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Become givers, not takers: Spiritualists

Become givers, not takers: Spiritualists

Author: NT Bureau
Publication: News Today
Date: February 7, 2009
URL: http://newstodaynet.com/newsindex.php?section=7&catid=16&id=14685

'Hindu Dharma has its soul in 'contribution' that is giving and one should not stop oneself being a 'consumer' and should also contribute, spiritual leader Swami Dayananda Saraswati has said.

Inaugurating the Hindu Spiritual and Service Fair - 2009 in Jaigopal Garodia Vivekananda Vidyalaya at Anna Nagar in Chennai on Friday, the spiritual leader said every human being must be a contributor and that is Hindu Dharma.

The Dharma of religion, culture, society and government is to convert every human being from a 'consumer' to a 'contributor'. Teachers, gurus and religious leaders must make the people think what they should contribute, he said.

'We have to develop the habit of 'giving'. The incapacity to give must be given up and the capacity to give must be nurtured. We should learn to give and it could be learnt only by giving, like how we learn to swim by swimming and drive by driving.

Similarly we should give to grow into a giver. Once we start giving, we become contributors', the Swamiji said. Quoting Vedic verses, the spiritual leader said, 'there are two ways of earning Adrishtam to understand the Hindu Dharma and to control the hidden variables.

One is through prayer and rituals and the other is through Poortha Karma, that is serving society through many activities like water harvesting, digging wells for the public and ponds for cattle and constructing hospitals,' he adds.

'Annapradhanam is to create situation where people take care of their livelihood which is very important for the development of a Dharmic society', Swamiji said.

Earlier, Swami Mitrananda, director of Chinmaya Yuva Kendra and organising secretary of the fair, said, 'The idea to organise this fair was conceived a year back, which evolved into Global Foundation for Civilisational Harmony (GFCH) with an aim of establishing peace and harmony through dialogues with various faiths.'

Every prayer is valid, every faith is valid and every civilisation is precious. Right to retain faith is also a part of human rights, he said. About the fair, he said, 'Thirty-three organisations, which have a combined membership of 22 crore have taken part in this exhibition and all these organisations have given more than 30,000 schools and equal number of medical centres to the society, underlining the importance of education and health care.

This fair is a good beginning of the progress of collective service and every exhibitor and visitor must see the exhibition with the feeling of 'my religion, my culture,' he said.

Swami Athma Shraddanandaji of Ramakrishna Mutt read out the speech of Swami Gouthamananda, president, Ramakrishna Mutt, in which he said, 'religion is not mere belief on any dogma, but realisation which leads to spiritual enlightenment. Service to man becomes worship of God and the service can take many forms such as social, educational, medical, relief and rehabilitation'.

Swami Nithyananda Paramahamsa, founder of Nithyananda Dhyana Peetam, said, 'Freedom is the foundation for growth and such a freedom in Hinduism has grown into different traditions and different concepts. Hindu Dharma has been there since time immemorial and it doesn't require marketing.

The fair is organised to make people understand the concept of service. One should learn to serve and the success of this exhibition is going to be a milestone in the journey of modern day Hindu Dharma'.

Organisations like Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam Service Activities, Vivekananda Kendra, Mata Amritanandamayi Mutt, Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, Sanatan Sanstan, Art of Living and Chinmaya Mission and many others have put up stalls in the exhibition. All the stalls have displayed their publications and service activities. The fair will be on till tomorrow.

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