Balaji Temple Hinduism Summit To Present Hinduism's Science, Denigration and 'Digestion'
Submitted by: Forum For Hindu Awakening
Bridgewater, NJ (OPENPRESS) March 8, 2012 -- Recent surveys are showing that a majority of Americans are leaning towards Hindu thought. At the same time, a study indicates that over 1/3rd of youth from Hindu families in America may be converting out of Hinduism. While the growing interest in Hinduism is a testimony to Hinduism's science and universal nature, the counter trend shows ignorance about Hinduism's uniqueness among many born Hindus. The Hinduism Summit (Dharmajagruti Sabha), to be held in Balaji Temple Community Hall in Bridgewater on Saturday, 10th March from 2 to 5:15pm, aims to address these trends as well as threats to Hinduism from direct assaults, denigration and 'digestion', and to provide guidance on the Hindu spiritual way of life. The organizers, the Bridgewater Balaji Temple and Forum for Hindu Awakening, welcome everyone interested in Hinduism to this event.
The Hinduism Summit is a free event. It will commence in a traditional Hindu way, with Vedic recitations, lighting of an auspicious oil lamp and blowing of a conch. There will be eye opening presentations. Hindu activist, Jitendra Oulkar will speak on 'Know denigration: preserve Hinduism' while spiritual seeker, Shilpa Kudtarkar will present spiritual research on 'Spiritual dimension underlying Hindu concepts and issues'. Rajiv Malhotra, Indian American researcher and the main speaker at this event will speak on the subjects of his latest books, 'Breaking India - Western Interventions in Dravidian and Dalit Faultlines' and 'Being Different - An Indian Challenge to Western Universalism'. In Malhotra's own words, "You are either being different or being digested!" Bhavna Shinde Hurley, spokesperson of Forum for Hindu Awakening will conclude the presentations with a speech on 'Understanding, living and preserving Hinduism'.
Since the first Hinduism Summit held in July 2009 in Virginia, 12 Hinduism Summits have been held in North America, UK and Australia, considering the overwhelmingly positive response to the Summits. The Summits conclude with lively discussions between the presenters and attendees, over Hindu vegetarian refreshments. The discussions can answer myriad questions like 'What are the basic tenets of Hinduism and Hindu spirituality?', 'How to reverse the gaze of Western criticism on Hinduism?', 'Why should one not enter a Hindu temple wearing black, during menses or after consuming alcohol/non-vegetarian food?', 'Spiritual healing remedies in Hinduism - e.g. how to identify and remedy departed ancestors' trouble?' and 'Depicting Hindu Deities sexually or trivially - denigration or freedom of speech?'
The exhibition of posters and books at the Hinduism Summit will showcase Hindu spirituality, Hinduism's spiritual science and Rajiv Malhotra's research.
When: Saturday, March 10th, 3 to 5:15 pm (Phalgun Krushna Dwitiya, Kaliyug year 5113, as per Hindu calendar)
Where: Community Hall, Balaji Temple, 1075 US Highway 202/206, Bridgewater, NJ 08807