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HENB | Ahmedabad | July 2, 2015:: Addressing august audience at a book launch in Ahmedabad on Sunday (28 June 2015), Bharatiya Jamata Party chief Amit Shah said that “Hindu religion has solutions for all problems in the world”.
“I am not saying this because I am born Hindu,” Mr Shah said while unveiling former President Dr A P J Abdul Kalam’s book ‘Transcendence: My Spiritual Experiences with Pramukh Swamiji’ at the Gujarat University convention.
BJP is the ruling party in Central Government in India and in six other states in the largest Hindu majority country in India.
“When I faced difficulty for two years, I visited each and every religious centre in India. In that period, I sought blessings from all the ‘jyotirlings’ and ‘shaktipeeths’ of India, except Somnath temple (in Gujarat),” Mr Shah said referring to the two years that he was barred from entering Gujarat due to legal proceedings in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case.
Mr Shah was acquitted in the Sohrabuddin encounter case in December last year by a Mumbai court.
“That was the time when I was not able to do my activities… Perhaps God made me seek his blessings in my youth,” Mr Shah added.
He said that the religious leader of Swaminarayan sect, Pramukh Swami, has given a new lease of life to Hindu tradition with the powers of saints like Shankaracharya had done with the tradition of ‘akhadas’.
Also present at the event, Governor of Karnataka Vajubhai Vala said that religion was more important than the state. “‘Dharma danda’ is much more important than ‘Raj danda’ and it can make people happy,” said Mr Vala.
Recounting an incident when he was the Mayor of Rajkot in 1980s, Mr Vala said he chose to felicitate religious leader Pramukh Swami by going against the local administration. “This is in my blood and this is in the ‘sanskaras’ of RSS that could lead me to even vacate the post of a Mayor,” Mr Vala added. On the book written by the former president, Mr Vala said he feels that one saint is giving his opinions for the other saint.
Praising Mr Kalam, Gujarat Governor O P Kohli said his personality is unique, as the scientist has saintly qualities.
Gujarat Ministers Saurabh Patel and Bhupendrasinh Chudasma and other senior BJP leaders also attended the event.
A P J Abdul Kalam’s book
‘Transcendence: My Spiritual Experiences with Pramukh Swamiji’
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Jai Swaminarayan Let us come together and celebrate this historic book! About Book: Pramukh Swamiji Maharaj, one of the most inspiring spiritual figures of modern times and the fifth spiritual successor of Bhagwan Swaminarayan, is the inheritor of a legacy of Gunatit gurus hearkening to the early nineteenth century. Pramukh Swamiji became a friend of the eleventh president of India, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. Together they created an unparalleled spirituality-science fellowship.In Transcendence, Dr Kalam and Arun Tiwari map a journey of self-realization reflected in the eyes of Pramukh Swamiji, painting a delightful fusion of spirituality, science and leadership.His candid vignettes from life on the centre stage of Indian technology and societal missions,Indian politics and world affairs are interwoven with revelations of a profound connection with Swamiji.Through the life of Pramukh Swamiji and the history of the Swaminarayan mission, Dr Kalam traces the great rise of the Indian diaspora across the world. Drawing from the lives of great scientists and creative leaders, Transcendence captures the spiritual essence of all religions and is as much a fountain of inspiration and a treasury of wisdom as it is a tribute to the multi-faith Indian society. About the Author Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam became the eleventh president of India in 2002. His popularity has endured and he is still affectionately called the peoples president’ for bridging the gap between high office and the common people. In addition to the autobiography Wings of Fire, Dr. Kalam has written many books and most of them are household names. Arun Tiwari co-wrote Wings of Fire, the autobiography of Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. He is currently consulting to evolve the blueprint for FDI in the defence sector and towards the creation of a strong Defence Technological Industrial Base (DTIB) in India. He teaches at School of Management Sciences in Hyderabad University as adjunct professor.
My first meeting with Swamiji
At this stage, I am reminded of my first meeting with Pramukh Swami Maharaj on 13 June 2001. My discussion with Swamiji on the fusion of science and spirituality and the role it could play in national development went on for an hour. I presented the Developed India Vision 2020 in front of Swamiji; he said that God?s blessings are always there to realize this vision. That was the time; Pramukh Swami Maharaj showed me the architectural design of the Delhi Swaminarayan Akshardham Cultural Complex and expressed his vision. Today that complex is in front of the world. His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj and his team of dedicated disciples have recreated the ancient civilizational heritage that we have seen only in books so far, into a reality with technology. It brings a new dimension of the entire ancient Indian cultural heritage under one roof. [Details].
Courtesy: PTI | All Events | Dr APJ’s site.
Hinduism is the foundation of Human Civilization
We Nepalese people appreciate the strong opinion of BJP President Amit Shah -‘Hindu Religion Has Solution to All Problems in the World: BJP President.’ Nepal and India are only the two pious Hindu countries in the world. These Hindu countries are bordered in between Kailash-Mansarowar in north and Hinda-Mahasagar in south, which is popularly known as the original place of Hindu and Hinduism. In Maldives and Saudi Arabia, only Muslims can become citizens of that country. Even in Israel, except a few exceptions, only Jews can become its citizens. In Pakistan, a Hindu cannot vote for Muslim candidates. Out of the 199 countries around the world, more than 100 are non-secular countries and of them more than 100 are Muslim and Christian non-secular countries. Despite being aware of the fact it is intriguing that so-called big party leaders (Congress, UML and Maoist) declared Nepal a secular state without the mandate of the people. Is it democratic sense? They directly hurt the feeling of the majority of the Hindus in the country and more than 1 billion Hindus all over the world.
It is a matter of grief that some anti-nationals, anti-Hindu writers, criminal politicians-almost Maoists, corrupt NGOs and missionary agents, profess to be developing new theories for improving our Hindu religious democratic system, are presently promoting thinly disguised alien dogmas and ideology as theory for misdirecting, misguiding and dividing Hindu nationalists. Many corrupt and criminal politicians in Nepal fall into their trap created for them by psychological warfare experts. They appeal to special voting blocs to get reelected and continue looting public wealth. Whatever theories presented for public consumption is to conquer and divide the country and destroy our eternal religious feeling and all inclusive traditional Hindus and Buddhists values.
The Hindu Philosophy preaches that all the people of the world are our friends. Fraternity & honesty always has been propounded by Hindus. However, the Racism and social discriminations are the great hindrances of Hindus. Of course it needs to be corrected. If we respect each other, our problems will be mitigated gradually. So, we request to all party leaders and every nationals not to minimize the reality of Hinduism and Buddhism, the basis of world civilization. So, in the context of Nepal, to save the Nepalese identity, there should be reinstated the Hindu and Buddha Kingdom with monarchy.
Among all religions of the world, Hindu religion is considered as an ancient religion that is recognized as the foundation of civilization and as the most liberal democratic way of life. Hinduism & Buddhism are the identities & cultural assets of Nepal. The Lord Pashupathinath, Shoyambhunath, Lumbini, Barahachetra, Gosaikunda, Muktinath, Ridi, Janakidham, Devghat of Nepal, Kailash Mansharobar of Tibet (well accessed for Nepalese Hindus & Buddhists), and Tirupati, Rameshroram, Jagannath, Badrinath, Amarnath of India are the symbolic shrines of Hinduism & Buddhism. The people of Nepal India and China always have cordial relations due to the cultural and religious resemblance. They should know that if instability persists in Nepal, it could be a bastion of terrorism posing a threat to the whole world. The nation and its people will win only if all the political leadership realizes this fact. Hindus by nature are peaceful, law abiding and secular people. Nepalese Maoists had tried to minimize the identity of Pashupatinath, Living Goddess Kumari, Bikram Sambat and its calendar and every norm of Hindus. What were the causes? Are they working according to the hint of RAW and CIA to destroy the Nepalese traditional identity? If not, we should understand the reality when we loose our norms and values; our existences will also be finished.
‘Hindu culture and traditions have a long history spanning over a period of thousands and thousands of years and developed over several eras. They remain indispensable to the lives of Hindus and Hindu Temples today as sources of religious practices, spiritual inspiration, cultural expression, and social bonding. They bind all Hindus together irrespective of the regional and ethnic diversity. Hindu Temples have been built over so many centuries. All the Temples have their unique history as to how they were built, who built them, what kind of architectures were selected, how they selected the presiding deity, what kind of customs they have developed over the years to run the Temples, and what kind of festivals are performed. As a result, Temples often greatly vary in their appearance, rituals, traditions, festivals and customs from region to region. Temples in southern states, eastern states, northern states and Western India have their distinctive characteristics. These temples are very different from one state to the other. Diversity and imagination are the hallmark of Hindu mind.’
‘In Nepal, religion is not just a set of beliefs and accompanying rituals handed down from generation to generation; rather it is a complex intermingling of traditions, festivals, faiths and doctrines that have permeated every strata of Nepalese Society in such a way as to become the very heartbeat of the nation. Nepal is famous, as the world’s only Hindu Kingdom. However, it is an intricate and beautiful tapestry formed by the interweaving of Hinduism, Buddhism and other beliefs. Religious tolerance and harmony such as is found in Nepal, is perhaps a unique example to the world. Nepal and India lived life of unchallenged glory and power for thousands of years and spread its spiritual and cultural effulgence over vast areas of the globe-right. Never has its flag waded towards military victory through the blood and tears of those races as it happened with Islam and Christianity when they spread to new countries. Its victory had always been moral and cultural. It was a victory joyously welcomed by the local populace, a victory of selflessness, character and catholicity of spirit which, evoked gratitude instead of revolt from them. The Hindu thought did not stop at the negative aspect of restraining one religion from infringing upon another. The wide and all-comprehensive view of life ingrained in the Hindu ruler made him to respect and even encourage every single religious thought, however few its adherents, to grow according to its own genius. The king of Nepal had and has been becoming the symbol of support and protection to all faiths and creeds and never of negation of religion.
Hinduism is polytheistic. It incorporates many gods and goddesses with different functions and powers; but in the most important and widely held doctrine, the Vedanta (end of the Vedas), gods and goddesses are considered merely different manifestations or aspects of a single underlying divinity. This single divinity is expressed as a Hindu triad comprising the religion’s three major gods: Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva, personifying creation, preservation, and destruction, respectively. Vishnu and Shiva, or some of their numerous avatars (incarnations), are most widely followed.
Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, is regarded as the ninth avatar of Vishnu. A cultural analyst Harilal Patel writes- ‘Buddha did not broke away from Sanatan Hindu Dharma. He simply pointed a slight different view on minor points. It is his disciples, who formed the separate group then. This is the beauty of Sanatan Dharma. You are allowed to have different point of view. I do not term any Indic religion Buddhism, Shikhism, Jainism any different from Sanatan Dharma. They all are Sampradaya. of Hindu Sanatan Dharma. If I extend it further, since the first civilization on this earth was developed in the Indus valley more than a million years ago, and then groups migrated to all over the world gradually over the years, all the religions of the world are daughter of Hindu Sanatan Dharma. In many cases the local conditions and the environment at the time has had impact on being modified the original philosophy and even Just to be different than mother, they have tried to do a few thing differently.’