Greater Atlanta Vedic Temple
Mahayajna performed for universal peace and prosperity
Aacharya Vedshramiji's resolute will power coupled with the
steadfast fervor of the devotees triumphed over several adverse
factors including overcast skies to perform without blemish the
annual Vedic fete - the Mahayajna (RIGVED MAHAYAJNA) on April 19
at the sprawling Greater Atlanta Vedic Temple premises.
As the Mahayajna progressed, the rain God stood by in total
subservience to the synergistic mandate, choosing to
symbolically bless the function with sporadic sprinkle. It was a
grand ritual impeccably conducted with flawless finesse and
clockwork precision, thanks to the boundless energy and untiring
effort of scores of volunteers - young and old.
The crowning glory of the proceedings was a seven-minute
soul-stirring tri-language extempore expose by Havishkrit Arya,
the budding 6 year old child prodigy, a presentation on Arya
Samaj by young talents Rishi and Rohan Bagga and a patriotic,
melodious song by Supriya. A strong 300 plus crowd of devotees
regaled in the singing of Vedic hymns and collective Agnihotra.
The proceedings culminated with inspiring commentary from the
revered seers - Aacharya Vedshrami and Dr. Sahadeo Hariprasad.
Starting with the ceremonial parade in the temple campus and
followed by unfurling of the Vedic flag, the event embarked on
its main course of collective “havan” by “yajmans”
(hosts/performers). This year in excess of 40 families
participated under the able direction of temple priests.
Subsequent to the Agnihotra, Aacharya Dr Sahadeo Hariprasad
spoke eloquently on the virtues of being Arya and urged the
august assembly to introspect constantly with a view to
spiritual progress. His sermons were cheerfully received.
Aacharya Vedshrami demonstrated with disarming ease several
beneficial yogic Aasanas and exercises to repeated thunderous
applause. He also alluded to the loftiness of Vedic life and the
inspirational advantages that modern generation could derive
The valuable services rendered by the temple volunteers were
acknowledged. Mayor Diane Preston of Lilburn and Police Chief
John Davidson also of Lilburn were felicitated as community
The event was followed by a sumptuous Mahaprasad (lunch),
sponsored by Ashiana.
Vedic Temple has had the noble tradition of organizing Vedic
Mahayajnas each year in celebration of one of the four Vedas
(the bedrock of Hindu religion and philosophy). This year's
Mahayajna was based on the theme of global dignity to bring
about world peace and prosperity. It is now beyond intrigue that
the world is a unitary body and exists no longer in fragments.
So, the essence of all problems including the current economic
recession gripping nations should be viewed as a singular
problem confronting world community. Any effort to solve it,
therefore, in isolation would only worsen the situation.
It is also important to understand what caused the current chaos
and everyone would logically surmise that human greed has
everything to do with this debacle. It is thus essential to
appeal to the divinity embodied in the supreme energy of God to
absolve us of immorality and to beg forgiveness through self
righteous corrective measures so the entire humanity can emerge
from this mess unscathed.
With this basic purpose, Greater Atlanta Vedic Temple organized,
like every year, this year’s Annual Mahayajna (collective Vedic
prayers to reinforce world divinity). These collective prayers
were performed at Atlanta Vedic Temple on April 19, 2009 from 8
AM to 12.30 PM.
This gave all participants and attendees an opportunity to
appreciate how the simple process of Yajna endeavors to bring
hope by arousing the dormant divine energy within every human
being and leads to saving the world from economic collapse. With
the collective resounding recital of selected Vedic hymns, this
mega-prayer was conducted in the same manner as in ancient times
and certainly impacted individual and coalesced will. The herbal
items consigned to the sacred fire have the potential to ennoble
behavior and thinking.