To continue with the Hinduism awareness drive in America, a Hinduism Summit (Hindu Dharmajagruti Sabha) will be held in the Hindu Temple of Lake County in Greater Chicago on Saturday, August 27, 2011 (Shravan Krushna Trayodashi, Kaliyug year 5113, according to the Hindu calendar). The summit, being organized by Hindu Temple of Lake County and Forum for Hindu Awakening, will commence in a traditional Hindu way, with Vedic recitations, lighting of an auspicious oil lamp and blowing of a conch.
The Hinduism Summit will feature insightful presentations by the experts and supporters of the faith from all walks of life, as they share their first-hand account about Hinduism or issues concerning the Hindu community. Ms. Maya Jairam will speak on 'Growing up in America and embracing Hindu spirituality', Mrs. Kalpana Sharma on 'Spiritual dimension underlying Hindu concepts and issues', Dr. Richard Benkin on 'Human rights violations against Bangladeshi Hindus' and Mrs. Bhavna Shinde Hurley on 'Understanding, living and preserving Hinduism'.
The presentations will highlight Hinduism's practical solutions like the sacrificial fire for modern day problems like nuclear fallouts and create awareness about the issues currently faced by the Hindu community. The exhibition of posters and books at the Hinduism Summit will showcase Hindu spirituality and the spiritual science that is unique to Hinduism. This is aimed at dispelling misconceptions surrounding concepts, such as Hinduism's ritualistic worship protocols, deities, and spiritual class system.
The Hinduism Summit will provide an opportunity to discuss questions on Hinduism and Hindu issues with the presenters. Recent Hinduism Summits have answered many a question from curious attendees, including the following:
- 'What does it mean to be Hindu; can someone not born in a Hindu family become a Hindu?'
- 'When I tried to reason with an artist depicting Hindu deities nude, she refused to take down the painting, citing 'freedom of expression'; how to stop such denigration of our deities?'
- 'Is there some significance to the substances offered in ritualistic worship or can we offer something as per our wish?'
- 'I prefer mental spiritual practices like chanting or meditation; do I have to perform ritualistic worship?'
- 'My child does not have proper vegetarian options in the school cafeteria; how can we change this?'
- 'What is the significance of the red dot worn by Hindu women?'
- 'I find it difficult to leave the non-vegetarian diet; can I still chant a mantra or visit a Hindu temple?'
- 'Why is Lord Ganesh worshipped first among all Hindu deities?'
The Hinduism Summit organizers welcome everyone interested in understanding, living or preserving Hinduism to this free event.
How can you support the Hinduism Summit?
The Forum for Hindu Awakening and Hindu Temple of Lake County are inviting participation as follows:
- Attend the Hinduism Summit in person or online with friends and family
- Invite interested acquaintances and groups to the Hinduism Summit or its live webcast
- Help in printing and distributing posters, or in finding sponsors for the Hinduism Summit
- Put up Hinduism Summit posters on bulletin boards of your local stores, restaurants and temples
- Derive spiritual experiences from offering time and resources as possible for this cause of Dharma
Details of the 3rd Hinduism Summit:
When: Saturday, August 27, 2011, 2:30 to 4:45 pm
Where: Cultural Hall, Hindu Temple of Lake County, 20444 W. Peterson Rd, Grayslake, IL 60030
Webcast: You can also participate in the Live Webcast of Hinduism Summit, express your views and ask your questions to the speakers in the live Q&A session after the presentations by visiting the FHA livestream channel on the day of the Hinduism Summit.
For more information and registration details, please visit the Forum for Hindu Awakening Web site. You may also call 1-877-303-3FHA (1-877-303-3342) or send an email to Info@ForumforHinduAwakening.org
About Forum for Hindu Awakening (FHA)
FHA is a Hindu spiritual organization devoted to awaken society to the unique spiritual science underlying Hinduism concepts and practices. FHA provides a platform for like minded individuals and organizations to unite and resolve issues concerning Hindus, within its tradition of peace and tolerance. The primary aim of FHA is to facilitate the spiritual progress of humanity on the path to God-realization (Moksha).