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The Arya Samaj SA hosted a Dinner attended by the ‘who’s who’ in the religious and cultural world at the Kendra on the 14th June, to raise funds for a World Vedic Conference to be held later this year. In a rare gathering of so many leaders from different Hindu faith based organisations in one place, all pledged support for the Conference which they said was “very necessary”. The event aims to address contemporary social issues and search for practical solutions based on the Vedic scriptures.
The Vedas (meaning ‘knowledge’), reputed to be the oldest scriptures in the library of mankind, offer advice and guidance to all humanity. South Africa is honoured to be the first country outside India to host the World Vedic Conference. Scores of overseas delegates and visitors are expected to visit Durban. There will be positive spin-offs for the local hospitality and tourism industries.
Conference topics such as domestic violence, prostitution, drug abuse, neglect of the aged, same sex marriages, green issues etc. are bound to have common appeal across all members of the community, and not Hindus only. For those with an interest in esoteric matters, the Conference will not disappoint. Topics like the God particle, Vedic mathematics; astronomy versus astrology and reincarnation are on the programme.
Implementable resolutions will be adopted and position papers published on the Arya Samaj web-site after the Conference. A key objective of the Conference is to mobilise support to address ‘burning issues’ affecting the community across the religious divide.
On the ‘open day’ at the Rydalvale grounds in Phoenix, many Hindu religious organisations will be offering spiritual literature in book and CD format at very affordable prices to the public. A 1000 Men against Domestic Violence March is planned for the morning. A communal ‘Agni hotra’ (Fire ceremony) will take place in the afternoon where everybody will participate. A ‘Google’ search on agni hotra reveals that people of all race groups and religious persuasion are participating in this ancient ceremony for mental peace and healing the earth.
The day closes with an acclaimed laser show from India on the tireless campaign of Swami Dayanand (founder of the Arya Samaj) against superstition, oppression of women and the promotion of an enlightened, scientific and rational view of the Vedic religion.
Sanskrit scholar and Conference Director, Dr Bisraam Rambilass, says the challenge to host a conference of this nature and magnitude with limited resources is huge but there is enough goodwill and enthusiasm in the community to make it all possible. “We have to think big, as this Conference is offering food for the soul” he says. Dinner guests responded with a resounding “Yes!” when asked if they will enrol for the Conference scheduled to take place from 28 Nov to 1 Dec 2013.