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ADDRESS FROM HIS MAJESTY BIRENDRA BIR BIKRAM SHAH DEV KING - The Indian Express

Posted By Krishnakant Udavant (kkant@bom2.vsnl.net.in)
Mon, 03 Nov 1997 21:47:59 +0500

ADDRESS FROM HIS MAJESTY BIRENDRA BIR BIKRAM SHAH DEV KING OF NEPAL TO
THE VIRAT HINDU SAMMELAN HARDWAR, INDIA

20 OCTOBER 1997

Your Holinesses
Excellencies
Learned Scholars
Ladies and Gentlemen:

1. It is indeed very kind of His Holiness Jagadguru Sri Shankaracharya of
Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam for giving me the privilege of inaugurating the
Virat Hindu Sammelan jointly organised by Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam and
the World Hindu Federation at this holy land, Hardwar. My wife and I are
happy that we are here to join the religious leaders and learned delegates
who have assembled from various parts of the world to deliberate on the
promotion of Hinduism and its reawakening.

2. Hardwar represents the gateway to some of the renowned places of Hindu
pilgrimages in the proximity of the Himalayas from where the holy Ganges
originates and flows into the plains consecrating vast areas, as well as,
nurturing one of the great civilisations of the world. The Himalayas
stretching over several countries of the Asian continent occupy a prominent
place in the Hindu mythology, not only as the abode of Lord Shiva and
Goddess Parvati, but also as a sanctuary for seers and sages seeking
deliverance or salvation. The Himalayas have been further sanctified by
sacred shrines such as Badrinath, Kedarnath, Amarnath and Muktinath.

3. I am but a student of Hinduism and feel honoured to be in the presence
of such a distinguished gathering of Hindu scholars. May all be happy; May
all be healthy; May everyone get to see only good; and, May no one suffer,
is what Hinduism essentially aspires for. Hinduism stands on the bedrock of
humanism. Tolerance towards other faiths for peaceful coexistence forms its
cornerstone. Its greatness lies in the belief that different religions are
merely different paths that people choose to attain the ultimate. It is
perhaps this liberal outlook of Hinduism that has attracted admirers and
adherents in various parts of the world.

4. We have been taught that religion backed by righteousness called
"Dharma" facilitates peace and harmony in every society. Religion also
elevates man from the morass of just temporal concerns and inspires him to
achieve emancipation from all bondage. This is where one finds the
relevance of Hinduism at all times. To make Hinduism relevant to the
demands of time, I think, we must let our religion and culture evolve and
flow like the Ganges assimilating in herself streams of diverse views and
ideas as she proceeds in her just course. Efforts have to be intensified to
impress upon our younger generation, both in cities and in villages, the
virtues and ideals of our culture and religion using modern technology and
through appropriate interpretations in a medium and language that they have
no difficulty in comprehending. Only then can we make Hindu values enduring
through the ages reinvigorating Hindu awakening. The appeal of our Holy
Scriptures like the Vedas, the Upanishads and the Puranas along with our
great epics, like the Ramayana and the Mahabharat, for both the young and
old alike, is manifest not only in our part of the world but also abroad.
There are enough just and right causes for which the Hindus should unite
and let themselves be heard universally.

5. The problems that the world faces today are not confined to a particular
sect, country or region. Sooner or later everyone is affected. Hinduism's
concern for humanity enjoins upon the Hindus to see how they can contribute
to make the world a better place to live in. I need not remind this
distinguished gathering how the Bhagwat Gita teaches us to be firm and
fearless and perform our duties with conscience as our guide. Many problems
that afflict humanity today can be lessened, if nations are guided by
proper values of spiritualism and humanism in their dealings with one
another May I hope that this Conference will deliberate on how we can make
nations mindful of this. If religious scholars, teachers and organisations
could take upon themselves this task, it would do a great service to
humanity. This is how the Hindus can contribute towards freeing the world
from injustices emanating from animosities, prejudices and parochialism
keeping pace with modem times for which the liberal and pragmatic character
of Hinduism is a help rather than a hindrance.

6. Before concluding, I wish the Conference all success. I would also like
to take this opportunity to thank the Government of India for the
hospitality extended to my entourage. Our thanks also go to the organisers
of this Sammelan for the excellent arrangements made for this important
function.

May Lord Pashupatinath bless us all !
Thank you


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