Geyzing, Nov 17
The three days Regional Vaidik Sammelan commenced today here at Kirateshwar Shiva Dhaam of Legship, West Sikkim. The conference is jointly managed by Maharshi Sandipani Rashtriya Veda Bidhyalaya Pratisthan (MSRVB) through ministry of human resource development, govt of India and Kirateshwar Dhaam Management Committee. Road and Bridges minister Samdup Lepcha attended the inaugural function as the chief guest along with Agriculture minister and area MLA Loknath Sharma who is also the chief patron of the organizing committee, professors from Maharsi Sandipan Rashtriya Veda Bidhyalaya Pratisthaan Ravindra Muley, Ravindra Bhattacharya, Prafulla Mishra, A.V Rao and others.
Discourses on Rig ved, Sam ved, Yajur ved and atharwa ved were presented by the scholars from Ujjain and recitation of Vedic hymns were also conducted. The scholars read out vedas to the congregation present at the event.
Minister Loknath Sharma in his brief address informed that Vedic seminar was held to create a platform for promotion and propagation of Vedas and also to provide an opportunity for the people to be able to gain knowledge about ancient Vedic culture and values related to Vedas those could be practiced and adopted for betterment of human civilization. Sharma maintained that SKM government would work for the upliftment of all the sectors including the religious sector without being biased towards any religion. He expressed that following any religion or the medium of faith is the choice of the people, adding that spiritualism through any religion advocates the truth, non violence, humanity, pious living and progress of each and everybody.
Minister Samdup Lepcha shared that Legship in West Sikkim is a holy place and has been considered as a place of religious importance since the time immemorial and three days vedic seminar was a historical event hosted by the organizing committee. He said that the seminar on Vedas could be of great value for the people who were desirous to be acquainted with the knowledge of the Vedas, the ancient cultures and the societies those were systemized under Vedic laws and rituals. “Promotion and propagation of our ancient traditions and customs has become a priority considering the risk that our social, cultural and traditional identity are under threat”, Lepcha said.
Professor Rabindra Muley said that Vedas have great relevance to humanity and the Vedas is meant for the well-being of the entire humanity adding the vedas do not refer to any caste, community and religion.
Underlining that the Vedas are the earliest works of ancient knowledge and philosophy in India, Muley said, “our civilization, culture, thoughts and philosophy are rooted in the Vedas. He said the Vedas are the source of knowledge and guide us to advance in economic, social, educational and political fields with high moral and ethical standards.
He maintained that Vedic philosophy states truth, non-violence, patience, penance and spiritual uplift those are the foundations of a human life. Vedas convey the message of religious harmony, equality and progress of humanity. He pressed for adoption of four vedas in day to day life for a better living.
Professor A.V Rao who is also a finance manager of Maharsi SandipanI rastriya Veda Vidhyalaya asserted that if the managing committee of Kirateshwar Shiva Dhaam of Legship proposes for establishment of Vedic institution in West Sikkim then (MSRVB) would approach the central ministry. ‘We will approach the union ministry for the establishment of a vedic institution in West Sikkim considering the necessity of such in the region”, he said.
Cultural programmes were also the part of the programme.