by Amitabh Sharma ( 770-270-1757)
"Peace and Unity" was the electrifying message of the day at
Atlanta Vedic Temple celebrating the 7th Annual Samveda
Mahayajnya on April 22, 2007.
A large gathering, representing multiple South East Asian
Communities (Indians, Nepalese, Guyanese) including ISKCON had
gathered early morning to perform the unique Mahayajnya. It was
a unique congregation, because of the simultaneous 28 Havans (agnihotras)
under one roof, compared to normally one havan generally
performed at any one time. The essence of agnihotra is a
personal sacrifice to cause peace to others in the world. It
also raises the health of mind, body and soul.
With the increasing unrest and wars in the world, it was an
enormous task undertaken by Atlanta Vedic Temple, to try the
powers of a unique Mahayajnya for steering peace, and
tranquility in all regions of the world, whether it be a nation,
or a community or a school or a family or within one-self.
The day started early at 8:00 AM with the emotional Vedic Geets
and Prabhat Ferri (sunrise march) followed by Aum flag hoisting
by Arya Veer Dal (children) and Chief guest Mr. Brant Jackson,
president of Atlanta Theosophical Society.
After welcome address by the President, in which he thanked all
gathered united under one roof for a noble cause, irrespective
of beliefs or status, the main Yajnya started under the guidance
of visiting Acharya Shridhar Premchand from Houston and Atlanta
Vedic Temple's Acharya Naresh Vachaspati and Shri Vishnu Arya.
The unique yajnya proceeded flawlessly and simultaneously at all
28 Havan Kunds. The Vedic Hymns started with Dainic Mantras,
followed by Samved Mantras. Acharyas explained the meaning of
mantras and their connection with the message of peace and
Acharya Shridhar Premchandji from Houston in his discourse, gave
forceful and mesmerizing remarks. His emotional body language
and convincing voice awed the audience: "Oh God, let peace rain
from all directions". "Be proud of being a Hindu, which stood
for Humanity, Integrity, Nobility, Divinity, Unity. "Unless,
there is a unity, there is no peace." "Stand united for peace"
"Unity is life", "Division is death", "Be proud of Vedic
Philosophy", "This earth is a Dharma-Kshetra and a Karma-Kshetra",
"As a Hindu, it is your duty to perform Karma today, as if you
are leaving this earth tomorrow".
Acharya Nareshji in his discourse described the life as a
puzzle, which could be made simple or over-complicated. It is up
to the person to try or not to try a sincere effort to
uncomplicate the miseries within one-self and others. It is upto
the person to appreciate and understand the value of life.
The chief guest speaker Dr. Brant Jackson explained the powers
of mind and consequences. He spoke of the quantum field, which
is hypothesized to be the source of energy, information, form
and consciousness. The consciousness has the amazing power on
another subject at any distance. The human consciousness,
similar to the quantum field, has the ability to focus on
another person and aid the healing process mentally or
The Mahayajnya ended with Shantee Path, Aartee followed by Bhoj
(lunch). During lunch, some noted with pride the Atlanta Vedic
Temple's inocuous attempt undertaking a non-violent method for
peace similar to the other two centers in Atlanta (Gandhi and
Martin Luther King centers).