21st Arya Maha Sammelan
The Eternal Relevance of Vedic
By Dhirendra Sharma
On July 28 to 31, 2011, Atlanta Vedic Temple hosted the
traditionally ennobling 21st Arya Maha Sammela for the first
time in Atlanta with the theme “The Values of Vedic Teachings in
A large number of international Vedic scholars had arrived from
India and all over US and Canada to expound on the valuable
theme to an eager audience drawn from all parts of the world. In
addition to the spiritually weighted sermons, the conference had
also organized cultural events for fun and entertainment to
regale the audience.
Shri Narendra – a renowned professional singer from India
mesmerized the audience with his melodious voice and soulful
rendering. In Pranayama & meditation, the audience experienced
fresh waves of energies created within their body and mind
–while retaining a rhythmic heart beat. In Yogic physical
exercises, the audience learnt on the new techniques to
revitalize every single part of their body. Youth (under 18),
kept the adults spellbound with their presentation of cultural
events plus performance of Hawan and recitation of Mantras along
with their meanings.
Hearing the spiritual sermons, the audience were further
enlightened about the following truths:
• Dharma (religion) is the performance of all actions aimed at
the universal well-being and harmony.
• A person should regularly perform his / her services to God,
Devtaas (who give and ask for nothing in return), fellow-beings,
parents, handicapped and scholars.
• For attainment of true happiness, a person should be selfless,
control his senses, thoughts, and emotions, forbear
difficulties, act according to the will of God as stated in
Vedic scriptures. In relationships, he should be amiable towards
happy persons, compassionate towards the deprived persons,
cheerful towards noble persons, and indifferent towards
• One should make righteous use of his time, strength, talent,
labor, resources and disposition for the well-being of others.
• The promotion of humanity in accordance with Vedic teachings
is the only solution to combat the rampant corruption, pangs of
hunger, dreadful acts of terrorism and feelings of insecurity.
• Family is a kingpin of the society. The husband and wife are
the two wheels of a chariot. There should be an unconditional
love, affection, trust and harmony as per the Vedic values.
• “As is the leader, so are his people”. A leader should accept
the wishes of the public as his own. He should be highly wise
and virtuous, and actively strength the cause of education,
resources, law, and defense of the nation - all in conformity
with the teaching of Vedas.
• Vedas are the ancient repository of all true knowledge
(spiritual and physical) revealed by God after creation of the
• Per Vedas (the words of God) three entities exist eternally:
God, souls and a Prakriti (the material cause of our universe).
This universe is a reality and not an illusion.
• The most important Vedic value is a deep abiding faith in
Omnipresent, All-pervading and Formless God, and performance of
virtuous deeds for the well-being of others –based on love,
truth and respect for others.
The conference ended on a high note of success and wishes to
profusely thank all its volunteers (especially those of Atlanta
Vedic temple) for their untiring service to the success of the
program. The visibly contented crowd left with a vow to meet
again next year (2012) at Detroit in Mid-July.