A prominent organisation that propagates the Vedic way of life has just commenced its annual ‘Ved Prachaar’ (Vedic Promotion’), with programmes being held in several parts of the country.
Organised by the Arya Samaj Pratinidhi Sabha New Zealand Inc, the event began on June 29 in South Auckland and would conclude on July 7 in South Island.
Public Relations Officer Kiran Sundar said that Pandit Guru Datt Arya of the Arya Samaj Movement based in Suva, Fiji, is conducting the programmes.
“Ved Prachaar 2012 is being held at various locations in New Zealand to benefit those involved with the Arya Samaj Movement and other ethnic groups,” she said.
Thus far, programmes have been held in Lyndale Athletic Hall, New Lynn, Auckland (June 30 and July 1 and in Phoenix Hall, Hamilton (July 1).
Following is the programme for the rest of the week from 7 pm to 9 pm.
July 2 to 5: MIA Hall, 57 Hillside Road, Papatoetoe (7 pm to 9 pm)
July 6: Wiritoa Lake Motel, 3 Kaitoke Street, Wanganui (7 pm to 9 pm)
July 7: FIA Clubrooms, Halford Place, Petone, Wellington (11 am to 1 pm)
July 7: Balmoral Hall (Corner of Caff and Cameron Streets), Ashburton, South Island (7 pm to 9 pm).
“Food will be served at all the events,” Mrs Sundar said.
According to the organisation’s website, Maharishi Dayananda Saraswati founded the Arya Samaj on April 10, 1875 in Bombay (Mumbai) with ten fundamental principles of universal character to revive and propagate the Vedic way of life.
“As enshrined in these principles, the Arya Samaj is a world movement.”
It exhorts all to accept truth and renounce untruth. Its prime object is to do good to the world, making people physically strong, spiritually enlightened and socially uplifted. It preaches love, justice and righteousness towards all without distinction of race, caste or creed.
The Goal of Arya Samaj is ‘Krinvanto Vishvam Aryam’- Make This World Noble. Swami Dayananda was a great sage and a fearless reformer who sought, apart from restoring Hinduism to its original radiance and wisdom. The essence of his teachings is contained in ‘Satyartha Prakash,’ which forms the essence of the Arya Samaj philosophy.
Among the office-bearers of the organisation in New Zealand are Harendra Sundar, President (09-4237481, Mobile 021-0594555); Praveen Singh, Vice-President (09-6266908, Mobile 027-6266908); Baswa Nand, General Secretary (09-8172884, Mobile 027-2737992); Suruj Deo Prasad, General Treasurer (09-2714564, Mobile: 0272513678) and Kiran Sundar, PRO (09-4237481, Mobile 021-2295067).