From Asian Media USA
CHICAGO: The 11-volume Encyclopedia of Hinduism was launched here at a glittering event at Manav Seva Mandir (MSM) at the weekend.
Swami Chidanand Saraswati, one of India’s known saints, launched the encyclopaedia in the presence of over 400 scholars and priests of Hinduism, representatives of various social and religious organizations and followers of Sanatan Dharma.
Conceived and blessed by Swamiji, the encyclopaedia has been published by India Heritage Research Foundation.
In his soul-stirring speech, Swamiji underlined the universality of Sanatan Dharma as its basic principle is to see divinity in all and practice Ahimsa in thought, word and action.
He said it is “we who make or hell with our own acts of commission and omission” and that it was essential that the goal of our life should be merging with the divinity.
The encyclopaedia will make available the depth and breadth of India’s great spiritual culture in academic and scholastic form for the coming generations. As D.P. Prajapati of Manav Seva Mandir said, this book will be “ a great boon to the second and third generations of Indians living abroad to learn and understand the true meaning of Hinduism.”
Earlier, Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, PhD, made an awe-inspiring speech explaining in her beautiful way with lots of examples the real meaning of religion. Meditation, puja, worship and rituals are all good in a way, but while practicing all these we should never lose sight of the basic concept of Hinduism which is to search divinity through all the creations.
She said that the encyclopedia is not limited to Hinduism as a religion, but rather provides all inclusive treatment of India’s spiritual culture (including in-depth coverage of Sikhism, Jainism and Buddhism, and major aspects from Islamic and Christian traditions in India).
A graduate of Stanford University, the sadhvi has spent the last 17 years living in India, studying and serving under Swamiji. She is the Managing Editor of the encyclopedia and gives discourses and lectures around the world and leads meditation at Parmarth Niketan.
The launch ceremony was preceded by Yagya that was part of two-day celebrations of MSM Patosav.
Dahyabhai Prajapati said that the Manav Seva Mandir (MSM) library will have all the eleven volumes of the encyclopedia and anybody interested in reading them or learning more about Hinduism is welcome to come to the facility and avail of all the volumes.
In India, the encyclopedia was launched at a huge ceremony by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and hundreds of India’s most revered spiritual, social and national leaders.