Presentation on theme: "Raksha Bandhan Rakhi (Raksha) symbolizes a spirit of brotherhood and harmony amongst all sections of society, irrespective of race, religion, and color."— Presentation transcript:
1Raksha BandhanRakhi (Raksha) symbolizes a spirit of brotherhood and harmonyamongst all sections of society, irrespective of race, religion, andcolor.On this auspicious occasion we inspire ourselves with the truespirit of service and sacrifice for the welfare of the society and findtherein the highest spiritual fulfillment of human life.
2Mantra for Global Peace … Rakhi symbolizes a commitment to protect eachother.Rakhi reminds us to commit ourselves to ourcommunity and to the righteousness.Rakhi develops cohesion in societyRakhi creates a spirit of selfless social service.Rakhi imparts the highest spiritual fulfillment of human life.
3Origin of Raksha Bandhan Ancient festival - originated from Bhavishya PuranaInitiation of new disciple by a GuruBrother-Sister festivalCongregational ceremonies in modern timeChanging of Yagopavit – Sravan Poornima
4Social AspectsThe tradition of Raksha Bandhan is not limited to bother andsisters alone. Rakhi is also tied on the wrists of policemen, securitypersonnel, armed forces personnel, other public officials and statesmen.In return, the public officials vow to protect the society and upholdjustice and unparalleled zeal and vigor.The sister-brother relationshipportrayed by the rakhi is far deeper than simply the brother protecting hissister. It contains the basic message of universal brotherhood whereeveryone looks to each other as a brother and sister of a commonglobal family.
5In the Hindu tradition, the Raksha has assumed all aspects of protection of righteousness from the forces ofevil. It is not merely that the spirit of Raksha manifests itself onoccasions of mortal peril to the life and honor of the beloved ones or tothe society. It is like the flow of bloodstream through every limb andorgan of the body, carrying strength and nourishment to every cell. As aresult, even a small wound anywhere in the body is promptly attended toby the entire body. Every other limb spontaneously sacrifices a part of itsblood to heal that wound and keeps that organ healthy and strong.
6This mantra is often recited when tying a rakhi Yena baddho balee raajaa daanavendro mahaabalahTena twaam anubadhnaami rakshe maa chala maa chala(I am tying a raksha to you, similar to the one tied to Bali the poswerfulking of demons. Oh Raksha, be firm, do not waver.)
7This is how the society can live and prosper amidst all kinds of challenges, either from within or without. Asociety imbued with this spirit will see to it that every one of itmembers is happy. The Hindu concept of well-being of the Universehas always been:Sarvepi sukhinassantu, sarve santu niraamayaahSarve bhadraani pashyantu, maa kashchitt dukhabhaag bhavet(Let everyone be happy, let everyone be free from all ills, let everyonebehold only the auspicious; let no one be afflicted.)
8The powers of intellect, body, material wealth, and influence should be utilized for the uplift and service of others.Vidyaa vivaadaaya dhanam madaaya shaktih pareshaam parapeedanaayaKhalasya sadhorvipareetam etat jnaanaaya daanaaya cha rakshanaaya(For the wicked , learning is for dry arguments, wealth is for satisfying vanity,and strength is for harassing others; but in the case of holy men, these are forimparting knowledge, offering charity and protecting others.)
9Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh(HSS) Vishwa Dharma prakashenaVishwa shanti pravartake(To establish peace and harmony in the world by propagating eternal Time tested Hindu values.)Today, HSS celebrates Raksha Bahdhan as a festival, celebrating the bond, which we all share as sisters and brothers of the same global family.May the power of this bond protect us all.
10Guiding principles to the vision HINDU VALUES Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam!The whole world is one family!!Ekam sat vipraah bahudhaa vadantiTruth is one. The wise describe it in different ways.Sarvepi Sukhinah Santu, sarve santu niraamayaahLet every one be happy. Let every one be free from suffering.Hinduism a way of life …..
11BalaGokulam http://www.balagokulam.org To facilitate children to appreciate, learn and practice the Hindu way of lifeTo develop social awarenessCommunity ServiceEnvironment ProtectionActivitiesStories, Games, Art & CraftYoga, Meditation etc.
12Developing Values … Youth Conferences, Hindu Heritage Camp & Family Camps
13Awareness programs Awareness about Hindu Dharma Through Lectures Seminar on Hinduism for School TeachersExhibition on Contribution of Hindus to humanity
14Share the treasure Hindu contributions to world.. Yoga Ayurveda (Medicine)Science and TechnologyMusicFoodPluralism
15Social Service(seva) Projects Social projects in USA- Help to Native Americans at Lakota, south Dakota- Food for homeless- Help local facilities like hospitals and homeless shelters.
16Inter-Traditions/Faiths meetings Promote better understanding…Seminars and meetings with : leaders of ancient traditions like Native American, Mayan, Pagans, Jews, African Americans, Christian, Zorastrians, ….NCCJ