introduction to Hindu Unity Day & Overview ? Why Hindu Unity - Purpose and Vision Kamal Kumar Swami - Plight of Hindu Temples Rajiv Malhotra - Breaking India Lunch + Awards Tapan Kumar Ghosh - Hindu Dharma in Bengal Dr. Subramanian Swamy - Adharma of Corruption Q and A - Informal Discussion Closure 11.00 - 11.10 am 11.10 - 11.15 am 11.15 - 11.25 am 11.30 - 12.00 noon 12.00 - 1.00 pm 1.00 - 2.00 pm 2.00 - 3.00 pm 3.00 - 4.00 pm 4.00 - 4.50 pm 4.50 - 5.00 pm

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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 conict. 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 specic 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 conicting groups, which dont 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 sufcient 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. Hindu Unity Day then is an attempt to create an opportunity to come together at least for one day in a year, where we afrm 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 owers still they all belong to the same family of owers. Hindu Unity Day represents an opportunity for experiencing ourselves as part of a bouquet of owers, as being a stream in the larger ocean of Sanatana Dharma, as 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 ower 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 ower is better than your ower 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.

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An example of a Collaborative Hindu Project WAVES Conference on Varna, Jati and Kula - July 29, 30 and 31, 2011

The Picture above shows Dr. Pranav Pandya, President of the All World Gayatri Parivar, and Chancellor of the Dev Sanskriti Vishwa Vidyalaya, Haridwar, Himalayas, delivering the inaugural Keynote address at the WAVES Conference on Varna, Jati and Kula, in July 2011. Sanatana Dharma Foundation, Dallas, TX worked along with the World Association of Vedic Studies (WAVES) and the All World Gayatri Parivar (AWGP), to organize a critical conference on the topic of Varna, Jati and Kula. Swami Tattvavidananda of the Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, represented the Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha, at the Conference. In addition,the two day conference featured many other Speakers such as Dr. Subramanian Swamy, Head of the Legal Cell, Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha and President Janata Party, Shri Rajiv Malhotra, President and Founder of Innity Foundation and Author, Breaking India, Dr. R. Vaidyanathan, Professor of Finannce, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, Dr. M.G. Prasad, Founder of Ashtanga Yoga Vignana Mandiram, Mysore, Dr. K.L.Shankaranaryana Jois, Retired Assistant Professor of Sanskrit, from the Maharaja Sanskrit Patashala, Mysore, Dr. Bal Ram Singh, Director of the Center for Indic Studies, University of Massachussets, Dartmouth, Dr. S. Kalyanaraman, Director of the Saraswati River Research Institute, Chennai, Dr. Madan Lal Goel, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of West Florida and many others. The Conference, attended by over a 100 delegates, was a rst of a kind experiment where many participants presented remotely from different parts of the world. Sanatana Dharma Foundation is proud to have played an important part in drafting the Conference Resolutions as well as creating a Position Paper that will be of value to the whole of Hindu Society. The topic of Varna, Jati and Kula which are foundational institutions of Hindu Dharma, have been historically conated into the single English term Caste, which distorts our understanding of the phenomenon. Hindus must reclaim the narrative regarding this social order that has stood the test of time, in the international community. Otherwise, this gets projected as a weakness.
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Dr. Subramanian Swamy- A Prole

Dr. Subramanian Swamy is a Scholar, Economist, Professor, Author, Politician and in recent times a Champion against corruption. He earned his PhD from Harvard University, after studying under two Nobel Laureates Simon Kuznets and Paul A Samuelson. He has been teaching continuously at Harvard University since the year 1963 for nearly 48 years, initially as a full time faculty, and later as a visiting Professor. He has also been a Professor of Economics at IIT, Delhi, from the years 1969 to 1991.

Dr. Subramanian Swamy was elected as a Member of Parliament ve times, from different constituencies and has served as a Minister of Law and Commerce, Government of India. Under Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao, he served as Chairman of the Commission on Labor Standards and International Trade in a capacity equivalent to the rank of a cabinet minister. He rst came into the political spotlight for protesting against the emergency imposed in 1975. He went underground for a period of 6 months to avoid being arrested by police. Under the instruction of Jayaprakash Narayan, Dr. Swamy escaped to US, so that he could mobilize overseas Indians and world media against the emergency. Today, he is the President of the Janata Party, and the Head of the Legal Cell of the Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha. He helped normalize relations between India and China, in 1981 and was instrumental in getting the sacred site of Kailash Manasarovar opened for Hindu Pilgrims and was also the rst Hindu pilgrim to also visit the site. He is renowned for ghting numerous court cases, often making arguments himself, even though he is not a lawyer by profession. He is on record saying, that if one can develop a taste for the law, it is quite enjoyable and stimulating. He helped stop the Sethusamudhram Ship channel Project, so as to protect the Ramasethu, and today, he is in the center of the ght against corruption, especially the 2G Spectrum scam, in the Supreme Court of India.
Dr. Subramanian Swamy received the Hindu Dharma Rakshaka - Kshatriya Award from Sanatana Dharma Foundation, during the Hindu Unity Day 2008, for his courage in defending the Rama Sethu, as a sacred and historical monument of India. 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 ght 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.
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Shri Rajiv Malhotra - A Prole

Shri Rajiv Malhotra is an Indian-American scholar who is deeply committed to Indias dharmic traditions. He is the founder and head of Innity Foundation, whose mission is to further the dialogue among civilizations as equals. It is based in Princeton, New Jersey. He critiques the uncritical adoption of Western approaches to secularism, globalization and postmodernism, and argues that Dharma offers a rich, complex, open and multi-dimensional paradigm which can foster mutual respect between cultures and civilizations. He puts forth the notion that differences between people should be appreciated for collective evolution. Shri Rajiv Malhotra is the author of two books: Breaking India (Amaryllis, 2011), which details the manipulative and destructive effects of Western scholarship on Indian communities and sovereignty; and The Audacity of Difference (HarperCollins, forthcoming in 2011), which establishes key points of divergence between Western and dharmic worldviews and their implications. He has also published an anthology, Invading the Sacred (Rupa, 2007), which emerged from a debate he sparked regarding the inadequate and biased portrayal of dharma in the American academy, and has written hundreds of articles and blogs (,,, Tehelka, Hufngton Post etc.). A sought-after speaker both in the U.S. and India, his web site is Rajivs Innity Foundation is the center of a growing network of diverse collaborators, including Dharmic practitioners, scholars, commentators, humanitarians and social activists. The Foundation ( has given more than 400 grants to organizations involved in research, education and community work in the U.S. and India. Rajiv Malhotra has been appointed to the Asian American Commission for the State of New Jersey, where he serves as the Chairman for the Education Committee created by the Governor to start an Asian studies program schools. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the American Red Cross in New Jersey. Prior to developing his interest in scholarly work and intellectual pursuits, he worked as a senior executive in several multi-national companies, as a management consultant, and as a private entrepreneur, spanning the computer, software, telecom and media industries.
Shri Rajiv Malhotra will receive the Hindu Dharma Rakshaka - Kshatriya Award from Sanatana Dharma Foundation, during the Hindu Unity Day 2011, for his courage in standing up for Dharma in a hostile environment, and doing the patient, detailed work to expose the designs of the Western world, in exploiting the ssures in India.
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Shri Tapan Kumar Ghosh - A Prole

Shri Tapan Kumar Ghosh is the founder of Hindu Samhati, a new Hindu grassroots organization that has created a much needed resistance in Eastern India, against a wave of Islamic encroachment and aggression. Since the dark days of the Emergency, Shri Tapan Kumar Ghosh has been a full-time Hindu activist, community organizer and human rights campaigner for the past 35 years. Shri Ghosh has been a RSS swayamsevak from the early age of 13 and has been a Pracharak since 1976. He trained under the eminent personalities of Param Pujyaneeya Sri Guruji Golwalkar and Mananeeya Sri Bhaurao-ji Deoras. In 1975, Shri Tapan Kumar Ghosh plunged into the Satyagraha (led by Loknayak Jayaprakash Narayan) against the draconian Emergency. He courted civil arrest and was imprisoned for 3 months in Alipore Presidency Jail in Kolkata. In July 1986, Shri Ghosh returned back to RSS after about 12 year stint of ABVP, and was given twin responsibilities of Vibhag Pracharak (of 2 districts: Howrah and Hooghly) and Prant Prachar Pramukh. The situation in Bengal and North Eastern states along with Bangladesh is critical due to uncontrolled inltration into India, by Muslims from Bangladesh. This area is of paramount importance, strategically. To resist this catastrophe more aggressively and effectively, and create a better regional support structure within the Bengalis, Shri Tapan Ghosh formed Hindu Samhati (meaning: Hindu Solidarity) on 14th February 2008. Its aim is to inspire and empower Hindu youths to ght against any injustice. In the past three and a half years, Hindu Samhati has created a solid force of 20,000 young men and women who are valiantly resisting the growing Islamization of West Bengal. The past three and a half years history of this New Vanguard of Hindu Resistance is available on the website: www. and the mirror-site: Shri Tapan Ghosh has received theRashtriya Sevika Samiti Award for spreading awareness on Dr. B.R.Ambedkar - the architect of the Indias Constitution, freedom ghter and social reformer. He also created the Budha Amarnath Yatra (Pilgrimage to Budha Amarnath Temple in Kashmir) which created a massive mobilization of Hindu resistance groups in Poonch district of Jammu & Kashmir in the face of increased terrorist attacks from Al Qaeda supported Laskhar-e-Toiba and Hizbul Mujahideen, thus preventing a complete exodus of the Hindus.
Shri Tapan Kumar Ghosh will receive the Hindu Dharma Rakshaka - Kshatriya Award from Sanatana Dharma Foundation, during the Hindu Unity Day 2011, for his courage in standing up for Hindu Dharma in a hostile environment, and organizing the Hindu resistance in an increasingly Islamizing area.
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Shri Kamal Kumar Swami - A Prole

Shri Kamal Kumar Swami, is a fearless and tireless ghter who fought against Government looting of Hindu temples, thereby driving them into extinction. In Andhra Pradesh, 40% of the temple lands which were supposed to be used for temple sustenance have been encroached by the Government and their cronies. The former evangelical Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, had already converted some 20% of the State, and was openly advocating conversion of Hindus right at the temple, and Hindus were by and large oblivious of the situation. In this background, Shri Kamal Kumar Swami conducted two successful Padayatras, covering nearly 8500 kms, visiting thousands of villages. Shri Kamal Kumar Swami has brought awareness of this issue to mroe than 10 million people. His Padayatras were convered by nearly 250 media articles. Working with the Global Hindu Heritage Foundation, he has brought numerous law-suits against the Government of India. Today he is a recognized leader amongst the Hindus, and speaks out often on injustices perpetrated against the Hindu community. The Global Hindu Heritage Foundation (GHHF) works closely with him, in their objective to protect, preserve, promote and maintain Hindu culture, Hindu temples, Mutts, Peethams, Endowments, Trusts and other Hindu institutions globally. In former times, when the Hindu Kings ruled India, they were disposed to protect the Hindu institutions and culture. Not so today. Todays rulers are often not Hindu at all, and in fact are brazenly anti-Hindu. When the ruler of a State is anti-Hindu in disposition, one of the ready targets for him (or her) is the money being collected in various Hindu temples, through the donations and offerings made by the Hindu devotees. Through the instrument of the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Act, enacted by many State Governments, this money which legitimately belongs to the Hindu community is often diverted by the hostile Government towards numerous non-Hindu proejcts and programs. In todays hostile environment, many Hindu temples and institutions are at risk. It is necessary to take legal action, contest Government policy and mount pressure on the Governments at State and Central levels to ensure that they do not misuse Hindu Temple properties. In fact, the entire HRCE Acts need to be dismantled in India. This is a long term battle - Kurukshetra! Shri Kamal Kumar Swami is one of the warriors in this battleeld.
Shri Kamal Kumar Swami will receive the Hindu Dharma Rakshaka - Kshatriya Award from Sanatana Dharma Foundation, during the Hindu Unity Day 2011, for his courage in standing up for Hindu Dharma in a hostile environment, and organizing the Hindu resistance in an increasingly Islamizing area.
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Challenges facing Sanatana Dharma

There are four major challenges facing Sanatana Dharma today, that threaten its very survival. While unity among Hindus may be a difcult outcome to hope for, perhaps an understanding of these common threats may provide the energy for consensus and collaborative action. A Hostile and Corrupt State : It is increasingly clear that the State of India, at many State levels and particularly at the Central level, is more and more hostile to the very existence of Sanatana Dharma. Politicians have come to believe that the primary opportunity of being elected to power, is that of looting the public, and stashing away wealth in various foreign tax havens, through the instrument of various public programs. The CWG scam, the 2G scam and many others are examples of this increasing alienation of the State from its people. The ever present attack on numerous Hindu institutions of faith and inuence i.e. (Hindu Shraddha Kendras) - the arrest of Kanchi Shankaracharya in 2004; the attempt by the Andhra Pradesh Government to take over 5 of the 7 hills of the Tirupathi for Church and Tourism purposes in 2006; the murder of Swami Lakshmananda Saraswati in Orissa in 2008; the media campaign to malign Asaram Bapu and Swami Nityananda in 2010; the attempt by the Central Government of India to present a Prevention of Communal and Targeted Violence Bill in 2011, all represent instances exemplifying a pattern where the power of the State is being used to damage Sanatana Dharma, not protect it. See and An ever present Christian Conversion machine : Christianity is investing more than 2 billion dollars annually in India, for the harvesting of poor Hindu souls into the world of Christendom. Their organizational infrastructure coupled with their nancial power and their attitude that the end justies the means is creating enormous pressure amongst the poor and underprivileged amongst the Hindus in India. Vast sections of India are under severe threat of permanenting turning Christian. Much of this conversion activity is carried on by force, allurement or fraudulent means - in which the converted person is made to believe something that is inherently contrary and hostile to their native traditions. Where as Sanatana Dharma has always engendered a pluralistic society allowing for an extraordinary diversity of beliefs, forms of worship and prayer, the evangelizing missions believe in the forced conversion of people into a common belief system, that hurts Indian society by creating cleavages within families, villages and society itself. Various denominations of aggressive evangelcal groups lossely organized under the Joshua Project, are targeting various unreached sections in India, with the intention of buying up land, constructing churches and effecting wholesale conversion into their versions of exclusive truth. See www. Islamic Jihad - through Terror and Demographic asaault : Islams incursions into India over the last 1000 years has cost Hindu Society dearly. Most of North Indias great and vast temples have been laid waste. While the Secular media presents Islamic terrorism as an aberration of an otherwise peaceful religion, India has born the brunt of this aberration for a whoe millennium. Terror attacks of the modern era, are mere reections of the frenzies of terror of times past - when the Rama Temple at Ayodhya was brought down, Somnath was destroyed repeatedly, Kashi and Mathura were laid waste, and the universities of India such as Nalanda, Ujjaini, Odantapuri, Rathnagiri were all burnt in an orgy of destruction. At their heart, Islam and Christianity are both monotheistic religions - Their way is the truth and all other paths are false. And this according to their theologies gives them permission to loot, plunder, murder, destroy and pillage. While the partition of India was merely another instance of this demand for exclusivity - the decimation of the Hindu communities left behind in Pakistan and Bangladesh are just the continuation of the underlying ideology. Islam is a world conquering political ideology in the garb of a peaceful religion, and it is marching on, relentlessly, through inltration and demographic shift. See www. and An increasingly secularized and alienated Hindu Community : Last but not the least is the internal threat posed by an increasingly secularized and alienated Hindu psyche that causes many Hindus to call their own co-religionists fundamentalists while remaining completely unaffected by the ever growing assaults and threats against them. Ignorance of their own traditions, coupled with an innocent belief that all religions are the same and lead to the same goal, is a deadly concotion with which most Hindus have been anasthetized. It makes most of us apathetic to the gathering threats around us until the danger visits our own door.
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In the Bhagvad Gita, the principal Kshatriya of that age Arjuna, argues with Bhagvan Shri Krishna that he would rather walk away from the conict altogether or rather die without striking a blow. Bhagvan Shri Krishna asks his protg 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 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 support the concept of Hindu Unity Day in Dallas, TX. The fragmentation in Hindu consciousness needs to be reversed urgently. It is critical for Hindu survival. The forces ranged against Hindu Dharma are vast, with considerable expertise, and great nancial strength. In this Kurukshetra, all Hindus must nd a common ground.
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Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha

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 sufcient 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.

The above Picture was taken at the First Hindu - Jewish Summit, February 5 and 6, 2007

The Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha, already had four major conventions, in the years 2003, 2005, 2008 and 2010. A complete overview of the activities, conventions, meetings and resolutions of the Acharya Sabha is available at the website . 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.
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