IEP Chandigarh, December 4
Haryana Chief Minister Sh Manohar Lal today the time has come when we should move forward to promote the knowledge of Vedic science and link the old educational techniques and methods with the new ones.
The Chief Minister was addressing a gathering on the second day of the two-day National Vedic Science Seminar ‘Gaveshna’ at Ashok Singhal Ved Vigyan Evam Praudyogikee Vishwavidyalaya, Sector-56, Gurugram on Sunday.
In his inaugural address, Sh. Manohar Lal said that the age-old belief about foreign forces trying to break and destroy our Vedic science and knowledge of Vedas before India’s independence was still around.
“We have taken many important steps on the subject of Vedas, including setting up a research center, purchasing land for Veda University, starting Sanskrit University in Kaithal after the name of Maharishi Valmiki, starting Gurukul in Mata Mansa Devi temple premises and establishing Sanskrit College, etc,” said Sh. Manohar Lal.
He said that efforts were on to get Vedas and ancient knowledg again into the mainstream.
Patron, Vishva Hindu Parishad, Sh. Dinesh Chandra is doing a commendable job to realize the dream of the late Ashok Singhal had seen, said the Chief Minister.
Sh. Manohar Lal said that the late Sh. Ashok Singhal had an important contribution to changing the direction of his life.
The Chief Minister further shared that the late Singhal was the Pranth Pracharak of the Sangh for Haryana from 1977 to 1981, at the same time in 1977, he had become a volunteer of the Sangh because of the emergency.
“Had it not been an emergency, then I might not have been able to join the Sangh. At that time, due to the pain of emergency or curiosity, many people came closer to the Sangh and the organization got strengthened,” said Sh. Manohar Lal.
The Chief Minister further shared that whenever he had questions arising in his mind while visiting the branches of the Sangh, he used to meet Late, Sh. Ashok Singhal to get the answers to his queries.
He said that Late Sh. Ashok Singhal was a very educated person who devoted his entire life to the Sangh and his life was like that of an ascetic.
Interestingly, the Chier Minister made this seminar more of an interactive session than of speech based as during the seminar he called upon the scholars present in the seminar to find a solution to the doubts he has shared with them.
“Our present education system is moving ahead according to the western education system. If we want to change this, then it will not work just by saying that our method is the best, we have to compare each subject with today’s current method. To compare, you will have to tell the speciality of your method and after that one has to prove as to which method is used beneficial for the public”, said Sh. Manohar Lal.
The Chief Minister said that we want that the general public should have proper knowledge about the Hindu and Vedic Maths.
Even on this topic, Sh. Manohar Lal raised questions in front of the scholars present in the seminar and said that there are two types of dates in the Hindu calendar calculation – one solar date and the other lunar date. In this also there are Shukla Paksha and Krishna Paksha which run according to the lunar period calculation.
“Our Magh month starts on Makar Sankranti but it is of solar time calculation. It has nothing to do with lunar calculation. All our festivals are according to Amavasya or Purnima, Krishna Paksha, and Shukla Paksha but Makar Sankranti is according to solar calculation, and the dates of English months also come according to solar calculation”, said Sh. Manohar Lal.
He further shared that Krishna Paksha comes first in North India while Shukla Paksha comes first in South India and there is a difference of 15 days at the beginning of the month in North India and South India. In such a situation, the question arises as to which calculation the country should adopt,
The Chief Minister also said that Sanskrit is called the language of computers, but it is necessary to show how it is possible. Technology should be linked to Sanskrit, he added.
Sh. Manohar Lal said that similarly there is a debate between allopathy and Ayurveda. Both claim each other better than one other. While Ayurveda gives us the direction to stay healthy, allopathy provides instant cure or relief. Along with Allopathy, there is a need to promote Ayurveda as well, he added.
Earlier, the Chief Minister released a magazine named ‘Shruti Prabha’ prepared by the institute, which has eight research essays written by various scientists.