Sunday, October 30, 2011

The Influence of Sanskrit on World Civilizations

प्रगतिके लिय े सं स्कृ त भाषा का ज्ञान जरूरिहै ।
Learning Sanskrit is important for future growth.
भविष्यनिर्माणार्थं सं स्कृ ताभ्यासम ् अत्यावश्यकम् ।

The Influence of Sanskrit on World Civilizations
Ravi Kumar

Every great man in Bharat, Chaitanya, Sant Gnaneswar, Sri Ramakrishna, Vivekananda and Ramana have used Gita as a guide to tackle their problems in life. Freedom fighters like Raja Ram Mohan Roy, Swami Dayanand Saraswati, Lokamanya Tilak, Gandhi, Vinoba and Aurobindo used Gita and Upanishads as the text book of national renaissance in the 19th and 20th centuries.


Sanskrit Arrives on the Global Stage
Sanskrit has captured the imagination of the world.
Indian President APJ Abdul Kalam visited Greece in April 2007. It was a pleasant surprise for him when his Greek counterpart Karolos Papoulias greeted him in Sanskrit at the banquet ceremony hosted in honour of the visiting dignitary. "Rashtrapatm Mahabhaga, Sur Swagatam Yavana dishe (President, welcome to you)", thus began the Greek President his speech at the banquet hosted at the Presidential palace, much to the delight of the Indian delegation. Papoulias had studied Sanskrit in Germany and the reason to study the Indian classical language was to understand India better. "I wanted to welcome you in Sanskrit, the ancient Indian language that is related to ancient Greek, and which I had the opportunity to learn and love during my time as a student in Germany," the Greek President said.

Indians have reasons to feel proud when its ancient tradition of starting an event with chanting of Vedic hymns in Sanskrit was adopted at the kick-start of Commonwealth Games 2010 on 30 October 2009, in presence of Queen Elizabeth of Great Britain and President Pratibha Patil of India at London in a spectacular ceremony. Chanting of Vedic hymns by British children in chorus for several minutes in fluent Sanskrit, that too without reading any script was indeed worth-appreciating.
Indian priest Rajan Zed opened the US Senate on July 12, 2007 with a Sanskrit prayer arranged by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Hindu priests offered prayers at the legislative sessions in the Maryland, Iowa, New Jesey, Nevada and California House and Senates in USA. In October 2009 US President Barak Hussein Obama lit Diwali-lamp at White House amidst chanting of Vedic hymns seeking world peace.
Hindu Swayamsewak Sangh Saha Sanyojaks Dr Yashwant Pathak and Ravi Kumar have addressed several leading universities of the world including Stanford Berkley, University of New South Wales and the Royal Society of New Zealand on Vedic Mathematics and Ayurveda.
http://www.artofliving.org/intl/Founder/Addresses/tabid/124/Default.aspx

World leaders Quote Sanskrit Texts
On 6th Sept, 2003, President of the Republic of South Africa Thabo Mbeki, addressing the Durban university students, said, “Through our actions together, all the people of South Africa will be able to live up to the wise words from the Rig Veda ‘Sangachhdwam, Samvadadwam, ….’:
Come together, talk together, Let our minds be in harmony.
Common be our prayer, Common be our end,
Common be our purpose, Common be our deliberations,
Common be our desires, United be our hearts,
United be our intentions, Perfect be the union among us. (10 - 191:2)

Before China’s Premier Wen Jiabao left for India in April, 2005, China’s state-controlled media, such as the People’s Daily, had highlighted his terming of the impending visit to India “historic” and emphasised Wen’s recitation of a Sanskrit shloka from the Upanishads “Aum Sahana Vavatu …” to call for closer ties.
When Western countries are realizing the importance of Vedic hymns in Sanskrit, it is time that Indian government may set up a separate ministry for development and research of Sanskrit to explore the hidden treasure of literature and medical science in the ancient language. (Taken from Madhu Agarwal's article in the internet).
(http://www.merinews.com/article/commonwealth-baton-relay-starts-with-rigveda/15787156.shtml)


Sanskrit is the mother of Indo-European languages
The ancient wisdom is expressed in Sanskrit, one of the oldest languages of the world and mother to most languages in India and the world. Languages in South East Asian countries like Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia and Indonesia and also many languages in Europe (Greek, Latin, Scandinavian and Slavic languages, German and French), Japan, China, Korea, Mongolia, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan have been influenced and enriched by Sanskrit. According to Will Durant (1885-1981), American historian, whose works on philosophy and world history have been read by millions of people, “Sanskrit is the mother of Indo-European languages”.

Besides Asia, Sanskrit and Sanskruti (culture) influenced Europe’s modernity, and Sanskrit Studies became a large-scale formal activity in most European universities since 1790. These influences shaped many intellectual disciplines that are (falsely) classified in modern times as “Western”. Even today Sanskrit and Vedas are taught in more universities of USA and Europe than in Bharat.

Bhagwad Gita was first translated into English in 1785 by Charles Wilkins. Abbe Peraud in 1787 translated English Gita into French language. With in a decade Gita was available in major European languages and Sanskrit centers opened in many European cities. Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 – 1860) writing on the impact the Vedanta will in due course have on the west said, " ... the access to which opened to us through the Upanishads, is in my eyes the greatest advantage which this still young century enjoys over the previous ones...."; "... I believe that the influence of the sanskrit literature will penetrate not less deeply than did the revival of Greek literature in the fifteenth century...."

Many poets and scholars of Europe in early 19th century like Sir William Jones, William Wordsworth, P.B.Shelly, William Blake, Coleridge, Sir Edwin Arnold, Annie Besant, Sister Nivedita, John Keats, Francois Voltaire, Roger Pol Droit, John Goethe, Max Muller, Georg Wilhelm Fredrich Hegel, Herman Hess, Hans Torwesten, Leo Tolstoy were also inspired by Bhagwad Gita and Upanishads to produce their master pieces. Sir William Jones (1746-1794) considered the father of Asian studies in Britain writes of Sanskrit as “The Sanskrit language, whatever be its antiquity, is of wonderful structure, more perfect than the Greek, more copious than the Latin and more exquisitely refined than either.”

American seminal thinkers like Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman, Henry Longfellow, Oliver Holmes, James Lowell were also influenced by Gita and Upanishads in the early 19th century. Sarah Fuller a women’s liberation activist was editor of Transcendentalist Movement’s magazine devoted to the spread of Gita’s eternal philosophy. Ella Wilcox, Henry Ford, Alan Ford, Rockefeller admit that Gita has changed their lives and they found immense peace of mind and fulfillment in life due to Gita.

Sanskrit and Modern Scientists
Many scientists and Nobel Laureates like Albert Einstein, Erwin Schrödinger, Neil Bohr and Werner Heisenberg, Dr Fritjof Capra and Robert Openheimer, used Gita and Upanishads to explain the properties of sub-atomic particles. German Physicist W.HEISENBERG (1901-1976), a 1932 Nobel laureate who worked on sub-atomic particles widely acknowledged as one of the seminal thinkers of the 20th century, has this to say on Hinduism. “After the conversations about Indian Philosophy, some of the ideas of Quantum Physics, that had seemed so crazy, suddenly made much more sense.”
While Bible believes the universe was created at 9.00am on 25th October 4004 BC, while the Incas and Babylonians thought millions of years as the age of earth, only Vedic seers talked of KALPA which is in billions of years. Today modern science believes that the earth is 4.54 billion years old and the universe is 13.75 billion years old. Hence American Astro-Physicist, Cosmologist and Pulitzer Prize winner Carl Sagan (1934 – 1996) stated, "Vedic Cosmology is the only one in which the time scales correspond to those of modern scientific cosmology."
French astronomer Jean-Claude Bailly corroborated the antiquity and accuracy of the Vedic astronomical measurements as "more ancient than those of the Greeks or Egyptians." And that, "the movements of the stars calculated 4,500 years ago, does not differ by a minute from the tables of today."
The ninety foot tall astronomical instrument known as Samrat Yantra, built by the learned King Suwai Jai Singh of Jaipur in 1727 AD, measures time to within two seconds per day.
Cosmology, mathematics and scientific accomplishments of ancient India spread to Arabia, Persia and other countries along with mercantile and cultural exchanges. There are almost one hundred references in the Rig Veda alone to the ocean and maritime activity. This is confirmed by Indian historian R. C. Majumdar, who stated that the people of the Indus-Sarasvata Civilization engaged in trade with Sooma and centers of culture in western Asia and Crete.

Sanskrit and Philosophy
Western savants looked towards the east for spiritual solace. They picked up Advaita Vedanta as taught in the Upanishads and Bhagwad Gita as their spiritual guide. In the field of spiritual thoughts Sanskrit is the only billionaire in the world. Vedas, Upanishads, Bhagwad Gita, Yoga Vasishta, the works of Yogi Patanjali and Adi Shankara contain unique and irreplaceable knowledge that this materialistic world desperately needs to find lasting peace. Joseph Campbell (1904-1987), American writer, editor, and teacher, known for his writings on myths, pronounces, “Sanskrit is the great spiritual language of the world.”
Mohammed Dara Shikou, elder brother of Aurangazeb translated Gita and Upanishads into Persian. It may also be noted that the translation of another Sanskrit text Panchatantra in the 8th century “is considered the first masterpiece of Arabic literary prose." Ibn al-Muqaffa translated the Panchatantra from Middle Persian as Kalīla wa Dimna.

Richness of Sanskrit
Sanskrit has the power of expressing all types of thought in appropriate terminology: In the words of the eminent lawyer Nani Palkhiwala “The richness of Sanskrit is almost beyond belief. Many centuries ago our language contained words to describe states of the conscious, the subconscious and the unconscious mind and a variety of other concepts which have been evolved by modern psychology, psychoanalysis and psychotherapy”. Further it has many a word, of which there is no exact synonym even in the richest modern languages e.g. Shraddha, Satva, Rajas, Tamas, Punya etc. That is why some of the most enlightened modern writers have been driven occasionally to use Sanskrit words when writing in English. Consider for example the following words by J.Robert Oppenheimer (American nuclear scientist who developed the first atomic bombs) in Einstein: A Centenary Volume: “Einstein is also and I think rightly, known as a man of very great goodwill and humanity. Indeed if I had to think of a single word for his attitude towards human problems, I would pick the Sanskrit word Ahimsa, not to hurt, harmlessness.”

Here are a few examples to show the richness of the language and the sages who patronized Sanskrit. Sanskrit has an amazing wealth of words and synonyms. It has 65 original words for earth and 70 original words for water. Tatitreeya Samhita mentions various powers of ten namely ekam, dasam, shatam, sahasram up to Tallaakshanam which is 10 to the power of 53 (1053). In today’s mathematics the highest prefix used for raising 10 to a power is D which is 10 to the power of 30 (1030).


Sanskrit and Modern Management
Today’sl Leading schools of management such as Harvard Business School, `````Northwestern's Kellogg School of Business, and the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business, Bhagwad Gita is taught and about 10% professors there are of Indian descent -- a far higher percentage than other ethnic groups. Prof. Dr. CK Prahlad, Prof. Sumant Ghoshal, Dipak C. Jain, Ram Charan, Vijay Govindarajan, Rakesh Khurana, Mohanbir S. Sawhney, Deepak Chopra, Robin Sharma have literally invaded the world of Management in the west.

These days, concepts such as "emotional intelligence, servant leadership, Karma Capitalism or Inclusive capitalism or stake-holder capitalism" are in vogue. Where once corporate philanthropy was an obligation, these days it is more popularly viewed as a competitive advantage for attracting and retaining top talent. Where the rallying cry in the 1980s and '90s may have been "greed is good," today it's becoming "green is good."


Sanskrit and the Common Man
In 25 years, an estimated 7 million people have attended spoken Sanskrit classes offered by Samskrita Bharati in India and abroad, says Shastry. There are 250 full-time volunteers and 5,000 part-time teachers in the United States and India, and their numbers are growing.
Science-history buffs see old works in Sanskrit as treasure troves of ancient knowledge of astronomy, chemistry, mathematics, medicine, and metallurgy. When Copernicus announced that the sun was the center of the universe in 1543, it was a defining moment for Western science. In Samskrita Bharati's recently released "Pride of India" a compilation that offers a glimpse into India's scientific heritage Sanskrit scholars point to calculations from AD 499 that indicate astronomer Aryabhatta's underlying concept of a sun-centered planetary model. "This knowledge tradition is what we hope to revive through the spread of Sanskrit," says Shastry.

BRITAIN backed by $19.5 million (Rs 100 Crores) in aid will start a State Funded Hindu school. Krishna-Avanti primary school would be based in the northwest London suburb of Harrow, with space for 240 children. Pupils will study the national curriculum but there will be a strong emphasis on Sanskrit, Vedic Mathematics, Bhagwad Gita, Hindu ethos and worship.

Sanskrit, Yoga, Gita, Ayurveda and Bharata Natyam are some of the ancient wisdom of Bharat that are in great demand in these days of Knowledge based societies.

Sanskrit Bhajans and Kirtans are also getting popular in the western world. Yogasan is already a few billion dollar business in USA alone. Yogathon is fast replacing marathon. What the world has seen so far is just the tip of the iceberg called Sanskrit. Time is not far off when more and more fascinating truths from Sanskrit will dazzle the world. Truly Sanskrit will be come not the language of just computers but that of the world. Not without reason did our ancestors addressed it DEVANAGIRI, language of the Gods.


Ravi Kumar, B.Sc. DMIT
Ravi Kumar is an engineer from Madras Institute of Technology, Chennai.
He served in M/S. Tatas and Larsen and Toubro for 5 years as Project Engineer before leaving his career to serve the Tribal people of Maharashtra. For serving the society Ravi Kumar has remained single.
He was transferred to Hong Kong in 1982, Bangkok in 1989 and Sydney in 1996. Since then he has been travelling to some 37 countries around the world where Indians are living in large numbers to motivate them to serve the community at large. He has conducted over 300 workshops on Vedic Mathematics to children, students, youth, parents, professors and Research scholars. He has also conducted workshops in over 35 universities in 20 countries. He has authored three books namely, Glimpses of Hindu Genius, Ramayan Around The World – a Living Legend and Vedic Mathematics.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

India, The Emerging Giant

YOGA FOR HEALTH, YOGA FOR HUMANITY, YOGA in 21st CENTURY

3. Yoga for Health, Yoga for Humanity, Yoga in 21st Century – Hindu Perspective + References


Yoga for Health, Yoga for Humanity, Yoga in 21st Century
Ravi Kumar,

Yoga is Most Ancient and yet Modern
Bharat is the birthplace of yoga no matter who tries to hijack it for publicity or business. Yoga refers to traditional physical and mental disciplines that originated in Bharat a few thousand years ago. The word is associated with meditative practices in Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. Several seals discovered at Indus Valley Civilization (3300–1700 BCE) sites in present day Pakistan depict figures in positions resembling yoga or meditation pose. Techniques for experiencing higher states of consciousness in meditation were developed by the ancient Vedic tradition and developed to a higher level by yogi Patanjali.

Yoga in Modern Context
Yoga today focuses on the purification of the physical body as leading to the purification of the mind and prana or vital energy. It marks the development of asanas into full body 'postures' along with its many modern variations.

Yoga in Islam
The development of Sufism was considerably influenced by Indian yogic practices where they adapted both physical postures (asanas) and breath control (pranayama). The ancient Indian yogic text Amritakunda ("Pool of Nectar)" was translated into Arabic and Persian as early as the 11th century.

Malaysia's top Islamic body in 2008 passed a fatwa against Muslims practicing yoga, saying that its practice was blasphemy and is therefore haraam. Muslim yoga teachers in Malaysia criticized the decision as "insulting". Sisters in Islam, a women's rights group in Malaysia, also expressed disappointment and said that its members would continue with their yoga classes.

In a similar vein, the Council of Ulemas, an Islamic body in Indonesia, passed a fatwa banning yoga. Yoga enthusiasts in Indonesia responded by organizing an 8-days International Conference on Yoga and Ayurveda in March 2009 despite the fatwa.

Yoga retreats and conferences are used as baits to attract large tourists to Egypt, despite Muslim intolerance to yoga. Yoga practices in the Muslim countries have not diminished by these threats. Jogi Faqir, a Muslim sect from Bharat has successfully incorporated yoga into its practice.

Egypt …… (To edit)

Yoga in Bharat
Dr H.R. Nagendra, the vice-chancellor of Svyasa University in Bangalore is an engineer by training. He puts his background to good use as Svyasa collaborates with the world’s leading research institutions to conduct clinical trials and scientifically establish the health benefits of yoga. Rashtrothan Parishad at Keshav Shilpa in Bangalore has trained Cricket great Rahul Dravid in yoga. Yogacharya Ramdev Baba has become a legend in his own time. Sudarshan Kriya based on yoga has been the secret weapon of Sri Sri Ravishankar. Swami Sivanand of Divine Life Society and his illustrious disciples spread yoga far and wide.

Brahma Kumaris ………….. To Edit

Yoga in Asian Countries

Yoga, a craze in Shanghai
Yoga is the latest craze to hit Shanghai, with yogashalas opening all over the city - Kundalini Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Yogi Shastra and Yoga Shala. When you phone up to enquire you are greeted with "Namaste"! The yoga shalas with agarbatis burning and bhajans playing, give the scene of an ashram in Bharat. The Chinese yoga teachers teach the class to chant "Shanti, shanti, shant-I" and Sanskrit shlokas. Yoga schools across the China are now importing Indian yoga teachers.

A Japanese Yoga Game for Blowing away Stress
Konami Digital Entertainment, a Japanese video game software firm, to cash in on the global popularity, has come up with a novel way to release stress that doesn't involve blowing up aliens or racing roadsters; it is yoga.

Yoga in Christianity

Yoga in Europe, America and Australia
In the West, the term yoga is typically associated with Hatha Yoga and its asanas (postures) as a form of exercise.

In 2003 the Vatican warned that yoga and meditation "can degenerate into psychic disturbance and at times to moral deviations." Some fundamentalist Christian organizations consider yoga practice to be incoherent to their religious background and therefore a non-Christian religious practice. Yet many Roman Catholics now bring elements of Yoga, Buddhism, and Hinduism into their spiritual practices.

Yoga in Russia
Russian President Dmitri Medvedev has joined the thousands of Russians eager to learn the ancient Indian art of yoga. "Little by little, I'm mastering yoga," Medvedev said in an April 2007 interview with Itogi, a weekly magazine. Yoga, he explained, helped him relax from the stress of work. It appears that after one year, Medvedev has made huge progress in developing his yoga skills, having mastered shirshasana, the headstand pose. "I can even stay on my head," he told the magazine Tainy Zvyozd in 2008.

Russia’s former First Lady Naina Yeltsin and her daughter Tatiyana practice Iyengar yoga regularly. So inspired is Mrs Yeltsin, that she now wants every home in the country to practice yoga for a healthy lifestyle.
http://www.punemirror.in/index.aspx?Page=article§name=News%20-%20City§id=2&contentid=2009050120090501034137214c435cabf

Khatuna Kobiashvili, the publisher of Yoga Journal Russia, estimated that at least 100,000 people regularly practice yoga in Russia. The magazine - published by The Moscow Times' parent company, Independent Media Sanoma Magazines - sells 55,000 copies a month nationwide, she said. "If we sell this much, this means people are practicing yoga," Kobiashvili said.
(http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/14/world/europe/14iht-russia.4.11975547.html)

Yoga in Canada and South America
In spite of many threats yoga is spreading like wild-fire to every nook and corner of the western world. For instance Canada, especially the West Coast, has witnessed the rise of hundreds, if not thousands, of yoga studios, meditation centers, vegetarian restaurants and Ayurvedic health spas, all of which could be said to have roots in India, in Hinduism. Argentina has a Yoga Eco Park and Bogota, Colombia has a Yoga Monastery.

Yoga in USA
Americans spend about $3 billion a year on yoga classes and products, including clothes, vacations, DVDs and books, according to Yoga Journal magazine. (What a pity Government of India never thought of patenting yoga or producing yoga teachers through schools curriculums). The magazine's 2004 poll of 4,700 Americans estimated that 16.5 million people practice yoga. An additional 25 million said they intend to try yoga.

Surya Namaskar Yagna, Yogathon and Times Square Yagna in USA in 2010
Hindu Swayamsewak Sangh of America has been conducting Surya Namaskar Yagna in the month of January every year. Last year 10,000 participants performed 10 lakh or 1 million namaskars. Several government officials appreciated this event for promoting health. TV Channels like ABC news KAAL, TV Asia, NBC news KTTC, ITV Asia and Radio stations covered the event.

Anju Bhargava, a Hindu member of President's Advisory Council on Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships launched the country's first Yogathon in August 2010. The Yogathon was created in the spirit of President Obama's United We Serve campaign and Active Lifestyle Challenge, by Bhargava's Hindu American Seva Charities (HASC). The Yogathon introduced American youth to yoga as a means to reduce obesity and to promote healthy living for all - adults and youth. Thousands of children and adults participated in the free national Yogathon through one of the 106 sites across 23 states that volunteered to participate.

On June 21 every year more than 800 yoga enthusiasts, some from as far as California and Honduras attended Yoga and Surya Namaskar yagna amidst chanting of Om Namah Shivayah, at Times Square in Manhattan, New York, one of the world’s busiest intersections in search for serenity. The Yagna is organized by Douglass Stewart, a lead yoga instructor and Tim Tompkins, a yoga enthusiast. President of the Times Square Alliance was the sponsor of the event. The event is held to coincide with the summer solstice. "What better way to bring in the summer solstice in the most chaotic place in the city," Mr. Tompkins said.

Celebrities Doing Yoga
While the reclusive actress Greta Garbo, Sting and Madonna posed in yoga postures, the gossip pages linked stars such as Gloria Swanson, Marlon Brando, Cary Grant and Marilyn Monroe to various Yoga teachers. Marilyn, Walter Winchell reported, took up Yoga "to improve her legs," but some of her fans who followed her lead no doubt discovered more profound uses for the discipline.

Beginning in the 1920s, Paramahansa Yogananda, a celebrity in his own right after the publication, in 1946, of his Autobiography of a Yogi, attracted students like the composer Leopold Stokowski, the scientist Luther Burbank and the reclusive actress Greta Garbo.

(Maharishi Maheh Yogi …………… To edit)

Statements by Madonna, …. To edit

Christian Yoga

Time Magazine one Yoga





Yoga in Business and Business in Yoga
The corporate world is using yoga to increase productivity. It is also a multi-billion dollar business in USA alone.

Yoga in Business to Improve Productivity
Yoga gives the business houses and their staff an opportunity to experience calmness of mind in the work place. By taking a little time out from the day to day stresses and pressures of the job, employees are re-energized and are able to tackle their jobs with a fresh clarity and vitality. Stretching the body and working with the breath, gradually improves health, reduces fatigue and increases alertness thus leading to improved productivity, feelings of well-being and less time off work due to sickness. Yoga is helping to improve employee productivity, improve work life balance, improve employee health, minimise sick absence, improve decision making, improve creativity, stress management and improve morale. Marketing Yoga in business itself is becoming a roaring business in yoga.

Yoga is a big business in America
According to Yoga Journal magazine's 2004 poll of 4,700 Americans estimated that 1 Crore and 65 lakh (16.5 million) people practice yoga. An additional 2.5 crores (25 million) said they intend to try yoga. Americans spend about 14,000 Crore Rupees ($3 billion) a year on yoga classes and products, including clothes, vacations, DVDs and books, according to Yoga Journal magazine.

A variety of yoga-inspired brands like Prana, Be Present, Inner Waves, Lululemon Athletica as well as Nike and Fila are making styles in Lycra, cotton and microfibers. Prana founded in 1993 in a garage in California has sold clothes for yoga worth IRs. 140 crores ($30 million) in 13 years. Lululemon Athletica, a “yoga-inspired athletic apparel company” based in Vancouver, British Columbia has grown from 10 stores in 2006 to 30 next year and plans to open 200 stores eventually. Yoga Journal magazine is now published in Russia, Spain, Italy, Thailand, Hong Kong and Brazil. Ford Motor features a woman in her 20s taking yoga class in its “Live and Drive” ad campaign for its $18,000 Fusion car. Yoga is growing fastest within the 18-to-24-year-old group.

Yoga for Sports Legends
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is an American retired professional basketball player, widely considered one of the greatest NBA players of all time. During his 20 years in the NBA from 1969 to 1989, he scored the highest total points by any player in league history – in addition to winning a record six Most Valuable Player Awards. He may be best known for his indefensible sky hook; but the Hall of Fame center believes his secret weapon was really yoga. "Yoga is somewhat hard to quantify in terms of benefits because you see them in all the injuries you don't get." While in L.A., Abdul-Jabbar started doing yoga in 1976 to improve his flexibility, and was notable for his physical fitness regimen. “When Miami Dolphins Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino came to ask me how to extend his longevity and deal with all the collision-type injuries you get from playing football, I steered him to yoga; the next time I saw him he said yoga was absolutely helpful in his training regimen”, Abdul Jabbar said.

Roy Keane and Ryan Giggs (players for Manchester United and Celtic), Evander Holyfield (Heavyweight Boxing Champion), Pete Sampras (Grand slam Tennis Champion), Venus and Serena Williams (Women’s tennis Champions), Ian Thorpe (Australian) Olympic gold medalist in Swimming, New Zealand All Blacks and Indian National Cricket team practice yoga.

Music Moguls turn to Yoga
Many stars like Madonna and Quincy Jones swear by yoga and some former athletes are hailing it as their only form of exercise. Music Moghul Quincy Jones had a malignant tumor. They said if he survived he would never walk again. Well, he is still alive and walking because of yoga. Yoga can do this. Take on the challenge and learn to unify your mind breath and body.

The Secret Of The Success Of Aussie Cricket Team : Yoga
A report in the ‘Sydney Morning Herald’ has suggested that the secret of the Australian cricket win in India was due to Yoga. “The secret weapon of India’s defeat has apparently been yoga” said the report. It said that for the first time a yoga teacher has joined the team providing logistics to the members. It gave them the Indian secret to mental and physical discipline .One of their prolific scorers, Justin Langer was quoted as saying “he never felt fitter and stronger. An Indian yoga teacher devoted two hours to him to teach every yoga pose there is.”
The first Hatha Yoga taught by an Australian was probably in Sydney late in 1949. It is incredible how the influence of Yoga and Indian culture generally has spread so wide and deep by the force of its own energy in so short a time.

Yoga Beyond Body Streches
The path of Action – Karma yoga, the path of Devotion – Bhakti yoga and the path of Knowledge – Jnana yoga are integrated Hinduism. Thus different facets of an individual are given due importance.

One can go to the Harvard Business School and learn how to be a fantastic businessperson, but no one ever teaches people how to better manage themselves through the course of a workday. It is all about learning techniques so that if a curveball comes ones way, one knows how to calm oneself in the midst of everyday chaos. Bhagwad Gita serves as a blue print for overall personal development.

In Conclusion: Yoga for Health, Yoga for Humanity
There are thriving Vedanta groups in most metropolitan cities of the world and a number of Vedanta monasteries, many thousands of Yoga teachers, millions of students and a growing number of people studying Sanskrit, Vedanta, Indian philosophy or Indian music and dance.

Healthy people make healthy societies which generally lead to healthy governments and economies. It's a Hanuman’s tail (domino effect) that starts with individual change or perhaps a pose. One small yoga stretch in Mohan-Jo-Daro 5,000 years ago has become one large Yogathon across the world.

The popular YOGA now-a-days is just one Darshan of Total Hindu Heritage or Sanatan Dharm. Bharat’s amazing culture's strength is in sharing and its universal appeal. Bharat is, after all, to many the `Holy Land'.

Jai Shri Ram


About the Author
Ravi Kumar, an engineer from Chennai, left his job in Larsen & Toubro in 1975 to serve the society as an RSS Pracharak. He was transferred to Hong Kong in 1982. Since then he has been travelling to over 35 countries organising the Hindu society and inspiring them to serve. He has conducted several workshops on Vedic Mathematics in many universities in 20 countries and also at the Royal Society of New Zealand. He has penned three books: Glimpses of Hindu Genius, Ramayan Around the World – a Living Legend and Vedic Mathematics. He is the Intl Joint Coordinator of Hindu Swayamsewak Sangh.


References

1. Wikipedia on yoga

2. Yoga and Vedanta in Australia By Russell Frank Atkinson

3. Yoga Is Big Business By SUSAN MORAN, New York Times, December 28, 2006

4. Yogathon: stretching bodies, stretching minds across America - Author: Dipka Bhambhani - Publication: News Week - Date: August 31, 2010
URL:
http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/guestvoices/2010/08/yogathon_stretching_bodies_stretching_minds_across_america.html

5. Japanese game for blowing away stress with yoga, The Indian Express, Date: September 23, 2007
URL: http://www.indianex press.com/ story/219582. html

6. Stress Out, Yoga In, by Teresa M McAleavy Date September 25, 2007

HINDU CONTRIBUTION TO MATHEMATICS

1. Vedic Mathematics and What the World owes to Bharat
Ravi Kumar
Vedic Mathematics or Hindu Mathematics refers to the mathematics that emerged in the Indian subcontinent, from ancient Vedic times until the period of Mathematical genius Ramanujam and HH Jagadguru Swami Bharati Krishna Tirth in 20th century.

Eurocentrism
Many scholars feel that Indian contributions to science, technology and mathematics have not been given due acknowledgement in modern history and that many discoveries and inventions by Indian mathematicians were known to their Western counterparts, copied by them, and presented as their own original work; and further, that this mass plagiarism has gone unrecognized due to Eurocentrism.

Hindus contribution in Mathematics include

01. Arithmetic:
Decimal system, Negative numbers (Brahmagupta), Zero (Hindu-Arabic numeral system), Binary numeral system, the modern positional notation numeral system, Floating point numbers (Kerala School), Number theory, Infinity (Yajur Veda), Transfinite numbers, Irrational numbers (Shulba Sutras)

02. Geometry:
Square roots (Bakhshali approximation), Cube roots (Mahavira), Pythagorean triples (Baudhayana and Apastamba in Shulba Sutras), Transformation (Panini), Pascal's triangle (Pingala)

03. Algebra:
Quadratic equations (Sulba Sutras, Aryabhata, and Brahmagupta), Cubic equations and Quartic equations (biquadratic equations) (Mahavira and Bhaskara II)

04. Mathematical logic:
Formal grammars, formal language theory, the Panini-Backus form (Panini), Recursion (Panini)

05. General mathematics:
Fibonacci numbers (Pingala), Earliest forms of Morse code (Pingala), Logarithms, indices (Jain mathematics), Algorithms, Algorism (Aryabhata and Brahmagupta)

06. Trigonometry:
Trigonometric functions (Surya Siddhanta and Aryabhata), Trigonometric series (Madhava and Kerala School of Mathematics)


Zero is derived from Sanskrit word Shunya
The Hindu word for zero was sunya, meaning empty, or void; this word, translated and transliterated by the Arabs as sifr, is the root of the English words cipher and Zero.

Infinity was known to Vedic Rishis
The Isha Upanishad of the Yajurveda states that "if you remove a part from infinity or add a part to infinity, still what remains is infinity". (Purnamidah Purnamidam …..). In some Buddhist imagery, a mala is twisted in the middle to form a figure of 8. This represents the endless (infinite) cycle of existence, of birth, death and rebirth, i.e. the [infinity of] samsara.

Transfinite Numbers
Transfinite numbers are numbers that are larger than all finite numbers, yet not necessarily absolutely infinite. The term transfinite was coined by Georg Cantor (1845- 1918). The Indian mathematical text Surya Prajnapti (c. 400 BC) classifies all numbers into three sets: enumerable, innumerable, and infinite. Each of these was further subdivided into three orders:
Enumerable: lowest, intermediate, and highest
Innumerable: nearly innumerable, truly innumerable, and innumerably innumerable
Infinite: nearly infinite, truly infinite, infinitely infinite
In the Indian work on the theory of sets, two basic types of infinite numbers are distinguished -asamkhyāta ("countless, innumerable") and ananta ("endless, unlimited"), between rigidly bounded and loosely bounded infinities.

Modern Positional Notation Numeral System originated in Bharat
Georges Ifrah, French author and historian of Mathematics, concludes in his Universal History of Numbers:
“The Brahmi notation of the first nine whole numbers are incontestably the graphical origin of our present-day numerals and there can be no doubt that our decimal place-value system was born in India and was the product of Indian civilization alone.”
Aryabhata stated "sthānam sthānam daśa gunam" meaning "From place to place, ten times in value". Indian mathematicians and astronomers also developed Sanskrit positional number words to describe astronomical facts or algorithms using poetic sutras.

Binary Number Sytem of the Vedic Period
The Vedic scholar Pingala (5th-2nd century BC or earlier) developed advanced mathematical concepts for describing prosody, and in so doing presented the first known description of a binary numeral system. He used binary numbers in the form of short and long syllables (the latter equal in length to two short syllables), making it similar to Morse code.

Vedic Rishi Manava discovered Irrational Numbers
The concept of irrational numbers was implicitly accepted by Indian mathematicians since the 7th century BC, when Manava (c. 750–690 BC) believed that the square roots of certain numbers such as 2 and 61 could not be exactly determined. Hippasus an ancient Greek Mathematician of 5th century BC was drowned at sea for working with irrational numbers.

Negative Numbers or numbers less than zero
For a long time till 17th century, negative solutions to problems were considered "false or absurd” in the West. The use of negative numbers was known in early India, and their role in situations like mathematical problems of debt was understood. Consistent and correct rules for working with these numbers were formulated. The diffusion of this concept led the Arab intermediaries to pass it to Europe. The ancient Indian Bakhshali Manuscript, which Pearce Ian claimed was written some time between 200 B.C. and A.D. 300, carried out calculations with negative numbers, using "+" as a negative sign.

During the 8th century A.D., the Islamic world learned about negative numbers from Arabic translations of Brahmagupta's works, and by A.D. 1000 Arab mathematicians were using negative numbers for debts.

Vedic Rishis solved Square and Square Roots
In Ancient India, the knowledge of theoretical and applied aspects of square and square root was at least as old as the Sulba Sutras, dated around 800-500 B.C. (possibly much earlier). A method for finding very good approximations to the square roots of 2 and 3 are given in the Baudhayana Sulba Sutra. Aryabhata in the Aryabhatiya (section 2.4), has given a method for finding the square root of numbers having many digits. According to historian of mathematics D.E. Smith, Aryabhata's method for finding the square root was first introduced in Europe by Cataneo in 1546.

Classical Indian Number Theory
Hindu Mathematicians were the first to systematically investigate methods for the determination of integral solutions of Diophantine equations. Aryabhata (499) gave the first explicit description of the general integral solution of the linear Diophantine equation ay + bx = c, which occurs in his text Aryabhatiya. He also found the general solution to the indeterminate linear equation using this method.

Brahmagupta in 628 used the chakravala method to solve more difficult quadratic Diophantine equations, including forms of Pell's equation, such as 61x2 + 1 = y2. His Brahma Sphuta Siddhanta was translated into Arabic in 773 and was subsequently translated into Latin in 1126. In Europe, the equation 61x2 + 1 = y2 was solved in 1727 by Leonhard Euler, while the general solution to Pell's equation was found much later by Joseph Louis Lagrange in 1767. Meanwhile, many centuries ago, the general solution to Pell's equation was recorded by Bhaskara II in 1150, using a modified version of Brahmagupta's chakravala method. Bhaskara's chakravala method for finding the general solution to Pell's equation was much simpler than the method used by Lagrange over 600 years later. Bhaskara also found solutions to other indeterminate quadratic, cubic, quartic, and higher-order polynomial equations. Narayana Pandit further improved on the chakravala method and found more general solutions to other indeterminate quadratic and higher-order polynomial equations.

Vedic Origin of Pythagorean Theorem and Pythagorean Triplets
In India, the Baudhayana Sulba Sutra, the dates of which are given variously as between the 8th century BC and the 5th century BC, contains a list of Pythagorean triples discovered algebraically. The Apastamba Sulba Sutra (circa 600 BC) contains a numerical proof of the general Pythagorean Theorem, using an area computation. According to Albert Bŭrk, this is the original proof of the theorem; he further theorizes that Pythagoras visited Arakonam, India, and copied it.

Panini Ashtadhyayi’s contribution to Computer Science
Since 1963 in computer science, Backus–Naur Form (BNF) is widely used as a notation for the grammars of computer programming languages, instruction sets and communication protocols, as well as a notation for representing parts of natural language grammars. The Backus–Naur Form or BNF grammars have significant similarities to Panini's grammar rules (500 BC), and the notation is sometimes also referred to as Panini–Backus Form. Many textbooks for programming language theory and/or semantics document the programming language in Panini-Backus Form.

Vedic Origin of Quadratic Equations
In the Sulba Sutras in ancient India, 8th century BC quadratic equations of the form
ax2 = c and ax2 + bx = c were explored using geometric methods. Babylonian mathematicians from circa 400 BC, Chinese mathematicians from circa 200 BC and Euclid, the Greek mathematician around 300 BC solved quadratic equations with positive roots, but did not have a general formula. In 628 AD, Brahmagupta, an Indian mathematician, gave the first explicit solution of the quadratic equation
ax2 + bx = c
(Brahmasphutasiddhanta (Colebrook translation, 1817, page 346)”

The Bakhshali Manuscript written in India in the 7th century AD contained an algebraic formula for solving quadratic equations, as well as quadratic indeterminate equations (originally of type ax/c = y).

The Fibonacci sequence was well known in ancient India, where it was applied to the metrical sciences (prosody), before it was known in Europe. Developments have been attributed to Pingala (200 BCE), Virahanka (6th century CE), Gopāla (c.1135 CE), and Hemachandra (c.1150 CE). In the West, the sequence was studied by Leonardo of Pisa, known as Fibonacci, in his Liber Abaci (1202). Fibonacci numbers are the numbers in the following sequence:
0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, …..


Indian inventions and Foreigners` claims – Few examples of Eurocentrism

Many scholars feel that Indian contributions to science, technology and mathematics have not been given due acknowledgement in modern history and that many discoveries and inventions by Indian mathematicians were known to their Western counterparts, copied by them, and presented as their own original work; and further, that this mass plagiarism has gone unrecognized due to Eurocentrism.


Pascal Triangle
Indian invention
Varahamihir (488-587AD) Tri-Lostaka
1
1 1
1 2 1
1 3 3 1
1 4 6 4 1
1 5 10 10 5 1

Foreigners` claim
Pascal Triangle. B.Pascal (1623-1662 AD)

Trilostak (Pascal’s Triangle) is explained in Chandas Shastra, an Ancient Indian book on Sanskrit prosody written by Pingala between the 5th and 2nd century BCE. Commentator Halayudha, around 975, used the triangle to explain obscure references to Meru-prastaara, the "Staircase of Mount Meru".


Pell’s Equation
Indian invention
Brahmagupta (628 AD ) N x2 + 1 = y2
Foreigners` claim
Pell`s equation. John Pell (1610-1685)

Pell's equations were studied as early as 1000 BC in India.
They were mainly interested in the equation
X2 – 2Y2 = 1
because of its connection to the square root of two. Indeed, if x and y are integers satisfying this equation, then x / y is an approximation of √2. For example, Vedic Rishi Baudhayana discovered that
x = 17, y = 12 & x = 577, y = 408
are two solutions to the Pell’s equation, and give very close approximations to the square root of two.


Fibonacci Series
Indian invention
Virahank`s ( 600AD) series 0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21.....
Foreigners` claim
Fibonacci series (1170-1250)

The Fibonacci sequence was well known in ancient India, where it was applied to the metrical sciences (prosody), long before it was known in Europe.

Developments have been attributed to Vedic Scholar Pingala (400 BC), Virahanka (6th century AD), Gopāla (c.1135 AD), and Hemachandra (c.1150 AD).

The motivation came from Sanskrit prosody, where long syllables have length 2 and short syllables have length 1. Any pattern of length n can be formed by adding a short syllable to a pattern of length n − 1, or a long syllable to a pattern of length n − 2; thus the prosodists showed that the number of patterns of length n is the sum of the two previous numbers in the sequence. Donald Knuth reviews this work in The Art of Computer Programming.

Indian inventions Foreigners’ Claims
5. Mahavira formula (850 AD) Herigone`s formula (1634 AD)
for combinations n Cr = (n)! / ( r!) (n-r)! ( ! stands for factorial)

6. Bhaskaracharya (1114-1193) Rolle`s theorem (1652-1719)
Formula for relative difference (retrograde motion)

7. Madhav`s theorem (1340-1425) Gregory Series(1638-1675)
x = tan x / 1 – tan 3 x / 3 + tan 5 x / 5 - .......

8. Madhav`s series (1340-1425)
II (pie) = 1-1/3 + 1/5 - 1/7 +............ Leibnitz `s expansion (1646-1716)

9. Narayan Pandit (1356 AD) Fermat`s result (1601-65)
factorization method for divisiors of a number

10. Bhaskaracharya (1114-1193) Euler’s division algorithm
method of finding greatest common divisor

11. Permeshwara`s (1360 AD) Huiler`s formula (1782AD)
Formula for finding circum-radius of a cyclic quadrilateral

12. Nilkanth Somyaji (1444-1545) Euler`s results (1707-1783)
Summations ∑n, ∑n2 and ∑n3

13 Nilkanth Somyaji (1444-1545) Euler`s results
r sine rule: a / sin A =b / sin B = c / sin C

14. Brahmagupta (628 AD Kepler
volumes of frustum of cone and of pyramid

15 Jyeshtha Deo (1500 AD) Euler
formulae for sin(x+y) and cos(x+y) in the text `Yuktibhasha`

16 Jyeshtha Deo (1500 AD), Liebnitz (1646-1716)
Linear equations,

17 Jyeshtha Deo (1500 AD) Liebnitz, by method of integration
volume and surface area of a sphere

18. Shankar Variar (1500-60) Gauss(1777-1855)
Values of II/4, II/16 in series

There is an urgent need for young Indians to do research in these areas and restore the glory to these forgotten Indians.

Hindu Resurgence in 21st Century

Hindu Resurgence in 21st Century
Ravi Kumar

Hinduism Arrives on the Global Stage
Hinduism has captured the imagination of the world.
Hindus have reasons to feel proud when its ancient tradition of starting an event with chanting of Vedic hymns in Sanskrit was adopted at the kick-start of Commonwealth Games 2010 on 30 October 2009, in presence of Queen Elizabeth of Great Britain and President Pratibha Patil of India at London in a spectacular ceremony. Chanting of Vedic hymns by British children in chorus for several minutes in fluent Sanskrit, that too without reading any script was indeed worth-appreciating.
Hindu priest Rajan Zed opened the US Senate on July 12, 2007 with a Hindu prayer arranged by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Baptist church expressed its concern about the rise of Hinduism in USA. Hindu priests offered prayers at the legislative sessions in the Maryland, Iowa, New Jesey, Nevada and California House and Senates in USA. In October 2009 US President Barak Hussein Obama lit Diwali-lamp at White House amidst chanting of Vedic hymns seeking world peace. In January 2009, Obama in his presidential address mentioned that USA was a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus and non-believers. He carries a key chain with an idol of 4 armed Hanuman.
Sri Sri Ravishankar of Art of Living, addressed the European Parliament of 11 nations at Brussels in May 2006. He also addressed parliamentarians in Argentina, United Nations, business leaders in Europe, World Economic Forum and so on. Hindu Swayamsewak Sangh Saha Sanyojaks Dr Yashwant Pathak and Ravi Kumar have addressed several leading universities of the world including Stanford and Berkley and the Royal Society of New Zealand. Mata Amritanand was awarded an honorary doctorate in humane letters in May 2010 by the State University of New York.
http://www.artofliving.org/intl/Founder/Addresses/tabid/124/Default.aspx
In October 2009, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown lit the traditional diya and started the Diwali celebrations in British Parliament. Ram Nawami too was celebrated in No. 10 Downing Street. Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, added colour to the Diwali celebrations in Britain by visiting Shri Swaminarayan temple and participating in a symbolic ‘Laxmi Puja' ceremony. Diwali was similarly celebrated in the parliaments of Australia, (Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne), New Zealand (Wellington and Auckland) and Canada.

World leaders Admire Hinduism
On 6th Sept, 2003, President of the Republic of South Africa Thabo Mbeki, addressing the Durban university students, said, “Through our actions together, all the people of South Africa will be able to live up to the wise words from the Rig Veda ‘Sangachhdwam, Samvadadwam, ….’:
Come together, talk together, Let our minds be in harmony.
Common be our prayer, Common be our end,
Common be our purpose, Common be our deliberations,
Common be our desires, United be our hearts,
United be our intentions, Perfect be the union among us. (10 - 191:2)

Before China’s Premier Wen Jiabao left for India in April, 2005, China’s state-controlled media, such as the People’s Daily, had highlighted his terming of the impending visit to India “historic” and emphasised Wen’s recitation of a Sanskrit shloka from the Upanishads “Aum Sahana Vavatu …” to call for closer ties.
Indian President APJ Abdul Kalam visited Greece in April 2007. It was a pleasant surprise for him when his Greek counterpart Karolos Papoulias greeted him in Sanskrit at the banquet ceremony. "Rashtrapatm Mahabhaga, Sur Swagatam Yavana dishe (President, welcome to you)". "I wanted to welcome you in Sanskrit, the ancient Indian language that is related to ancient Greek" the Greek President said.
When Western countries are realizing the importance of Vedic hymns in Sanskrit, it is time that Indian government may set up a separate ministry for development and research of Sanskrit to explore the hidden treasure of literature and medical science in the ancient language. (Taken from Madhu Agarwal's article in the internet).
(http://www.merinews.com/article/commonwealth-baton-relay-starts-with-rigveda/15787156.shtml)

Russian President Dmitri Medvedev has joined the thousands of Russians eager to learn the ancient Indian art of yoga. "Little by little, I'm mastering yoga," Medvedev said in an April 2007 interview with Itogi, a weekly magazine. Yoga, he explained, helped him relax from the stress of work. It appears that after one year, Medvedev has made huge progress in developing his yoga skills, having mastered shirshasana, the headstand pose. "I can even stay on my head," he told the magazine Tainy Zvyozd in 2008.
Russia’s former First Lady Naina Yeltsin and her daughter Tatiyana practice Iyengar yoga regularly. So inspired is Mrs Yeltsin, that she now wants every home in the country to practice yoga for a healthy lifestyle.
http://www.punemirror.in/index.aspx?Page=article§name=News%20-%20City§id=2&contentid=2009050120090501034137214c435cabf
Khatuna Kobiashvili, the publisher of Yoga Journal Russia, estimated that at least 100,000 people regularly practice yoga in Russia. The magazine - published by The Moscow Times' parent company, Independent Media Sanoma Magazines - sells 55,000 copies a month nationwide, she said. "If we sell this much, this means people are practicing yoga," Kobiashvili said.
(http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/14/world/europe/14iht-russia.4.11975547.html)

The Lure of Hinduism
Lisa Miller in Newsweek August 2009 issue writes - 24 percent of Americans say they believe in reincarnation, according to a 2008 Harris poll. So agnostic are the Americans about the ultimate fates of their bodies that they are burning them after death like the Hindus. More than a third of Americans now choose cremation, according to the Cremation Association of North America, up from 6 percent in 1975. She concluded her article “So let us all say "om."

The Oscar winning Hollywood luminary Julia Roberts embraces Hinduism. Roberts said she practiced Hinduism and added "Hinduism is something I am very interested in". Julia often visits temples to hymn, pray and venerate. She also added "Golly, I’ve been so spoiled with my friends and family in this life. Next time I want to be just something quiet and supporting." She has renamed her children as Ganesh, Krishna Balram and Mahalaxmi. Julia is involved with UNICEF charities and has visited many countries, including Haiti and India, in order to promote goodwill. Julia is one of the most popular and sought-after talents in Hollywood.

In the sixties George Harrison, the lead guitarist of the Beatles, embraced Hinduism, learnt Sitar and Indian music from Pandit Ravi Shankar and popularized these in the West. He visited several holy place and temples in India on a pilgrimage and learnt yoga and meditation from Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and became a vegetarian. After his cremation, his ashes were immersed in Holy Ganga river. George Harrison chanted the Hare Krishna mantra regularly, and produced the Radha Krishna Temple album making it accessible to people around the world, released spiritual themed songs such as "My Sweet Lord," funded the printing of the Krishna book and donated the Bhaktivedanta Manor to ISKCON.
Donovan, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame British singer-song wiriter and guitarist, all four Beatles as well as Beach Boys lead singer Mike Love and actress Mia Farrow and her sister Prudence developed a strong interest in Hinduism, yoga and meditation and stayed in Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s Ashram in Rishikesh.
David Keith Lynch, the American filmmaker, visual artist and "the Renaissance man of modern American filmmaking", advocates the use of meditation techniques in bringing peace to the world. In July 2005, he with the help of several eminent artists launched a Foundation to help finance scholarships for students in middle and high schools who are interested in learning the Transcendental Meditation technique.


The Lure of Yoga
Yehudi Menuhin commonly considered one of the twentieth century's greatest violin prodigies, practiced meditation and yoga to overcome considerable physical and artistic difficulties caused by overwork during the world war –II as well as unfocused and unstructured early training. He also popularized yoga in Europe by arranging BKS Iyengar’s yoga classes in London, Switzerland, Paris and elsewhere. This was the first time that many Westerners had been exposed to yoga.
US Basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar may be best known for his indefensible sky hook. But the Hall of Fame center believes his secret weapon was really yoga. "I believe that yoga is one of the reasons that I was able to play as long and as healthy as I did."
(http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/spotlighthealth/2003-09-26-jabbar_x.htm)
Legions of aging baby boomers, battered by decades of aerobics, are flocking to Bikram yoga studios in search of a less jarring way to stay healthy. A survey found 30 million Americans practice yoga at least once a week, a number that is increasing daily. The prestige of celebrity helps draw a growing number of them to Bikram Choudhury, guru to the stars, including George Harrison, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Shirley Maclaine, Raquel Welch, Quincy Jones, John McEnroe and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to name a few. Tennis star Andy Murry after defeating Roger Federer, credited yoga for his success.
(http://www.religionnewsblog.com/851/yoga-and-the-art-of-making-money)
Sting (Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner), the English musician, singer, songwriter, activist and recipient of sixteen Grammy Awards and Madonna world's top-selling female recording artist of all time (Guinness World Records) pose in yoga postures. But long before that stars such as Gloria Swanson, Marlon Brando, Cary Grant and Marilyn Monroe also went to various Yoga teachers.

The Lure of Gita
The Bhagavad Gita is part of the great Sanskrit epic, the Mahabharata, a vast ancient text that's more than 1.8 million (18 lacs) words long. For most Westerners the Bhagvad Gita is essentially the Hindu Bible, but many of them now realize that it is much more than that. It has a universal message. Of all the religious books, only Gita teaches ethical values. Hence most Management Institutions in the world have included Bhagvad Gita in their curricula to foster ethical values.
Hence in USA the nationwide Panchajanya Project has distributed more than 100,000 copies of the Bhagavad Gita, mostly through economy hotels and motels. Indian-Americans make up about 5 percent of the population but own about 40 percent of hotels and motels in the country, according to the Asian American Hotel Owners Association. A Christian Bible and the Bhagavad Gita share space in a nightstand at the Best Western Windsor Suites in Houston. The nationwide motel Gita project has a goal of distributing 1 million (10 lacs) copies of Gita text.
Many western philosophers and scholars like RW Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Hermen Hesse, Somerset Maugham, T.S.Eliot, W.B.Yeats, JD Salinger and scientists like Albert Einstein, Robert Openheimer, Erwin Schrodinger, Neil Bohr, Dr. Werner Heisenberg, Carl Sagan, Alfred North Whitehead, were inspired by Bhavad Gita.

Hindus Shine World Over
59 year old Kamla Persad Bessesar became the prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago in Caribbean in May 2010. She is the first female Prime Minister of Trinidad and is also the first female Commonwealth Chairperson-in-office.
President Obama has appointed Sonal R. Shah whose parents are active members of Ekal Vidyalay and Sewa International to serve as the Director of the new Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation in the White House. When USA faced severe trillion dollar financial crisis, President George Bush in Oct 2008 appointed Neel Kashkari, a Kashmiri Pandit as the head of the new office of Financial Stability.
Several Hindus are now walking the corridors of power in Washington DC. When Obama and Dr Manmohan Singh met one-on-one in Washington recently in Nov 2009, Singh’s principal assistant and note-taker was his private secretary Jaideep Sarkar, a young gun of the Indian Foreign Service. No surprise there. And aiding Obama? Anish Goel, a senior staffer of the National Security Council and a rising star of the US foreign service. Similarly, when the US side engaged New Delhi on Af-Pak issues, the Indians found, much to their surprise, that the Senior Defense Advisor to Richard Holbrooke, the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan was Vikram Singh. China and Pakistan are worried that 26 Indians are serving Obama administration including at least a dozen in senior positions. India now enjoys a better relationship with USA. There is a forward movement on almost all facets of defence cooperation. The US administration has removed the names of nine organisations, mostly ISRO and DRDO subsidiaries, from the entities list and opened the doors for the export of high technology to India. Joint patrolling of the sea lanes (SLOCs) in the Indian Ocean is already being undertaken under the garb of joint naval exercises.

In 2005, at a celebration honoring Alan Greenspan, chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, Raghuram Rajan, a University of Chicago economist and then-chief economist of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), delivered a controversial paper that was critical of the financial sector. Rajan "argued that disaster might loom." The response to Rajan's paper at the time was negative. For example, former U.S. Treasury Secretary and former Harvard President Lawrence Summers called the warnings “misguided.” He was proved correct in mid 2008. Today, one wonders if Rajan had a crystal ball back in 2005.
On 22 March 2007 the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters announced Chennai born S. R. Srinivasa Varadhan as the awardee of the Abel Prize for 2007. What is the Abel Prize? Established in 2002, in many ways the Abel Prize is the counterpart of the Nobel Prize for mathematics (this is reflected also in the amount of prize money). Varadhan is the first mathematician of Asian origin to have won this prize. Venkatraman Ramakrishnan was awarded the 2009 Chemistry Nobel Prize.
Vikash Dhorasoo a French national of Indian and Mauritius origin was part of the French National Football team for the 2006 World Cup. He is the first Indian to play in the world cup. Though he has not been to the country of his forefathers, the French national team player is very clear about his love for Bharat. “I will come to India with the idea of helping the sport grow in the country.”


Sanskrit in the Modern World
Usage in modern times
Many of India's, Nepal's and Indonesia’s scientific and administrative terms are named in Sanskrit, as a counterpart of the western practice of naming scientific developments in Latin or Greek.
Republic of India
'सत्यमेव जयते' Satyameva Jayate "Truth alone triumphs"
Nepal
'जननी जन्मभूमिश्च स्वर्गादपि गरीयसी' Janani Janmabhūmisca Svargādapi garīyasi "Mother and motherland are greater than heaven"
Indonesian Navy
'जलेष्वेव जयामहे' Jalesveva Jayamahe "On the Sea We Are Glorious"
Aceh Province in Indonesia
'पञ्चचित' Pancacita "Five Goals"
The Indian guided missile program that was commenced in 1983 by DRDO has named the five missiles (ballistic and others) that it has developed as Prithvi, Agni, Akash, Nag and Trishul. India's first modern fighter aircraft is named HAL Tejas. Our mission to the moon was called Chandrayan. Recital of Sanskrit shlokas as background chorus in films, television advertisements and as slogans for corporate organizations has become a trend.

Sanskrit In the West
Recently, Sanskrit made an appearance in Western pop music in two recordings by Madonna- one, "Shanti/Ashtangi" and the second "Cyber-raga," released in 2000 is a Sanskrit-language ode of devotion to a higher power and a wish for peace on earth. The climactic battle theme of The Matrix Revolutions features a choir singing a Sanskrit prayer from the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad in the closing titles of the movie. Composer John Williams also featured a choir singing in Sanskrit for Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.
The Sky1 version of the title sequence in season one of Battlestar Galactica 2004 features the Gayatri Mantra, taken from the Rig Veda (3.62.10).
Computational linguistics
There have been suggestions to use Sanskrit as a meta-language for knowledge representation in e.g. machine translation, and other areas of natural language processing because of its relatively high regular structure.

Interaction with other languages
Sa Ding Ding, a Chinese folk singer and song writer now sings in Mandarin, Tibetan and Sanskrit.
Many Sanskrit loanwords are also found in traditional Malay, Modern Thai, Sino-Tibetan, Indonesian, and numerous Philippine languages, Old Javanese language (nearly half) and to a lesser extent, Laotian, Cambodian and Vietnamese.

Bhagwat Gita Manages the Modern Managers
Mata Amritananda, Sri Sri Ravishankar, Swami Parthasarathy, CK Prahlad, Deepak Chopra, Ram Charan, Vijay Govindarajan are in great demand in the western corporate world because the path inculcated by them is the one presented in the Veads and the Bhagwad Gita. About 10% of the professors at places such as Harvard Business School, Northwestern's Kellogg School of Business, and the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business are of Indian descent -- a far higher percentage than other ethnic groups. When senior executives come here, they are exposed to Indian values and Teachings of Bhagwad Gita. The development of a management theory that replaces the shareholder-driven agenda with a more stakeholder-focused approach is now described as Karma capitalism or inclusive capitalism. Hindu Vedic culture has once again proved that corporations can simultaneously create value and social justice.
Britain backed by $19.5 million (Rs 100 Crores) in aid has started a State Funded Hindu school. Krishna-Avanti primary school has a space for 240 children. Pupils study the national curriculum but there is a strong emphasis on Hindu ethos and worship. USA takes up Hindi studies in its universities. India’s rapidly growing industry and business is attracting large Americans to Bharat.

In June 2010 Thailand released four stamps on Hindu deities Lord Ganesh, Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. Samudra Manthan or the churning of the ocean of milk is one of the most famous episodes in the puranas and is celebrated in a major way every twelve years as Kumbha Mela. An awesome display of this Samudra Manthan can be seen at the new Suarnabhumi airport, Bangkok, the capital of Thailand. This new airport was opened for domestic and international flights in September 2006. The Brahma Statue at Grand Hyatt Erawan, Bangkok was damaged by a hammer-wielding fanatic Muslim, who was later beaten to death by an angry crowd. The figurine was later reinstated into the shrine in May 2006. The ceremony was presided over by the then Prime Minister of Thailand in the presence of a large crowd.



Hindus Around the World
There are about 7 crore Hindus in about 120 countries of the world. Of these Hindus are in good numbers in about 40 countries like USA, Canada, West Indies, UK, Holland, Germany, Kenya, South Africa, Mauritius, Middle East, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Nepal, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan etc.

1. Saga of Trials & Triumph
In countries like Mauritius, South Africa, Fiji, Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore and Caribbean countries of Trinidad, Guyana and Surinam, Indians were taken by the British rulers some 120 years back as contract laborers. These Indian were then sold to British Farm owners like sheep, cows or buffalos. Initial years were a sad saga of tears & fears, disease & death, torture, humiliations & hard labor. But it is also a tale of their struggle, determination, strong resolve and final Triumph. Most of these Indians hail from Eastern UP (Bhojpuri dialect) and from Tamil Nadu. Ramcharit Manas and Thevaram (ancient Tamil Hymns in praise of Lord Shiva) kept their faith and hopes alive. The literate among them would read and others listened with unmatched shraddha. Ramcharit Manas & Thevaram saved them from the aggressive conversion efforts of Christian missionaries and Indian Muslims.

Festivals unite Hindus
Celebration of Hindu festivals in large congregations strengthened their faith. Deepavali is the most popular festival and is both a religious and a social event. Hindus invite all their Hindu and non-Hindu friends. Deepavali is a national holiday in Malaysia and in Singapore when all government offices are closed. Nearly 5 lac Hindus gather at Lord Subramaniam Temple in Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on the occasion of Thai Pusam; 5 lac Hindus gather at the Ganga Talav in Mauritius on the occasion of Shiv Ratri. Lacs of Hindu and Sri Lankan devotees make a pilgrimage on bare foot to Kadirgamam temple in South Sri Lanka to pay their obeisance to Lord Karthikeya. Thousands gather annually at the (Maha Mariamman) Devi Parvati Temple in Suva, Fiji.

Heads of State in many countries
Hindus came to these distant lands 100 years ago and underwent trials and tribulations like Lord Ram during his Vanavas. Today the Hindus are better off. Like Ram they too are celebrating Deepavali having won the battle of survival. Their proud sons, Sir Shivsagar Ramgulam & Aniruddha Jagannath, Dr Navin Ramgoolam (Mauritius), Mahendra Chowdhary (Fiji), Basdeo Pandey (Trinidad), Bharat Jagdev (Guyana), Devan Nair &, S.R.Nathan (Singapore) Dr Anand Satyanand (New Zealand) have risen to become the Prime Ministers and Presidents in their respective countries. V.S.Naipaul the proud son of Trinidad is a Noble Laureate.


2. Conquering Developed Nations like America, England
Professional Indians like doctors, engineers, IIT graduates, Managers, economists, Computer specialists, Information Technologists are in great demand in developed countries like USA, Canada, UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Korea, Singapore etc. Here too after some initial struggle, Hindu community has established itself as the most educated, influential and above all most law abiding community amongst various other races. By the dint of their hard and committed work, they have now become the richest community on the basis of per capita income. Even American politicians have started wooing the Indian community.

17 year old Murali Ambatti of New York University became the youngest doctor in US, 4 year old Rohit Puri of Bangkok, Thailand became the youngest child to work on many Microsoft products, several teenage boys and girls in US, UK, Australia and New Zealand have been winning national awards in English language tests, general knowledge and science talent competitions. Very recently C.K.Prahalad of University of Michigan is ranked third in “Thinkers 50” based on a survey of business people, consultants, academics and MBAs. He stands tall next only to strategy guru Michael Porter and Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Business advisor Ram Charan,
Prof. V.Govindarajan and Prof. Rakesh Khurana also find a place among the “Thinkers 50” where Peter Drucker was ranked first before his demise.

Noble Laureates & Wealth Creators
Dr Hargobind Khorana, Dr Chandrasekhar, Dr Amartya Sen and Dr Venkat Ramakrishnan made Indians proud by bagging Noble Prizes in technical subjects.

On 22 March 2007 the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters announced Chennai born S. R. Srinivasa Varadhan as the awardee of the Abel Prize for 2007. What is the Abel Prize? Established in 2002, in many ways the Abel Prize is the counterpart of the Nobel Prize for mathematics (this is reflected also in the amount of prize money). Varadhan is the first mathematician of Asian origin to have won this prize.

In USA many Indians like Indira Nooyi, Vinod Khosla, Vinod Dahm, Sabeer Bhatia, Arun Netravalli, Rajeev Gupta, Sanjay Tejwrika, Rajat Gupta, Rana Talwar (only to mention a few) occupy topmost posts in well known Multinational companies like Pepsi-Cola, Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, Stanchart, Mckensey, Sun Microsystem, Intel etc. Dr Ajay Kumar who hails from Meerut is the Director of Aerodynamics in NASA credited with the successful testing of MACH-7 Scramjet engines that can make flight travel from Mumbai to Delhi a matter of few minutes. He is now heading the MACH-10 project. Ms Arti Prabhakar, Director National Institute of Standards, Ms. Preeta Bansal, councellor in White House, Astronauts Kalpana Chawla and Sunita Pandya have proven that Hindu women can accept any challenge in the western world. UK based Shri Laxmi Narayan Mittal CEO of M/S Arcelor-Mittal Group of industries is the largest steel producer in the world. Hindujas, Swaraj Paul, Jatania Brothers, Tom Singh, Bhikku & Vijay Patel, Jasminder Singh, Bharat & Ketan Mehta and Dinesh Dhamija have made UK financially strong.


Influencing West through Yoga, Gita & Hindu Family Values
West is facing a cultural crisis. Increasing rates of broken families, single parents, unwed teenage mothers, drug addicts, alcoholism, homicides, suicides and above all sex abuse by missionary preachers is a great concern to the community which is now studying the Hindu family system with greater attention. Millions of the liberal westerners find solace in yoga, meditation and Bhagwad Gita. All these are growing in the midst of heavy attacks by Christian missionaries which label yoga as devil’s work and Bhagwad Gita as devil’s literature.

Ever since Bhagwad Gita was translated into English in 1785 by Charles Wilkins, it has caught Europe and America like a wild fire. Governor Warren Hastings, Arthur Schopenhauer, Annie Beseant, Margaret Noble (Sister Nivedita), Savitri Devi, Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Max Muller, Aldous Huxley, Rudyard Kipling, Mark Twain, Wilhelm von Humboldt, Will Durant, Jules Michelet, a French historian, Schlegel - History of Literature, Wheeler Wilcox, “India, the land of the Vedas”, Joseph Campbell (Sanskrit) and hundreds of scholars have found a new meaning in their life mission.

In recent times Divine Mother of Pondicherry, Shivaya Subramanya of Shaiva Siddhanta Church, David Frawley (Vamadev Muni), Koenrad Elst, Stephen Knapp, Michel Danino, Alan Ford, Francois Gautier have been very vocal in their appreciation of Hinduism and leave no stones unturned to defend Hinduism against unjust criticisms.

Noble Laureates like Niel Bohr, Erwin Schrödinger (Quantum Physics), Einstein (Theory of Relativity), W.Heisenberg (German Sub Atomic Physicist 1901-1976), other leading scientists like J.R.Oppenheimer (1943-44 Father of Atomic Explosion), Carl Segal (Cosmology), social thinkers of the present era like Emmelin Plunret, A.L. Basham - Australian Indologist, Burke (A German Historian of Maths), Hankel, Hu Shih, former Chinese Ambassador to USA have been inspired by the universal Vedic philosophy, Vedic Sciences and Vedic civilization.

The untiring efforts of Swami Vivekanand, Swami Ramatirth, Paramahamsa Yogananda, Yogi Aurobindo (Auroville), Mata Amritanandamayi, Swami Prabhupad, Swami Chinmayanand, Swami Tilak, Swami Muktanand, Acharya Rajnish, Swami Mahesh Yogi, Shri Shri Ravishankar Maharaj, Swami Dayanand Saraswati and the labors of organizations like Ramakrishna Ashram, Satya Sai Samaj, ISKCON, Saiva Siddhanta Church, Chinmaya Ashram, Divine Life Society, Raj Yoga Centre, Hindu Swayamsewak Sangh, Hindu Sevika Samiti and Vishwa Hindu Parishad have made Hinduism truly global. No wonder the Sultan of Bahrain, Royal family members of Buckingham palace, Benitto Craxi former prime minister of Italy, Mrs Anwar Sadat, Mrs Yeltsin, sisters of former Prime minister of Canada Max Mulrony also speak Hindu philosophy.

3. Gulf Countries
Many Indian engineers, accountants, managers and lacs of skilled and semi skilled workers are working in Gulf countries since the oil explorations in the sixties. They made the hot windy deserts of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Sultanate of Oman and Qatar rich and prosperous by their hard work under highly adverse conditions. Even before oil was found, Sindhi and Gujarati merchants made life bearable. Arabs including Sultans would eagerly await the arrival of ships from India which brought necessary and lifesaving objects like drinking waters, food items, medicines and garments from India. Some of the Indians are so influential that the Royal family members depended on them for financial help. The devote Khimjis had built a Shiva temple in Muscat, Sulatanate of Oman, one hundred fifty years ago. Khimjis contributed overwhelmingly to the development of Oman. In the bygone days they financed Oman crown prince’s travel and education in Bharat. When Indian president Dr Shankar Dayal Sharma and later Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee visited Oman, the sultan gave them highest order of honour with warm personal attention. Recently Prime Minister of Iraq requested Sri Sri Ravishankar Maharaj to teach Sudarshan Kriya to jail mates in Iraq. The Arab royal families depend heavily on Indian professionals like doctors, engineers, administrators, managers, clerks and workers not only for running the affairs of their sultanates but also for the administration and maintenance of the royal palaces. Over 30 lac (3 million) Indians are working in Gulf countries.


4. Shining as the Best Tax Paying Business Community
Indians with business acumen came to in Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Dubai etc. Starting as small traders they have become the most successful community in the midst of world wide competitions. Unfortunately the Hindu especially Gujarati businessmen from Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya and Nigeria had to flee from these countries and seek asylum in UK in the sixties and seventies and from Zimbabwe in recent years after local military regimes replaced the European colonial powers. They have enriched UK and are well respected business community there.

5. Problems of the Overseas Hindus & the Role of Hindu Swayamsewak Sangh
Hindus living in some 120 countries have varied problems. But some common problems need to be addressed in an organized way. In most countries except Bharat, Nepal and Mauritius Hindus are in minority. Preserving Indian languages, Hindu customs, traditions, culture, festivals is a big challenge especially among the youth and children. The influence of western music, dress, language, slang cannot be under estimated. It is here that Hindu Swayamsewak Sangh plays a leading role.

Shakhas and Training Camps
In most countries Hindus form a microscopically small minority in the midst of people belonging to other cultures. The parents therefore struggle to educate the children on Hindu values. The aggressive western culture has ruined the western society and is a threat to Hindu youth. The Indian parents are legitimately worried about the future of their children growing in such a volatile environment. In such places Hindu Swayamsewak Sangh, Hindu Sevika Samiti and Vishwa Hindu Parishad running shakhas, training camps on basic Hinduism, and celebrating festivals and conferences has made a significant change in their attitude. Hindu children now feel proud to practice our ancient ethos and traditions. Hindu Swayamsewak Sangh is active in 40 countries. It runs 750 shakhas in 35 countries. Of these 140 are daily shakhas and the rest are weekly ones. 70 of these are run under Hindu Sevika Samiti for Hindu girls by our trained sisters. The eastern most country in the world is Fiji and the westernmost country is USA. We have shakhas in both these places. The northernmost country is Canada and the southernmost country is New Zealand. Shakhas are functioning here too. In the 1940s shakhas started in Mauritius, South Africa and Kenya. Adarneeya Jagdish Shastry ji held a shakha on the deck of a ship while sailing from Mumbai to Kenya in 1947. Now shakhas have encompassed the globe and is instrumental in uniting the Hindus.

Swargeeya Laxmanrao Bhide laid the foundation of this worldwide movement by his tireless travels to some 60 countries in a long span of 40 years. He was ably assisted in this arduous task by Swargeeya Chamalanlal ji. Now this mantle has fallen on the shoulders of Dr Shankar Tatwawadi ji who in spite of his age goes around the world tirelessly.

HSS shakhas are similar to those in Bharat in some respects and differ in a few details. For example the Bhagwa Dhwaj is same everywhere. The Sanskrit commands, shaririks, khel, utsavs, gatapadhati, Sangh Siksha vargas, shibirs etc are same. The differences are the name Hindu Swayamsewak Sangh, Sangh Prarthana, the way we do dhwaj pranam, and the prarthana ends with the slogan Vishwa Dharma ki jai. Many a places the baudhiks are delivered in English to make it easy for the youth and children to comprehend. In spite of the differences the karyakarta nirmiti in these shakhas is as strong as in Bharat. Many committed karyakartas are from 2nd and 3rd generation Hindus who have never seen Bharat before coming here for sangh siksha vargas. Ten of them are now serving the Hindu cause as pracharaks (Full time celibate social workers). Once in Malaysia there was ghastly fire accident in a chemical factory late at night and most of the victims were of Indian origin. When some karyakartas rushed to Medical Hospital to donate blood, they were pleasantly surprised to see so many other swayamsewaks from other shakhas who had arrived there with the same concern. In most countries whenever there are floods, accidents or other natural calamities, swayamsewaks have readily risen to the occasion. Educationists in UK have observed that hooliganism, vandalism and drug abuse among UK children is seen less in those schools that have a good number sangh swayamsewak children. S/sewaks are seen excelling in academic studies and winning several awards and recognitions.

World Hindu Conferences
Vishwa Hindu Parishad in cooperation with hundreds of other Hindu organizations, has organized large world Hindu conferences in UK, Germany, Denmark, South Africa, Singapore, USA and Trinidad to forge a sense of unity amongst Hindus living in 120 countries. These conferences have been addressed by Heads of States of the host countries like Nelson Mandela, Mrs Margaret Thatcher, David Russel Lange, Jomo Kenyatta, Basedeo Pandey and Devan Nair. Dharma conference held last July in New Jesrey was the largest International gathering of Hindu youth. They assembled to discuss their problems and ways to solve them.

Over 15,000 Hindus gather at the Deepavali celebrations every year in Sydney. Senior federal and state ministers have been attending this festival regularly. Diwali last year was celebrated in London, Washington and Sydney parliaments by lighting the central halls. Hindu renaissance is bound to trigger many such events in future. Hindu resurgence is finding its echo all over the world.

Vishwa Sangh Shibirs
Sangh karyakartas with their family members assemble in Bharat once in five years to discuss their problems, growth and future course of action. The first shibir was held in Bangalore in 1990. The second, third and fourth were held at Vadodara, Mumbai and Karnavati in 1995, 2000 and 2005. The themes of the shibirs were Pradeepyem Jagat Sarvam at Bangalore, Sangha Shakti Vijetreeyam at Vadodara Vishwa Mangala Hetave at Mumbai and Vishwa Dharma Prakashena Vishwa Shanti Pravartake –world peace through universal values of Hinduismat Karnavati. The sankhyas in these shibirs were 250, 350, 450 and 550 respectively.

The fifth Vishwa Sangh Shibir will be held in Pune in December 2010. 600 shibirarthis from some 40 countries are expected to participate. The serene and holy atmosphere of Pune will witness many bustling activities of Hindu resurgence during this period. For many of the shibirarthis this will be their first visit to Bharat in several generations. For them every inch of Bharat is a pilgrim place. They will be spending a fortune as air tickets to reach the shibir. They will come with their own nostalgic ideas about Bharat.
PP Sarasanghachalak, Ma. Madandas ji, Ma. Suresh Soni, Dattatreya and mnay Sangh adhikaris will be present in the shibir.

Hindu Influence on the West
Ever since cholesterol, obesity, heart-attacks, blood pressures have become fatal diseases in the West, they are now turning in lacs and crores to vegetarianism, yogasanas, meditations and pranayams. At least 10% in USA, UK and Europe are now practicing Hinduism in their daily life in one way or the other. The spread of AIDS, pre-marital sex, unmarried mothers, homicides and suicides has emphasized the need for self-control and Hindu family values. Bhagwad Gita is the fastest selling religious book in the world. ISKCON, Saiva Sidhanta Church, Chinmaya Mission, Divine Life Mission, Ramakrishna Ashram, HH Dalai Lama, Sri Sri Ravishankar, Mata Amritanandmayi and scores of other Hindu missionaries and organizations are attracting large non-Indian devotees. Hindu Swayamsewak Sangh is a unique organization in the sense it unites Hindus of all language groups, sects, creeds and other denominations.

In Conclusion
The educational and economic success of overseas Hindus, their rising political, social and spiritual influence across the globe and their practice of Hindu Family values is now catching the world by storm. The new century augurs well for Hindutva.

Some wonder how long it will take before a person of Indian-origin occupies White House, the most powerful post in the world!! Namrata Randhawa, the Governor (chief minister as in Bharat) of South Carolina State is just a heart-beat away from the presidency.

Karlo Duniya Mutheemain

Hindu Dhamo Vijayatam

(Victorious March of Hindu Dharma)