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ANTAT - RASHTRIYA VED SAMMELAN AT GURUKUL KANGRI

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WOMEN LEAD AT THE INTERNATIONAL VEDIC CONFERENCE
By Brigadier Chitranjan Sawant,VSM
There was a time in India, not long ago, when women were not permitted by the Hindu priests to read Vedas, the most ancient scriptures in the library of MAN.Indeed it was heartening to see that at the Gurukul Kangri University, Haridwar, at the Vedic Conference, out of 1500 research papers presented and read, more than half were those of women. Indeed a marvellous show it was. The credit for this socio-religious revolution goes to Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati who opened the doors to the Vedas to the entire mankind.
The Rishivar who wrote his commentary on the Vedas in Hindi, common man's language, said that the Vedas themselves give the right to ONE AND ALL to read the Ved Mantras and meditate.
The Gurukul was founded by Swami Shraddhanand, a disciple of Swami Dayanand and it has done a yeoman's service in the field of education. It has blossomed into a Deemed University and organises intellectual seminars and literary conferences on all issues and topics that sertve the cause of education and ameliorates the living conditions of Man leading the humanity to health and happiness.

The delegates who had come from various universities of india were well looked after. Theywere well billeted, dined and were given food for thought too.
At the inauguration ceremony the chief guest was Dwami Ramdeo Maharaj. His august personality and his style of lecture impressed one and all. He was present at the Havan too and made a short speech there also. Swami Ramdeo had invited all the delegates to his Ashram, the PATANJALI YOGPEETH and regaled them with interesting anecdotes and Vedic tales.The Swami hosted a sumptuous vegetarian dinner and in the Vedic tradition gave a good DAKSHINA to one and all. The celebrites on the dais were honoured with a shawl each and literature on the Bharat Swabhiman Abhiyan and Vyavastha Parivartan was given too. It may be said that it was a unique experience of the Vedic delegates to have seen and heard Swami Ramdeo Maharaj from close quarters. Indeed it was an experience of a lifetime , so said many delegates.

Swami Satya Mitranand Saraswati was another guest of honour at the inaugural ceremony and his speech was a stirring one.He gave a clarion call to all Indians to rally round the OM DHWAJ to work for the betterment of Bharat Mata and root out corruption and terrorism plaguing the country at present.
The credit for making the Ved Sammelan a grand success goes to Professor Mahavir Ji, Head of the SDanskrit Department and also Acharya of the Vishwavidyalaya, Prof Ved Prakash Shastri whose brainchild the Vishwa Ved sammelan was. Professor Swatantra Kumar, Kulpati of the Gurukul was the guiding hand and the leading light who made it a point to be everywhere where a major activity was going on.
The three -day Ved sammelan attracted scholars from France, America and some other countries too.
The soul of Swami Shraddhanand Ji, wherever it may be, will be elated that the Ved prachar that he advocated through the Gurukulas from the Lahore days is being successfully carried on by his favourite Gurukul Kangri that has blossomed into a deemed university where every department is committed to teaching the Vedic Thought enunciated by Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati.

On a successful completion of the three-day Vishwa Ved Sammelan, there was not even a single soul who would not say that the Gurukul Kangri gave him the Vedic knowledge in three days what he had aspired for all his life. Indeed it was a delightful Vedic interaction and a gainful experience of a lifetime.

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