More than three thousand people, including young Hindus from 20 countries and 70 universities, are coming together for an epic gathering to promote and explore Dharma and global harmony in mid-September, with invited delegates and experts from diverse fields such as spirituality, science, academia, business, politics and the arts converging on Raritan Convention and Exposition Center in Edison, New Jersey.
Hindu Students Council (HSC), the largest Hindu youth organization in North America, will host the three-day Global Dharma Conference from September 11 to 13 to commemorate the organization’s 25th anniversary. www.DharmaConference.com
“Dharma, one of the most profound concepts realized by enlightened Hindu sages and those of other Indic traditions, literally means ‘that which holds together’ or ‘that which sustains a being,’” said HSC Chairman Nikunj Trivedi. “Going beyond religion, it is a combination of forces that sustain life and principles that lead to the path of righteousness and harmony.”
Two recent and historical September 11th anniversaries provide compelling reasons to recognize, observe, and practice inner and global harmony. “‘Never Forget” became the common slogan for the series of attacks in 2001 by Islamist terrorist group Al Qaeda in which 3,000 people of all faiths, backgrounds and cultures perished in a matter of hours. On September 11th 1893, the Parliament of Religions convened in Chicago: The Parliament was a unique phenomenon in U.S history for its inclusion of world’s major religions. Social reformer, philosopher and revered Hindu spiritual leader Swami Vivekananda took the voyage from India for the gathering and began his famous speech addressing the audience as “Sisters and Brothers of America.”
Accordingly, the 2015 conference is brimming with dignitaries, as well as eminent spiritual and thought leaders to foster deeper understanding and spiritual practices of Dharma for a fulfilled life and a harmonious society. The expanding roster includes confirmed luminaries such as renowned spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar of the Art of Living Foundation via live video conference, the Indian Prime Minister’s personal and known yoga teacher Dr. HR Nagendra Rao and important spiritual leaders Brahmrishi Sri Guruvanand Swamiji , American Buddhist monk Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi; and engaging panel and panelists on ‘Dharma and Science’ with NASA scientist Dr. Kamlesh Lulla, noted physicist and Hindu scholar Dr. GNR Tripathi of the world renowned Radiation Research Lab, genius young math professor and the winner of the Fields Medal, equated as the “Nobel for Mathematics”, Dr. Manjul Bhargava. Another highlight is a panel discussion on Dharma and the environment with distinguished speakers. Renowned author and the Founder of the American Institute of Vedic Studies, Dr. David Frawley will give invaluable insights on Hindu response to Western intellectual challenges. An important visually gripping event will cap the conference on Sunday with spiritual leaders of world’s major religions.
Spectacular entertainment is also being planned. A Balinese dance troupe will perform scenes from the Hindu epic Ramayana, followed by Indian classical dances and performances by celebrity artists such as flautist Rakesh Chaurasia, mandolinists U Rajesh and Ghatam (Indian claypot) Giridhar Udupa, and composer and percussionist Rajeev Mahavir.
More than two thousand people attended the Global Dharma Conference in 2003. Among the international luminaries included late President of India Dr. Abdul Kalam, former NJ Governor James McGreevey, HH Pramukh Swami Maharaj, HH Shankaracharya of Kanchi Peetham, HH Swami Dayananda Saraswati, Dr. Deepak Chopra, Dr. David Frawley, Dr. Subhash Kak, actress Goldie Hawn and Tabla Maestro Ustad Zakir Hussain.
Hindu Students Council (HSC) is an international forum providing opportunities to learn about Hindu heritage and culture. It is the largest Hindu youth organization in North America, with over 50 chapters across university campuses. Over 130,000 students and youth have participated in HSC activities since its inception in 1990. For more information: www.hindustudentscouncil.org