for Peace & Prosperity
By Dhirendra Sharma
Mahayajnya brought a unique scene that is unparallel in any
other society particularly in the USA. Dhirendra Sharma, the
President of the Atlanta Vedic Temple welcomed the gathering of
devotees, by praising their resolve to be part of great noble
cause of Peace and Prosperity through Mahayajna, where all
present collectively pray on 36 fire pits (Hawan Kunds) to
Almighty God for the blessings for the well-being of all
including self – physically, socially and spiritually leading to
Peace & Prosperity for all and harmony amongst all.
The mass Agnihotra was enchanting to mind and the body. The air
was full of fragrance. The peace was radiating from the panel of
speakers. Dr. Devbala of New York, in here to address the
congregation, presented the aim and motto of life to serve the
society in which we live. The speaker urged the gathering to use
the present life period for achieving righteous goals which are
Dharma, Artha, Kama & Moksha. The righteous life brings true
Peace & Prosperity to a person, who can then disseminate it to
rest in the society and the world.
Dr. Hariprasad presented ShivSankalpmastu Mantras musically,
devotionally, practically and he highlighted the basic theme to
uplift self to uplift the society which brings the peace and
peace brings the prosperity. Acharya Vedshrami spoke on the
prosperity of nation. He urged the society in positive thinking
of togetherness, unity, support, security and prosperity by
acquiring all resources.
The physical Yog/Aasans of Acharya Vedshrami were worth paying
serious attention and the benefit one can attain from them to be
healthy to enjoy the fruits of labor of this life.
One of the highlights of the MahaYagya was the presentation by
Arya Veer Dal, the youth group of the temple. Anup Chandora,
laid-out of the achievements of the group and discussed the
roadmap for the Arya Veer Dal. One of the youngest members of
the group, Havishkrit then enraptured the audience with his
emotional and impressive talk addressed to today’s youth and
reminded them the challenges in the current society were the
same at the time of Swami Dayanand Saraswati and it was our
individual approach changed that can positively impact the
society, through sacrifices for the society by selfless work.
The Arya Veer Dal members then presented the Hymns of Harmony (Sangathan
Mantra) and the beautiful bhajan – ‘Itni Shakti Hamein Dena
Daata’ – that truly touched everybody’s hearts. The section
concluded with a contemporary presentation in question and
answer format on the relevance of Vedic Teachings in today’s
life by Rishi and Rohan Bagga.
Shri Amitabh Sharma gave the need for the expansion of the
current complex and the various sections of the community that
would be impacted. Dr .Ramesh Reddy, who was the key note
speaker shared his beliefs on how to achieve calmness of
turbulent mind was a reminder how we can implement in daily life
to progress and improve our selves in day to day interaction.
Atlanta Vedic Temple has a tradition of recognizing its selfless
volunteers for their contributions every year. The winners this
year were Dr. Madhusudan for his commitment to furthering the
knowledge of the Vedic Dharma, Mr. Johan Singh for his selfless
and dedicated service to the temple and finally Rishi Bagga won
the coveted Youth Leadership Award for all round leadership to
the Arya Veer Dal. At the end, Vishrut Arya & Vikas Bagga
thanked the Volunteers for their hardwork, dedication & resolve
to make this program successful. Audience enjoyed the spring
weather, the delicious tasting food sponsored by Ashiana
Restaurant. However it was the devotees who were the benefactor
of the whole Mahayajnya spiritually, physically, and emotionally
with the fun food and the joy of the Satsang.