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'Hinduism facing challenge of conversion'

'Hinduism facing challenge of conversion'

Author: ENS
Publication: The New Indian Express
Date: February 5, 2008
URL: http://www.newindpress.com/NewsItems.asp?ID=IER20080204211207&Page=R&Title=Kerala&Topic=0

Head of US-based Siva Ashramam Sadguru Bodhinatha Veylan Swamigal has said that Hinduism is facing the challenge of unethical conversion by other faiths.

Delivering a discourse after inaugurating the Vidhyadhiraja Cultural Centre at the 96th Ayroor-Cherukolppuzha Hindumatha Parishad on the banks of Pampa at Ayroor-Cherukolppuzha near here on Monday, Sadguru Bodhinatha Veylan Swamigal said that a united and organised movement against unethical conversions should be the need of the hour.

"The challenge of conversion is better faced when the Hindus within a country are united," the Swami said.

"Malaysia provides a good model of a country in which Hindus are effectively united through an umbrella organisation styled Malaysia Hindu Sangham," the Swami said.

Recently the Sangham organised rallies against conversion. To contain the threat, social service programmes of Hindus extending assistance to other distressed and needy fellow Hindus should be undertaken, Swami Veylan said.

"In every country, there are leaders and movements who encourage Hindus not to work together. Hindus belief in God is only a set up towards the eventful experience of God," the Swami said.

Hindumatha Mahamandalam president T N Upendranatha Kurup was present on the occasion. T N Ramakrishna Kurup welcomed the gathering. At 3 pm, Swami Atmaswaroopananda and Swami Yuktha Chaithanya delivered discourses.

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