Tuesday, September 05, 2006
The Vedic Ambassador Study Course
This course, which is especially meant for Westerners everywhere, is provided in connection with the international organization known as The Vedic Friends Association (VFA) (http://www.vedicfriends.org). It is designed to present the basic philosophy and principles of the Vedic culture and Hindu tradition. Since the test is based on the book, “The Power of the Dharma”, you will need to purchase a copy of the book so you can read and study it. The questions of the test are arranged in the order of the topics in the book to make it simple and easy to do.
The test is fairly simple and is an open book test. Some of the questions are fill in the blanks, so you merely fill in the words from the book. Others may require you to summarize some points. This is done simply by writing in the explanations from the book, or paraphrase the main points as best you can. You can acquire the test and send it back after you have filled in the answers through email.
Naturally, when you send in the test, the answers are checked for accurateness. However, you do not get a grade, you either pass, upon which you get your certificate along with the sheet with the correct answers so you can check over them, or you get to do it again. The one time cost of the test includes all correspondence and the processing and mailing of the certificate and membership card.
By going through the test and filling in the answers, it shows your dedication to understand and also learn and practice these principles, and thus be able to explain them to others. This is the object of the title “Vedic Ambassador”. This qualifies you through The Vedic Friends Association to receive the attractive certificate that we offer upon the completion of this course, along with a card that you can keep in your pocket or wallet.
The certificate is for your own personal display, but it is also meant to show others your dedication to the Vedic path, and that you are thus eligible to participate in various aspects of Vedic practices, such as going into various Hindu temples for darshan (seeing the deities) and puja (worship). This is not an issue in the United States, but this does occasionally become an issue in some temples in India. Naturally there are many temples in India that allow devoted Westerners into the temple sanctum, but some do not, or they want to see some sort of certificate to verify one’s devotion to and understanding of the Vedic principles before allowing just anyone to enter the main shrine. So this will help in this regard. Therefore, it is suggested that you make a copy of the certificate to carry with you if you travel to India, along with your pocket membership card that you can carry at any time.
The certificate is also a sign of your devotion to the Vedic path and is a way of recognizing you as a follower of the Vedic tradition. However, it does not replace the initiation process that you may want to take from a guru or spiritual teacher as when or if you decide to join a particular sampradaya, lineage or ashrama, or when you may get a spiritual name. That is another step if you decide to take it.
To get started, simply email me (at Srinandan@aol.com) your request and I will email you the test. Let me know what format works best for you. After you go through the book and fill in the answers on the test, you simply email or send back to me the answer sheet with a check for $25. This will cover all costs for checking the answers along with any further correspondence and sending you your certificate and membership card.
We thank you for your interest and encourage you in this learning process into the basics of the Vedic tradition.
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Monday, September 04, 2006
Dalit leader buries the hatchet with RSS
Ideological chalk and cheese shared dais when firebrand Dalit poetNamdeo Dhasal and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Sri K Sudarshancame together at a book release function in the Capital .The internationally renowned poet and Dalit leader is the founderpresident of Maharashtra's Dalit Panther that has traditionally beenat odds with the RSS. The Dalit Panther has for long looked upon theRSS as representing the Brahmanical order. Ironically, Dhasal releaseda RSS book on Dalit pain at the function.Dhasal, an outspoken literary figure and the first recipient of theSahitya Akademi Lifetime Achievement Award, said he was initiallyreluctant to share the dais with the RSS chief as "Leftist friendswould pounce upon me with abuses and accusations that I have shiftedcamp, but I don't care, because I have only one mission -- tostrengthen national unity and social integrity. This can't be achievedif we remain divided in thousands of castes and sub- castes and keeppouring venom against each other. Neither can politics help eradicatecastes, which rather thrive on casteist divisions."He had high hopes, he said, from the RSS, which should get into actionto remove the concept of untouchability and castiesm from the country."Mere speeches and books won't help. The work that RSS outfits likeSamarasta Manch are doing in Maharashtra has to be furtherstrengthened," he said.The Dalit leader narrated how he had lost his childhood to tyrannicalcaste-based hatred and had to face what he called a "death-likesituation" at the hands of "so-called high caste people just because Ihad dared to go near their house."He did not even spare the socialist movement and claimed that leadersof the movement had shielded castiesm and that even Communist leaderswere Brahmanical in their outlook and actions.Emphasizing that the fight against casteism needed a combined effort,Dhasal said: "Yes, I do feel that the fight to eradicate caste has tobe fought by Dalits and caste Hindus together carrying forward thetradition of Adi Sankara, which got broken somewhere in between."RSS chief Sri K Sudarshan said the pain and anguish of "our peoplehave to be understood honestly. The Dalits are our own flesh andblood, but because of some ill practices and social evils the practiceof untouchability has brought havoc on those who were an integral partand defenders of dharma. This has to be corrected through our deedsand actions."The RSS chief said had never accepted any kind of casteism among itscadres. He said the year of Shri Guruji, the second Sarsanghchalak ofthe RSS, had been devoted to working for social harmony and lakhs ofRSS workers had reached out to the Dalits.The RSS Sarsanghchalak ended his address by turning to Dhasal: "Ifully agree with what you have said here today".An unusual kinship was thus effected at the release of the bookSamaraste Ke Sutra (threads of harmony), which contains articles fromDalit writers and social activists working among Dalits and is editedby Tarun Vijay, Editor of the RSS weekly Panchjanya and RameshPatange, Editor of the Marathi weekly Vivek, also an RSS publication.