The Hindu Dharma is really unique for two reasons: it is the only tradition in the world, in which the ultimate goal prescribed for the human being —freedom from sorrow— is to be gained in this life itself, rather than in some afterlife. Further, the Hindu Dharma is based on the universal human need to discover oneself as complete and one with everything else in the universe.
The most ancient and indigenous tradition of India, the Hindu Dharma has survived centuries of colonialism and distorted perceptions of western nations primarily because of the survival and resilience of its practitioners, known in Sanskrit as the “dharmin." No Dharma can survive without the dharmin. Therefore to protect the Dharma, one must protect the dharmin.
I clearly see that the Global Dharma Conference is much more than just a conference —it is a unique movement to support the contemporary dharmis, --the thinkers, leaders, activists, scholars, young adults, diasporic Hindus. I congratulate the GDC for it is concerted effort with providing a safe and supportive platform the dharmin, and thereby protecting the Dharma in the best way possible.
I commend the organizers, who have worked tirelessly to bring together a stellar conference of speakers from all walks of life. I have no doubt that the conference will be a great success, and benefit all those who participate. My prayers are with the organizing committee. May all their hard work be abundantly fruitful, and translate into manifold blessings in their lives and in all their endeavors. Om tat sat.
Swamini Svatmavidyananda Saraswati