The Vedas: Eko Ham Bahu Shyam

Venue: The Ashok, Chanakyapuri

“Unfulfilled wishes create emotional tension that can lead to aggression and insanity-Wishes are not fulfilled because of the past thoughts and their resultant karmas” Paramahamsa Satyananda Sarswati.

 

Rays of Wisdom Society, a registered NGO, is organizing ‘The Vedas: Eko Ham bahu shyam’ to showcase the different aspects of the Vedic Culture & Lifestyle as Vedas, the scriptures of ultimate knowledge, show the path to purge negative past karmas and fulfill all human desires while maintaining the harmony in society. The event is supported by Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India, ITDC, The Ashok and is scheduled to be held on 18th March 2017 at the Ashok Amphi-theater, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi.

Rays of Wisdom is making an attempt to bring Vedic knowledge to the general public through an interesting medium-Dance. The word Veda is derived from Vidya meaning knowledge. On the one hand, it propagates spiritual life and on the other, it teaches the ways of life to fulfill all human desires while living in this world. Today’s lifestyle has created conflict in inter personal and social relationships. The Ashram system as propagated, in the Vedas, is the ideal way but before negative qualities is crystallized.

 

Ekohum bahu syam through the dance bramhacharya will show the full life and community living of the child in the ancient vedic gurukul, so important for the building of a strong and humble human being. The dance Grihasta depicts the  importance of a woman;s emotions. Through Nitya Karma, power of mantras and respect for the environment is touched upon and finally in Sannyas, man is encouraged to face the last phase of his life with strength.

Rays of wisdom Society, proposes to hold an event: The Vedas, to highlight the material, scientific and spiritual wisdom of the Vedas and bring back Vedic living in contemporary India. Through Dance: Vedas, Rays of Wisdom society proposes to show the Vedas as great repositories of advanced knowledge and high thinking and impress upon the audience the need for Vedic inspired living. Dance on Vedas: The dance will depict the nature and philosophy of Vedas, human desires, the ashram system and the realization of the ultimate truth- that is advaita – in Odissi and Gotipua Dance Styles.

The Dance will have the following items:

  • Mangalacharan: The supreme used His own Energy and His own intelligence to create this vast universe. That makes every atom, every molecule, and every bit of space, a manifestation of the Divinity. Hence Vedas that contain nothing but the truth dedicate the hymns to various aspects of Nature. We begin today’s program with a Mangalacharana on Vedic hymns to invoke the sustainers of life-Agni i.e. fire or heat; Apah i.e. water and of course the Creator Himself.
  • Sanskar : Discipline in Childhood

Vedas recommends a lifestyle- the Ashram system- to fulfill all human desires while maintaining the harmony in society. It started with Brahmacharya where a child was sent to a Gurukul where he lived in austerity and strict discipline, acquiring good samskars and the knowledge necessary for his adult life.

  • Grihasta: Importance of Women in Vedic Life

The second phase or the Grahasta ashram began with marriage and was meant to fulfill one’s worldly desires namely kama, artha and dharma. At the same time he was instructed to do his duties towards his family correctly. As the state of mind of a woman moulds the psyche of her progeny, the man was expected to keep his wife happy.

 

  • Nitya Karma: Importance of daily rituals

Mantras are the sound energy that helps man fulfills all his desires esoteric and empirical. The Vedic daily routine was such that one recited mantras not only for religious rituals but also while performing one’s mundane activities such as bathing and grooming.

  • Sannyas: The Philosophy and Goal of Human Life

In the third phase i.eVanaprastha, people spent most of their time in spiritual pursuit which peaked in the last phase that is Sanyas the culmination of which was Liberation. This item shows the joy and ecstasy of that state where the individual soul unites with the universal soul and gets his Moksha- the fourth and the final desire of every soul.

Total Duration: 1 Hour

Artistes

Odissi: Reela Hota

Reela Hota is a contemporary odissi dance performer, educator and producer, who has several performances to her credit. Daughter of Yoga Guru, Bijoylaxmi Hota, Reela was exposed to dance, yoga & ashram life since childhood. Her exposure to the great spiritual master, Paramahamsa Satyananda Saraswati inspired her to   making Indian spiritual philosophy such as Yoga, Kundalini and Sanskrit the theme of her performances. She is credited for adding a new dimension to Odissi Dance – the spiritual aspect.  She has produced dances on ancient Indian spiritual philosophy such as Yoga & Kundalini Tantra. An ‘A’ grade artist, Reela Hota has been awarded the Sanatan Nritya Puraskar and Uthsav Nritya Ratna for her outstanding contribution to Indian Arts . She is joined by the highly talented and odissi dancers Asha Kumari, Lipsa Satpathy, Sudarshan Sahoo and Dinabandhu Dalai from Odissi Darshan

Gotipua: Konark Natya Mandap

Child dancers from Konark Natya Mandap that was founded by Guru Gangadhar Pradhan charm the viewers with a fascinating and awe inspiring acrobatic dance poses. The Bandha Nrutya, wherein the boys climbed atop each other to form pyramids and chariots is striking.. In the present system of Gurukul Ashram, the Konark Natya Mandap ha 40 students in the age group of six to sixteen who are being imparted training in different streams of performing arts. They belong mostly to the rural areas of different parts of Orissa where poverty and illiteracy still prevail. They are taken in with the consent of their parents and guardians. In the Konark Natya Mandap, these students are provided education, health and standard accommodation to carry on their training. Konark Natya Mandap is conceptualized as a model of Living Konark

Concept, Script & Dance Choreography: Bijoylaxmi Hota

Bijoylaxmi Hota, the noted Integrated Yoga Therapist, whose books on yoga sell internationally, is based in Delhi, India. She has written nine books on yoga and diet including the best seller ‘Yoga for Busy People’. With deep insight and knowledge of ancient Indian spiritual subjects, she has conceptualized and scripted dances on Yoga, Tantra, Chakra and Ramleela in Opera. A student of Guru Debaprasad Das, Bijoylaxmi Hota has also choreographed the dance Ekohum Bahusyam.

Original Musical Composition: Padmavibhushan Rajan Mishra and Shri Swaraansh Mishra

Rajan Mishra is the older brother of the singing maestros Rajan & Sajan Mishra. Together, they are part of a 300-year-old lineage of khyal singing of the Banaras gharana. Mishra brothers have been performing to audiences all over India and the world for many years. They were awarded the Padmabhushan in 2007.

Shri Swaraansh Mishra: Swaraansh Mishra is a young dynamic music composer. And is the grandson of Padmavibhushan Pt. Birju Maharaj ji, and son of Padmabhushan Pt Rajan-Sajan Mishra, His soul searching lyrics and spell bounding composition’ Ganga Mayya’ recently received DadaSaheb Film Festival Award in 2014 for the documentary Bharat BhagyaVidhata. He at present is working for upcoming movies- Muawza and DNA of love. And has in past worked with popular names of the industry like Sonu Nigam and Roopkumar Rathod

Rays of Wisdom Society (Regd.no.54348)

Rays of Wisdom Society is a charitable organization, committed to establish and propagate the wisdom behind ancient rituals and practices, and help people better themselves physically, mentally, socially and spiritually.

It holds the annual international convention: International Ancient Arts Festival /Symposium with its focus on the healing aspect of Arts.

Previous productions of the society include Rabindra Abhivyakti (Spiritual message of Tagore’s Poems), Sanskrit the Mantra Bhasha (The healing aspect of Ancient Language) and AntarYatra (Inner Evolution) and the first ever Ramleela in Opera

Reela Hota is the Founding member/Secretary of Rays of Wisdom Society

“The need of the hour is to arrest the deterioration of Culture by reviving the great philosophical values of life- Let us arise and rebuild ourselves and our nation”

Swami Chinmayananda Saraswati.

Ancient Indians lived a Life of Dharma

Megasthenes, one of the earliest European visitor in Chandragupta Mourya’s court in fourth century BC noted in his book Indika, “All Indians are free and none of them is a slave. Indians neither invade other people, nor do other people invade India. They fare happily, because of their simplicity and frugality. Since they esteem beauty, they practice everything that can beautify their appearance, Further they respect alike virtue and truth.”

 Present Day Conflicted Society

But present day Indians are anything but. With increasing Violence against women, road rage, breakdown of interpersonal relationships, India is increasingly becoming a country facing a social crisis.

 Women’s emotions affect the nature of her progeny especially during the pregnancy. If she is ill treated and has suppressed anger and resentment, child is born with negative feelings for his fellow beings. In order to create a positive individual, it is crucial to treat all women with due regard and sensitivity.

Can Vedic Living solve the problem & how? Is there a connection between science and Spirituality ?

Vedas builds regard for the Environment
It is said in “Manusmriti” that – it is sinful to cut green plants for fuel and the offender should be punished suitably.

Medicinally and nutritionally beneficial trees are advised to be planted in these areas for multiple benefits of the inhabitants in the surrounding areas.  The centrality of trees to survival and economic well-being created the need for their conservation, which was achieved through the concept of sacredness.

The attitude of respect towards earth as mother is widespread among the Indian society because of Vedic teachings.

Medicinal plants/trees (vanaushadhis) and other vegetation (vanaspatis) are personified as goddesses and deities and collectively invoked as a goddess. This encourages caring, nurturing and protection of these trees and plants as precious entities….

 Yagyan was advocated to purify the atmosphere

 Yagya’s Effect on Environment – A Study

The industrial wastes, rapid urbanization, deforestation, air and water pollution, disturbances in the ozone layer – formation, radioactive waves etc., have destabilized the human, animal and plant life cycles.

Ozone layer depletion has been causing ailments like sunburn, skin cancer, cataracts and weakening of the immune system. Viruses are becoming Drug-resistant and showing consistent growth trends.

Experimental studies show that the incidence of physical ailments, sickness and disease are reduced in the houses, where the Yagya (Agnihotra) is regularly performed because it creates a pure, nutritional and medicinal atmosphere. It renews the brain cells, revitalizes the skin, purifies blood and prevents growth of pathogenic organisms.

Dr. Hafkine has mentioned that – “mixing ghee and sugar and burning them creates smoke which kills the germs of certain diseases and secretion takes place from some glands relate to the wind-pipe, which fill our heart and mind with pleasure.

Sugars present in Havishya have great power to purify the atmosphere. It kills the germs of T.B., measles, smallpox and cow-pox, remarks Prof. Tilward.

According to Dr. Shirowich, a Russian scientist has remarked that (i) Cow’s milk contains great power of protection from atomic radiation;(ii) Houses having cow-dung covered floors enjoy complete protection from atomic radiation; (iii) If cow’s ghee is put into Yagya fire, its fumes lessen the effect of atomic radiation to a great extent.

Even without going into detailed chemical bacteriology, it can be stated that performance of Yagya leads to purification of air.

Eko hum bahu syam depicts daily rituals such as offering water to the tulsi plant and homa in the dance –Nitya Karma

 Vedas gave great importance to the well being  of women

 Vedas say:

“The deities delight in places where women are revered but where women are not revered all rites are fruitless. Where the women of the family are miserable, the family is soon destroyed. Therefore men who wish to prosper should always revere the women. If the woman is radiant the whole family is radiant”

It is most likely that the Rishi in the Vedic times released with their intuitive wisdom about the importance of the mother in character building of the child Research now is proving that Change in Mother’s Mental State Can Influence Her Baby’s Development Before and After Birth

As a fetus grows, it’s constantly getting messages from its mother. It’s not just hearing her heartbeat and whatever music she might play to her belly; it also gets chemical signals through the placenta. A new study, which will be published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, finds that this includes signals about the mother’s mental state. If the mother is depressed, that affects how the baby develops after it’s born.

Gurukul System:

In the IOSR Journal of Humanities and Social Science, there is an article -Relevance of Vedic Ideals of Education in The Modern Education System by Zahoor Ahmad

According to Vedas, the important aspects of education is to train the young to be truthful because the noble soul who pursues the path of truth is never defeated. In Vedic period teaching was considered a holy duty and it shows the world that how much responsible was a Vedic teacher as compared to modern period.

Dr Radhakrishnan has rightly said that: ―A civilization is not built of bricks, steel and machinery, it is built with men, their quality and character. So the true aim of education is to develop in the body and in soul all the beauty and all perfection of which they are capable.

In the Vedic period, the pupils’ residence in teachers’ house helped them to develop social contacts. It was considered a sacred duty on the part of the pupils to collect fuel-wood, supply water and do other household odd jobs for the teacher. In this way the pupils were receiving instructions related to domestic life and also learning the concrete lesson of the dignity of labour and social service. Besides, the pupils of ancient India were receiving valuable training in the occupations of animal husbandry, agriculture, dairy farming, etc. by grazing the cows of the Guru and serving him in various ways.

As the pupils were residing in the house of the Gurus, they were begging alms for their own subsistence and also for the preceptor. This practice of begging alms by the pupils was to inculcate in them noble sentiment of humanitarian virtues. The motive behind this system was to sublimate the unruly passions and ego in the pupils, which enabled them to face the realities of life and helped in social integration.

It was considered a concrete lesson in the cultivation of virtue of self-help and the sense of gratitude and duty towards the society. Though the curriculum in vogue was essentially spiritual and religious in character, yet it did not ignore the material aspect.

 Ashram System

The requirement of a human being in every stage of his life changes and evolve. Vedas had understood this and had devised the ashram system of Bramhacharya, Grihasta, Vanaprastha and Sannyas to make all these stages smooth and fulfilling.

Ekohum Bahu Syam will depict some of the stages and end with Sannyasa

POWER of Mantras

The Vedas however are well known for expounding subtle sciences, such as the power of mantras. We all recognize the power of sound itself by its effects, which can be quite dramatic. Mantras carry hidden spiritual power, which can produce significant benefits when chanted properly. Indeed, the Vedas themselves are sound vibrations in literary form and carry a profound message.

Ekohum Bahu Syam will also touch upon this aspect in Nitya karma.

Conclusion:

The Spiritual Heritage is the backbone of our Country

In 1835, Lord Macaulay said, “I have traveled the length and breadth of the whole of India, and I have not seen one beggar.  Such wealth I have seen in this country and high morals, which I do not think that you will ever be able to conquer this country, unless we break the very backbone of this country, which is their spiritual and cultural heritage.

These early Indologists Devised the Aryan Invasion theory, denying India’s Vedic past  They taught that the English educational system is superior  They intentionally misinterpreted Sanskrit texts to make the Vedas look primitive. And they systematically tried to make Indians ashamed of their own culture .To a large extent, this is what happened.

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