Vedanta Bharathi: Epi-Centre of a silent spiritual revolution
Dashamaha Soundaryalahari Parayanothsava Mahasamarpane will witness a congregation of one lakh women in the silicon city on Sunday, 29th October in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Globally acknowledged philosophers and historians are of the firm view that Bharat, with its abundant spiritual resources & knowledge, is the only nation which can and will bring peace to the otherwise conflict-ridden world. But they have also said that this is possible if only Bharat first strengthens its spiritual, cultural, traditional and ideological moorings and then builds the character of the nation on the basis of its time-tested ethos and spirituality.
Towards that end to strengthen and sustain spirituality in Bharat, the birth of Adi Shankaracharya at Kaladi village in Kerala in 8th century is regarded as an epoch-making event. What Shankara started in 8th century is still being carried out scrupulously and religiously by many organisations. One such institution that stands out as a shining star in the firmament of spiritual organisations is “Vedanta Bharathi” with its headquarters at K.R. Nagar in Mysore district.
Patronised by Sri Sri Shankara Bharathi Swami, the young and erudite seer of Sri Yedathore Yogananda Bharathi mutt, Vedanta Bharati, by its multi-dimensional and multiple programmes, has proved to be “the epi-centre of a silent spiritual revolution” spreading the message of Shankaracharya in Bharat.
“Knowledge of the self is the only divine cure for all sufferings of beings. True inner-self is one and the same in all of us,” is the message of Adi Shankara, the 8th century philosopher-par-excellence. This is being propogated by Vedanta Bharathi by involving people, especially women, from all sections and strata of society, in enmass chanting of the shlokas composed by Adi Shankaracharya.
Why emphasis on women? “Bharat has withstood all kinds of onslaught – cultural, physical, ideological, political and military – solely because our society remained strong due to the family value system which we have built since time immemorial. The mainstay of family is a woman – be it mother, or sister, or daughter or sister-in-law or mother-in-law or grand-mother. It is the mother who imparts right kind of samskara to the children. Efforts are being made to destroy this family value system. We need to nurse, nourish and nurture this family value system by making the women member of the family spiritually strong,” said Inakay Sridhar Bhat, Director of Vedanta Bharathi.
While the earlier rendition of Soundarya Lahari, Shivananda Lahari, Ananda Sindhu and other shlokas composed by Adi Shankaracharya saw massive gathering of over 60,000 women in each of the nine such events, the tenth edition of the enmass chanting of Soundarya Lahari – being held on Sunday, 29th October in the sprawling Bangalore Palace Grounds – will see the gathering of over a lakh women drawn from all sections and strata of society.
The event on Sunday is the culmination of a decade-long campaign to strengthen and sustain spirituality in the psyche of the masses especially women undertaken by Vedanta Bharathi, a spiritual organisation, which has spread globally with its devotees in various countries conducting rendition of shlokas in their respective countries. The campaign first started in 2007. In 2017, the organisation is celebrating the Dashamanothsava Soundaryalahari Mahasamarpane.
By S. A. Hemantha Kumar from Bengaluru