Chicago, USA: The second day of World Hindu Congress (WHC) 2018 held in Chicago witness a panel discussion on Collective Efforts for Hindu Emergence.
Panelist including head of Chinmaya Mission, Swami Poornatmananda; secretary general of Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha, Swami Paramatmananda; Namdari Panth, Sadguru Dalip Singh; chairperson of Akshaya Patra Foundation, Madhu Pandit Dasa and many others.
An example of two ladoos one hard and one soft were doled out to drive an important point in the conference. In today’s scenario the soft ladoo represented the status of Hindus that can be easily broken and swallowed and the hard ladoo is the future vision for Hindu society which should be strongly bonded.
In the conference head of Chinmaya Mission Swami Poornatmananda said all Hindus should unite to achieve resurgence.
On the resurgence of Hinduism, he proclaimed that, “Everything begins at home. When family breaks down, culture breaks down, and life of disharmony follows. We have to convert Hindus to Hinduism.”
He went on to say that, “The spirit of unity does not mean all should be the same. In the midst of diversity, we must have a common goal of dedication.”
Secretary General of Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha, Swami Paramatmananda said, Hindus should think collectively not only for its own resurgence, but for the resurgence of the whole world.
“God did not create the world for man’s consumption. The responsibility lies on Hindus to protect the ecology,” he said.
Sadguru Dalip Singh of Namdari Panth told the Congress that Hindus and Sikhs can never be separated. The Guru Granth Saheb says that Sikhs should remain Hindus.
Sadguru Dalip Singh urged Hindus to stop using English to describe India and instead call it Bharat, and that Hindus who know Hindi should always speak in Hindi. He also decried those who habitually blamed their motherland. Instead, one should find what is good in India and espouse it.
He also visualized a Bharatiya organization encompassing Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and Buddhists.
Referring to the decline of Hindu population the chairperson of Akshaya Patra Foundation, ISKCON, Bangalore Madhu Pandit Dasa said, declining birth rate among Hindus in India as an aftermath of the one-child family planning program promoted by the Indian government. “Take pride in having more children” she further added.
Earlier, ahead of the panel discussion, Congressman Raja Krishnamurthy (D-IL) addressed the World Hindu Congress.
Krishnamoorthi said “I decided I had to be here because I wanted to reaffirm the highest and only form of Hinduism that I’ve ever known and been taught – namely one that welcomes all people, embraces all people, accepts all people regardless of their faith, including all my constituents.”
“In short, I reaffirm the teachings of Swami Vivekananda. It is because of his legacy of equality and pluralism that I stand before you as a Hindu, as an American and a United States Congressman.”
He also spoke about the division and despair in the world and called for the need to embrace ahimsa – the concept of non-violence so that there is no place for prejudice, violence or hate, nowhere in the world.
Three day conference is marking the celebration of 125th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda speech at Chicago in 1893 where he displayed Indian culture and Hinduism to the world at World’s parliament of religion.