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Hindu Heritage Day 2015

Kunjavihari Kashalikar



Parivartan is the essence of life, says the Geetha. Mother Nature is an embodiment of parivartan or change in the phenomenal world. The three gunas, namely sattva, rajas, and tamas are in a state of continuous motion thereby producing a change in all matter. The entire perceived universe is in perpetual motion as a result of the gunas.

Given this parivartan in constant play, the seasons change, man changes, all atoms, animals, plants, every aspect of Prakriti changes imperceptibly but certainly. The tamas guna compels all atoms to stay stationary while the rajas impels towards motion being the opposite side of the coin with sattva playing the role of balancing and harmonizing.

All three gunas are essential constituents of Nature for it to function. In Hindu culture, change is celebrated, may it be change of seasons, may it be change in nature around us, or may it be change in ourselves. All our traditional Hindu celebrations during the year including Holi, Navratri, and Diwali are celebrations of change. In celebrating the visible changes around us, they promote subtle inner changes within us. In Diwali, it allows an inner light of all lights to shine within Man's heart.

On Hindu Heritage Day this year, held on May 16, at Marlborough Middle School starting at 3 PM, we celebrate this unique aspect of parivartan inherent in the Prakriti which affords us an opportunity to fulfill our inner desires whether they are for worldly toys or the nobler desires for self-improvement leading to liberation from the clutches of the triguna of Prakriti.

The HHD event has various activities that cater to all age groups. The popular mehndi application will have dedicated space for the full duration of the program.  Children can engage in kite flying, face painting various contest booths, picture coloring, and viewing movies especially for children. The cafeteria will serve a complete dinner at a very nominal cost. In the main auditorium, a variety of area music and dance school will present their take on the theme of the mela via music, dances and skits.

A nominal entrance fee of $5 covers all activities being held through the day. There is going to be an assortment of non-profit organizations and cultural schools present to give out information, along with vendors of goods and services with different products geared to cater to Indian taste. Organized by Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America, over 40 organizations plan to participate in this year’s mela.

We extend our invitation to all to participate in the program. If you or your organization would like to participate in any way in this inclusive mela, please contact Mrs. Jaya Asthana at jasthana@hotmail.com

VHP of America is a national organization which has among its objectives to unite Hindus by instilling in them devotion to the Hindu way of life, to cultivate self-respect and respect for all people, and to establish contacts with Hindus all over the world. For more information please visit http://boston.vhp-america.org/

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