May 25, 2012 > Hinduism Summit
Submitted By Kalpana Sharma
Over 125 Hindus from the San Francisco Bay area attended the Hinduism Summit (Dharmajagruti Sabha) at the Fremont Hindu Temple May 12th May. The audience listened raptly as speakers highlighted the scientific basis of Hindu concepts, emphasized the importance of maintaining a Hindu identity in America and addressed issues, such as denigration of Hinduism and genocide of Hindus.
The Summit commenced in a traditional Hindu way, with blowing of a conch, Vedic recitations and the speakers lighting a wick oil lamp. During the presentations, Nilesh Shirodkar warned about the adverse impacts of denigration. "Do not condone spiritual pollution caused by denigration in the name of freedom of expression, just as you do not condone noise or air pollution!"
A seeker from Spiritual Science Research Foundation (SSRF), Amey Ranade presented SSRF's research findings on vegetarian vs. non-vegetarian diet, wax vs. ghee lamp flame, cremation vs. burial, efficacy of Agnihotra sacrificial fire against nuclear fallout, etc. It showed the scientific nature of Hindu spiritual concepts and the advancement of Hindu Sages in spiritual research.
Award winning author on Hinduism, Linda Johnsen, spoke passionately on 'maintaining a Hindu identity in America - what every Hindu should know'. She urged the audience to gain awareness about the glorious history of Hindus to successfully negotiate challenges like ridicule, bias and misconceptions about Hinduism, if they wish to raise their future generations to preserve a Hindu identity in a non-Hindu country like America.
Bhavna Shinde Hurley, spokesperson of Forum for Hindu Awakening, concluded the presentations with the topic, 'Understanding, living and preserving Hinduism'. She shared her thoughts on issues observed in North America such as distortion of Hinduism and Hindu History in academic textbooks, anti-Hindu bias in the media and physical attacks on Hindu temples.
This event concluded with near unanimous passage of resolutions offering Sanskrit - the language of ancient Hindu Scriptures - as a foreign language for public school students and investigating the human rights abuses by the Bangladeshi government against Bangladeshi Hindus.