November 2010 Archives

Speech given by Swami Nikhilanand at the HMEC 2010 (Hindu Mandirs Executives' Conference) co-hosted by JKP Barsana Dham at Sheraton (IAH), Houston, TX, Oct 2-24, 2010

"All Religions Are Not the Same" - Read full speech here

Swami Nikhilanand, pracharak of Jagadguru Kripaluji Maharaj, at HMEC 2010

We are gathered here at this conference of Hindu mandirs where one of the stated goals is to preserve the authenticity of the teachings of Hinduism and pass that heritage on to future generations. There is a statement many of us make which undermines these efforts. We often say, "All religions are the same." Why do we say it? Sometimes it is out of caution. In other words, we don't want to offend anyone, and that is a safe fallback position. It is considered politically correct. Sometimes we say it out of ignorance. In other words, we find it difficult to grasp the intricacies of Hinduism, so we fail to recognize the uniqueness and greatness of our own religion. If Hinduism were the same as all other religions, then why would we care if our children convert to other religions? If Hinduism were the same as all other religions, then why would we organize a conference to preserve the essential teachings of Hinduism and develop better ways of teaching it to our kids? If Hinduism were the same as all other religions, then why would I, who was not raised Hindu, have chosen Hinduism over other religions? In this talk I am going to explain very briefly what it is that separates Hinduism from the other religions of the world.

Visit above link to read full speech!


Swami Nikhilanand represented JKP Barsana Dham at the Hindu Mandir Executive Conference 2010 in Houston

Swami Nikhilanand, pracharak of Jagadguru Kripaluji Maharaj, speaking at Hindu Mandir Executive Conference 2010

Hindu Mandir Executive Conference 2010 was co-hosted by JKP Barsana Dham, the US ashram of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj. The conference was emboldened by fresh perspectives, camaraderie, and resolutions to form a stronger Hindu community.

The youth met in a closed door session and discussed the challenges they face as young hindus today. Seated with them is Swami Nikhilanand, pracharak of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj, and representative of JKP Barsana Dham. The conference featured many prominent speakers, including Swami Nikhilanand, who noted that "HMEC is helping to foster a spirit of fellowship and cooperation amongst the Hindu religious leadership in America".

The conference was widely covered in news publications such as India Herald ("Hindu Mandirs plan for future") and Indo American News ("HMEC Emboldened by Fresh Perspectives, Camaraderie, and Resolutions to Form a Stronger Hindu Community")


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