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'Brahmanda Vedik’ – A Mission to Spread Indian Tradition

The Haridwar-based ‘Brahmanda Vedik Ashram’ has set up a stall at the on-going Dasara Exhibition to spread awareness among the people, in particular the youth, on the values of Indian tradition. Besides creating awareness, it is also selling traditional religious items like Sri Yantra, Rudraksha and precious stones. The Exhibition is concluding on December 13.

Mr. Siddhartha Kamal, who is the head of the Ashram located at the foot of the Himalayas in Uttaranchal, said here on December 10, the mind of the people today is as polluted as the river Ganga. A cleansing programme needed to be undertaken to create awareness on Indian tradition, culture and spiritual values. With such a programme, the vision of the youth needs to be expanded beyond the material aspects. Indian values are built on the great Vedas and Upanishats. Whenever the values suffered, great spiritual men had taken birth on this land to awaken the people and make them proceed on the right path. They included Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and Mahatma Gandhi in the recent days. Today, again, there was a great need for reviving this culture based on the traditional Indian culture and spirituality and draw the attention of the people, more so of the youth, towards great books like the Vedas, Upanishats, Puranas and Bhagavad Geetha, without any bar on their caste or communal identities.

He bemoaned that having lost our human values, character and thinking, we are copying blindly the western ideologies and way of life. We are exporting our intelligence and becoming slaves and subordinates of other people. We are not looking at our women in the same manner as we treat our mother and sisters. Women have become a symbol of sex and exploitation. Cinema and television have contributed to this degradation of values. This attitude needed to be changed and turn the minds of the people towards meditation and other spiritual values for a revival of our rich ancient culture and wisdom, he said.

Aiming at these, the Brahmanda Vedik Ashram was conducting programmes and offering its help to the needy and deserved. It was, however, not accepting any contributions or donations, but raising money for its services activities by selling traditional Indian items at nominal rates. About 100 volunteers were associated with the mission. They were helping schools and colleges in spreading the objectives of the mission, Mr. Siddhhartha added.

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