" Most of my ideas & my theories are heavily influenced by Vedanta. "
~ Erwin Schrodinger ~
~ Erwin Schrodinger ~
India, the most diverse country in the world, has always been revered. Due to the changing culture and ideology of the region, India has become known as a unique country. In the same way, Hinduism is an invaluable gift to this land of God.
The concepts and scientific practices of Hinduism have always been respected and accepted. The world has glorified many Hindu cultures like Yoga, Vedic knowledge, Bhagavad Gita.
In a speech in Chicago in 1891, Swami Vivekananda highlighted the importance of Indian culture to the world. Representing India globally, Swami Vivekananda had said- “I am a Hindu and I am proud to be a Hindu”. Such Hinduism is considered a symbol of nationalism of India. Perhaps it would be inappropriate to forget that India is still known as Hindustan.
UNESCO has formally included Yoga in its representative list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The declaration describes Yoga, an ancient Indian practice as a Human Treasure.
Unesco’s decision highlights how this practice is important for unifying the mind with the body and soul to follow for greater mental, spiritual and physical wellbeing. It is practised by the young and old without discriminating against gender, class or religion.
It consists of a series of poses, meditation, controlled breathing, word chanting and other techniques improved to help individuals build self realization.
It is also considered useful to ease any suffering they may be experiencing and allow for a state of liberation. In 2014 the United Nations proclaimed 21 June as International Yoga Day.
According to the MEA note, Kumbhmela was recommended by the expert body examining the nominations.
The committee observed that Kumbhmela is the largest peaceful congregation of pilgrims on earth. The festivals held in Allahabad, Haridwar, Ujjain and Nashik represent a compiled set of rituals related to worship and rituals in sacred rivers in India.
The element is compatible with existing international human rights instruments because all people participate in the same festival without discrimination. As a religious celebration, the tolerance and inclusivity displayed by Kumbhmela is particularly valuable to the contemporary world.
The committee also noted the fact that knowledge and skills related to Kumbhmela teach saints and sadhus through traditional rituals and mantras through Guru-Shishya parampara. This will ensure the continuity and viability of this festival.
On November 7, 2003, at a meeting of jury members in Paris, the Director General of UNESCO, Mr. Matsura announced the tradition of Vedic chanting in India as “Heritage of humanity” and the form of cultural expressions.
The tradition of Vedic chanting is listed in the representative list of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity. A vast collection of Sanskrit poetry in the Vedas, philosophical dialogues, myths and ritual rites have been developed and composed 350 years ago by the Aryans.
As the primary source of knowledge by Hindus and the sacred foundation of their religion, the Veda is one of the oldest surviving cultural traditions in the world.
The Vedic legacy acknowledges a multitude of texts and interpretations collected in the four Vedas, commonly referred to as books of knowledge, even though they were transmitted orally. The Vedas play an important role in Indian life, with only more than a thousand Vedic recitation branches left.
Ramlila is performed throughout North India during the festival of Dussehra, which is held every year according to the ritual calendar of autumn. Ramlila literally means “Play of Rama”. It is a play or performance of the epic Ramayana, consisting of lyrics, narration, singing and dialogue.
This sacred book dedicated to the glory of Rama, the hero of Rama, was composed by Tulsidas in the sixteenth century in a form of Hindi to make the epic of Sanskrit available to all.
The most representative of Ramlila are Ayodhya, Ramnagar and Banaras, Vrindavan, Almora, Sattna and Madhubani. This staging of the Ramayana is based on Ramcharitmanas, one of the most popular stories in the north of the country.
Most parts of the Ramlila are transmitted through Ramcharitmanas performances lasting ten to twelve days, but some, such as those in Ramnagar, may last a full month. During the Dussehra festival season, festivals are held in hundreds of settlements, towns and villages during the celebration of Rama’s return from exile.