Saints, Scientists, Yogis & Experts Convene to Discuss Global Harmony, Yoga’s Ancient Roots as well as Social Issues
September 13: Edison, NJ. Attendees representing 13 countries now have greater insight into the philosophy of “Dharma” for a conflict free and pluralistic world as well as ancient spiritual roots of yoga and the social issues faced by Hindus globally. The largest Hindu students’ organization in North America brought more than 40 saints, scientists, yogis and experts to New Jersey on the “Never Forget” September 11th anniversaries for Dharma and world harmony.
Organized by the Hindu Students Council and supported by over 35 organizations, the conference featured luminaries such as Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the founder of Art of Living, Swami Paripoornananda, the head of Sreepeetham in India, Dr. HR Nagendra, Chairman of the Indian Government’s Experts Committee for the International Day of Yoga, Fields Medalist Dr. Manjul Bhargava and many others. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar provided insights on how the principles of Dharma can help develop a conflict free society, while Dr. Nagendra discussed Indian Government’s efforts in making yoga available to millions of Indian people in order to appreciate its roots and medical benefits.
The Council also recognized Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who will be visiting the US this month, along with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Swami Dayananda Saraswati and Dr. HR Nagendra, with the “Light of Yoga Award” for their pioneering contributions in making the International Day of Yoga a major success.
“The fact that some of the most renowned saints, a former NASA scientist, a Fields Medalist and 40 others came together on HSC’s platform is testament to the organization’s 25 year history and brand value,” added HSC Chairman and Conference Chair Nikunj Trivedi. “This conference is therefore a celebration of HSC’s legacy and an opportunity to map out the course for decades to come.”
The conference opened with HSC students chanting the sacred symbol “Om”, which was followed by a moment of silence for the victims of the September 11th terrorist attacks.
Dr. Bhargava, along with physicist Dr. GNR Tripathi, computer scientist Dr. Subhash Kak and Professor Alok Kumar, discussed the need to recognize the significant contributions of ancient Hindus in the field of science and mathematics. For example, Dr. Bhargava argued that the number system used today should be called “the Hindu Number System” rather than Arabic Number System and the Fibonacci Sequence (of integers) outlined in the 12th century, should be renamed “Hemchandra Numbers” after Jain scholar Acharya Hemchandra who developed them 900 years earlier.
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